Remember way back in season 3, when people would laugh at the suggestion that Rick and Michonne might become a couple?
When Michonne bonded with Carl and Judith, she was called a Mammy because it was unfathomable that it was part of a developing love story?
Remember the romantic piano score played over early Richonne scenes at the prison and how people tried to say it wasn’t romantic lol
I remember talking to @psmith73 about Michonne ships when it seemed like a fantasy that Michonne would actually get a love story in canon but it was fun to think about.
I remember the “oh shit this is really canon” feeling after Clear. I remember the richonne tag celebrating.
The vindication when some online publication did an article after Clear that was like “OMG maybe those crazy Rick and Michonne shippers are right!” Most of the comments were positive, POSITIVE it would never be anything.
Remember when it looked like Dixonne might become canon? Remember their runs together and (mostly offscreen) bonding and the jasper and all that? I think Dixonne was bigger than Richonne at one point. I worried about how Daryl fans would react if it happened (I’d been to TWD panels at Wizard World and Daryl stans were the wooorst, the most entitled – sorry, that’s another story). I always rooted for Richonne.
When they started to become a family, and the fandom started seeing them as badass siblings. <eyeroll>
When Rick ripped that Claimer’s throat out with his teeth protecting Carl and it was everything Michonne ever wanted.
When the Grimes family reunited with Judith and the shot included Michonne.
When Rick started looking to Michonne for decisions. When she was the only one he listened to.
More romantic background music.
That dark time we won’t talk about. <Eyeroll> fine, I’ll pretend it was necessary to give Rick closure so he could open himself up to Michonne. Even though it wasn’t. But whatever. At least the whole thing left racists confused and upset.
And then – finally, undeniably canon.
Followed by months of speculation that Michonne was dead (because she had sex with Rick, obvs).
And now, look at them. LOOK AT THEM! Iconic.
Happy Anniversary! <3