rick and michonne walking dead

The Walking Dead Showrunner Reveals Rick’s Message To Michonne

The longer a character has lasted on The Walking Dead, the bigger a deal is made about their exit. Michonne has been around since the finale of season 2, and last night’s episode was entirely constructed around the build up to her final departure, and the one thing that could have convinced her to leave.

The longer a character lasts on The Walking Dead, the bigger a deal is made about their exit. Michonne has been around since the finale of season 2, and last night’s episode was entirely constructed around the build up to her final departure and the one thing that could have convinced her to leave.

Recommended Videos

There were a lot of surprises in store for her, including a trippy hallucinatory rewrite of her history that brought back a litany of former characters that included Rick, Carl, Glen and Andrea, and imagined what would have happened if she’d ended up with the Saviors, but the biggest was the revelation that Rick is still alive and out there somewhere. This was seemingly partially confirmed by Japanese text etched onto a phone case along with pictures of her and Judith, which according to showrunner Angela Kang, translates to “Believe a little bit longer.”

Exactly why the message was written in Japanese was not addressed, but it’s possible that Michonne might know the language, as a later scene sees her talk over the radio with Judith where they refer to each other by the call signs Daitō and Shōtō, the Japanese names for, respectively, long and short swords, reflecting the weapons the two wield as well as their sizes relative to one another and that the blades are often used to complement each other. The images also suggest that Rick has been provided with some kind of way of keeping tabs on his family, as he left with the CRM when Judith was only a toddler and so would otherwise have had no idea what she now looks like.

The phone itself is clearly part of a larger story that has yet to be told, but now that Michonne has already stumbled across the proverbial message in a bottle sent by Rick for his wife to not give up hope that they would one day be reunited, then searching for him by holding onto the message as a talisman might ultimately result in that rarest of occurrences in The Walking Dead: a happy ending.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Time itself freezes Donald Trump after he chronicles lifespan of cans and brings a lame lie out of cold storage
Donald Trump
Read Article A blast from Richard Gadd’s past has turned both ‘Baby Reindeer’ and Fiona Harvey into liars
Baby Reindeer real life Martha has 6 email addresses
Read Article ‘I can’t live like this anymore’: Woman rips into her husband over the color of their toilet water, but the internet has his back
TikTok toilet water woman
Read Article ‘The definition of sweet karma’: Rudy Giuliani’s 200 guests at 80th birthday bash can confirm his invisibility cloak doesn’t work
Rudy Giuliani served
Read Article ‘Are British people ok?’: Prince William’s future as King gets sidelined as his only crown is stolen by a 64-year-old
Prince William sexiest man
Related Content
Read Article Time itself freezes Donald Trump after he chronicles lifespan of cans and brings a lame lie out of cold storage
Donald Trump
Read Article A blast from Richard Gadd’s past has turned both ‘Baby Reindeer’ and Fiona Harvey into liars
Baby Reindeer real life Martha has 6 email addresses
Read Article ‘I can’t live like this anymore’: Woman rips into her husband over the color of their toilet water, but the internet has his back
TikTok toilet water woman
Read Article ‘The definition of sweet karma’: Rudy Giuliani’s 200 guests at 80th birthday bash can confirm his invisibility cloak doesn’t work
Rudy Giuliani served
Read Article ‘Are British people ok?’: Prince William’s future as King gets sidelined as his only crown is stolen by a 64-year-old
Prince William sexiest man