The Walking Dead Spoilers: AMC Rick Grimes Movies will include Michonne, Judith and Others

The Walking Dead spoilers reveal a series of original AMC movies featuring Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and a reunion with Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the new older Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming).

Last week’s The Walking Dead episode was explosive and so emotional! From the tear-jerking reunions to Rick’s heart-wrenching last moments before flying away, TWD is really at the top of its game. Franchise Chief Content Officer, Scott Gimple announced on AMC’s Talking Dead after-show that Rick Grimes would not be coming back to the show. Instead, Rick will feature in three made-for-TV The Walking Dead movies (in 2019) that will reveal Rick and Jadis’ (Pollyanna McIntosh) fate.

These movies will provide fans with much-needed closure and a long-awaited reunion of Rick, Michonne and Judith Grimes. The movies will also resolve important unanswered questions raised by the show’s six-year time jump. Fans want to know where did Jadis fly Rick Grimes off to and why did Rick never return home. Gimple also confirmed that Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) had her last episode last week, but her storyline too will be open-ended so she can return whenever.

The Walking Dead Spoilers – Michonne Gets New Hair, Character Arc

Though TWD fans will have to wait for answers about Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead leap into the future leads to an action-packed Whisperer storyline. There’s also a noticeable change in the show’s key characters: Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Judith, Michonne and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). TWD spoilers tackle each character’s arc in a different, yet engaging way.

Daryl gets dirtier (if you can imagine it) as a recluse who now lives in the woods. He’s still devastated by Rick’s death. Rick Grimes was more than a friend – he was the brother Daryl needed. Michonne and Carol have new hair… Michonne’s hairstyle is incredible with half her head shaved. It fits her determination to keep going despite her sadness.

Carol’s long grey hair reveals her peace with her new life at the Kingdom with King Ezekiel (Khary Payton). Carol wears his ring, so the two are engaged (or hopefully married). Unfortunately, her happiness will be short-lived. If Greg Nicotero and Angela Kang stay true to the original comic storyline, Ezekiel dies at the hands of scary savages The Whisperers.

Check out a load of promo photos from tonight’s TWD episode.

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The Bone-chilling Whisperers

In The Walking Dead spoilers from the comics, the Whisperers are an unusually terrifying foe with primal and animalistic abilities. In order to travel unseen among the walkers, the Whisperers wear walker suits of rooted flesh so the walkers will not recognize them. They also use their suits to control the herds of walkers and turn them against their enemies.

In the show promo for Season 9, Episode 8, “Evolution”, the Whisperers have taken hostages. One of the hostages is Henry (Matt Lintz), Carol and King Ezekiel’s adopted son. A small rescue mission braves a dangerous walker herd to search for him and the others. This is when they encounter a surprising threat – the Whisperers and their controlled herds.

Paul and Aaron Shippers – Plus Terrifying New Foe

Paul “Jesus” Monroe (Tom Payne) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) refer to the walker herds as evolved but don’t know the Whisperers are humans pretending to be walkers. Side note – fans noticed that Jesus and Aaron look totally hot together. If The Walking Dead tries to ship a potential relationship with these two, fans already approve!

The Whisperers have a major storyline in the comics and will undoubtedly be the focus for coming seasons. The Walking Dead has tapped Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Morton to play Alpha, the leader of The Whisperers. Sons of Anarchy star Ryan Hurst plays Beta, Alpha’s enforcer and second in command.

In the comics, Negan kills Alpha so Beta takes over as the lead Whisperer. Beta and Negan will play integral roles in the upcoming Whisperer War if the comics serve as the guide.

Father Gabriel and the Commonwealth

In the comics, the Commonwealth is a massive community of apocalypse survivors who live a better life with access to modern medical equipment and resources. They are the people in the helicopter who helped Jadis keep Rick Grimes alive. According to TWD promos and spoiler sources, in episode six, “Who Are You Now?”, we learn more on this group.

Father Gabriel Stokes (Seth Gilliam), Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt), and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) work together to find out more about other survivors including the Commonwealth. Gabriel is adamant they reach more people and bring them to Alexandria. He also hopes to find Jadis. Unfortunately, Father Gabriel’s plans send Rosita and Eugene right into harm’s way.

Rosita and Eugene…really???

Eugene and Rosita run into a herd of zombies that anticipate their every move. Of course, they are the Whisperers. These zombies appear to be more advanced walkers. They walk in patterns whispering to each other as they hunt. Though Eugene has upgraded his survival/fighting skills, he and Rosita are no match for this grizzly group. Instead, they hide.   

The Walking Dead previews Rosita and Eugene holding hands and scared to death because they can hear the walkers whispering to each other. Were these two holding hands out of fear? Or is The Walking Dead trying to hint the romance from the comics? Remember Eugene often spied on Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Rosita having sex so it’s creepy in some ways.

The Walking Dead welcomes tough newbies

Considering that Rick Grimes’s not coming back, it’s a genius move to push the show forward several years. This is a good enough time jump to provide a little distance and distraction from Rick’s exit from The Walking Dead. Instead of allowing fans to become disoriented and consumed by grief, the writers and execs throw them into a new storyline with horrific monsters and exciting new characters.

Certainly Magna (Nadia Hilker) and her fearless group breathe new life into TWD. They include Luke (Dan Fogler), Kelly (Angel Theory), Connie (Lauren Ridloff), and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura). Dan Fogler stars in the Grindelwald-Harry Potter movies. These are beloved characters from TWD comics, fierce fighters with diverse backgrounds, and relatable to audiences. Their first mission is to prove themselves to Michonne…

Judith Grimes to the Rescue

At the end of episode five, tween Judith Grimes rescued a group of fighters as they fought a pack of zombies. Older Judith is practically a Carl look-alike toting the cowboy hat, long brown hair, katana, and gun. Magna’s crew can hardly believe their eyes when she leads them to safety. Viewers were just as shocked!

Judith has matured from a toddler to a little warrior and it’s just what fans need to get over the death of her beloved brother Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs). It’s also nice to see the evolution of Judith thanks to Michonne’s role as her mother and trainer. TWD spoiler sources say the show will continue to build upon their relationship and will delve into Negan and Judith’s bond.

In episode 6, Judith goes to visit Negan and they begin talking like they’re old friends. As the season progresses, Negan becomes very protective of Judith. She reminds him of Carl and the child he wished he had with his wife, Lucille. There is a shift in Negan’s personality. He becomes less antagonistic and a sort-of father figure to Judith.

Tune in to AMC tonight to see much of this unfold as the writers take us into a new era at TWD. And check back with Soap Dirt often for the latest The Walking Dead spoilers and news.

Cherisse Harris

I’ve been a freelance writer and researcher for 13 years at IN STYLE, Essence, and more. When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my son or watching my favorite shows like Bold and The Beautiful, The Good Place, and anything on the CW.