In less than a week (at the time of writing this), we’re going to go back to Alexandria for the return of The Walking Dead with the back half of season 6. The mid-season finales of the zombie TV show on AMC are always the hardest to get through – because each finale ends with a cliffhanger that just makes you want more! Instead, we have to wait three whole months before we find out what happens next.
Since we last saw our favorite roaming group of survivalists, they were living a good and cushy life behind the secure walls of Alexandria, a tiny suburban housing development near Washington D.C. A massive zombie horde broke through the walls and started to terrorize and trap the group. Rick and Carl had the bright idea to dress everyone in fresh blood and guts to mask the scent of living flesh, so they can make it outside of the development’s walls.
In an interview with EW, Danai Gurira, who plays the badass Michonne, opened up about the future of the group on The Walking Dead. While it’s unclear if they’re going to make it out alive, will Rick and the group try to fight for Alexandria or just let the zombies take it over and try to find a new place to live?
“I think Michonne has already felt a deep responsibility to Alexandria. She’s the one who put up her weapon and really tried to transform amidst their rules and put on the uniform they asked her to put on. So she’s always respected Deanna and always really wanted this place to work and always really wanted a home for them to really function with some degree of normality. She’s always really cared about this place and wanted it to be a home for Carl and for Judith and for everybody, a place where they could stabilize and reconnect to their humanity in the more level-minded way.”
Gurira also talked about the advice or words-of-wisdom Deanna gave her just before she died. Just a refresher, Deanna was the original leader of Alexandria before Rick came in and started running the community with her. A horde of zombies attacked her and she was the group’s only chance for survival. On her death bed, Deanna told Michonne — “Someday this pain will be useful to you.” While the advice seems vague, Gurira believes that she can draw strength from it for her and the group. Gurira explained:
“And it is really kind of that thing that makes their journey continual and dynamic. We don’t know yet what exactly their response to this level of invasion is going to be, and whether or not they’ve really learnt from what their choices were in the past and the way they got there, but I do know that they are fed up with constantly moving. That doesn’t mean they can necessarily stop moving, but they’re fed up with it… There’s nothing worse. So really, I think it is a moment of truth for them to really figure out what is this moment going to mean for us and how does our journey continue? It all depends on we respond to this moment.”
Almost every season of The Walking Dead finds the group moving from one safe haven to another, so it’s unlikely that season 6 would be any different. We already know that the TV show is setting up Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviors as their next villain for season 7, so it’s only a matter of how and when Rick and the group are going to meet him — either in Alexandria while re-building or on the road. The Walking Dead is at its best dealing with power structures with people the group comes across, so it’s probably better to see the group on the road again – and trying to find a better place to stay, once more.
The Walking Dead returns on February 14th on AMC.