The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live – A Review


The long-awaited sequel series, “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live,” is set to premiere on AMC on February 25th, bringing back two of the franchise’s most beloved characters, Rick Grimes and Michonne. However, in a universe that feels oversaturated with content, even the return of these iconic characters has the potential to disappoint fans. In this review, we’ll explore whether “The Ones Who Live” lives up to expectations and delivers a satisfying continuation of the “Walking Dead” story.

The Story So Far

To understand the context of “The Ones Who Live,” let’s recap what happened to Rick and Michonne in the previous seasons of “The Walking Dead.” In Season 9, Rick was presumed dead after sacrificing himself to save his community. However, he was rescued by Jadis and taken to the Civic Republic, a powerful civilization ruled by the CRM. Michonne, determined to find Rick, left Alexandria in Season 10 to embark on her own journey.

Delayed Development

The continuation of Rick’s story was initially planned as a series of films, but various factors, including scheduling issues and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused delays. Eventually, the project evolved into a limited-run series, similar to previous spin-offs like “Dead City” and “Daryl Dixon.” However, the transition from a film to a series format may have affected the pacing and overall impact of “The Ones Who Live.”

A Cinematic Opening

The first episode of “The Ones Who Live” starts with a gruesome and audacious scene that pays homage to the comic series. This opening sets high stakes and showcases a cinematic quality that grabs viewers’ attention. Unfortunately, the momentum slows down after the initial set piece, and the story takes a step back to provide context and build the narrative.

Rick’s Struggles in the Civic Republic

As the series progresses, we see Rick living in the Civic Republic, constantly attempting to reunite with his family and community. However, his efforts are consistently thwarted by CRM soldiers. The CRM, which has been a mysterious presence in the franchise, is further explored in “The Ones Who Live.” While some loose ends are tied up, the series fails to provide significant new world-building or a clear understanding of the CRM’s motivations.

A Different Rick Grimes

Rick Grimes in “The Ones Who Live” is a different version of the character we knew in Alexandria. Andrew Lincoln portrays Rick with a certain detachment, which can be attributed to his experiences in the Civic Republic. It takes time for the old Rick to resurface, and by the fourth episode, Lincoln fully embraces the character’s familiar rhythms. However, he never reaches the ferocity and intensity that defined Rick in his prime.

Michonne’s Journey

Michonne’s journey in “The Ones Who Live” initially feels more captivating than Rick’s. Danai Gurira effortlessly slips back into the role, displaying the strength and determination that made Michonne such a beloved character. Along the way, Michonne forms alliances and encounters new friends and enemies. Her storyline progresses at a relatively sedate pace, allowing for character development and building connections with the audience.

Strong Supporting Cast of “The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live

“The Ones Who Live” introduces a fresh cast of supporting characters who play integral roles in Rick and Michonne’s journey. Okafor and Thorne, Rick’s companions in the CRM, serve as foils to his hard-headedness. Meanwhile, Michonne joins forces with a group of nomads, including Nat, a mechanical genius with a tragic backstory. The strong performances from the supporting cast add depth and create a sense of vulnerability as any character could be in danger.

Slow Start, Promising Future

While the first two episodes of “The Ones Who Live” may feel slow and clumsy, the pace picks up in the third episode. The central conflicts are established, and the storyline gains momentum. For fans deeply invested in Rick and Michonne’s story, the series is likely to provide the closure they’ve been waiting for. However, it’s important to note that the audience invested in this particular storyline is a fraction of the show’s peak fan base.


The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live” delivers a continuation of the beloved characters’ story but falls short of the franchise’s past successes. The transition from a film to a series format affects the pacing, and the narrative lacks significant new world-building. While Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira give strong performances, the series may struggle to captivate a large audience beyond dedicated fans. However, the introduction of a compelling supporting cast and the potential for unexpected character developments offer hope for an engaging future. “The Ones Who Live” premieres on AMC on February 25th, inviting fans to reunite with Rick and Michonne once more.

Additional Information

  • AMC premiere date: February 25th
  • Secondary keywords: sequel series, CRM, Walking Dead universe
  • Tone of Voice: Informative yet engaging, expressing both the strengths and weaknesses of the series.