AceShowbiz - "The Walking Dead" main protagonist Rick (%cAndrew Lincoln%) has been single since his wife Lori (%cSarah Wayne Callies%) died during childbirth. But he has gotten very close with Michonne (%cDanai Gurira%) to the point that fans are wondering if their relationship with turn romantic. Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the two actors as well as showrunner Scott M. Gimple share their opinions on the matter.
"They have a very intimate relationship, that's the funny thing. People are like, 'Oh my God, what if they were together?' They're really, really intimate. They have done things for each other that's familial or deep, deep, deep friendship. But the way that they speak to each other - for example in [the season five finale] - represents how far these people have come with each other," says Gimple.
He coyly adds, "Where that goes, who knows? I think there's something to be said about those two characters' journeys right now."
In the comic books, Rick and Andrea, who was played by %cLaurie Holden% on the AMC adaptation, become more than friends during their stay in Alexandria. However, this romantic pairing is off the table since Andrew was killed off on the TV series.
Gimple explains how the show will fill this void, "Comic book-wise Andrea is still the most important character in the books, and there is that vacancy in our show, and I think a lot of aspects of Andrea are going to be shared among a lot of characters - and not necessarily female characters."
Lincoln, meanwhile, like the "jokiness" between his character and Gurira's. He adds, "They're both warriors, but she's one of the few people who can take the piss out of Rick, which is great. She has the arched eyebrow kind of smart-ass remark [persona], and I love playing those scenes. But also she has a great point of contact. There aren't that many people in the apocalypse, but when everybody is dead and it's just me and her left, let's get it on!"
As for Gurira, she always thinks Michonne is "the nun" and she's a loner, but she likes it that fans can see true friendship between Rick and Michonne. "I always say to Gimple that she's the nun and she don't get none! But it's cool, it shows that there's a palpable true friendship there [for Michonne and Rick] that people can pick up on," she says.
"But there's a friendship there that I treasure with Michonne's connection with Rick. He's the one who really challenges her to step out of who she was and who she was becoming. After that fight with the Governor (%cDavid Morrissey%), she was becoming something quite ugly. ... She had to go through that because of Rick, so that caused her to have a respect for him, and eventually he gained a trust and respect for her. There's definitely an intimacy of friendship there."
"The Walking Dead" returns for sixth season Sunday, October 11 at 9 P.M. on AMC.