SPOILER ALERT: This article discusses Episode 13 (titled “What We Become”) of AMC’s The Walking Dead. Please proceed with caution if you have not yet viewed all available episodes and wish to avoid spoilers.
The latest episode of The Walking Dead saw the departure of Michonne (Danai Gurira). However, while her fate was revealed, the episode left viewers with more questions than answers after it aired on Sunday night.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, fans of The Walking Dead knew that Michonne’s departure would occur in Episode 13 after the preview dealt exclusively with her storyline. However, what they didn’t know was the manner in which the fan-favorite would leave the series.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, Episode 13 showed Michonne arriving with Virgil (Kevin Carroll) at his island. Nothing is as it seems, and Michonne soon becomes trapped in a cell after she discovers others who are also kept as prisoners. Virgil was the one behind putting her in the cell — and trapping the other people there, too.
Under the influence of drugs secretly administered by Virgil, Michonne then experiences an alternative world in which she never met Andrea (Laurie Holden), Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), or any of the others in their group. She did, however, meet Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in this hallucination, and viewers got to see the world through the eyes of the Saviors thanks to Michonne as Rick’s group attacked and killed members randomly.
Michonne did eventually escape from her prison on the island, and it was at this point that she also discovered Rick’s boots. Previously in The Walking Dead, Rick went missing and was presumed dead after an incident involving walkers and a bridge explosion. Michonne, who was romantically involved with him at the time, was understandably devastated. However, the discovery of his boots and then an image of her and Judith (Cailey Fleming) carved into a phone, raised questions over whether or not Rick had really perished.
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This led to Michonne finally deciding to search for Rick. Along the way, she discovered two new characters, one of whom was injured. She then helped them to rejoin a large group of which nothing is yet known. This left fans trying to work out not only how Rick’s things could have ended up on the same island as Virgil but who this new group were.
The natural assumption is that the huge new group is the Commonwealth, which has been teased for some time now, and who exist in the comic book series on which The Walking Dead show is based. However, the clothing featured on the two characters that Michonne encountered are reminiscent of the clothing worn by a huge group that recently featured in Fear the Walking Dead. Headed by Virginia, (Colby Minifie), the Pioneers chose clothes suited to their namesake.
Currently, AMC is remaining tight-lipped about this new group, although — as Entertainment Weekly states — showrunner Angela Kang has confirmed the group is not the Commonwealth. As to when viewers will find out more about this mystery group, that remains to be seen. Fans will have to either tune in to further episodes to find out more or wait for the trio of movies featuring Rick that are in development by AMC.