‘The Walking Dead’ Reveals First Look at Pregnant Michonne

A promotional photo from The Walking Dead 914, ‘Scars,’ offers the first look at a pregnant Michonne (Danai Gurira).

Michonne fell pregnant earlier this season after a romantic scene in 903, ‘Warning Signs,’ where lover Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) suggested “another way to build for the future.”

‘Scars’ will explore some of the six-year time period skipped over in the wake of Lincoln’s final episode in November, where a wounded Rick was rescued by Anne (Pollyanna McIntosh) and flown away in a helicopter, leaving behind Michonne, daughter Judith (Cailey Fleming) and, nine months later, son RJ (Antony Azor).

“We saw Rick and Michonne attempt to add to the future — well, it worked. There’s a little boy,” Gurira said in a November episode of Talking Dead.

“When [showrunner] Angela [Kang] told me we were going to do that — first thing, I was stunned, because I never expected that to be where we would go. But I thought it was very beautiful, about the idea that he left her with their son. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s beautiful, because there’s a new little Grimes.”

“We talked at the beginning of the season about what happens after war. One of the things you often see is baby booms. It's a sign of hopefulness,” Kang previously told THR when explaining the genesis of a Richonne baby.

“We wanted to show that Rick and Michonne were committed to each other, fully. They hadn’t gotten married the way others had; there was no proposal, no ring. And yet, they’re the couple who are completely committed to each other. It seemed like a sign of their commitment, and their optimism for the future. They believed they could bring a new child into this world and they could make the world better for that child.”

Rick’s “death” — and a traumatic event to be revealed in ‘Scars’ — left Michonne mentally and physically scarred, turning Michonne into a guarded and xenophobic leader of Alexandria.

The Walking Dead next airs ‘Scars’ Sunday, March 17 at 9/8c on AMC.

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