Beware: This post contains spoilers for The Walking Dead—especially revolving around the romance between Michonne and Rick Grimes—including the Season 7 finale.
Rick Grimes and Michonne (no canonical last name) do not meet cute, or meet at all, really, until the third season of The Walking Dead, but when they do, neither will ever be the same. “When the Dead Come Knocking,” Michonne risks her life to deliver a shopping basket full of the baby formula Rick’s newborn daughter, Judith, desperately needs since her mother, Lori, died in childbirth. Rick and son, Carl, fend off the walkers that would have preyed on Michonne, and bring her to the (supposed) safety of the prison where Rick’s group had taken shelter, but does he trust this mysterious newcomer, even though she’s saved his daughter’s life? Nope. Okay, Michonne knows her way around a katana, and has two armless, jawless walker “pets” on leashes, and sobs when she holds baby Judith, but Rick hallucinates his dead wife, and has telephone conversations with her on a phone that isn’t connected to anything. We see, right away, these are two strong, yet broken people, who need somebody who understands this kind of pain.