The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live brings back fan favorite Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, who hasn’t been a part of the franchise in years. It also stars Danai Gurira as Michonne, giving fans the love story they have been waiting for.

Michonne and Rick found each other in a broken world and when he was flown off in a helicopter, much to fans’ confusion and excitement (since we all thought he was going to die), we knew there was hope left alive for them to reunite. The Ones Who Live is the story of two soulmates doing everything in their power to find each other again.

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live synopsis: Kept apart by distance. By an unstoppable power. By the ghosts of who they were. Rick and Michonne are thrown into another world, built on a war against the dead… And ultimately, a war against the living. Can they find each other and who they were in a place and situation unlike any they’ve ever known before? Are they enemies? Lovers? Victims? Victors? Without each other, are they even alive — or will they find that they, too, are the Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live Critic Reactions

The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live debuted on Rotten Tomatoes at 83% with 6 reviews, after critics were given the first four episodes of season one. The general consensus is that the show feels new and exciting, while still offering the things that The Walking Dead Fans love.

Kaiya Shunyata from boasts, “Each time Lincoln and Gurira are on screen it becomes clear that while the spinoffs have been entertaining, they were missing the kind of sincerity these two actors bring to the table.”

Marvelous Geeks Media‘s Gissane Sophia also applauds the performances stating, “The series excels through the performances, bringing profound emotions center stage, which will be the very thing long-time fans adore.”

Sarabeth Pollock of What To Watch says The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live is “lovingly created by TWD fans for TWD fans.” While Cameron Bonomolo of claims “The Ones Who Live plays out as a conspiracy thriller against the backdrop of the post-zombie apocalypse.”

Over on X (formerly Twitter), not just the Rotten Tomatoes approved critics are sharing the love for the series. Those who have seen it are expressing how emotional it is, and how much fans of The Walking Dead franchise are going to love it.

The highly anticipated new series in the Walking Dead universe will premiere Sunday, February 25 at 9:00pm ET on AMC and AMC+.


Tessa Smith is a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer-approved Film and TV Critic. She owns Mama’s Geeky, but also is a freelance writer. Tessa has been in the Entertainment writing business for more than ten years and is a member of several Critics Associations including the Critics Choice Association. Her passion for film, television, video games, and comic books started when she was a little girl and has only continued to grow. 

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