Why That The Walking Dead Kiss Happened The Way It Did
Are you wondering why that kiss between Michonne and Ezekiel unfolded the way that it did on The Walking Dead? Well, series showrunner Angela Kang has offered some insight into the kiss that went down in the October 27 episode of Season 10, entitled “Silence the Whisperers.”
The scene’s genesis was a way for The Walking Dead to touch on Ezekiel’s depression. The usually upbeat character has been struggling in the face of recent events. How did that lead to him kissing Michonne? Angela Kang explained by telling EW:
As fans know, Michonne has been single ever since Rick’s supposed death. While he is currently missing, Rick Grimes is actually alive (and getting ready for his own movie). Discussing The Walking Dead with actress Danai Gurira was the beginning of what ultimately resulted in the Ezekiel/Michonne kiss.
The kiss between Michonne and Ezekiel allowed The Walking Dead to explore Michonne’s romantic life (or lack thereof) and address Ezekiel’s headspace. The aftermath of the kiss has certainly caused no hindrance to their friendship. As The Walking Dead’s showrunner points out, the kiss led to an in-depth conversation between the fan-favorite characters. Angela Kang continued, saying:
How will the kiss and the conversation affect Michonne and Ezekiel moving forward? Well, the window of time to explore its repercussions is narrowing. As fans know, Season 10 will be Danai Gurira’s last as Michonne. The actress confirmed her departure from The Walking Dead a few months ago.
The Walking Dead’s showrunner previously revealed how the drama plans to lead up to Danai Gurira’s exit as Michonne. What will happen to Judith with Michonne leaving is one of the many mysteries as her final season continues to unravel. Angela Kang’s reference to Michonne and Ezekiel’s relationship in the comics is certainly interesting.
As one of the many differences between AMC’s The Walking Dead and the original comic, Michonne and Ezekiel were lovers on the page but definitely not on the screen. On the TV show, they have remained good friends without any romantic relationship developing.
While Ezekiel and Michonne’s relationship has ended up not taking a romantic turn on the show, they did have a moment together. Will what they shared during their conversation help Ezekiel through his pain and confusion? The Walking Dead still has a lot of story left to tell.