The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live
premiere took LA by storm - both literally and figuratively. Despite heavy rain and wind, the cast, crew and fans turned out en masse to celebrate the premiere of the eagerly anticipated series. On Wednesday, February 7th, about 100 very wet fans waited outside the Linnwood Dunn Theater with hopes of catching a glimpse of the cast from the spin-off of AMC’s flagship series, The Walking Dead
and the possibility of being one of the first to view the long awaited return of Michonne and Rick Grimes.
The theater was decked out in shades of red and orange lighting, while the walls were plastered with beautiful shots of Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, and Rick Grimes, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln, as well as the mysterious CRM logo. Attendees were greeted with CRM themed water bottles, full-size posters, and an option to pose for a fire-themed digital photo. While the house was packed, it felt like an intimate gathering and drew Walking Dead
alumni such as Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Khary Peyton and Lennie James, as well as former Walking Dead
showrunner Angela Kang and long time executive producer Denise Huth.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple, Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln took the stage to say a few words before the episode was shown. Gurira, wearing a stunning yellow Fendi gown, began by expressing her love for her producing partners, Gimple and Lincoln, and ended by humorously asking the audience not to spoil any of the episode, revealing that she sacrificed some knee cartilage in its creation. Lincoln echoed the sentiment, saying it was “one hell of a challenging shoot” before bringing it back to the core of what the show is all about: love and family. He lovingly shout out Heavenly Wilson, wife of the late Scott Wilson, who portrayed Herschel Greene on The Walking Dead
, before continuing by saying that Scott was on his mind throughout filming. Lincoln stated “I was thinking of dear Scott Wilson and also the other people who I think exemplify what this show was, which was part of the spirit of that man.” It perfectly encapsulated the vibe of the room, which felt much more like a celebratory family reunion than a stuffy Hollywood premiere.
After the episode finished, the house lights flickered on to illuminate many stunned but also smiling faces. The theater emptied with viewers immediately heading to bar Mother Wolf for the private after party. The reunion vibes were further extended at Mother Wolf, where other familiar Walking Dead
faces gathered to celebrate, such as Steven Yeun and Josh McDermitt. The Ones Who Live
cast members Terry O’Quinn, Craig Tate, and Breeda Wool were also in attendance. Danai Guirira and Andrew Lincoln were all smiles to friends and fans alike, relishing a victory lap on a job exquisitely done.
The official air date for The Ones Who Live
is Sunday, February 25th, 2024 and can be viewed on AMC and AMC+.
Check out a few candid shots below!