WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 9 episode "Where Are You Now?" which premiered Sunday on AMC.
In the wake of Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) departure, AMC's The Walking Dead has made another huge reveal following its six-year time jump. In the latest episode, "Where Are You Now?," we come to find out Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira) have a son together, whose name has a very familiar ring to it.
When asked by Entertainment Weekly if the young boy seen embracing Michonne was indeed Rick's kid, new showrunner Angela Kang replied, "Yes, that is. That is Rick junior, R.J., who’s scampering around."
It's certainly a shocking moment for fans, but it was foreshadowed by Rick earlier this season when he discussed the future with Michonne. In addition to taking care of Judith (Caily Fleming), it looks like Michonne did indeed put down her sword to pull double duty as a mom.
"We thought that was a fun thing, because we had this big reveal of Judith, so we felt like: Let’s give Judith her moment in the sun," Kang added. "But we started setting up really at the beginning of the season that this was something that Michonne and Rick [were interested in]. In Episode 3, they go, 'Well, let’s maybe start planning for the future in other ways,'"
"That was part of their hopefulness, that they believed that they could build a world where children could thrive," she continued. "The kind of tragedy of it is that Rick was not around to see this happen. But for Michonne, it’s just another person that she is fighting for, and that she wants to keep safe, but it’s part of what plays into some of the philosophy and decisions behind how Alexandria is run, which is a big part of the story going forward for the season."
Airing Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC, The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.