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After Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) spent years dancing around each other — and even longer dancing around the fan-hype surrounding their pairing — the two characters finally got together in the series’ sixth season, much to the joy (and hate) of “The Walking Dead” viewers.

It’s rare to find a relationship so polarizing for an otherwise homogeneous fandom, but with two characters as beloved as Rick and Michonne, we suppose it was a predictable outcome.

In the upcoming “The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD release, Lincoln and Gurira weigh in on the fan-favorite pairing, calling their eventual coupling “inevitable.”

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Obviously, no fictional relationship is inevitable without the writers and chemistry around to back it up, but beyond those key components,”Richonne” is an even harder couple to nail down that that. Were they really inevitable? We think so.

Not only do these two have insane chemistry and fan support, their inevitable pairing was telegraphed from practically the first moment the two met.

Rick was Michonne’s primary point of contact when she joined the group, right around the time Rick was finally starting to recover from his wife’s death. In the same way that Michonne eventually filled a hole in Rick and Carl’s (Chandler Riggs) lives, they filled the hole in hers, having lost her boyfriend and son in the outbreak.

Over the years, the two grew to understand each other more than just about anyone else, to the point where they were almost de facto mom and dad of the group. At the prison, they both performed different but necessary roles to keeping the wheels turning behind the scenes.

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In a totally appreciated gender reversal, Rick stayed home to take care of the kids, while Michonne ventured out into the world as the hunter/gatherer to search out threats like the Governor (David Morrissey) and bring back supplies. In the same way, Rick became the counselor and decision maker, while Michonne was very much the warrior and protector of their prison home.

Even out on the road later, they stuck together as a family unit (sans Judith … poor kid), cementing the feeling that Michonne belonged with Rick and Carl as part of their family.

We also appreciate the way the writers made a great effort to portray her relationship with Carl as close and emotional, but not necessarily motherly. Filling a hole left in his life doesn’t mean replacing his mother, which is a line they walked beautifully.

It also helped us avoid any “you’re not my real mom!” moments, which we greatly appreciated.

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On top of all of that, Rick and Michonne got together at a time that made sense in the narrative. Instead of just throwing two fan-favorite characters together to please the crowd, the writers took their time and paid off that romance in a totally natural and believable way when it made the most sense.

During a time of peace, when (as far as the knew) their worries were regularly manageable, it was the perfect opportunity to let Rick and Michonne acknowledge and act on the chemistry and bond that had been building between them for years. Even the way the kiss happened almost of its own volition felt like a meeting of the minds rather than mouths.

Like we said … inevitable.

“The Walking Dead” returns Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.