The Walking Dead: World Beyond, a lesser-known spinoff of the franchise, provided crucial details that will impact Rick and Michonne's upcoming spinoff. While the show's protagonists may not return, the villainous group known as the Civic Republic Military (CRM) will play a key role in the future. World Beyond introduced the CRM and showcased their power, threat, and overall goal. The spinoff also teased characters that may be important in The Ones Who Live, including the CRM's leader. Despite its popularity, World Beyond revealed important context for Rick and Michonne's return.