The CW’s “Walker” returns Thursday evening with its first new episode of the yr, and the exit of Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan) is being felt far and broad.

“Micki’s departure is clearly a giant blow to everybody on the present actually, as a result of her character actually reworked Walker [in] Season 1,” govt producer Anna Fricke instructed TheWrap. “She was form of the one who pulled him out of that darkish place and in addition set him on the highway to reform as a ranger himself. And that’s the vitality and the form of trendy sensibility that she dropped at the division.”

She continued: “On the work entrance, we’ll discover Captain James and Walker actually feeling the void that Micki leaves and promising one another that they must hold shifting ahead in her spirit and attempt to attempt to proceed on that path that they began on collectively.”

The Walker household, as effectively, together with Cordell’s (Jared Padalecki) daughter Stella (Violet Brinson), are feeling her absence.

“They’re all actually lacking her. And you understand, she meant rather a lot to the youngsters. The youngsters actually seemed as much as her. … And it was good for them to have this sturdy, feminine presence of their lives.”

Whereas Micki’s departure might have put some doubts about the way forward for Micki’s love curiosity Trey (Jeff Pierre) on the present, Fricke insists he’s not going anyplace.

“It’s essential for us to broadcast to everybody: Trey’s not going anyplace,” she mentioned. “Trey is already very organically woven into the material of the present with the Walker household, along with his position with the youngsters and faculty and as a coach. And so we’re solely going to be exploring extra features of Trey as he’s form of taking the time to determine like, ‘Effectively, who am I now?’ as a result of he type of got here in Episode 1 along with his duffel bag and stayed and was simply form of dwelling for Micki, and he or she type of referred to as the photographs. And now, he has to determine who he’s – does he wish to keep in Austin? And who’s he now that he’s not her boyfriend? So, we’re having numerous enjoyable exploring his relationships with different forged members.”

Whereas everyone seems to be processing life with out Micki, Liam Walker (Keegan Allen) is on his personal journey of self-discovery as he offers with the ramifications of calling in a false police report final season. And taking part in with a not-fully-put-together Liam is one thing the writers have been longing to discover with Allen’s character. 

“Season 1, he’s so collectively and he’s the one pulling Cordell off the bottom and telling him what to do and you understand, ‘Get your act collectively.’ And he’s all buttoned up and clear shaven. And that’s what we needed to discover Season 1,” Fricke mentioned. “Now that Walker has type of reformed and isn’t in such a darkish place, he has to show his eye to his household saying, ‘Oh, perhaps they need assistance now and Liam is a giant a part of that.”

Liam is “falling aside,” Fricke added, following the “shaky ethical floor” the character landed on on the finish of 2021. 

“I believe we’re seeing him type of hit all-time low and ask himself some critical questions and begin to pull himself again up and numerous that can also be having to do along with his relationship along with his brother, and Cordell separating who he’s as a ranger and who he’s as a brother,” she mentioned.

“Walker” airs Thursday nights on The CW.

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