Michonne

Today we’re going to speak of Michonne, the mysterious woman who briefly appeared at the end of The Walking Dead Season 2 saving Andrea from a walker in the Beside the Dying Fire episode, and was properly introduced only in the Season 3 premiere, Seed. Her physical portrayal in the show is almost identical to the one in the comic books, but her introduction is quite different, and her character seems to be too. So, let’s see who Michonne is in the comics, trying not to spoil anything to both the readers and the tv show’s watchers.

Before the zombie apocalypse arrived, Michonne was a lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia. She had two sisters and a brother, and she practiced fencing as a child, and also during college, while studying law. She got married, but her family life got ruined by a divorce that took her two daughters away from her. After the separation from her husband, Michonne started weightlifting and gym, using physical activity to face the stress following the loss of her daughters. She spent some time living alone, but she eventually started a new romantic relationship with a good man called Mike. The two of them were living together when the first roamers (zombies, the ones in the tv show they call “walkers”) appeared. She managed to escape by foot to her house, where she found Mike and his best friend Terry (a nice guy, but quite idiotic) unarmed. The three of them barricated themselves into the house, but they were soon attacked by a school of roamers: one of them managed to get in, and before Mike could kill it, he was beaten by the zombie. Now, we all know what happens when a zombie bites you, right? Well, they didn’t, and Michonne just bandaged Mike. On the same night, the woman managed to sneak into her neighbor’s house in search for medicals and supplies. In here, she found the katana that would have become her trademark: her neighbor’s pesty son collected swords, and used the same katana to kill Michonne’s cat and to destroy her fence, just for playing. When Michonne came back home with the sword, she found out that Mike became a roamer, and that he had bitten Terry, transforming him too. Unable to kill the man she loved, Michonne closed Mike and his friend in a closet, waiting for the end, until the day she took a resolve. Studying the roamers from her window, she noticed that they never attacked other roamers, and she figured out a way to escape her house: after cutting Mike’s and Terry’s arms and lower jaw, so that they couldn’t attack her, she chained them and went out with the two zombies on a leash. The presence of the two rotting corpses allowed Michonne to leave Atlanta undetected by other roamers, and she started her own personal adventure for survival.

Michonne is an incredibly skilled fencer and swordswoman, and her time alone made her tough and lethal. As Andrea noticed when Michonne joined Rick Grimes‘ team, Michonne suffers from some sort of delusional state, and despite not being mad, she keeps talking to the dead Mike, a coping mechanism that she uses to stay focused and not to forget who she really is, in a world that has become a living nightmare. With loneliness and fierce-living, Michonne has become quite cynical and disillusioned, but she nevertheless tries to teach herself to be with others again, and has become one of the most valuable members of Rick’s survivors team.

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  1. […] Denise decided she would have come back to her clinic, trying to save whatever she could, and Michonne accompanied her to protect her. As soon as she made it to her office, Denise was reached by Rick, […]

  2. […] Denise, Heath seemes to have sadly embraced his “destiny” of solitude…but not if Michonne has something to say about […]

  3. […] he was a child beater. Pete and Rick fought for a while, seriously injuring one another, until Michonne, Douglas and other members of the community intervened. Following the brawl, Jessie took some […]

  4. […] the new residents, and when Rick Grimes’ group was introduced to the community, she stood in Michonne‘s defense against Douglas, who wanted to take her sword away: Olivia remarked that if the […]

  5. […] Ron didn’t understand exactly why his father had to move, he only saw Rick’s friend Michonne preventing Pete from coming back home. The “divorce” drove Pete mad and dangerous, to […]

  6. […] zone”, the Governor‘s one, so they didn’t trust his offer, and only Abraham and Michonne seemed to believe him; when a group of zombies attacked, however, Aaron did his best to protect […]

  7. […] cannibals who had been following them since the Prison. Gabriel was forced to lead Rick, Andrea, Michonne and Abraham to the countryside only he knew, to find the Hunters’ camp, and when he managed […]

  8. […] introduced in After, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead. Along with Mike, in Michonne‘s nightmare we get to know also Terry, his best friend, portrayed by Brandon Fobbs. Just as […]

  9. […] only in a dream, is something else entirely. The first one is Mike, the dead boyfriend of lethal Michonne portrayed by Aldis Hodge: we see him in Michonne’s nightmare, and we realise they had a son […]

  10. […] played by Lawrence Gilliard Jr., the former army medic who went on recognition with Daryl, Michonne, Tyreese and the unlucky Zack, and almost met his demise when he got stuck under the shelves of a […]

  11. […] who happened to pass by Woodsbury. He was the gaurd in charge when Rick Grimes, Glenn and Michonne arrived at the city’s doors. He let them in, bringing them to the Governor. He next saw Rick […]

  12. […] Governor, portrayed by David Morrissey, isn’t quite a good guy. Ok, he welcomes Andrea and Michonne in his little paradise, Woodbury, but every fan of The Walking Dead should know by now that […]

  13. […] speaking with his best friend Heath one last time, and was immediately after stabbed in the head by Michonne to prevent his […]

  14. […] a roof and watched in horror as the zombies destroyed the community…but seeing Rick and Michonne fighting with all their strength to keep the herd away from the hospital inspired her, and she […]

  15. […] ice, and she tried to have a casual conversation with one of the women from Rick’s group, Michonne. Barbara tried to involve Michonne in all her gossiping about the Monroe men, but the woman […]

  16. […] the two Alexandrians he had met…who happened to be two of the Safe-Zone best fighters, Michonne and Abraham Ford. Having obtained “attention” by the Alexandrians, Paul managed to […]

  17. […] and tired of following Negan’s deranged orders. Ezekiel fully joined The Militia when he met Michonne, a woman from Alexandria: at first she declined his attentions, and the two even had a swordfight, […]

  18. […] of rogue Saviors led by the disfigured Dwight). When Ezekiel found a lover and a companion in Michonne, a woman from the Alexandria group, Shiva obviously followed her master to the woman’s house, […]

  19. […] council”, Richard was the only representative of the Kingdom, while Rick, Andrea and Michonne represented Alexandria and Jesus and Kal represented Hilltop. Believing they could overcome […]

  20. […] who nearly got killed. For her skill, she was chosen as part of a rescue team who managed to save Michonne and Aaron from the Whisperers’ second-in-command, Beta…but as Dwight immediately […]


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