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Monday, September 14, 2015

Who is Michonne from the Walking Dead?

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Who is Michonne from the Walking Dead?

Michonne is one of the best fighters in Rick's group.  She is one of the most popular survivors in the Walking Dead universe.  Michonne was voted in IGN as the number 86th top comic character.  Michonne is played by actress Danai Gurira in the Walking Dead TV show.

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First Comic Appearance:  The Walking Dead #19

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First Show Appearance: Beside the dying Fire S2 E19.  This is the season 2 finale and Michonne appears at the very of the episode.  She saves Andrea by slicing off the head of an attacking zombie.  She appears as a mysterious hooded figure flanked by two zombies. 

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Weapon:  Katana  - Michonne uses other weapons but is most known for using a Katanna.

Comic bio:
Prior to the apocalypse,  Michonne was a lawyer, wife and mother but ended up getting divorced.  She does have children they are assumed to be deceased.  She is living with her boyfriend, Mike and his friend Terry when the zombie outbreak occurs.  She goes out on a scavenging mission and finds her sword in neighbor's house.  When she returns home she finds that both her boyfriend and Terry are zombies.  A herd of zombies surround her home.  She cuts off the arms and jaws of Terry and Mike attaches a chain to them.  She learns that the two harmless zombies (because they don't have jaws or legs) act as a form of zombie camouflage and also are able to carry items like pack mules.

She travels alone with only her zombie pets for company.  During this period she begins to lose her mind and begins having conversations with her zombie pets as if they were still human.

One day she comes across Otis and saves him from zombies.  She follows him to the Prison where the Rick Grimes group is based.  The group is initially very skeptical of Michonne as she makes quite the entrance with having two zombies tied to her.  However, she does immediately begin to make some friends.  Michonne recognizes Tyrese from his days of playing in the NFL and is immediately attracted to him.  Tyrese at the time is in a relationship with Carol.  Michonne seduces Tyrese, and is caught in the act by Carol.  Carol and Tyrese break up and Michonne and Tyrese become a couple.

She also bonds with Rick during this period.  She confides about talking to her dead boyfriend and he confides to her about receiving telephone calls from his dead wife.

Michonne is caught by the Governor's forces while investigating a crashed helicopter.  Captured by the Governor she is tortured and raped.  The Governor then seeks to rid himself of her by having her fight in a gladiatorial contest.  Michonne dispatches of the other gladiators much to the Governor's chagrin.  The group soon after escapes but Michonne and Tyrese stay behind to fight a guerrilla war against the Governor.  Both are nearly captured, however Michonne manages to escape but loses her sword.  The Governor seeks to use Tyrese as a bargaining chip but ends up cutting his head off with Michonne's sword.   The Prison group is then scattered in the battle with Woodbury.

Michonne is able to retrieve her sword and ends up meeting back up with Rick and Carl Grimes.  The 3 bond and become a tight knit group.  Michonne becomes something of a motherly protector to Carl.  They manage to meet up with others and she immediately begins inquiring about Morgan whom she is attracted to.

Michonne has a difficult time trust and adapting to life in the Alexandria Safe Zone.  Eventually, she begins to adapt and form a new life as a constable.  She even hangs her sword on a mantle hoping she never needs to use it again.  She forms a relationship with Morgan who is still trying to overcome the loss of his wife.  The two agree to go slow but this ends when Morgan is killed.

Michonne does not trust Paul Monroe (Jesus) when he enters the town but she travels to meet the new community with Rick.  She along with the others becomes embroiled in the events of All Out War with the Saviors.  She fights in many battles including the battle of Hilltop.  During this series she begins a relationship with the leader of the Kingdom, named Ezekiel.  When Ezekiel is distraught about losing men during a battle, Michonne basically calls him a wussy.  The remain together and she lives with him in his community the Kingdom.

Michonne in the TV Series:
Michonne is played by actress Danai Gurira

Michonne on the TV series is very similar to her comic counterpart but different in some ways.
She meets Andrea and not Otis.  Michonne and Andrea live for months alone and bond closely before they are captured by Woodbury and the Governor.  Michonne and Andrea see the Governor very differently and she leaves, while Andrea stays and becomes his consort.  Michonne is then hunted by Merle and other governor henchmen but manages to kill them all but Merle.  She then finds herself to the Prison and Rick.  The Prison group are initially skeptical of her but she quickly proves herself as an important and formidable member of the team. 
She does not form a relationship with Tyrese nor has she formed  a sexual relationship with any men yet in the series.  She is captured by the Governor along with Hershel.  Hershel is killed in the battle at the prison with the Governor but Michonne manages to escape and retrieve her sword.

Similar to the comics she meets back up with Rick and Carl.  She forms a close relationship with both of them, particularly Carl.  The 3 then head toward Terminus a place that promises refuge.  They meet back up with Daryl after dispatching the small gang called the "Claimed Men."  At Terminus the group then finds themselves trapped in a rail car, they are however reunited with the other survivors of the prison.  When Carol helps the group escape Michonne is very active in battle and kill the cannibals of Terminus.  When they manage to trap the remaining Termites in a church Michonne is part of the group that slaughters them.

The group then goes on a mission to find Beth but are saddened when she ends up killed.  Michonne is part of a group that travels to Noah's home in Richmond only to find it destroyed.  The community in Richmond seemed to have been attacked by another group (Potentially the Saviors).
At Michonne's behest the group marches toward DC hoping to find something of civilization remaining there.  On the way they encounter a mysterious man named Aaron.

Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

Aaron leads the group to the Alexandria Safe Zone.  The leader of the community, Deanna Monroe makes Michonne and Rick into constables.   Michonne hands her sword on the wall of her new house hoping to never use it again.  When Rick wildly goes after Pete for abusing his wife, Michonne steps in and knocks him out.  She that she did this for him.   She has his back when Pete returns and uses her sword to kill Deanna's husband Reg.  Deanna has Rick execute Pete and effectively hands over control to Rick.  At the end of the season 5 finale Michonne takes her sword off the wall.

Michonne Video Game:
The Walking Dead: Michonne

There will  be a new upcoming Michonne Telltale game will focus on Michonne between the Walking Dead comics #126 and 139.   The series will be add on to the Tell Tale Walking Dead game Season 2.

Robert Kirman had this to say about the game;
"In many ways, Michonne herself is a reflection of the world of The Walking Dead. She is brutal and cold on the outside, but deep beneath what is broken, she remains hopeful, trying to claw her way out of the darkness that surrounds her. In our effort to bring the world of the comic and the world of the Telltale series closer together, there is no greater character than Michonne to help bridge that gap," said Robert Kirkman.

Available for:
XBox 360, XBox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC, iOS, and Android this fall.  You need to own at least the 1st episode of Telltale The Walking Dead Season 2 to access the mini series.

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