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Watch Danai Gurira As Michonne Decapitating Zombies In 1st ‘Walking Dead’ Season 3 Clip

Watch Danai Gurira As Michonne Decapitating Zombies In 1st 'Walking Dead' Season 3 Clip

I’m sure we (fans of the show anyway) all know by now that Danai Gurira will play Michonne in season 3 of AMC’s hit zombie drama series The Walking Dead; and we should see a lot of her, if past reports since the announcement of her casting, stay true, after her brief hooded intro towards the end of season 2’s finale episode.

And now we have your first-look at Danai in character as Michonne in action.

As previously noted, expect a 6-page origin story for Michonne, which reveals the character’s backstory, like where she was at the onset of the outbreak; but don’t expect those pages to make it into the show. Creator/producer Robert Kirkman has said that he likes the mystery that’ll surround her if her backstory is kept off the show; although audiences can readily read up on her if they’re that curious.

And by the way, Ernest Dickerson is directing episode 1 of season 3, which is expected to be even more insane than the season finale of season 2.

EW previously asked Kirkman whether the Michonne in the comics (the unflinching warrior) is the Michonne we’ll see on screen, and he replied: “The essence of the character — her personality, her motives, everything that makes Michonne Michonne — remains intact from the comics… But like a lot of things on the show, there will be little tweaks and differences here and there. We saw that her introduction is slightly different from how it was in the comic, and her interaction with Andrea is really going to be a really cool addition to the character that I think will get television viewers up to speed, and they’ll get to know her a lot faster than comic book readers did.

Watch the 1-minute clip below, which aired during a special episode of AMC’s Talking Dead last night; it’s not official, so this may very well disappear shortly:  

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The fact that the creator of this show chose to have Michonne chained to a dungeon wall, stripped naked and repeatedly violated is gratuitous and beyond disturbing.


Much as I like the idea of Michonne, I'm turned off by Robert Kirkman's treatment of her character in his writing. Michonne's antagonist, The Governor, benefits from a full-length novelization of his character that creates sympathy for his despicable actions and "explains" (actually justifies) his violent sexualized brutalization of Michonne. Michonne, the heroine, receives six pages of graphics in Playboy because Kirkman claims to want to maintain an aura of mystery surrounding Michonne. The result: The Governor is humanized, Michonne is fetishized. So sick and tired of fools such as Quentin Tarantino and Kirkman writing Black female rape stories featuring a rapist that fanboys "love to hate," and cheer on because the rape victim is demographically alien to them. I'd like to see the television series writer flip the script and choose another character for the brutalization just to shake the fanboys out of their supremacist thinking of "get over it, in the real world Black women get raped" defense. Something along the lines of Deliverance.

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