‘The Walking Dead’: A Farewell to Michonne and a Look Back at Her Best Moments

by Jeremy Spirogis
Danai Gurira

When Danai Gurira introduced that she could be leaving The Walking Dead, followers have been devastated. Her character, the lethal katana-wielding Michonne grew to be a fan favourite over the course of eight seasons. It’s onerous to think about what The Walking Dead might be like with out her. Fans liked Michonne for extra than simply her glorious sword-wielding expertise and fierce preventing strikes. She was, indisputably, one of many strongest characters within the face of a seemingly hopeless apocalypse, by no means surrendering her struggle and drive for survival. In honor of one in every of our favourite characters and as a remaining farewell, we’ve compiled a listing of Michonne’s greatest moments from her mysterious first look to her poetically excellent remaining exit from the world of the survivors. 

Read on for a visit down reminiscence lane of Michonne’s most savage, most fierce, and general greatest moments on The Walking Dead

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Danai Gurira | AMC

When making a countdown of a personality’s greatest moments, it appears solely proper to begin off with their very first look on The Walking Dead particularly when you could have an entrance as intense and mysterious as Michonne. 

Fans didn’t get to know Michonne till Season 3, however she made her first stunning look proper on the finish of Season 2. The survivors have been scattered after a colossal herd of walkers overran Hershel’s farm. Andrea was separated from the remainder of the group and presumed lifeless. However, she merely received misplaced whereas being chased by a bunch of walkers. Unable to run anymore, Andrea collapses from exhaustion and proper when she might need met a really grotesque finish, a fast slash eliminates the walkers. Andrea stares up in worry and curiosity at her savior: a hooded determine with two chained walkers at her facet. 

Fans of the The Walking Dead comedian ebook sequence knew precisely who the present was introducing and couldn’t comprise their pleasure. Other followers have been simply as wanting to study extra about this mysterious stranger who would quickly turn into a fan favourite. 

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Danai Gurira and Andrew Lincoln | AMC

Love is difficult to seek out in a zombie apocalypse, so when Rick and Michonne held fingers and kissed for the very first time in Season 6 Episode 10 “The Next World”, it was a second that felt completely proper and completely wanted amongst the horrors of surviving hordes of walkers and rival teams. When Rick and Michonne grew to become “Richonne”, their relationship was really a wedding made in heaven with each characters being seasoned and scarred by the world round them in a manner each characters might empathize with. Their romance took a very long time to blossom for the reason that pair met in Season Three as the 2 discovered to belief and rely upon each other, evolving from companions in survival to companions in love. Plus, they’re fairly nice at disposing of walkers collectively. Can you say energy couple? 

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Chandler Riggs and Danai Gurira | AMC

Michonne and Carl had a rocky begin at first. Carl didn’t precisely belief Michonne proper from the start and in any case, can you actually blame a child being raised within the apocalypse for being a bit of skeptical of latest individuals? 

The two lastly get the possibility to get to know each other on a provide run in Season 3 Episode 12 “Clear”. Rick, Carl, and Michonne journey to seek out weapons and ammunition for the upcoming battle towards The Governor. However, issues don’t go in response to plan and the group will get separated, leaving Carl and Michonne collectively a lot to Carl’s anger. However, he shortly learns that Michonne isn’t so unhealthy in any case when she dangers her life to enterprise inside a restaurant filled with walkers to retrieve an image of Carl together with his dad and mom. She additionally retrieves a cat sculpture simply because it’s “beautiful”, permitting Carl to see a distinct facet of her. 

From then on, Carl and Michonne turn into greatest pals and virtually develop a type of mother-son bond. Their relationship is certainly one of the heartwarming facets of the present. 

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Danai Gurira | AMC Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

After watching Michonne completely obliterate each walker in her path, there’s little doubt that she will be able to maintain her personal towards a herd of walkers. Still, it’s at all times thrilling to see the katana-wielding warrior in her factor particularly in her remaining episode. 

Michonne has at all times had the flexibility to stroll into harmful conditions with a transparent, calm head and sharp instincts, so when Virgil takes her someplace chock filled with vicious walkers, we undoubtedly aren’t afraid for her. She orders Virgil to cover and shortly tears aside the dwelling lifeless inside a couple of minutes, exhibiting she’s undoubtedly not somebody to be trifled with. Yet, Virgil nonetheless tries to trifle with Michonne by each drugging and making an attempt to kidnap her. To nobody’s shock, Michonne wins in the long run, escaping and really sparing Virgil. 

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Danai Gurira | AMC

After the jail is demolished and overrun by walkers in Season 4 Episode 8 “Too Far Gone”, the survivors are separated and compelled to run in reverse instructions, with none of them figuring out whether or not or not their fellow household of survivors made it out. Michonne is particularly devastated by this and degenerates again into her former self: a chilly, hardened survivor. 

In Season 4 Episode 9 “After”, she wanders by the woods, chains up two walkers, and begins her journey alone as soon as once more. After strolling amongst the lifeless for a while and seeing a walker that resembled her a bit of an excessive amount of, Michonne snaps. She takes down your complete herd alongside along with her new pet walkers in a match of frustration, ache, and heartbreak. Aside from being one other superior motion sequence, that is such a definitive second for Michonne. She realizes that she has discovered a goal in surviving the apocalypse and now not needs to be a part of the strolling lifeless on Earth. 

After slaughtering a complete herd along with her personal two fingers, she discovers a path of footprints (that truly belong to Rick and Carl) and follows them, refusing to be a lone survivor with nothing to dwell for once more. 

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The battle between Rick’s group and the Saviors escalates in Season 7. On the drive again to Alexandria, the group encounters an enormous roadblock of automobiles and walkers created by the Saviors. Not one to surrender with out some ingenuity, Michonne and Rick crew up by tethering a tripwire throughout two automobiles. Then, the duo drove facet by facet, actually tearing by a path of walkers in a reasonably horrifically grotesque (but superior) sequence. After clearing the preliminary horde, the ability couple takes care of the remainder of the walkers with some wonderful melee motion and dynamite. The scene simply goes to indicate that even with out her well-known katana blade, Michonne continues to be a deadly weapon all on her personal. 

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Danai Gurira | AMC

It’s one factor to struggle off a handful of gun-toting males by yourself with nothing however a sword. It’s one other factor solely to do it with a bullet wound. 

From the second Andrea and Michonne arrived on the Governor’s settlement, Woodbury, Michonne knew one thing wasn’t proper. From the sight of army vehicles with bullet holes and a group of unsavory characters, Woodbury clearly isn’t the perfect place to be in Michonne’s thoughts. So, she tries to depart peacefully, however the Governor didn’t precisely need such a harmful girl operating free so he sends Merle and some of his henchmen to get rid of her. Big mistake. 

First, Michonne leaves the henchmen with a bloody warning: the phrases “Go Back” spelled out with walker elements. Still, they proceed to pursue her and are slain inside minutes. Merle manages to shoot Michonne within the thigh, however not even a bullet wound might maintain her down. Michonne fights off each Merle and a walker earlier than making her method to Rick’s jail with none extra scratches and child method. All in an excellent day’s work for our favourite katana-slashing walker slayer. 

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David Morrissey and Danai Gurira | AMC

Seriously, has there ever been a extra despicable character in The Walking Dead than the Governor? He tortured a number of of our favourite survivors, together with Michonne, killed Hershel, and is simply general a dangerously insane character to come back throughout through the apocalypse. That’s why it’s simply oh-so rewarding when each survivor will get a swing on the Governor through the climactic battle on the jail earlier than Michonne plunges her katana proper by his chest. 

In a second the place each fan undoubtedly screamed, “Yeah!” at their tv units, Michonne took down one of the evil forces the survivors have needed to face. The scene, concurrently brutal and cathartic for viewers, allowed Michonne to avoid wasting Rick from sure loss of life and avenge the numerous fallen pals and survivors who died on the Governor’s demented fingers in what is completely one of the highly effective cases of excellent triumphing over evil within the present.

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Danai Gurira | AMC

Loss is a recurring theme in The Walking Dead. After all, as a smart man named Hershel as soon as mentioned, “You step outside, you risk your life.” Every one of many survivors has skilled some type of coronary heart wrenching loss whether or not by the hands of bloodthirsty walkers or vicious rival survivors. When Michonne believes that she has simply witnessed Rick’s loss of life, followers’ hearts broke. At this level, virtually everybody Michonne has liked deeply has died, however simply as anticipated from such a powerful character, the loss doesn’t destroy her. Instead, Michonne steps up and turns into the chief of Alexandria in Rick’s place. In Season 9 Episode 6 “Who Are You Now?”, the sequence reveals that it has been six years since Rick’s supposed demise and since then, Michonne has risen into the position of a frontrunner. 

From a hardened, traumatized survivor to the chief of a complete settlement, Michonne has grown tremendously over the course of the sequence, making a farewell all of the extra bittersweet. 

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Danai Gurira | AMC

Wearing her well-known hooded cloak with two chained walkers in tow, Michonne makes her exit from the world of The Walking Dead. First, her arc lastly comes full circle. On her journey, she comes throughout a small group of people that have been separated from their group by walkers. In a fierce Michonne trend, she cuts down the walkers and presents her help to the group in a bittersweet nod to how she met Andrea and launched herself to followers within the very starting. 

The Walking Dead’s farewell and homage to Michonne is each bittersweet and ideal for her unstoppable character. Now, all followers can hope for is a possible spin-off sequence the place we will comply with Michonne’s adventures even additional. AMC, we’re you. 

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