Friday, April 6, 2012

Michonne

Michonne is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and the television series of the same name. She was voted #86 on IGN's Top 100 Comic Book Heroes.

Frank Darabont stated in an interview with FearNet in 2011 that Michonne would officially appear in the third season of the show. After Darabont was fired, those plans may have changed. However, in an interview with The Watercooler in late January of 2012, Gale Anne Hurd confirmed herself that Michonne will appear in future seasons. This appearance was confirmed in the final episode of Season 2.

Michonne, pronounced "Me-shone", is a mysterious black woman armed with a katana and extremely efficient with it. She first appears towing two armless, jawless zombies (her boyfriend and his best friend) in shackles, and she causes no small consternation among the group. She saves Otis from zombies and follows him to where the group is located (an abandoned prison). She immediately bonds with Tyreese, recognizing him from his days in the NFL, and sharing a passion for working out (weight lifting). After showing signs of attraction, she performs oral sex on him. Having seduced him, she precipitates the break-up of Tyreese and Carol, and therefore beginning a relationship between the two.

Michonne revealed she was previously a lawyer coming out of a marriage where she lost all her children. At first, she appeared to have suffered from some kind of trauma or mental illness, often carrying on conversations with herself when she was alone. Michonne would converse with her deceased boyfriend, as first noticed by Andrea in the prison. Michonne later admits to Rick that she has imaginary conversations with her dead boyfriend, to keep herself from breaking down, as a coping mechanism to deal with the horror of the real world, and Rick showed her a rotary telephone he used to "call" his wife, Lori, making Michonne feel much better about her mental health.

Michonne was amongst the small group that was sent out to investigate the recent crash of a helicopter, where they stumbled upon the town of Woodbury. When the Governor betrays them and captures them, the governor proceeds to violently rape, torture her and use her as a toy. However he soon realizes she must be dealt with when Michonne proceeds to kill all the participants in a gladiator style tournament. Upon escaping, Michonne remains behind saying "she has to take care of some things". She then proceeds to sadistically torture the Governor before making her way back to the prison with the rest of the group. When the Governor retaliates, Michonne and Tyreese go on the offense, attempting guerrilla warfare in order to buy the prison time to prepare for the next attack. However this battle at the prison results in Michonne fleeing after nearly being captured, and Tyreese being captured and used as a bargaining tool in order to get into the prison. When this fails The Governor kills Tyresse with Michonne's katana. Moments later she returns and reclaims her sword, disappearing into the woods nearby.

After the events at the prison, she later returns to look for the RV survivors. Putting Tyreese's reanimated remains to peace, and after finding nothing but tracks of footprints, she begins to follow them and stumbles upon Rick and Carl, and saves Carl from a roamer. She then joins up with the two and bonds with them, even keeping Rick's own self-conversations secret. Michonne also protects Carl similar to a mother figure, and also goes to great lengths to protect Rick, due to gaining her respect for him. Later, they rejoin the other remaining members of the survivor group at Hershel's farm.

Michonne travels with the other survivors in search of safety, and inquires about the whereabouts of Morgan. When Rick asks if she finds him attractive, Michonne admits that she does, but is still grieving over the loss of Tyreese. When the survivors locate the town of Alexandria, a safe haven from the undead, it appears that Michonne and her friends are finally given an opportunity to rest. However, Michonne has a difficult time relinquishing her sword, as seen with her confrontation with Alexandria resident, Douglas. Another resident, Olivia, persuades Douglas to allow Michonne to keep her weapon. Shortly thereafter, Michonne settles into her new "home", and even hangs a mantle for her sword. She recalls all of the horrific ways that she has used the sword to survive, and finally proclaims "I am through with you".

Michonne begins to let her guard down, and Rick asks Douglas if there is a job for her in the community. Since there is no need for lawyers, Douglas recommends making her a constable, to uphold the law in Alexandria. Michonne attends a welcome party held by Douglas in honor of Alexandria's new residents. Through the majority of the party, she is quiet, and reserved. When one of Alexandria's residents, Barbara, tries playing matchmaker between Michonne and a young man named Heath, Michonne steadily grows weary with the conversation between the party-goers, and attempts to leave. Barbara makes an attempt to dissuade her from leaving, and although she means well, she becomes insistent about what Michonne would care to eat. Barbara continues to reiterate how worried she would be to cook a meal that Michonne didn't enjoy, and Michonne angrily asks if that is what she truly concerns herself about. The guests grow silent, prompting Michonne to leave. She finds Morgan, who confesses to having left the party earlier, and the two commiserate about not caring for chipper people. Michonne admits their conversation made her feel even more alone. She then lets her guard down, and rests her head on Morgan's shoulder. The two end up having sex that night, however she's annoyed and turned off by Morgan's refusal to let go of the fact that his wife is dead and gone. Even after her boyfriend's death and Tyreese's death, Michonne ends up falling for Morgan. The two ultimately get a chance to make up afterward, with her agreeing to take things slow and get to know each other better. She's devastated when he gets bitten, and stays with him until he dies, when she kills him herself.

Later, she, Rick, and Abraham stumble upon a man who claims to be from another larger town. She doesn't trust him, however she trusts Rick's judgement. She remains a vital member in the survivor group.

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