Danai Gurira Gives Insight Into Michonne’s State Of Mind

November 27, 2016

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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When we first introduced to Michonne she was tough, and a bit cold. Over the past few seasons we have seen her let down her guard and form a loving relationship with her group, especially with Rick, Carl and Judith. Last season we witnessed Michonne and Rick share a heated moment and began a real relationship. That still continues but Negan’s arrival has brought tension into their affair. While Rick seems to have submitted to Negan’s rule, Michonne has no interest in being Negan’s servant and that is causing the two love birds problems that are only going to escalate.




It’s a bit hard to judge what is going on in Michonne’s head. She is not a talker and has one hell of a poker face. According to Danai Gurira who plays the Katakana wielding, walker killing, badass, Michonne and Rick have grown apart.

She’s at a place where she knows they need to prepare for dealing with [Negan] and she doesn’t want to be defenseless against him again,” she continues, ” It was a horrible experience to be defenseless and to be caught so off-guard in such a planned and structured way. She’s also dealing with her partner not being in the same place as her and that’s a very difficult place, so she’s having to figure out her own way.”

As for Michonne’s state of mind about Rick, Negan, and the death of Glenn and Abraham, “She’s definitely in a place that is very new territory because she’s partners with this man who is the leader, but they seem to be at some sort of impasse. At the top of the episode, they’re in bed but they they’re backed up to each other and they’re not connecting. They haven’t discussed what happened and it’s clear that he’s choosing to not do what they do- which is to plan how to retaliate. I don’t think they’ve had a real conversation since it happened and that causes her to start doing what she used to. Who she used to be starts to creep back in a little which is a loner making her own decisions and figuring  out her own solutions without functioning as a team. If she does talk to everybody else and not him, that’s another form of disrespecting his leadership, so the only way for her is going at this problem alone. It’s very much her reverting, in a sense, back to a part of what’s in her nature and to be a leader in a one-man army.”

I would hate to see Michonne and Rick drift apart. They make a fantastic power couple. Not to mention, I am not a fan of Rick’s weak cycles. Unfortunately, we’ve seen him in a weak state before, and didn’t impress me. It was actually quite pathetic. Michonne has been his rock. He desperately needs her in his corner.

With ‘The Walking Dead’s’ ratings already in decline (last week’s episode had the worst rating since season 3), I think if  the show continues on its current path many fans will abandon ship.

On tonight’s (11/27) episode of ‘The Walking Dead’, titled “Swear”…



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