The Walking Dead Casts its Death-Dealing Michonne

Danai Gurira in Treme TV Series

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW

When “The Walking Dead” returns for its third season this Fall, Rick Grimes will get a deadly new ally.

Michonne!!! Yup. In case you didn’t catch this little casting notice during my review of “The Walking Dead” Season 2 finale, here it is again.

The little lady with the deadly swords finally showed up in last night’s episode of “The Walking Dead”, which also happened to be the show’s explosive, bloody, and conflict-rific Season 2 finale. After the episode aired, “Walking Dead” creator/co-showrunner Robert Kirkman told the chatfest “Talking Dead” that they had already cast Michonne for the upcoming season in the form of “Treme” actress Danai Gurira. The official announcement came later.

Michonne, for those who have never read the comics that the show is based on, is a former lawyer armed with some deadly sword skills. She is revealed (played by a stunt double) in the last few minutes of the Season 2 finale, saving Andrea’s life after the lone survivor had exhausted all her ammo and was on the verge of becoming zombie snacks. After some initial reservations, the character eventually becomes one of Rick’s more trusted allies in the comics.

Here’s a quick screencap of the character from last night’s episode:

Michonne in The Walking Dead - Beside the Dying Fire

And someone was nice enough to put Michonne’s appearance on YouTube, but honestly, I don’t know how long it’ll stay up there: