What happened to Michonne in The Walking Dead?

Fans of the long-running series The Walking Dead have experienced much heartbreak along the way. From fan-favorite characters being killed off to major actors leaving the series for various reasons. One character departure that has left a massive hole in the fandom’s hearts is Michonne.

Danai Gurira as Michonne, Kevin Carroll as Virgil – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 13 – Photo Credit: Eliza Morse/AMC

Michonne, played by Danai Gurira, is an iconic series character as well as comic book character. Her story differs between the series and the comics, but the overall badassery of the character is consistent. In season three of the series, she came on the scene, which mirrored her comic introduction. With katana drawn and her pet walkers at her side, it was a moment fans will never forget.

She proved to be a vital member of the communities and would go on to be a successful leader.

The Walking Dead Michonne

In season six, Michonne would finally come together with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) to create the fan-favorite coupling of Richonne. It was a match made in apocalyptic heaven as these two characters that were a force individually created a powerhouse couple.

In season nine, Rick sacrificed himself by blowing up the bridge to keep the communities safe from the horde of walkers descending on them. Rick would survive, but only the viewers were privy to this information. Michonne thought she had lost the love of her life and the scene was heartwrenching.

Antony Azor as RJ, Cailey Fleming as Judith Grimes, Danai Gurira as Michonne – The Walking Dead _ Season 10, Episode 1 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

After the time jump in season nine, it is revealed that Michonne gave birth to Rick’s son, R.J., who she raises with Rick’s daughter Judith. She also became the leader of Alexandria but was very suspicious of newcomers due to her experience with Jocelyn.

Eventually, Virgil comes along and barters with Michonne, his life for weapons. She follows him to his island and discovers some of Rick’s belongings, indicating that Rick did survive the blast. The realization that her soulmate may still be alive has given her hope. She radios Judith with the news, and Judith encourages her to search for her missing father.

The last we see of Michonne is when she discovers two travelers, one is injured, who are trying to get back to their group. As Michonne looks towards the valley below, she sees a caravan of survivors. She decides to help them, and this begins her search for Rick.

Perhaps we will see her again in The Walking Dead movies that will see Andrew Lincoln reprise his role as Rick Grimes.

The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 20.

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