Michonne Hawthorne is a character from The Walking Dead who is a prime example of woman power. Played by Dania Gurira since season 3, Michonne has overcome so much loss, has always been fearless, and stands up for her beliefs.
Michonne departed The Walking Dead during season 10 when she discovers that her true love, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), was alive after believing him dead for years. She found clues of his survival on Bloodworth Island and, after talking with her daughter Judith (Cailey Fleming), set off in search of him. She left the care of her two children, Judith and RJ (Antony Azur), with Daryl (Norman Reedus) and the other survivors.
During the series finale episode of The Walking Dead, fans were treated to a bonus scene that featured Rick and Michonne. This scene revealed some of what has transpired since they departed from the series. Neither one has ever given up hope of finding each other again.
The Walking Dead: Michonne
The first time Michonne is seen in the series is during the season 2 finale. Gurira had yet to be cast at this time, so a stand-in actor was used for this scene. Gurira’s casting would be announced during the Talking Dead episode, which aired after this episode.
Fans of Michonne know she is a badass and have enjoyed seeing her story play out on screen. Below are just a few of the fantastic moments in Michonne’s story.
Saves Andrea’s Life – Season 2, episode 13, “Beside the Dying Fire”
The season 2 finale saw the loss of Hershel’s (Scott Wilson) farm, and Andrea (Laurie Holden) would be left by the survivors as they thought walkers had killed her. As she fights her way through the forest, she runs out of ammo and is saved by a hooded figure welding a katana with two pet walkers on chains. This was the series introduction to Michonne, and it was outstanding.
Baby Formula – Season 3, episode 6 “Hounded”
This episode was during the period when Rick was still consumed by grief over the death of his wife, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies). He would talk on the phone to the voices in his head, and when he “talks” to Lori, this seems to console him. He finally holds Judith and takes her outside. He hands the baby to her brother Carl (Chandler Riggs) and notices a person carrying a basket among the walkers outside the prison fence. It is Michonne who witnessed Merle’s (Michael Rooker) abduction of Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who were getting supplies for a baby. She brings them to the prison as she is being hunted by the Governor’s (David Morrissey) men.
If you watch the episode after knowing the whole story of Rick and Michonne, it has a greater significance. Michonne brought formula for a baby she didn’t know who would eventually become her daughter.
Kills the Governor – Season 4, episode 8, “Too Far Gone”
This episode begins with a flashback of the Governor abducting Michonne and Hershel. He intends to use them as leverage to take over the prison. He has convinced his new group that the people in the prison are horrible and responsible for destroying his former camp. The altercation ends terribly with Hershel’s death and the loss of the prison. Rick and the Governor come to blows, and it is a brutal fight. Just when it looks like the Governor has the upper hand, Michonne’s katana blade bursts through his chest. She chooses to let him die in agony.
Reunion with Rick and Carl – Season 4, episode 9 “After”
The midseason premiere episode finds the survivors scattered after the prison’s fall. Michonne is seen in the aftermath at the prison, where she creates two new pet walkers and finds Hershel’s reanimated head, which she promptly puts down. All alone with her pets, Michonne begins to battle some extreme emotions. She has nightmares of her boyfriend and son, and when she spies a walker she resembles, her emotions overcome her, and she slashes through a horde of walkers, including her pets. She heads back to the road where she previously saw tracks of two people and follows them. This leads her to the house where Rick and Carl have taken shelter. She cries tears of joy and knocks on the door. Rick, viewing her from the peephole, tells Carl, “It’s for you.”
Saying Goodbye to Carl – Season 8, episode 9 “Honor”
At the beginning of the episode, Rick and Michonne dig a grave at Alexandria. In the previous episode, Carl revealed that a walker bit him. This episode features flashbacks and flashforwards as Carl’s inevitable death comes to be. The scene where Michonne and Rick say their goodbyes to Carl is such an emotional one. He opts to end his life to spare his parents, and as Michonne and Rick are outside the church, they hear the gunshot, and Michonne’s reaction, as well as Ricks, was heartbreaking.
Throughout Michonne’s story, she has encountered much heartache, but she also experiences joy. So often, Michonne used her leadership skills to try and build a better world for her family and the other survivors. The above-mentioned moments are only a small sample of Michonne’s greatest moments. It will be joyous to see her reunited with her true love, Rick Grimes, in The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.