Danai Gurira as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead season 10.
After that epic and revealing episode (season 10 episode 12), we switched gears to catch up with Michonne in episode 13. Her episode was extremely moving and I thought that Danai Gurira was beyond fantastic. She was heart-wrenching perfection.
**Please note MAJOR spoilers are ahead if you are not caught up on the series.**
I talked a lot about Michonne’s character growth and transformation across the seasons in my post on The Walking Dead (season 10 episode 13), but Michonne deserves a post of her very own, celebrating her as an extraordinary character on the series. Even though this episode is considered a farewell for her, her story will continue in a lot of ways and I thought it was the perfect tribute to her.
I thought that season 10 episode 13 was so well done. The alternate path/reality portion really gave us a chance to remember Michonne’s decisions and interactions with characters, reminding us just how important she really is. The decision to save someone in a selfless act is not easy in a post-apocalyptic world, but Michonne learns that she did ultimately make the right decision and was introduced to her family and the love of her life by doing so.
We glimpsed into a world where Michonne made one very different decision, choosing not to save Andrea, which could have led her down a dark and dangerous path.
Becoming a hero is not always clear cut. There are so many different factors that are at play and we often see villains who think that they are doing what is necessary to survive.
Michonne has gone through so much in her life and we could have easily witnessed her stumble along the way and yet she has become even stronger because of her decisions. I think that her connections with other characters helped her tremendously. When we first met Michonne, she was pretty much on her own, but once she started connecting with those around her, she opened the guard around her heart and became a true leader and warrior.
What’s next for Michonne? Well, we know that this was Danai Gurira’s last episode, but her story will certainly not end. After discovering some clues that Rick may be alive, Michonne decides to try and find him with the blessing and encouragement from Judith.
Michonne is a mother and we know that this was not an easy decision for her, but she is going to do everything in her power to find Rick and I’m hoping that we get to see a happy ending for them at some point within TWD universe.
I thought the last scene with Michonne was so fitting and perfect for her character. Michonne finds a man and woman who are in need of assistance and remembers when Rick and Carl took a chance on her, which ultimately changed her life forever. Michonne is on a mission to find Rick, but takes the time to offer her hand to those in need, truly embracing her role as a hero.
I will really miss Michonne’s presence on the show, but I thought this was the perfect tribute and farewell episode for her. The story is never really over and I feel honored to have witnessed so many incredible performances by Danai Gurira over the seasons.
We’ll miss you, Michonne!
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