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Michonne & Glenn Are Ready For Battle In Clip From Next Sunday's Episode Of 'Walking Dead'

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 12, 2013 2:21 PM
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I'll admit that my intro to The Walking Dead came with the AMC TV series, and not with the comic book series it's based on, so I'm not as intimately familiar with each character's involvement in the source material, and how that's changed (or not changed) in the translation to the TV series.

But, from all the excitement that accompanied news that Michonne was going to be introduced to the series, last spring 2012, I was under the impression that the character would be far more involved, and would have more to do than she's been given thus far, into the TV series. Some fans seem both happy for Danai Gurira, but disappointed in how the character she plays is used.

So I look to those of you who have been fans of the series, before the AMC pickup, to chime in on whether you agree with the laments of others, or if you feel she's in line with your expectations based on what you read in the comic book series.

A short preview clip of next Sunday's episode has been released by AMC, and it's embedded below:

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  • Micah | February 13, 2013 11:40 PMReply

    The treatment and writing for Michonne is appalling unless it builds to something grand. I can't even begin to fathom why the writers went in this direction with the character. They rob her of her strength, dignity and appeal. While I still enjoy the show to a degree its treatment of all of its black characters has left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • Justin D. | February 12, 2013 7:49 PMReply

    She's definitely underused. When Michonne was first introduced in the show she was a mystery. As of Sunday's premier she's...still a mystery. In the comics she's one of the most awesome characters with some of the most compelling back story (though Kirkman felt the need to hook her up with just about every black guy in the group of survivors). The show has given her some bad-ass moments but little in the way of character development. I'm hoping that changes as the season progresses.

  • Donella | February 13, 2013 11:47 AM

    "Kirkman felt the need to hook her up with just about every black guy in the group of survivors" Funny that. It's pretty obvious to me that Michonne, at least in the graphic novel, belongs with Rick. Not sure if that would work on the show with they way they're writing.

  • willie dynamite | February 12, 2013 4:23 PMReply

    Michonne is one of the dopest 3 dimensional characters in the novel. On the show she seems subdued. I guess because Rick is the Alpha Male and top of the hierarchy on the show but also in the novel they had a deeper closer relationship. Her role has been okay, it gives me just enough to hang on to see what she will do next. The show is good but pales next to the novel. The novel is one of the best reads ever.

  • Miles Ellison | February 13, 2013 8:24 PM

    12.3 million people won't watch a show with complex and 3 dimensional black characters. This is why a network whose shows usually feature strong and interesting characters abandons complexity in favor of hoary, cardboard cutout stereotypes when black people are involved.

  • willie dynamite | February 13, 2013 2:40 PM

    @Mandla, I have no idea why they are treating her character like this, Michonne was a lawyer before the world turned and she is as brilliant as she is deadly in the novel. She can definitely take care of herself and is one of the strongest members in the group. What she did to the governor on the show is nothing like what she did to him in the novel. She is calculating, focused, brave, and schizophrenic. She is multi-dimensional which makes her so iconic. Anyone that has read the novel realizes that the show is a totally different take and has separated the two. In the novel she and Rick are equals and he leans on her often. This outcast mute thing is not who she is. Please read the novel, so that you can discover the true alpha female Michonne is. You will not be disappointed.

  • Donella | February 13, 2013 11:45 AM

    Also, on the taking lip from others or depending on others for direction and motivation, I saw the same thing happen with the Blade television series. In the source material and in the first two films, no question that Blade is the alpha male. By the last movie, and in the television series, the writers dialed back Blade's point position to ensemble and his White and Asian (because there were no longer any Black) co-stars had dialogue used to mock Blade's scowling and no blinking as sort of crazy. The White male writers have no reference for a Black female in the alpha position or as shot caller so they dial her back, or make her angry and/or crazy for "no reason."

  • Donella | February 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    Fault the show writers. Very rarely will you find a White male who can write a complex, multi-dimensional Black female character well. The majority of writers for The Walking Dead on television are White men unversed in the culture of Black females.

  • Mandla | February 12, 2013 9:09 PM

    Willie, maybe you can educate me, since I had not read the book. Why is Michonne be portrayed as a crazy woman. I thought, when she was introduced in the tv series, that her character was much more self assured and confident, much like Naomie Harris' character Selena in the first half of 28 Days Later. I got the impression that kind of character is what I was going to see with Michonne. Michonne is always shot with that continuous grimace on her face. Always angry, hence crazy. She's never very communicative or explaining to people what she knows, she's not forthright and matter fact like Harris' Selena. With Selena, we can run together but, you get bit, I kill you. Michonne makes decision based on other people, i.e. trying to get blondie out of the governor's grip. When I thought what she would do is say, "Oh, so you want to stay?" "Bye." And be on her own way. She's been on her own, using Walkers as pack mules and she's taking lip from Rick, Glenn or anybody. For me, her character so far is disappointing.

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