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The sword-wielding, post-apocalyptic warrior Michonne has been a Walking Dead mainstay since Danai Gurira joined the cast in season three. Ahead of AMC releasing the highly anticipated finale following coronavirus delays, Gurira has provided some revealing insight behind the ‘trippiest’ moments of her final episode.
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Before the latest instalment of The Walking Dead was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, viewers tuned in to see the bittersweet departure of Michonne (played by Danai Gurira).
In episode 13, What We Become, Michonne endured a nasty altercation with Virgil (Kevin Carroll), whereupon she was trapped on his island and drugged.
She then departed on a new journey after learning Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) could be out there somewhere after he left in season nine.
The episode stands as Michonne’s final chapter in the TWD franchise for now, though there is a chance she could make her return in the upcoming trilogy of films focusing on Rick’s adventures after the TV show.
Gurira decided to depart from the series after making the leap to play Wakandan soldier Okoye for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Thankfully, the Black Panther star still had time to reflect on some key moments from her final appearance, including Michonne’s surreal vision of her former ally, Andrea (Laurie Holden).
Holden hasn’t featured in the series since Andrea died at the end of season three, but made a reappearance when a drugged Michonne hallucinated their first encounter.
Speaking on filming the strange scene, Gurira said: “It was extremely trippy and it was very trippy to watch also.”
“Probably the one where she turns away from Andrea to see that sort of blended in with the Andrea footage and connected to the new footage was very trippy for me to see that Michonne.
“And play that Michonne who turns away from that woman and that choice of what changed her entire life. For her to not have made that choice. That was very trippy.”
The sequence was an effective reminder for how Michonne has come full circle from a cold-hearted loner to the heart of Rick’s band of survivors.
Following Michonne and Rick’s departures, the series has seen a major cast reshuffle, with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) stepping up as TWD’s main players.
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Meanwhile, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) continues to keep viewers on their toes as one of the show’s most morally ambiguous characters.
Following Negan’s defeat of Whisperer leader Alpha (Samantha Morton), TWD fans are gearing up for Hilltop’s final confrontation with the animalistic faction.
Promotional materials have hinted towards even more deaths in the series, as well as the long-awaited return of Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
The series’ post-production was hit with severe delays following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and fans have been patiently waiting for the arrival of the season finale.
Thankfully, AMC confirmed the episode will air as a one-off special on Sunday, October 4, with production on season 11 hoped to start soon afterwards.
With Michonne absent from the series going forward, the makeup of the series could look a lot different as TWD hurtles towards Robert Kirkman’s original Commonwealth arc from the comic books.
However, with multiple spin-offs and a film trilogy on the way, it’s not unreasonable to assume Danai Gurira will eventually reprise her role as Michonne for a cameo appearance somewhere down the line.
The Walking Dead, A Certain Doom, will air October 4 on AMC. Seasons 1-9 are available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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