In honor of the recent release of the first episode in The Walking Dead’s newest mini-series, The Walking Dead: Michonne, this week’s Another Castle is honoring the gritty, hard-eyed lady herself – Michonne.
Keep in mind that since there’s only been one episode of the game’s season and there isn’t much yet to spoil game-wise, I don’t quite know how true the game holds to the TV show, so there may be spoilers for that.
Now that that’s out of the way, on to the show!
Age: Early 30’s
Personality: Michonne is quiet and calculating. She can be merciful towards the people she meets, but her sacrifices leading up to the game’s storyline have taught her better than to stick her neck out for others. She is resourceful and brave, unafraid to dive forward to stick her machete into a walker’s head should the need arise.
Abilities: Machete Wielding, Strategy
Her game series: The Walking Dead: Michonne
Why she rocks: Although we don’t know much about Michonne’s story yet, we do know that she’s already adapted to whatever fresh hell the world’s descended into.
She’s comfortable traveling on her own or in a pack and isn’t afraid to make the hard decisions. Michonne will just as soon choose to risk her life to save someone else’s as she will kill someone if need be. She isn’t one to let emotions cloud her judgement, but she can be compassionate, and that goes a long way in a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland. She is saddled with a lot of guilt, and though we don’t know exactly why, we do know it seems to have to do with her daughters. Despite being riddled with that guilt, she is able to carry on and keep fighting.
Emotional stuff aside however, Michonne is just so badass in general. No one has ever not looked cool swinging a machete around and Michonne is no exception.
Why you should play her game: Besides the critical acclaim The Walking Dead, video game, TV show, and graphic novel has received, and besides the wonderful, unique art style, Michonne’s mini-series already shows great promise that’ll hold true to the series track record. The cast is diverse, which is always something you want to support, and let’s face it, zombies are a classic. Tropes are tropes for a reason.
In terms of The Walking Dead: Michonne, it’s storyline can stand by itself independently of the main The Walking Dead video game series and TV show. If you’re looking for a little something-something, but don’t want to commit to a huge series, this is definitely for you.
Why we’re glad she’s out here reppin’ for the ladies: Michonne is another example of great writing in a woman. She has depth to her character without making her too much of a cliché. Yes, Michonne is a great marriage of warrior and emotional – which doesn’t always happen in some games.
Michonne is a dangerous and ruthless fighter in terms of her own survival, seemingly devoid of any sort of motherly tendencies, yet the past that is continually hinted at in the first episode might suggest otherwise.
As of right now, Michonne has absolutely no romantic ties or interests, which isn’t too surprising given that The Walking Dead doesn’t tend to take their stories in that direction, but I always love to see a female character that truly stands on her own. Even better, there are options to make Michonne 100% done with the males in her story, which is just a nice cherry on top of the human flesh cake.
So yes, all in all, Michonne headlining her own game, as a bad-ass woman of color who gets to swing a machete around and cleave zombie’s heads in two – that’s everything I need in my life and I know you need it too.
I mentioned Michonne’s video game debut back in my article about female protagonists galore at E3 2015 and honestly now that her game is out, it might be just what I need to finally pick up a series I’ve been curious about for a long time.
The Walking Dead: Michonne episode one, “In Too Deep”, is out now! Keep an eye out for episode two, “Give No Shelter”, which is coming out sometime later this month.