Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Walking Dead casts Treme’s Danai Gurira as Michonne

Treme actress Danai Gurira will play Walking Dead character Michonne, a katana-wielding survivor who is one of the few people who knows exactly how to stay alive in a zombified world.

The character, who drags along two armless, toothless zombies on chains, made a brief appearance on Sunday’s Walking Dead season-two finale. She arrived just in time to save Andrea (Lori Holden) from a walker. Her face was barely seen from under a hood.

But in Sunday’s Talking Dead, the recap show that follows each episode, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman said Gurira had landed the role.

Fans seem excited for Michonne’s arrival: The character is one of the most popular in Kirkman’s comics, which inspired the series. And in a Talking Dead poll, 66 percent of participants said her appearance was their favorite moment of the season finale.

The casting is the second major one announced for the show’s third season, premiering this fall. David Morrissey has been cast as villain The Governor, who also happens to keep a zombie on a chain, at least in the comics.

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