Thanks to Entertainment Weekly here's our first look at actress Danai Gurira as Michonne in The Walking Dead season 3. Michonne is the popular katana wielding character from the comic. This is who was under the hood and in the shadows at the end of season 2.
In an interview Robert Kirkman, comic creator and exec producer on the show, explains how the TV version of this character will be different from the comic character.
The essence of the character — her personality, her motives, everything that makes Michonne Michonne — remains intact from the comics. But like a lot of things on the show, there will be little tweaks and differences here and there. We saw that her introduction is slightly different from how it was in the comic, and her interaction with Andrea is really going to be a really cool addition to the character that I think will get television viewers up to speed, and they’ll get to know her a lot faster than comic book readers did.
Kirkman goes on to talk about why Gurira was cast in the role saying,
We looked at a lot of talented people that were really fantastic, but we were waiting for that one spark, that moment where everyone was completely in agreement and completely excited, and we felt like we had found the essence of this fictional character that just randomly appeared in another person, and that person was Danai Gurira. She kind of came in and really just blew us all away. She’s got incredible presence, and she’s got a theater background, and is very physical, and was just perfect for the role.
He then expresses his excitment for the zombie proof fortress setting in season 3,
It looks absolutely amazing. They are shooting the hell out of this prison. It just looks absolutely stunning, and I think when people start seeing trailers and stuff for this season, I think people are just gonna be like, “Wait, what? This is what? I can’t believe this is a TV show!” It’s really creepy, really moody and it’s just gonna be really awesome.
I can't wait for this show to return!! It's going to be amazing! If the creator of the comic is excited, we should be excited as well!