Michonne is a character on the Walking Dead I’ve absolutely loved from day one. There are lots of superficial reasons why she hits with fans. She’s beautiful, she walks and talks like a badass in an amazingly feminine sort of Clint Eastwood sort of way, and she carries a friggin samurai sword for Pete’s sake.
But get beyond that and the character really starts to represent quite a bit more. As actress Danai Gurira has said: She represents what happens to women in war particularly women’s bodies.
Open a news paper or site and you’ll invariably be inundated with stories of war and fighting throughout the Middle East, Africa and all sorts of hot spots around the world.
Dig a little deeper and you’ll find stories of women hard used, tortured and attacked. Though this happens in every country even in times of peace, Michonne represents what happens in an environment where the normal laws have broken down and anarchy rules. No punishment will come to the men who now roam the world and give in to their more animalistic natures.
She’s a badass, she’s an incredible comic book figure, but she’s much more interesting when viewed in the light of a woman trying to survive a hard world.