Michonne (Danai Gurira) is going to be “devastated” in the second half of “The Walking Dead” Season 8.
Michonne and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) bonded over Crazy Morgan and cat kitsch back in “The Walking Dead” Season 3. They further bonded over Crazy Cheese, candy bars, and deep talks after the prison was overrun.
Michonne and Carl were already basically mother and child even before Michonne bonded with Judith, and well before Michonne became a supercouple with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Lori Grimes would’ve approved. (JK, Lori hated everything.)
So while fans were shocked at the news that Carl was bitten in “The Walking Dead” Season 8 midseason finale, and we know Rick Grimes will be heartbroken … what about Michonne? And what about Danai Gurira?
Gurira is now promoting her “Black Panther” role, but she also talked to HuffPost about her reaction to Carl’s death.
“I got a little depressed for a while. Straight up. You’re in the story. You’re in it, and you’re also in a family. It was hard.
Carl and Chandler are a blessing to Michonne and to Danai, you know what I mean? I adore Chandler, and [for] Michonne, Carl is her healer. Everything she and Rick do is to protect Carl, so this is kind of the worst nightmare realized for him to reveal [the bite] at the end of the last episode.
These are very resourceful people who do everything they can. Rick and Michonne don’t really stop easily. What do you do when that’s what you’re facing? So, yeah, I was devastated. Michonne was devastated.”
The entire TWD cast was thrown by the decision to kill off Carl, which completely changes the trajectory of the comic book story. You could see the upside of that being major surprises ahead, at least after All Out War ends.
The war continues — and Carl really will die — when “The Walking Dead” Season 8 returns Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9 p.m. on AMC. Gurira plays warrior Okoye in Marvel’s “Black Panther,” which opens Friday, Feb. 16 in theaters.
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