(NEW YORK) — The third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead gets underway Sunday with a new addition — actress Danai Gurira as the sword-wielding Michonne.
Fans of the post-apocalyptic zombie drama, based on the popular comic series, got their first glimpse of Michonne in the closing moments of last season, when she turned up dragging two armless zombies in chains and then saved Andrea (Laurie Holden) from near death by beheading an attacking walker.
With that auspicious introduction, Gurira, who starred in HBO’s Treme and the indie favorite, The Visitor, takes on one of the comic series’ most beloved characters in one of this season’s major story lines.
“She’s pretty formidable,” Gurira told ABCNews.com. “She is not a people pleaser and she’s not afraid of her own rage. She’s fueled by strategy and sometimes rage. She’s a very active individual.”
Gurira, who is finishing up filming the third season, wouldn’t give away much about what’s ahead, except to say that Michonne “is going through a becoming.”
As to whether Michonne will be back for season four, Gurira had a cryptic answer: “We shall see.”
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