When the third season of "The Walking Dead" kicks off Sunday, there will be one new star player among the series' core ensemble of characters. Her name is Michonne, and fans of the Robert Kirkman comic book that spawned AMC's hit show know her as a katana-wielding warrior whose unfailingly tough, capable exterior guards a deeply wounded soul.
Michonne was glimpsed in Season 2's finale -- she was the hooded figure with the two armless, jawless zombies that Laurie Holden's Andrea stumbled into as she was fleeing the siege at Hershel's farm -- but in the upcoming run of episodes, audiences will get to know actress and playwright Danai Gurira in the role.
Speaking on the Georgia set of the show earlier this year, Gurira, whose previous television credits include HBO's "Treme," said she was thrilled to tackle the challenge of giving screen life to the fan-favorite character. But she was reluctant to spill too many secrets about what specific adventures lay ahead for her.
"I think you can definitely see colors of her character pretty early on," Gurira said of Michonne. "You see what she’s desirous of and what’s she loyal to pretty early on. She definitely trusts her own instincts and she’s definitely hyper-independent for the most part."