If you watched The Walking Dead Season 2 finale last night, and Deadline reports that 9 million of you did, a SPOILER WARNING may not be necessary. However, if you're letting the finale take up space on your DVR and are patiently waiting for another time to watch it, let's just say it was great and you should read this after you've watched it.
So, again, BEWARE OF SPOILERS if you haven't seen the finale...
OK, now let's continue. I think it's important to keep the surprise for folks who weren't aware of the finale's surprises, including the non-death of Hershel (I was convinced he was a goner) and the arrival of Michonne! Such great news. As Robert Kirkman revealed on The Talking Dead, the machete-wielding character has been cast with Danai Gurira (Treme), and will clearly feature heavier in Season 3. For those that have read the comic book, seeing Michonne was a thrill, especially since she arrived much like she did in the comic, with 2 armless and jawless zombies chained to her. Only this time she saved Andrea (Laurie Holden) from certain death.
"She saves Andrea and she's carrying a sword. This is a very strange visual for fans of the show," Kirkman told THR. "Fans of the comic book know all about her and I'm sure are very excited to see her. ... I like to think about how the audience that just watches the show takes that. I think that is such a bizarre and jarring image. It really speaks volumes as to what you're going to be seeing in season three."
Kirkman also mentioned that Season 3 would be "transitioning into a new world" where the survivors are "faced with more adversaries, danger and different kinds of threats" and that Michonne is a "big part of that." We're sure those adversaries include the Governor (David Morrissey), whose casting was announced in February, but could also include Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker). At the Image Expo, Rooker confirmed to Daily Dead that he would be returning in Season 3 and had already lost 20 pounds for the role. Before Morrissey was cast, many speculated that Rooker's character might end up as the Governor, but it could be that he is merely a part of the Governor's men instead. Of course, we're just speculating.