What Happens Next: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Details Revealed

Ever since The Walking Dead became a hit TV show for AMC, fans of Robert Kirkman’s survival horror comic book series have been waiting for certain iconic moments to be translated  to the screen. If there is one thing that season 2 of The Walking Dead has taught us, it is that the minds behind the television version have plenty of surprises in store, in terms of how and when those milestone comic moments happen onscreen.

Withe the season 2 finale now aired, Walking Dead fans are already looking ahead to season 3, which show creator Frank Darabont hinted would include fan-favorite character Michonne – a hint later echoed by Robert Kirkman himself. Now we know who is playing the iconic role of Michonne: Danai Gurira, best known for her guest role as Jill, on HBO’s Treme.

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In other Walking Dead news, Daily Dead reports that actor Michael Rooker let it be known that his character Merle (seen above) will indeed be back in season 3. Will he be a hallucination once again? Or will he be in cahoots with a certain Governor? Only time will tell. In the meantime, read on for some details about Michonne.

[Warning!!! Next Page Contains Walking Dead Season 2 Finale SPOILERS!!!]

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If you saw the Walking Dead season 2 finale then you know that Michonne is already very much a part of the show, having shown up for an epic last-minute samurai-sword-save before poor Andrea (Laurie Holden) ended up as zombie chow. Check out the official announcement about the Michonne casting from AMC:

AMC has cast actress Danai Gurira (Treme/The Visitor) in the coveted role of Michonne in its original series, “The Walking Dead.” Tonight’s season two finale first featured the iconic character who will reappear in season three of the AMC series.  Michonne, a fan favorite from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, is a mysterious woman armed with a sword.

What a great description of the character: “a mysterious woman with a sword.” Totally demonstrates what makes the character so beloved by so many.

To elaborate on AMC’s official breakdown: Michonne is a fascinating character in The Walking Dead comic primarily because she is so very badass. Imagine Clint Eastwood’s Man with no Name character as a black woman with a name, and a samurai sword instead of a six-shooter. The fact that she is the one character in the zompocalypse to make the obvious good use of a samurai sword instantly makes her endearing. The fact that she may not have it all together mentally keeps her exciting. Gurira has won a coveted role and we’re excited to see what she can do with it, as she walks the precarious tightrope that is playing a fan-favorite comic book character.

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Rick and his diminished band of survivors are now camped so close to the iconic prison from the comics; Michonne has been thrown in the mix; Merle is sure to show his ugly face again; and we know that Basic Instinct 2 actor David Morrissey is playing the Governor, perhaps the most iconic villain in the series. Needless to say, Walking Dead season 3 is looking like a great time.

The Walking Dead starts filming in May for its fall 2012 season 3 premiere date.

Sources: AMC & Daily Dead