Season 9 of AMC's The Walking Dead will bring Danai Gurira's Michonne to a "position of power." Over the last few seasons, Michonne has acted as one of Rick's most trusted confidantes.
The ninth season of the zombie drama will see Rick and company threatened by the possibility of civil war, as Maggie, the leader of the Hilltop, took issue with Rick's decision not to kill Negan at the conclusion of the All-Out War storyline in season 8. Maggie is now making preparations to take action against Rick. Daryl, Rick's right-hand man, appears to be on her side. Though Rick may have his hands full with in-fighting between members of the group, a new threat will soon emerge in the form of the Whisperers.
Showrunner Angela Kang told TVLine that during season 9 Michonne will rise to a "position of power." Kang added that it will be "fun seeing where Michonne goes this season." This suggests that Michonne, who has already been instrumental in many of their past battles, will receive more responsibilities in the upcoming season. As the leader of Alexandria, Rick could give Michonne an official position.
It shows how far Michonne has come since she joined the series in season 3. Michonne wasn't considered to be trustworthy when she first crossed paths with Rick's group, and was even labeled a "loose cannon." Michonne's character has evolved a great deal over the course of the series. She also developed friendships with many of the core characters, particularly Rick and Carl. Michonne has also been a source of strength for Rick. When Rick is faced with a tough decision, he often receives advice from Michonne.
It's possible that Michonne's new position is a sign of things to come for The Walking Dead. This is Rick's last season on the show, so in his absence another character will have to rise up and take his place. Having new responsibilities in the community could give Michonne the experience she'll need to take charge after Rick is gone. With Maggie leaving as well, and Daryl at odds with their current direction, Michonne seems like a likely candidate for Alexandria's next leader. As she shares many of Rick's values and ideas about what Alexandria should be, she could pick up where Rick leaves off and help take Alexandria down a similar path.
The Walking Dead season 9 premieres October 7 on AMC.