Danai Gurira on Michonne’s Journey and New ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Being a “Very Powerful Storyteller”
She was easily one of the most anticipated characters to come off the page and into AMC‘s The Walking Dead, and Danai Gurira has simply nailed it with her Michonne. At least in my opinion, I believe she’s perfectly portrayed the stoic and lonely warrior, especially as she’s grown and transitioned from solitary figure to integral member of Rick’s zombie slaying squad. There’s still so much of Michonne to come and I can’t wait to see where Gurira and new showrunner, Scott Gimple, take her.
Gurira recently chatted with Comic Book Resources‘ Jason Tabrys – hey, why’s that name sound so familiar? – about a number of things from Michonne’s growth this season, her future, to that sweet sword. She has nothing but praise for the new showrunner, Gimple, which certainly makes me less worried about Glen Mazzara leaving knowing it’ll be in Gimple’s capable hands.
CBR: What do you think you’re going to miss most about outgoing showrunner Glen Mazzara and what’s do you think Scott Gimple is going to bring to the role next season?
DG: Well, I can’t go into that. That’s a little personal. But, you know, I think that Glen is very talented, so I’m not worried about his next step — I think they will be great and he will do great things. And I also think that Scott — they brought someone up into the role from within the family, which, of course, makes the transition much easier for us, and you know, Scott wrote “Clear.”
CBR: Yeah, that’s the thing that stuck out for me. I thought the episode was — next to the pilot — probably the second best episode of the show’s run.
DG: Yeah, that’s what Andrew Lincoln said as well, and I agree. I think that [Scott Gimple] is a very powerful storyteller. You know, I’ve spent a lot of time with him because he tends to write the episodes that I’m heavy in, like this one and “Hounded.” I think that he brings some very amazing stuff to this world, so I’m excited for him and his ability as well.
I think we can all agree that “Clear” will stand as one of The Walking Dead’s best, and I wasn’t aware it was Gimple who wrote it! More of same, please.
Head on over to CBR to read the full interview, you won’t be disappointed!