AMC's "The Walking Dead" Finds Its Michonne

Warning: This article contains spoilers about last night's season finale of "The Walking Dead."

In the aftermath of the bloody Season 2 finale of "The Walking Dead," AMC has announced the casting of "Treme" actress >Danai Gurira as Michonne, the sword-wielding heroine of the long-running horror comic.

The news comes less than a month after the addition of veteran English actor David Morrissey ("Doctor Who," "State of Play") as The Governor, the ruthless dictator of Woodbury, Georgia. The two fan-favorite-characters play central roles in the third season of the hit television series as the survivors move from Hershel Greene's farm to, presumably, The Prison.

Michonne was introduced in the final moments of last night's episode as a hooded figure, with two armless and jawless walkers shackled behind her, who rescues Andrea (played by Laurie Holden) from an attacking zombie.

Debuting in "The Walking Dead" #19, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, Michonne joined Rick's group at The Prison after saving Otis from a group of walkers, and played a major part in The Governor storyline. The April issue of "Playboy," on stands now, contains a short story by Kirkman and Adlard that delves into the character's origins.

A playwright as well as an actress, Gurira had a recurring role on HBO's "Treme," and guest appearances on NBC's "Law and Order" and Fox's "Lie to Me."

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC this fall with a 16-episode third season.

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