E Online spoke to Danai Gurira on Dec. 31 about her 2012 breakout performance as Michonne in "The Walking Dead." The actress also touched on what fans can come to expect from her in 2013 when the show picks back up for the second half of the third season.
Michonne remains one of the most popular characters from "The Walking Dead" comic book series, and her arrival was almost as anticipated as that of The Governor. Gurira showed up as a special treat in the season two finale and has played a major role throughout the third season of the series.
Gurira said in the interview that she wasn't really nervous about taking on the role as a huge fan favorite character because, while she wants fans to be happy, she prefers to just play the character the writers created on the page for her to portray. She did say that she watched the first season of the show and then read the comics to prepare herself for the role.
"I felt like she had a war vet's type of PTSD [post traumatic stress disorder], so I used PTSD materials and books," Gurira said. "That definitely influenced Michonne as well."
That makes sense because the two zombie slaves she arrived with was her boyfriend and his best friend, the only contacts she had back to her life before the zombie apocalypse.
Gurira also talked about the pivotal moment before the mid-season break where she kills The Governor's zombie daughter Penny. While part of her feels that she was doing it to set Penny free, part of her also believes it was revenge against The Governor.
"He took what I loved away [Andrea] and tried to kill me, so this is my perfect act of vengeance," Gurira said.
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 9 p.m. EST.
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