Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Michonne Is All By Herself on The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 9: “After”

Michonne (Danai Gurira) is one of the toughest, if not the toughest character on The Walking Dead, but the moment of relief she had in the Season 4 midseason premiere after she located Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) was so gratifying to watch, and apparently we’ll learn even more about Michonne and her turbulent past is this Sunday’s Episode 11: “Claimed.”

Earlier this month Danai spoke to LA Times Hero Complex about what it’s been like to slowly start to peel back some of her complex character’s layers. “There’s a lot of stuff I had to sit on as Michonne for a long time because she was sitting on it. She’s not interested in revealing her stuff. That’s not how she’s built. That’s not what she’s about,” Danai said. “A lot of her intensity comes from the fact that there are things that are inside her that she doesn’t share. That can make you a pretty intense person. It’s been great to open up those things. We started teasing them out over the course of the season, and it was really great to be able to play certain aspects of her out and have her crack through a couple of things. It was very gratifying to do that, to do that for her, she’s just been such an intense chick for so long.”

But as gratifying as the happier moments are for Danai to play and us to watch, she reasons that the melancholy and intense undertones fit with her character, especially given everything that she’s been through. “It makes total sense that she hasn’t been much of a giggler or a smiler,” Danai declares. “She’s not trying to make you feel comfortable. She’s not trying to make friends. If she makes friends with someone it’s a very genuine thing. It’s nothing she needs. She’s designed her life in the post-apocalyptic realm to not need people, but then she started to realize that that’s just no way to be.”

In Episode 11: “Claimed” we’ll get to see Michonne and Carl go on an “epic” supply run, during which she’s apparently going to reveal even more details about her past to one of the few people she’s managed to sustain a relationship with in the post-apocalyptic world. When Carl and Michonne teamed up in “Clear” we loved seeing how they played off each other and hopefully this Sunday’s episode will be no different.

Whether she fully realizes it yet or not, we think Michonne has started to look at Carl like the son she never had a chance to raise, so it will be especially poignant when she tells him about her own little boy. And after having blamed Rick for the destruction of the prison, we think Carl could benefit from Michonne’s company as well.

When asked about the second half of the season, Danai had this to say: “It’s going to be a really exciting second half, an alteration in pace and tone that’s going to be really thrilling and really rich and allows every character, I think, a great ability for us to get to know them. Who does everyone become as they step out of that prison? Who is everyone going to become? That’s what you start to see in Episode 9 with Carl and with Michonne and then you start to see it more and more.”

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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: LA Times Hero Complex