Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Michonne Has Her Katana Ready in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 16: “A”

Michonne’s (Danai Gurira) katana is just as much a part of her as Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) unruly beard is a part of him, but will the badass gal ever ditch the ancient weapon in favor of something a little more current, like a gun?

Members of The Walking Dead cast and crew participated in an awesome Twitter Q&A before the Season 4 finale aired on March 30, and one curious fan wanted to know if Michonne will “ever start using a gun.” TWD showrunner Scott Gimple fielded this inquiry and sent back a concise, yet cryptic response. “yes… Sooner than you think,” he tweeted in reply.  

But does this mean Michonne will be giving up her beloved katana in favor of a gun? Not exactly.

It’s important that we note that this Q&A took place before the Season 4 finale aired. Why is that important to mention, you ask? Because Michonne used a gun in Episode 16 to kill several of the marauders, including the one that was holding her pal Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) hostage. Therefore, Scott’s “sooner than you think” tease may apply to something that’s already occurred.

However, Michonne and the others were required to surrender their weapons when they entered Terminus, so by all accounts she’s currently sans gun and katana. Still, we assume Michonne and the rest of the crew will get their weapons back at some point, and when they do we don’t expect Michonne to ditch her katana for a gun. For starters, she loves that thing. It’s also really efficient, much quieter than firing a gun, and you never have to worry about it running out of bullets.

Would you like to see Michonne pick up a new weapon in Season 5, or do you prefer her with a katana in tow? Tell us what you think in the comments!

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.