Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Walking Dead Governor and Penny

SPOILERS AHEAD! Stop reading if you haven’t watched the December 2 episode of The Walking Dead.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world pirates. That might be cool.

Michonne (Danai Gurira) killed The Governor's (David Morrissey) daughter, Penny, then stabbed him in the eye with a shard of glass on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 8, midseason finale, "Made to Suffer." This is not the kind of thing he's liable to move past with a shrug and "Sh*t happens." He's probably going to go after her hard.

If you're familiar with the comics, you know one of the storylines is about The Governor raping Michonne. The AMC show has not followed the books' plot too closely, so it remained to be seen if they would go in this direction with The Gov and Michonne. We kind of thought they might go in that direction with The Gov and Maggie (Lauren Cohan). Showrunner Glen Mazzara talked to the L.A. Times before the midseason finale, to talk about how "without a doubt" the Michonne rape storyline could still happen with her or with somebody else.

"Nothing is off the table," Mazzara said. "These are long-running characters and there’s a long-running story to be told but it needs to be told sensitively, realistically, intelligently and respectfully." (Long-running leads us to believe we'll be seeing The Governor, Michonne and company into Season 4.)

One concern for the Gov/Michonne rape storyline is that David Morrissey's Gov isn't the kind of person who has established himself as an evil rapist.

"We really want to show that this is a fully realized person who makes evil choices,” Mazzara continued. “That’s interesting. The other thing is that if he comes out and he brutally rapes people right at the beginning, and our characters don’t punish or eliminate him, they will look ineffective. We have to take our time and tell this story. What you see is a man making a choice to sexually threaten a woman to get information. He’s rendering her powerless, he’s humiliating her, simply to get information. When he finds out that that won’t work, when she surprises him and says, 'Do what you’re going to do and go to hell,' he says I need a different tack. He’s not just into torture for torture’s sake. He wants the information. Now at the end of the mid-season finale, we know what he’s capable of just to get information — imagine what he’ll do if he wants to exact revenge. That scene in Episode 7 plants a seed of who this character is, what he’s capable of. I don’t think that’s our version of the rape story. I think that’s the seed of a larger story to be told with this character."

Yes, imagine what he'll do to exact revenge. That's where we're left. Michonne has an uneasy alliance with Rick, but she's going to have to bond with the prison group and hope they can help her when The Gov gets his resources together and comes for them.

Source: L.A. Times

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