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- "We're still alive, Rick. So much has happened, so much that we shouldn't have lived through. And despite it or maybe because of it, we did. We're still here. The two of us. We're still standing, and we're gonna keep standing, so what do we do with that? How do we make that mean something? We're the ones who get things done, you said that. We're the ones who live. That's why we have to fight. Not for us. But for Judith, for Carl, for Alexandria, for the Hilltop, for all of us. We can fight them, Rick. We can find a way to beat them. We can do this. But... only if, we can do this."
- —Michonne telling Rick to fight the Saviors[src]
Michonne (pronounced mih-SHOWN) is a main character and survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. After the loss of her entire family, Michonne originally became a darker, ruthless and pragmatic survivor. After the Greene family farm was overrun by zombies, Michonne encountered Andrea where the two developed a close friendship throughout surviving together all winter until they eventually encountered Phillip Blake and entered Woodbury. After leaving Woodbury she soon encountered Rick Grimes. Though initially distrustful of each other they later began to develop trust between them and upon her bonding with Carl she became an integral core member of Rick Grimes's group as well as becoming his right-hand woman, as well as eventually forming a relationship with him.
Michonne tends to work alone and keeps much of her past secret, even towards Andrea, but possesses a keen sense of intuition. Michonne once said that she "trusts her gut" when it comes to other survivors. After the loss of her boyfriend, she suffered from hallucinations in which she would talk to him. It was revealed that she likes art and/or sculptures as she looted a cat sculpture and claimed that it was "too damn gorgeous" to leave behind. When she first comes to the group she is very quiet. As time goes on, however, she gradually opens up to the group, specifically Rick and Carl, and becomes accepted by the whole group.
Michonne appeared to have an aversion to babies, as she vehemently refused to hold Rick's daughter Judith until Beth Greene forced her to, and, while looking at Judith, shed tears, before hugging Judith close. Michonne later establishes that this is a manifestation of the guilt she feels for losing her own son, Andre.
Toward the end of the fifth season when she and the group get to Alexandria, unlike most of the group,after some initial skepticism, she settles in to her new lifestyle quite quickly, and gets a new job as a policeman aside Rick. As part of this she decides shes more ready to live again and in response, hangs up her sword on the wall. When she next goes outside the walls again, for the first time in days, she starts to feel uncomfortable about being on the outside and is internally struggling with the want or need to be on the outside, and at the same time, finds solace the the fact that she did not reach for her sword. When she later sees Rick having his tantrum after beating up Pete, she quickly steps in and knocks him out to avoid the risk of the group being kicked out. However, after Pete finds her sword and tries to kill Rick with it, ending in Reg and Pete's deaths, she debates putting the sword back on the wall. She decides to put it on her back again, indicating she's reached a balance between wanting to try and never wanting to forget.
Not much is known regarding Michonne's early life other than she originated from a middle class academic realm family, where she grew up with a keen interest in both modern art and literature. At some point (presumably around her late 20s to early 30s) she entered into a relationship with her boyfriend Mike. They went on to have a son named Andre, whom Michonne affectionately nicknamed "Peanut"; the three lived together as a middle-class family and presumably enjoyed a privileged and lavished lifestyle. 
Michonne also came to befriend Mike's closest friend Terry, whereupon the trio came to share a valued interest in Art. They grew to become an art enthusiast group, and during this period they visited several art museums and exhibitions where they critically evaluated and discussed the exhibitions located there (one exhibit included a gorilla seemingly driving a car). 
After the onset of the outbreak, Michonne claimed to have found a katana upon which she honed her survival skills to perfection as a result of encountering and killing walkers day-by-day. At some point later Michonne, alongside Mike, Terry and the then-three year old Andre journeyed to a refugee camp where they settled. Over time, however, several members abandoned the camp due to events worsening. Michonne chose to remain there despite this, which often resulted in several arguments between the trio.
After arriving back from a supply run, she tragically discovered the camp had been overrun. At the time, Mike and Terry had been high on drugs and so were unable to fight, which resulted in Andre being devoured by walkers and the two becoming bitten. Experiencing bitterness and hatred, Michonne coldly allowed them to turn, amputated their arms and lower jaws and chained them up. She travelled with them closely behind her at all times to avoid being seen by walkers, as their undead status provided camouflage.
Morally broken from her losses, Michonne spent her time aimlessly surviving in the apocalypse, keeping low and avoided all contact with other survivors who she encountered; upon recalling these tragic events she described herself as being 'gone for a long time'.
After Hershel Greene's farm was overrun with zombies, most of the group escaped by motor vehicle and traveled back to the highway, but Andrea was thought to have been killed and was left behind. She was still alive, however, and was chased into the woods on foot, where she apparently spent the entire night fleeing from walkers. She soon runs out of ammunition and ends up pinned by a walker, too exhausted to fight him. She is suddenly rescued by a katana-wielding hooded figure, who decapitates the walker. The hooded figure has two walkers shackled to her, with both of their arms and lower jaws cut off. Later, the rescuer is revealed to be Michonne.
Michonne is shown in a local pharmacy searching for medical supplies when she runs into a group of walkers, all of which she decapitates with her katana. She is shown taking the aspirins to an influenza-ridden Andrea, who has taken refuge along with her at a local game cooler. Andrea tries to convince Michonne to leave her, but Michonne refuses and the two ultimately decide to move out as the walkers begin to advance on their location.
While traveling on the road, Michonne and Andrea see a mysterious plume of smoke in the distance. Going to investigate it, they discover a crashed helicopter. Michonne chains her walkers to a tree and tells Andrea to stay hidden in the bushes while she goes to investigate the helicopter. She discovers the bodies of the soldiers who were inside.
A group of armed men arrive on the scene, and Michonne and Andrea hide in the bushes to watch them. They see The Governor stab a man in the head, even though he already appeared dead. Michonne's walkers begin to make too much noise, and Michonne decapitates them to prevent their location being compromised. However, Andrea and Michonne are surprised from behind by Merle Dixon, who orders them to drop their weapons. Andrea then faints.
They are taken by vehicle to Woodbury, where they are kept locked in a room and placed under guard. After Andrea is taken care of, Merle comes to the room. Andrea fills him in on what has happened since Atlanta, and Michonne is visibly suspicious of Merle. When The Governor arrives, Michonne demands that they be given their weapons back, but The Governor insists that they stay for the night.
The Governor shows the two women around Woodbury, showing them the sturdy fence built around the town. Michonne becomes increasingly suspicious of him. She refuses to give out much information about herself, leaving Andrea to do most of the talking. Michonne's introverted nature causes a slight rift between her and Andrea, who claims she knows almost nothing about her.
Michonne again demands to have her sword back, but The Governor does not allow it, telling her she is safe in Woodbury. After he and his group of men return from a troop, he addresses the town's population, telling him that they encountered an army group on the road. He tells them that they did not have a fence like Woodbury did, and that the "biters" got to them before he could.
Michonne's suspicions about The Governor continue when she investigates the army vehicles. After finding blood trails and bullet holes in the vehicles, she is confronted by The Governor. He asks her to join his ranks, which she declines.
She makes plans to leave with Andrea on the same day; she intends for them to head to the coast, where Michonne believes they will be safe. However, Andrea returns later in the day after talking with The Governor, and asks an angry Michonne to stay a few more days.
When The Governor plans a party for Woodbury, Michonne's suspicions are raised. After he leaves his office, she sneaks in to retrieve her sword. She removes her katana and comes across his notebook. She discovers that he has written a series of names on the paper, underlining the name "Penny." Michonne flips through several pages of the book, realizing that he has made a series of marks page after page (perhaps a sign of his insanity). She hears a noise coming from the closet, but before she can open the door, footsteps are heard outside the door.
Hiding behind a wall, Michonne watches The Governor, Merle, and Milton Mamet enter. Milton complains that they should postpone the night's events, saying that they do not need to use up the resources he needs for his experiment. The Governor convinces him to have fun for the night, then get back to his experiment in the morning. Michonne sneaks out of the window after they leave.
She enters an apparently deserted area filled with sand and a cage behind the building. Hearing growling from the cages, she discovers a handful of walkers inside. Smirking to herself, Michonne breaks open the lock to the cage door and lets them out while drawing her katana. Michonne skillfully puts down all of the walkers, and just as she finishes, Tim arrives with a bucket of meat to feed them.
Michonne is next seen back in The Governor's office, seated. The Governor seats himself across from her at his desk and scolds her for trespassing into the area. He claims he has nothing to hide, to which Michonne replies, "People with nothing to hide don't usually feel the need to say so." He also lets her know he is not happy that she has been snooping around, and that other people want her out of Woodbury. Instead of kicking her out, he makes her an offer to join the research team.
Michonne jumps up and takes him by surprise, snatching back her katana and holding it against his throat. She backs away, then storms out, sparing his life. When Andrea returns from her talk with The Governor, Michonne begins packing supplies to leave. However, Andrea is still reluctant to go. Michonne again warns her that Woodbury is not what it seems.
Michonne and Andrea make their way to the gate, where they plan to sneak out during the daytime. Merle stops them and says they will need an escort to leave. Andrea becomes agitated and asks Michonne to stay. "You coming or not?" Michonne asks. When Andrea hesitates, Michonne says, "You slowed me down anyway." She then leaves Woodbury without Andrea, leaving her to watch through the gap in the wall.
Michonne has fled Woodbury and is being hunted by Merle, Crowley, Tim, and Gargulio. She managed to kill Crowley and Tim, but was shot in the thigh by Merle when she was attempting to flee. She continues to run until she met up with Merle and the other remaining man, Gargulio. She attempts ambushing them again but Merle managed to knock her sword away. Luckily, a group of walkers attacked them, giving her time to retrieve her katana and flee.
During her walk, she comes upon a few walkers, but the guts from a walker showered her earlier, camouflaging her smell, causing the walkers to ignore her. She later witnessed Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene in a store and watched through a car window while the two were abducted by Merle.
Seeing all of the supplies that Glenn and Maggie scavenged, she takes it all and somehow finds her way to the prison. Rick Grimes approaches her from outside of the prison fence, seeing that she is carrying the supplies, surrounded by walkers who do not attack her because of a walker's guts that were spilled on her earlier.
Michonne arrives at the prison with walkers surrounding her. Rick notices her outside the fence, but runs off without acting. Carl questions if they should help her, but Rick does not reply. They witness Michonne fighting off the walkers, but she ends up passing out from her leg's pain. The walkers pounce on her, but Rick and Carl shoot them before they infect her. They take her inside the prison, asking where she came from and how she knew Glenn and Maggie. Hershel Greene assists with her injuries, and she later accompanies the group to Woodbury to attack and free the prisoners. On the way there, they end up in a cabin, where they encounter a dead dog and a hermit. He seems to not be aware of the apocalypse, and warns that he will call the cops. Rick replies with humor, revealing that he is a cop. When he attempts to run and open the door to the waiting walkers, Michonne stabs him with her katana in the back. The crew decides that there is no escape, and decide on throwing the old man to the walkers as a distraction. They run out the back door and make their way to Woodbury, planning to attack.
Michonne, Rick, Daryl Dixon, and Oscar invade Woodbury through a passageway she reveals to them. After the group successfully rescues Glenn and Maggie, Michonne breaks off from the group and sneaks into Philip's home. After sitting in a chair, she hears a rustling and discovers Penny. Michonne attempts to free Penny from her restraints but sees she is a walker. Michonne attempts to put down Penny, but Philip arrives. Philip puts his weapons aside and pleads for Michonne not to hurt his daughter. Michonne reminds Philip that Penny is already dead, and stabs Penny through the head and a fight takes place between the two. Philip gains the upper hand until Michonne pulls a shard of glass from a broken aquarium and stabs Philip through his right eye. Michonne attempts to kill him with her katana, but Andrea moves in and Michonne leaves after the two glare at each other. Michonne rejoins the rescue team outside of Woodbury, but is held at gunpoint by Rick and the group, Rick demanding to know where she went. Michonne reminds the group that they will need her help rescuing Daryl and getting back safely to the prison.
Michonne waits by the road with Glenn while Rick and Maggie attack Woodbury. Michonne and Glenn attempt to attack Merle when they witness him returning with Rick, Maggie, and Daryl, but she is stopped by Rick. The group discusses the matter and decides not to allow Michonne to stay, as she is a "loose cannon," and Rick informs her that she has to leave after she all of her wounds are healed. Hershel doctors her back at The Prison, stating that she has received a concussion, and it may be days before she is well again.
Michonne witnesses Rick on the bridge all by himself when he sees Lori standing there. In the common room, Glenn mentions his plan to organize a sneak attack on Woodbury and execute The Governor, wanting Michonne to accompany him. During the attack at the prison by the Woodbury soldiers who unleash a herd of Walkers using a delivery van, Michonne and Glenn successfully rescue Hershel from the approaching walkers.
Michonne is seen doing some physical exercises while Merle speaks to her, trying to make peace by saying, "I done a lot of things I ain't proud of," he says. "Hope we can get past it." Michonne glares silently back at him. After the arrival of Andrea she sees Michonne with Rick's group. Later while outside, Andrea accuses Michonne of turning the group against her. Michonne counters that Andrea is living under The Governor's spell and reveals that he sent Merle to kill her. Michonne says she went back to Woodbury to unmask The Governor, adding, "I knew it would hurt you." Michonne is later seen at night while Beth is singing. Rick tells Daryl and Hershel he's taking Michonne and Carl on a run for more guns the next day.
Michonne is on a run along with Rick and Carl, in the hopes of finding more weapons. They reach King County and stumble upon an armed man, who tells them to drop their weapons. A shootout ensues. Michonne manages to reach the man's location but he's gone. Later when they realize the man is Morgan Jones, who helped Rick after the latter awoke from a coma early in the apocalypse, they drag him back to the building where he is staying. She tells Rick that Morgan is dangerous, and possibly crazy. Later she accompanies Carl who wants to find a baby crib for Judith, and a picture of Lori, wanting his sister to know what her mother looked like. She manages to retrieve the picture, gaining Carl's trust, and later she tells Rick that she knows that he sees people, and reveals that she used to talk to her dead boyfriend.
Michonne is seen in the common room when Glenn gives the order to fortify their position. Michonne later attempts to intervene during the brawl between Merle and Glenn. Merle attempts to talk Michonne into accompanying him on his assassination mission, but Michonne declines, due to the mission putting Rick, Hershel, and Daryl in the crossfire.
The episode opens with a flashback to when Michonne and Andrea were camping in the winter. As the two eat, Andrea asks about her pet walkers. Michonne ignores her and declines a chance to talk about it. However, Michonne says they were not human to begin with and that they deserved what they got.
Michonne conceives a plan to lay spike strips at the prison for when The Governor arrives. "We don't have to win," Michonne later tells Rick of the plan. "We just have to make their getting at us more trouble than it's worth."
Merle later takes Michonne to the tombs under the pretense of clearing out walkers. He then knocks her unconscious, drags her to the boiler room and binds her wrists.
Later, Merle walks Michonne down an abandoned road and explains The Governor's proposition. He says Rick would never have gone through with it. "But not you," she says. Merle tells Michonne that this is his chance to save Daryl and the others. Michonne notes that Merle has a conscience, but Merle disagrees: "I've killed 16 men since all this went down," he says.
At an abandoned motel, Merle tethers Michonne to a post while he hotwires a car. He accidentally triggers the alarm, attracting walkers. Michonne is forced to fight off walkers while her hands are bound. They hop in the car and peel out of the parking lot.
In the car, Michonne tells Merle that the prison group would have eventually welcomed him, but he chose to be an outsider. He calls her an outsider, too. "Maybe," she says, "but once The Governor's done with me, at least I won't have to live with myself."
Michonne wonders why Merle wants to help The Governor when he's the one who turned Merle into a killer. "You know we can go back," she says. Merle stops the car, cuts her bindings and sets her free, giving her sword back. "I got something I gotta do," he says before he drives off alone.
Daryl later runs into Michonne, who tells him Merle let her go. He tells her not to send help and continues on after Merle. Later, Rick is looking from the guard tower and sees Michonne making her way back to the prison.
In the cell block, Michonne forgives Rick for considering The Governor's offer and thanks him for allowing her into the group. After the attack, she accompanies Rick and Daryl on a trip to Woodbury to end it all. They are allowed in by Tyreese and Sasha Williams. They are then led to where Philip kept Glenn and Maggie, to see if Andrea is there. They find a small pool of blood at a scrap metal door. They open it to find Andrea, "burning up," with a bite on her neck. While the others go just outside after Rick gives her a gun to kill herself, Michonne stays with her friend to comfort her and ensure that she is not allowed to turn. She is later seen at the prison, along with the others.
Michonne rides into the prison on Flame, returning from a scouting trip. Rick tells her, "We're glad to see you", to which she replies, "Glad to see you, too." She gives a stack of comics to Carl, asking that he let her read them after he's done. She also gives a razor to Rick, joking "Your face is losing the war." Michonne tells Rick and Daryl that she "didn't find him," referring to Philip. Michonne says that she considered going to Macon, but Daryl says she would have to go through "seventy miles of walkers." Michonne believes it would be worth it. When Daryl brings up the supply run with the others, Michonne volunteers to go with him, although Carl objects that she just got back. "And I'll be back," she promises.
When Sasha's group makes a supply run to Big Spot, Daryl reveals he set up a boom box to draw walkers away from the area. Michonne is later listening to Zach and Daryl talk, and Zach tells her he has been trying to guess what Daryl did for a living before the turn. When Zach guesses a homicide cop, Michonne laughs and says that it makes sense. Before the group goes inside, Michonne asks Daryl, "We gonna do this Detective?"
Inside the store, Michonne is shopping with a cart when she runs into a Frankenstein cardboard cut-out that looks like a walker. She cuts it apart with her katana.
After Bob Stookey knocks down a shelf, walkers begin dropping in from the roof and Michonne helps the others fight them. However Zach is bitten and a broken helicopter falls through the roof. The group barely escapes in time.
Michonne is later seen in her cell at the prison that night, looking at a map. She traces a route to Macon with her finger.
Michonne sets out again for another run, and asks Carl and Rick if they want anything for her to grab. After Michonne leaves, she hears gunshots being fired from the prison, and rushes back. She enters through the gate that Carl opens for her but is caught by two walkers. Carl shoots one of the walkers down while Michonne injures her foot trying to get the other walker off her. She is carried back to the prison by Maggie and Carl and is treated for her foot injury by Beth.
While talking with Beth, Michonne tells Beth that she thinks Maggie and Carl's decision to save her and risk their lives was stupid. Beth lets Michonne know that people risk their lives for others because they care for them. Michonne is irritated by Judith's crying, so Beth takes her out to sing her a song. Michonne is doing exercises trying to strengthen her foot when Judith suddenly throws up on Beth. Beth asks Michonne to hold Judith while she cleans herself up, and she reluctantly agrees. Michonne stares into Judith's eyes and begins to weep, as she holds the baby close.
Michonne attends the council meeting held in the library to determine what needs to be done about the sick people. Daryl plans a supply run to get medicine and Michonne volunteers. Hershel says that Michonne being in the car with Daryl May make her sick, to which she jokes, "He's already given me fleas."
Back outside, she and Daryl are looking at Zach's car. Daryl says he is glad Michonne is there. She asks "Where else would I be?" to which he responds, "Running off." Michonne says "You know I'm not running off." They are talking about her trips to search for the Governor.
Later, Daryl is driving Zach's car with Michonne, Bob, and Tyreese riding with him on the supply run. Daryl reminds Michonne that he knows she doesn't run off, but he insists the Governor's trail has gone cold and he would help Michonne look for him if it were any other way. Michonne does not reply. A voice comes on the radio saying "Those who arrive survive." Daryl is distracted by the radio and runs into walkers. The group realizes there are thousands of walkers coming towards them, and Daryl tries to back out. The car gets stuck and Michonne and the others fight their way out of the vehicle. They are pursued by walkers in the woods.
With no car, the group is forced to walk in the woods and seems to have left the giant herd behind. Daryl finds a piece of jasper in the grass and berates Michonne for not being around, and Michonne jokes that the color looks good on him.
The group later discovers a car parked at an auto shop, but it is covered by vines and tree bushes. As they cut through the bushes, Tyreese relentlessly hacks away, knocking the handle off a door. Walkers begin coming through the bushes and Tyreese gets tackled by one because he wouldn't let it go.
Later Michonne and Tyreese are hacking at the bushes together, and Michonne tells him that he has every right to be angry, but his anger would make him stupid and get him killed. Tyreese asks her if she is still angry about the Governor. Michonne says that she would cut him in half if he was standing there, but not because she's angry, but because it needs to be done. Tyreese asks her why she is still looking for him, to which she replies "I don't know."
The group gets into the college and finds a medicine cabinet. Michonne takes what Bob tells her to get. They are chased by walkers down a hall and Tyreese throws a fire extinguisher through a window to escape. They climb out to the roof, but Bob trips and his bag is caught by walkers below. He gets his bag back, but Daryl opens it to find a bottle of alcohol inside. Daryl says that he will beat Bob into the ground if he takes one sip before the people at the prison get their medicine.
Michonne takes the driver's seat and tells Daryl that he was right. She has decided to quit running off to search for the Governor because the trail has gone cold. Daryl replies "good," and Michonne drives them back towards the prison.
Michonne, Daryl and the others return to the prison with the medicine shortly after the walker attack that night. Michonne is seen the next morning dragging bodies and stacking them in a trailer hooked to a Jeep. She asks Hershel if he'd like to help her and he replies "Hell yeah." They get in the vehicle together.
When The Governor arrives at the prison, he discovers Michonne and Hershel outside the fences getting rid of the walker corpses from the previous night. He then aims his gun at the both of them.
While burning bodies outside the prison, The Governor appears and knocks Michonne out with the butt of his gun before holding Hershel at gunpoint, forcing him to drop his own gun. Michonne and Hershel are taken to The Governor's camp and kept tied up in his RV. The Governor tells them they will help him take the prison, and he explains to Michonne that he understands his daughter was dead now. Michonne says she is going to kill him to which he replies that she won’t.
Michonne and Hershel are later revealed as The Governor’s hostages when he tries to take over the prison. When The Governor partially decapitates Hershel with Michonne’s katana, she is shown to be shocked. When the shootout between the two groups begins, she is able to roll away and tries to cut her bonds on a car bumper, killing one of The Governor’s men in the process.
As The Governor is choking Rick in the yard, Michonne plunges her katana through his chest. She helps Rick to his feet, who asks where Carl is, and she responds she doesn’t know. As he stumbles off, she turns back and watches The Governor writhing on the ground clutching his chest. Instead of finishing him off, she leaves him to die in pain.
While escaping the prison, Michonne encounters the body of her horse, Flame, and creates two new pets from zombified members of the Governor's militia. She finds the freshly reanimated head of Hershel and puts the walker head of her friend down and mournfully caresses it while holding back her tears. After that, she leaves the prison and finds two fresh human footprints but decides not to follow the footprints and go off on her own into the woods. She finds a car and rests for the day inside of it. That night, she dreams of her former life with her lover Mike, his friend Terry, and her son. In her dream, things rapidly progress from their idyllic life to the devastation of the apocalypse, and she wakes up screaming. The next day, while traveling with a walker herd under camouflage, Michonne repeatedly sees a walker who looks identical to how she would if she were dead. This realization causes her to snap and cling to her life. She heatedly executes the entire walker herd and begins crying. Finally, she follows the tracks Rick and Carl left behind and finds a bar with a dead walker and a note. She rests for a minute and begins talking to her dead boyfriend in her mind. She says she misses him and their son and that they could've lived and been with her. She continues following Rick and Carl's tracks, eventually finding them inside a house. With tears of joy she knocks on the door to be let in.
Michonne joins Carl at the table in the house to eat cereal for breakfast. She remarks that she wishes they had soy milk, to which Carl shows disgust and tells her the story of how he tried soy milk in the third grade. He mentions that he would rather drink Judith's formula, but becomes upset at the mention of her name and leaves the room.
Michonne then joins Rick in the kitchen. Rick thanks her for making Carl laugh and says that Carl needs her. Rick says that if she ever needs a break from that responsibility to take it, but Michonne says that she is done taking breaks. Michonne asks if they will make the house their home or keep moving and Rick says that they will figure it out. Michonne says they need more supplies and that she will go with Carl. When Rick offers to come along she objects and convinces him to rest one more day. Rick tells Carl and Michonne to be back by noon.
Michonne notices that Carl is still quiet and obviously troubled by his Judith comment, so she tries to cheer him up. She reveals she found string cheese in one of the houses and covers her mouth in cheese while growling like a walker, trying to make him laugh. Carl doesn't laugh, and Michonne apologizes and says she isn't good at making boys his age laugh. She says she was better with toddlers. When Carl asks what she meant, Michonne reveals she had a 3 year-old son. Carl questions her further about it, but Michonne says she will only answer one question at a time, after they have cleared each room in the house.
Michonne reveals that her son's name was Andre Anthony, and that he was her only child, also remarking that he was a handful like Carl. The only detail she reveals about Andre's death is that he died shortly after the outbreak started. Michonne says that she has never told anyone about it before Carl. Carl says that her secret is safe with him, but Michonne says it was never really a secret.
While inspecting a painting, she notices a closed door and opens it up to discover a pair of children's rooms. In one of the rooms she discovers the bodies of two children and their parents. She closes the door before Carl notices what is inside. When he guesses that there was a baby in the room, Michonne lies and says it was a dog. Carl says that Rick let him name Judith, and that maybe Judith and Andre are together somewhere. Michonne smiles and agrees then says they should get back to Rick.
They encounter Rick later, who is on the run from the house because scavengers have taken over the neighborhood. They see a sign for Terminus and agree to follow the train tracks to the new location.
Michonne is seen with Rick and Carl, competing in a bet with Carl to see who can walk on the rails the longest without falling off. Carl wins after Michonne falls off from trying to scare Carl off the rail. Michonne allows Carl to choose one of the last two candy bars in their supply, which he chooses the Big Cat bar.
Michonne is seen with Carl and Rick, struggling with hunger as they inch closer to Terminus. They stop at an abandoned car for the night and cook a rabbit they caught. As Michonne and Rick talk by the fire and Carl sleeps in the car, Joe and his group surprise them, holding Michonne and Rick at gunpoint and dragging Carl out of the car. Daryl, who is a part of the group but had no idea they were hunting Rick and the others, tries to stop them, but Joe orders the group to beat Daryl to death. They make it clear that Michonne and Carl will be raped and killed.
Rick begins to fight Joe, but Michonne is still held at gunpoint and her efforts to get the gun away from Tony are unsuccessful. When Rick rips Joe's throat out, Tony is distracted, and Michonne grabs the gun, shooting him in the head. She quickly shoots Harley, one of the men beating Daryl, in the head, and Rick and Daryl kill the remaining two men.
The next day, Michonne does her best to comfort Rick and a traumatized Carl. Once they are near Terminus, Rick buries most of their weapons in a duffel bag outside the gates, and they stake out the place to see what it might be like.
Carl chooses to go with Michonne, not Rick. Michonne encourages him not to be scared of his father. Carl confides that he's tried to be good but still struggles with dark thoughts. Michonne decides to finally tell him how her son, Andre Anthony, died. She had gone on a supply run and left Andre behind with her boyfriend Mike and his friend Terry. While she was gone, they'd gotten high and had been unprepared for a zombie attack, When she got back, Andre was dead, and they were dying. In her rage, Michonne let them turn, then turned them into her pets, to punish them, but also to punish herself for not protecting her son. Michonne tells him that he, Andrea, and Rick are the people who brought her back to being able to feel and have emotions.
Once they go to Terminus, Gareth, the leader, quickly greets them, checking their weapons before giving them back as a good will gesture. They offer the skeptical group something to eat. Rick spots various belongings of other members of the group like Glenn, and holds a Terminus resident at gunpoint, demanding answers. Michonne, Daryl, and Carl follow his lead. They make a break for it, but through gunfire are herded toward a boxcar. Gareth tells them if they don't go in the boxcar, Carl will be killed. They slowly file in, where they are reunited with most of the group (minus Beth, Tyreese, Carol, and Judith), along with some new faces. Michonne watches as Rick boasts that Terminus "screwed with the wrong people."
Michonne is in the "A" box car when the Terminus residents use a flashbang grenade to stun and take Rick, Daryl, Bob, and Glenn into the warehouse. She creates a makeshift double-sided sword, and the others formulate an escape plan when they hear the gunfire and chaos outside. Rick soon returns and opens up the train car and she protects Carl as they leave Terminus and go with Carol to rendezvous with Tyreese.
Michonne is with the group as they travel away from Terminus. They encounter a single walker which Michonne dispatches, though she initially forgets she doesn't have a katana. She is with the group as they encounter Father Gabriel Stokes and go to his church. Abraham Ford recommends the group take the short bus and immediately leave for Washington D.C. but Michonne says they should use the time to rest up. She joins Rick, Bob, Sasha, and Gabriel as they go to collect supplies in a flooded store and dispatches walkers. As they leave with supplies, Michonne confides in Rick that she misses Andrea and Hershel but does not miss her katana. She joins in the meal later that night and accepts Rick's decision to bring the group to Washington D.C.
Under the cover of night, Michonne and some others leave the church to go to the elementary school. As they disappear into the woods, the Terminants arrive at the church.
Michonne and the others return after Rick has shot Gareth’s fingers off, holding the Terminants at gunpoint. Gareth unsuccessfully tries to convince Rick to let them leave, and Rick starts hacking at him with his red handled machete. This cues the others and Michonne beats Theresa to death with the butt of a rifle before reclaiming her katana.
The next morning, Michonne is present as the group say goodbye to Bob. Later that night, Michonne is sitting on the church steps inspecting her katana when Gabriel comes and sits next to her, commenting that he can’t sleep after all that’s happened. She tells him the feeling never goes away, but it will lessen over time. They are interrupted by rustling from the forest, which Michonne goes to investigate. Daryl emerges from the trees and she smiles, but it quickly fades as she asks where Carol is. Daryl then tells someone they can come out.
Michonne is first seen helping Rick and the others fortify the church. She offers to go rescue Carol and Beth so that Rick can stay behind with his son but he says no, explaining that he owes Carol. Michonne states that they all owe Carol.
After the others leave for Atlanta, Michonne starts to board up the church doors. She later checks on Gabriel, unaware he is planning to escape from the church.
Michonne is in the church and is surprised to hear Gabriel outside. She and Carl pull off the boards and allow him back into the church. They manage to escape the small herd of walkers that come after them by exiting the way Gabriel left. They then trap the walkers inside the church. As they are about to deal with the Herd, Abraham drives up and smashes the firetruck into the church, trapping them inside. She and Maggie embrace, happy to see the other group alive. Glenn gives Michonne the unfortunate news Eugene Porter was lying. Michonne tells them about Beth, Grady Memorial Hospital, and Rick's plan to get her back. They make the decision to join them.
Michonne is with the others as they are reunited with Rick and the group that traveled to Grady Memorial and find Daryl carrying a dead Beth, when seeing Beth's body on Daryl's arms. Michonne cries out of grief and shock.
Michonne is seen listening to Rick when he decides that Noah’s past community will be their next destination, despite the long journey it will take. When Glenn questions what they will do if the community is not there anymore, Rick says they will keep going. “Then we will find a new place,” Michonne adds.
Michonne is seen in the car with Rick and the others on their way to Noah’s community. When they finally reach it, they discover that it has been destroyed. Michonne heads off to see what she can find. She tells Rick and Glenn that they need to stop being out in the open.
At the back of the community, beside a broken wall surrounded by mutilated legs, Michonne suggests they rebuild the walls and stay in the neighborhood. Rick counters, and she argues that instead of just “making it” that they should go to Washington, D.C., where they might have a chance. Rick agrees. Just then, Noah is heard screaming for help and they rush over to help him, where he reveals that Tyreese has been bitten. At the house, Michonne amputates Tyreese’s arm with her katana.
The group haul Tyreese from the house and to the front gates. They smash the locks and open the doors, killing the walkers that come spilling in before racing to the car. After a momentary stalling in which the car gets stuck and crashes into a truck filled with mutilated walkers - the upper halves of the legs seen by Michonne and the others earlier – they set off. Tyreese passes away during the journey and Michonne helps pull him from the car before putting him down. She is then seen at his funeral with the others.
Michonne appears when Daryl, Maggie, and Sasha come back from the woods. When they run out of gas, they continue the journey on food. While they are walking, Sasha goes to kill a walker after Michonne told her to stop, but Sasha ignored her and just kept killing. The group keeps moving until they find cars in the middle of the road, but they don't work anymore. While they are sitting in the middle of the road, four dogs emerge from the woods, but Sasha kills them and the group eats them. When they are done eating and keep moving, but they find bottles of water in the middle of the road marked "From A Friend", but they think it's poison. Eugene volunteers himself to test it, but Abraham knocks it out of his hands. They then hear thunder and lightning and enjoy the sudden cooling storm, until they notice the daunting storm clouds in the distance. Daryl reports that he found a barn, so the group goes there for the night. The group relaxes and Rick makes a speech about his grandfather and his time in the war, concluding that they are the walking dead. Later Michonne and the group help Daryl and Maggie to secure the entrance from walkers as the storm rages outside.
Michonne is seen in the barn. Maggie and Sasha return with a man, Aaron, saying he has good news. As Aaron reveals that he has a community and would like Rick's group to join, Michonne gives Rick a look. With that, Rick punches him unconscious. Michonne expresses that the look implied she trusted Aaron, though Rick does not. When Aaron awakes, Rick orders to know how many are with him. Aaron assures that there is just one another person but that they came in two vehicles. Michonne goes with Abraham, Glenn, Maggie, and Rosita to go check out the two vehicles. After securing the vehicles, they return to the barn. Michonne convinces Rick to go with Aaron and the group sets off towards the supposed community, but not on Aaron's approved road, which he claimed is the only one that has been cleared. While they were driving in the night, Michonne, Rick, Glenn and Aaron together in the car and the rest in the RV behind them, Rick finds a microphone in the glove compartment and Michonne suddenly asks Aaron how many walkers he has killed; he responds, "A lot." She then asks how many people he has killed; he responds, "Two." Michonne questions, "Why?" and Aaron says, "Because they tried to kill me." At that moment, the car plows into a herd of walkers and the two vehicles get separated in the process. They see a flare go off in the air and Aaron suddenly wants out and runs after the flare. Michonne reasons that the others would have seen the flare and gone after it themselves. After some scrambling in the night, they reunite with the rest of the group. Aaron announces that they will continue to his community in Alexandria in the morning and the next day they all leave to the Alexandria Safe-Zone. She asks Rick if he's ready, he nods and they get out of the car toward the gate.
Michonne and the others enter the gates of Alexandria Safe-Zone. After an interviewing process with the town's leader Deanna Monroe, they all have to give up their weapons. Later that night, Michonne comes out of the bathroom after brushing her teeth and asks Rick how long she was in their; he replies with "20 minutes." The next night, Michonne checks on Rick, saying she hasn't gotten a job yet. He asks if she wants one and she says she does. In the morning, she watches Daryl and Glenn fighting with Deanna's son Aiden and Nicholas. After Rick steps in to break up the fight, Deanna gives Michonne and Rick the roles of constable.
Michonne tries on her new uniform in the morning. Rick visits her and wonders if giving authority to strangers is all part of a larger plan.
Michonne and Rick later speak to Deanna and Maggie as she explains a bit more about their job securing the community. Michonne is seen later at the welcoming party that Deanna has thrown for the group. She steps outside and converses with a very intoxicated Abraham, and the two discuss the difficulty of leaving behind the danger and how, even when her katana is not physically with her, it is still on her back.
The next morning, Michonne hangs her katana up on the wall.
Rosita goes into Michonne's room and tells her that Tara, who was severely injured the day before, is stable and that Sasha hasn’t returned after spending the night in the guard tower. As they search for her in the woods, they realize it’s the first time they’ve been outside the walls since they arrived at Alexandria. Michonne says she feels like she’s been asleep.
Michonne and Rosita find dead walkers in the woods, all killed by shots to the head. "She's hunting them," Michonne realizes.
Michonne and Rosita eventually track Sasha down but she refuses to come back. As Sasha begins to shoot at an approaching herd, Michonne is flooded with memories of her fight for survival before reaching Alexandria and starts shooting the walkers. Sasha argues that she doesn’t need her help, and Michonne states that she is not doing it for her.
After his fight with Pete, Rick is telling the Alexandrians that if they don’t fight, they will die. Before he can continue, Michonne strikes Rick’s head from behind and knocks him unconscious before picking up his weapon and looking at Deanna.
Michonne is sitting beside Rick’s bed as he wakes up. He starts to chuckle, and Michonne asks what’s funny to which he replies it’s like being in the train car again. Michonne tells him that Deanna put him in the room to calm things down just as some of the others come in to inform them that Deanna is holding a meeting later that night to discuss what to do with Rick. Michonne seems uncomfortable with the plan to hold the Monroe family hostage if the meeting goes sour.
Later, Michonne asks Rick if he is ready for the meeting. He confesses to stealing guns from the armory. Michonne says they will find a way through the situation and asks Rick to stay out of trouble. He hands her the gun, but she returns it. She states that she is with him no matter what and leaves.
At the meeting, Michonne talks about how it was to live outside Alexandria and says that Rick just wants his family to survive. Later, a drunken Pete stumbles into the meeting brandishing Michonne’s katana. He accidentally slits Reg’s throat before being executed by Rick.
Michonne is seen preparing to mount her katana back on the wall. However, she changes her mind and sheaths it before placing it on her back.
Michonne is present at the walker-filled quarry as Rick outlines his plan to herd them away, when suddenly one of the trucks blocking them in plummets from the cliff and unleashes the walkers. Rick yells to put the plan into action.
Later, Michonne, Rick and Morgan arrive at a rendezvous point marked with yellow balloons. Daryl leads the walkers to them and they shoot flares to keep the herd travelling in the opposite direction of Alexandria.
When Rick encourages the Alexandrians to defend themselves against incoming walkers, they freeze and it’s left to Michonne and the others to kill the walkers.
Just as the herd reach the finish line, a loud horn unexpectedly goes off in the distance and the back half of the walkers are drawn to the noise. Michonne recognizes the noise as coming from Alexandria, and she and some of the others begin to race back.
Michonne, Rick, Glenn and some others race through the woods towards Alexandria. Rick tasks Michonne and Glenn with getting the others back while he leads the herd away, but warns that they aren’t all going to make it and they have to keep going. Heath overhears the conversation. Just then, Barnes is mauled by a walker and Michonne stabs his head.
Michonne and Glenn lead the group towards Alexandria. Walkers attack and the Alexandrians help dispatch them, though David gets bitten on the shoulder.
Michonne later asks to see David’s bite, and when he asks if it’s bad she tells him it’s what you’d expect. He tells her about his wife and says that he hopes he’ll get to see her before he dies.
The group runs into a herd of walkers and are forced to take cover in a pet store. Heath stares at Michonne as he states he won’t leave anyone behind, and she agrees. She later asks if he has a problem with her, and he reveals he overheard Rick’s instructions to leave people behind. Michonne angrily reminds Heath that he hasn't had to survive like Rick, and doesn't know what it's like out there. Heath counters that he's been on plenty of runs, but Michonne points out that he's never “been covered in so much blood that you didn't know if it was yours, or walkers' or your friends."
Michonne sees David writing a farewell note to his wife. When he tries to hand it to her, she refuses to take it. "You're getting home," Michonne writes on her arm. Suddenly, walkers that had been lurking in the back room of the store begin pounding on an interior door, drawing the attention of the walkers outside. As the herd arrives in town, Michonne's group races out of the store. Annie falls and Michonne goes back for her, but Annie tells them to go and is devoured.
The group reach a gate and climb over one by one. The herd catches up and claws at Michonne and David as they try to clamber over. Walkers drag David off the gate and devour him as Heath helps Michonne over.
Michonne and Heath help Scott limp through the woods. As they wade through a creek, Heath is shocked to see his blood-soaked reflection in the water. They arrive back at Alexandria to find the outlying buildings burned. Michonne unsheaths her katana.
Michonne is first seen with Rosita and Maggie in the opening sequence, where she can be seen and heard from a distance. Michonne informs Maggie of Glenn's initial plan of setting fire to a building to distract the then impending arrival of the zombie herd. However, she notes that since the fire was never lit and there was also no signal of any sort made, that something must have gone wrong. They are abruptly interrupted by Rick's arrival, of whom is accompanied by multiple zombies. Michonne helps open the gate for Rick, and is also present for his informal speech to the Alexandrians in the following scene.
Michonne is with Rick, Morgan and Carol, discussing on when Morgan let five of The Wolves live back when they attacked Alexandria, and then went on to attack Rick in the RV. Michonne says that it's not that easy for people to change after they've killed people, and that Morgan has to let go of the thought of changing people for who they are.
Later on, Michonne is talking to Rick on the porch about the vehicles they have left at the quarry, and how they can lead the walkers away from Alexandria's walls and spreading the walkers out in even directions. Rick suggests they bring most of their group with them, and to leave the Alexandrians where they are. But Michonne disagrees and explains that they are a community, and implies that they are all in it together. Deanna then approaches them and shows them the plans for the expansion to be made on Alexandria, but Rick says they have enough on their plate. Michonne politely takes the rolled up plans from her and Deanna leaves them be.
Michonne is first seen, alongside Carl, Ron and Gabriel, as they come across Rick and Deanna where they all flee from the oncoming herd that has entered Alexandria. She, Rick, Deanna and Gabriel are able to kill some walkers that have managed to get ahead of them, but they stop as another group from the herd corners them up ahead. They are then rescued by Jessie, who shoots at the walkers and tells them to get in to her house.
She, Rick and Jessie then put Deanna upstairs and lay her on one of the couches there. She later tends to Deanna's injury and finds that Deanna had received a bite mark from one of the walkers she had struggled with earlier on her side. Afterwards, she talks to Deanna about how she wants Alexandria to stay standing even during their current situation, where Deanna asks her if there's something that she wants to herself, but Michonne admits that she doesn't know herself.
Later, she, Gabriel, Ron, Carl and Jessie view the herd outside the house and notes that the sound from one of Jessie's metal sculptures outside that had fallen is attracting more of the walkers to them and also notes that the herd has infested most of the streets of the safe-zone. She then helps Jessie, Carl and Gabriel keep the walkers that are forcing their way into the house at bay through their makeshift defenses, but are forced to retreat and barricade themselves upstairs after the herd has managed to enter through both the front door and window.
She and Rick then kill two walkers from the herd, bring them upstairs and gut them open, deciding to use the insides of the walkers to mask their scent in order to escape the house before the herd below manages to reach them. She then goes to Deanna one last time and tells her that the walkers below have entered the house and that they are leaving where she then offers to kill Deanna before she turns, but she declines and insists that she will do so herself when the time comes before leaving her. She, Rick, Jessie, Ron, Gabriel, Sam and Carl, with Judith hiding beneath Carl's walker coat, ready themselves and proceed to leave, managing to blend in with the herd undetected.
She and the others then reach the front porch where they watch the herd infest most of the streets of Alexandria before moving along.
Michonne is seen walking through the herd in Alexandria, alongside Rick, Carl, Judith, Jessie, Sam, Ron, and Father Gabriel. She and the group quietly make their way through, but stop to discuss a new plan to go to the quarry and lead the walkers away with the abandoned vehicles left there. Father Gabriel then takes Judith to the church and they then start to head for the community gate.
Night has fallen, and Michonne and the group are still slowly making their way through. But Sam starts to panic by seeing a child walker, and he begins to cry. Sam gets grabbed and eaten by the walkers, and Michonne watches in horror, Jessie screams and gets eaten alongside him. Rick hacks off Jessie's arm to free Carl from her tight grasp. But then Ron aims his gun at Rick, blaming him for the deaths of his little brother and mother, before he is able to do anything else, Michonne plummets her katana right through his chest, killing him instantly and his dead body is devoured. Carl reveals that his eye has been shot out and collapses to the ground. Rick scoops up Carl and Michonne clears a path for him by killing several walkers in their way.
Michonne and Rick urgently rush Carl to the infirmary, hoping that Denise will be able to help him. Michonne explains to Denise what caused Carl's injury and takes off Rick's meat poncho. Rick is devastated at the sight of his unconscious son and heads back outside to take his anger out on the herd. Michonne insists to Denise that she needs to help Rick fight the herd since he can't on his own. She gives Carl a kiss and heads outside with Aaron, Heath and Spencer. Michonne fights the walkers alongside her group all through the night, until the next morning to see the streets of Alexandria littered with walker corpses.
Towards the end of the episode, Michonne is seen keeping an eye on Rick and Carl, as she is holding Judith.
Michonne is first seen at the home she shares with Rick, in Alexandria, requesting toothpaste before he goes out for a supply run with Daryl. She is later seen alone at the guard tower watching Spencer walk into the woods. She later follows him into the woods. When she spots Spencer standing alone in the woods watching a walker she comes from behind and strikes the walker with her katana. She continues the small walk through the woods with Spencer. They spot a re-animated Deanna and she holds her still so Spencer can stab her head.
She is later seen with Carl on the porch outside their shared home. They talk about him being out there and not being able to kill a re-animated Deanna. She is later seen with Rick inside their shared home. Rick tried to fulfill her request, but gave her mints instead of toothpaste They grasp hands and slowly kiss. Michonne laughs and they kiss again and again. The kissing scene ends with Rick and Michonne laying in a bed completely nude. Paul Jesus Rovia appears out of no where and they stand up with their weapons.
As Jesus waits for Michonne and Rick to get dressed, the others race into the house after being alerted that the prisoner had escaped. Michonne and Rick emerge from the bedroom and assure them that Jesus just wants to talk.
Michonne is present when Jesus tells the group that he’s part of a community called the Hilltop. He offers to take them there to prove that he is telling the truth. Michonne rides in the passenger seat as Rick affectionately puts his hand on her leg.
On the road, the group approach an overturned car which Jesus recognizes as one of Hilltop’s. They follow tracks to a nearby building, and they head inside and rescue four members of the Hilltop.
The group continue on, eventually becoming stuck in mud. They all exit the RV and Jesus tells them they have arrived. Inside, Jesus introduces the group to Gregory, who orders them to clean up before talking with him.
Outside, Michonne catches Gregory after he is stabbed by Ethan. She attempts to intervene as Rick fights with Ethan, which ends with Rick stabbing him in the throat and killing him. Crystal runs up and punches him in the face, and Michonne quickly grabs her and shoves her to the ground.
After the deal has been made, the group board the RV and make their way back to Alexandria.
Michonne is present when Andy draws a map of the interior and exterior of the Saviors’ compound.
The next day, the group stop on the road. Michonne and Rick go together to inspect the nearby area for walkers.
At night, when one of the guards returns with Craig, Michonne stabs him through the chest and the group make their way into the compound. Michonne is seen keeping watch as Rick goes into one of the bedrooms and kills a sleeping Savior.
Once the alarm has been activated, Michonne is with Rick and Daryl shooting at the Saviors’. When the raid is over, the group emerge from the building. Michonne queries Rick about which of the men they killed was Negan. She is present when a woman on the walkie-talkie reveals that they have Carol and Maggie hostage.
Michonne is seen at the end of the episode when the group reunites with Carol and Maggie.
Michonne is in bed with Rick, and she shares an apple from the Hilltop with him. She sits up and tells Rick that Maggie wants help beefing up security as she is worried about an attack. Rick assures her they’ll be able to handle the Saviors’.
Michonne joins Glenn and Maggie outside, where Maggie suggests they create hidden caches of guns throughout the community in case of an attack. When Daryl leaves on his motorcycle, Michonne, Glenn and Rosita go after him.
Michonne, Glenn and Rosita arrive at the train tracks where Dwight killed Denise. Michonne finds Daryl’s motorcycle hidden underneath some branches. Rosita points them in the direction that Dwight fled and they continue searching. They eventually catch up to him in the woods, and despite Glenn and Michonne’s protests, he refuses to come back with them. Rosita joins Daryl as they reluctantly turn back. Before they reach their vehicle, they are captured by Dwight and his men.
In the woods, Glenn and Michonne have been bound and gagged. As they notice Daryl and Rosita approaching, they try to warn them away, but Dwight sneaks up on them and shoots Daryl.
Michonne is pulled from the van along with Daryl, Glenn and Rosita and put on her knees in line with the others. Negan points his bat at Michonne and the others during his game of Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe. As Negan repeatedly brings his bat down on someone’s head, leaving her survival status unknown.
Michonne is revealed to have survived Negan's selection and that it was Abraham who had been executed with Lucille. Michonne helplessly watches on in horror as Negan mercilessly kills Abraham and subsequently Glenn, the latter being killed in revenge for Daryl assaulting Negan in anger after Abraham's death.
Michonne is then left behind with the remaining survivors as Negan drags Rick into the RV and drives away to an unknown location. Later in the day when Negan and Rick return, Negan doesn't believe Rick to fully grasp the reality of the situation and thus orders his men to put guns behind the heads of everyone in Rick's group including Michonne. Michonne pleads for Negan to stop, claiming the group understands his message. Negan however retorts that while she might understand, he thinks Rick does not.
Negan further calls Carl over in order for Rick to amputate his left arm to prevent the deaths of the group. When Rick is about to perform the amputation, Negan stops him having been satisfied that Rick has become submissive.
Michonne is then left with the remaining survivors as the Saviors leave. When Maggie orders everyone to leave, everyone, including Michonne is trying to talk her out of it from doing it alone. After, she helps Rick and the group carry Glenn's body to the RV.
Michonne and Rick lie in bed, back to back. Michonne turns and gazes at Rick who she believes is sleeping before quietly slipping out of bed, getting dressed and retrieving a hidden sniper rifle from the living room fireplace before leaving the house as Rick watches.
Michonne sits on top of a rusty truck in the middle of a field. She scans her surroundings; the rifle rests on her lap.
Michonne sits patiently on the rusty truck, waiting. When a walker comes into view, she aims her rifle at it and shoots, missing numerous times. She kills the walker out of frustration with her katana. She then finds a dead deer in the woods.
As the Saviors are preparing to leave Alexandria, Rick sees Michonne lurking in a dilapidated house nearby. Rick goes to her and tells her that he knows about her secret rifle and that he knew she was using it for target practice. He urges her to hand over the rifle, arguing that more people will die if the Saviors find an Alexandrian with a gun.
Michonne marches into Alexandria carrying the deer she found as Rick gives Negan the rifle. Before they leave, Negan insists on taking the deer and Michonne drops it on the ground in frustration.
At home, Michonne approaches Rick as he spreads blankets on the bedroom floor, mentioning that the Saviors took most of their mattresses. Michonne assures Rick that she doesn’t have any more secret guns. She reminds him that they’ve survived as long as they have because they always fight back, but Rick says there are too many Saviors -- “it’s about the numbers.” Michonne mentions the Hilltop, but Rick says that even with the Hilltop, they're still outnumbered. He reveals his thoughts on Judith not being his daughter, and he learned to accept that in order to keep her alive. He tells Michonne that she has to learn to accept their situation with Negan -- they all do -- or it won’t work. “This is how we live now,” he says. Michonne says she’ll try to accept it.
Michonne returns to the rusty truck in the grassy field. She sees a wisp of smoke in the distance and goes to investigate. She finds all the mattresses from Alexandria smoldering on the side of the road and rages with anger.
Michonne is shown with Rick and Aaron while they go on a supply run for The Saviors, Carl refuses to join them. Rick tells Michonne they’re heading north for the supply run, handing her a walkie in case she changes her mind. They kiss and go their separate ways. Carl confronts Michonne about her plans for dealing with Negan, he thinks Rick is wrong serving to him and they should fight, but Michonne says she's not sure what to think and leaves.
Michonne spots the mattresses that the Saviors burned by the side of the road. She walks down a single-lane road, whistling to attract walkers. She kills two walkers she’s lured from the woods and drags their bodies away.
As a Savior drives down a road, she is forced to stop when she reaches a barricade of walker corpses. She climbs out of the car to investigate and Michonne sneaks up on her, katana drawn. She forces her to drop her weapons and she complies. “Take me to Negan,” Michonne orders as she holds her at gunpoint. Inside the car, the Saviors slams on the brakes, causing Michonne to drop the gun. As they struggle, Michonne overpowers her and again orders her to take her to Negan.
Michonne holds the Savior she’s abducted at gunpoint and forces her to drive towards Negan’s compound. She asks Isabelle why she was alone in the woods but she doesn’t answer.
Isabelle stops the car and the women can see hundreds of Saviors gathered in the distance. Isabelle tells Michonne an attack against Negan would be pointless. “We’re all Negan,” she says, then tells Michonne to shoot her and get rid of the car. Michonne does.
That night, Michonne finds Rick in the basement cell. She tells him she wanted to join him and Aaron earlier, but she couldn’t. She informs him that there are more Saviors than they thought, but that they should still fight. “For Judith, for Carl, for Alexandria and the Hilltop. For all of us,” she pleads. Rick agrees with her, and they kiss.
Michonne accompanies the group as they reunite with the others at the Hilltop. She shares a hug with Maggie, Sasha and Daryl. Together, they all stride towards the mansion.
Michonne is present when Rick tries to convince Gregory to fight against the Saviors. Jesus then tells the group it’s time they met King Ezekiel.
Michonne accompanies the group to the Kingdom, where they are reunited with Morgan and meet Ezekiel. While trying to convince Ezekiel to fight, Michonne tells him that Negan brutally killed their own people. They leave the next morning when Ezekiel refuses to fight.
On their way back to Alexandria, they encounter a blockade of cars on the highway set up by the Saviors. Michonne peers through her binoculars and spots something down the highway. They find a tripwire rigged across the road; a steel cable is stretched between two cars on opposite sides of the road, explosives carefully strung along the cable. As she helps to dismantle the explosives, a herd begins to approach. Michonne and Rick hotwire the two cars and drive down the highway, slicing walkers with the cord. They join the others and Michonne assures Rick they will make it. “We’re the ones who live,” she reminds him as they head back to Alexandria.
Once the Saviors have left, Aaron and Tobin inform them Gabriel disappeared with most of their food and weapons. Rick finds a note left from Gabriel and they head off to find him. They end up at a junkyard, where they are held at gunpoint by a large group of strangers.
Michonne is present as Rick tries to make a deal with Jadis, the leader of the junkyard group. When she refuses, Michonne and the group are attacked but gain the upper hand until Gabriel defuses the situation by taking Tamiel hostage. Jadis wants to talk to Rick in private and Michonne protectively takes his hand, but he tells her it’s OK. She asks where they are taking him and looks to the top of the trash heap, where Jadis pushes Rick into the trash below. Michonne yells at Jadis and looks through a tube to find Rick in the middle of a pit, where he is forced to fight a walker covered in metal armor and steel spikes. Michonne instructs Rick to use the walls and he is able to cover the walker in trash before killing it. He comes back to the group, injured but smiling, and tells them a deal has been made. Michonne hugs him and he kisses her head.
Later, Michonne tells Rick that once he has been patched up, they will go straight back out to look for guns. Before they leave, Rick hands Michonne a cat statue to replace the one she lost.
Out in the woods, Michonne and Rick scavenge for guns to fulfill their deal with Jadis. In the van, they arrange the few supplies they’ve collected. Later, they come across Saviors golfing in a field. They spot batteries in the Saviors’ truck.
Back in the van, Rick powers up the dead walkie using the stolen batteries. Michonne suggests they return to Alexandria, but Rick convinces her to keep scavenging for another day and a half.
As Michonne drives the van down a road, she looks at Rick and sees he’s nodded off. She stops to make coffee as he sleeps. She spots a deer in the woods and quietly grabs a gun from the van. Rick wakes up and joins her. They search for the deer but then discover an abandoned school. They bang on the fence, and the sound attracts a gun-bearing walker in combat uniform. After dispatching the walker, Michonne removes its gun. “Something serious happened here,” she says. Rick inspects the shell casings on the ground and guesses they are about to find some “serious guns.”
Michonne and Rick climb onto the waterlogged roof of the school to get a better view. They find the grounds decked out with carnival rides and swarming with walkers — all equipped with guns. “I think this is it,” says Rick. In response, Michonne fires her rifle at a gaming booth in the distance, hitting its target. As they take in the scene, the roof below them caves in and they fall through.
Michonne and Rick land on a bed, and burst out laughing at their immense luck. Michonne says it must be a sign. As they examine their surroundings, they see a large pile of boxes, each filled with canned goods and other supplies.
Michonne and Rick open the crates and discover an abundance of non-perishable food rations. That night, they feast inside the school gymnasium. As they talk about the impending war, Michonne urges Rick to lead the communities after they defeat Negan.
The next day, Michonne and Rick formulate a plan to close a gap in the perimeter fence and kill all the walkers. Rick shifts an abandoned car into neutral and they roll it toward the gap. The brakes fail. A walker with an automatic slung across its shoulders gets caught in some rebar; the trigger of the gun is caught in the metal, causing it to fire at them. Michonne jumps into the trunk as the car rolls through the gap and comes to a stop. Walkers swarm the car as they escape via the roof.
Michonne and Rick split up in order to divide the herd. Michonne witnesses Rick falling from the Ferris wheel and runs over to help but sees walkers feasting on fresh flesh and intestines. She freezes in shock and drops her katana, thinking Rick has been killed. Rick lunges out from the carnival ride and starts taking down walkers. He throws Michonne her katana and they kill the entire herd. Michonne jumps into Rick’s arms and they hug.
As Michonne and Rick gather guns from the school grounds, he sees her crying in the distance. Michonne sits in silence during the drive back to Alexandria. Rick pulls over. He warns her that they’re going to lose people in the fight against Negan, possibly each other. He tells her it will be worth it, because it’s not about them anymore; it’s about the future. He asks her to lead the group if he doesn’t survive.
Michonne and the others deliver 63 guns to Jadis. She demands nearly twice as many and Michonne reassures Rick they will find them.
After Tara tells Rick about the arsenal at Oceanside, they lead a group of Alexandrians to the distant community. Michonne joins alongside them in order to acquire the guns and people to win the war against the Saviors. Rick helps Michonne climb a tree and asks if she’s good, she replies she’s good enough.
Later, Rick’s group sets off the explosives near the Oceanside walls. They are able to round up the residents and Rick assures them that he doesn’t plan to hurt anyone but they have something they need. Natania appears, holding Tara at gunpoint. Cyndie tells her people that Rick’s group wants to fight the Saviors. Beatrice suggests they join the fight but Natania refuses to lose more people to the Saviors.
Michonne warns Rick that walkers are approaching. Rick’s group and the Oceansiders work together and take down the walkers. Beatrice hands Rick his knife back and they shake hands. Natania angrily concedes and allows Rick’s group to take their guns but she remains unconvinced they won’t fight.
Rick’s group returns to Alexandria late at night and Rosita opens the gate for them. She leads them to the jail cell, where Dwight is waiting. Rick and Michonne hold Daryl back as he charges at Dwight. Rosita insists that he wants to help them, and Rick asks if that’s true. Dwight says it is. Rick points his gun at Dwight and orders him to kneel.
Michonne is shown when Rick and the group interrogate Dwight. Tara furiously reprimands him for murdering Denise, to which he replies that she was not his intended target. In response, Daryl slams Dwight against a wall and holds him at knifepoint. Dwight insists he’s on their side and offers to work with them, saying his only reason left for staying with the Saviors, Sherry, is now gone. Tara tells Daryl to kill him, but he stands down. Dwight warns the group that Negan will come to Alexandria the next day with three trucks and at least 20 Saviors. Dwight presents his plan: he suggests they attack Negan and his crew while they’re in Alexandria.
Dwight heads back to the Sanctuary after Rick’s group agrees to his plan. Jadis and the Scavengers arrive at Alexandria in a caravan of garbage trucks and bicycles. Rick greets Jadis inside the gate. She crudely propositions Rick, but is swiftly repelled. Daryl, Rosita and Aaron wire explosives in an empty cargo truck outside the Alexandria gate. Jadis asks Michonne if she and Rick are together before crudely propositioning him in front of a bewildered Michonne. On a balcony, Michonne gives sniper instructions to Farron (a Scavenger), and hands her a sniper rifle. “We win,” Farron tells Michonne.
A Scavenger alerts everyone in Alexandria to the Saviors’ arrival. Rick assumes his position at the front gate, with Jadis crouching by his feet, hidden from view. Negan’s caravan arrives. Eugene steps out and tries to convince Rick to surrender. Rick hesitates, stricken by Eugene’s betrayal, and asks where Negan is. "I'm Negan," Eugene replies. Rick then gives Rosita the signal to detonate the explosives. Rosita pushes the detonator, but there is no explosion. Before Rick can reach for his gun, Jadis leaps up and aims her gun at Rick. Simultaneously, the Scavengers all turn their guns on the Alexandrians. Negan emerges from a truck and taunts Rick as his Saviors open the truck that holds the explosives. Brion opens the gates for the Saviors.
Michonne, watches in shock as the situation unfold, tries to leave her balcony post to help Rick, but Farron stops her, holding her at gunpoint and they fight to death with Farron gains the upper hand and brutally beats Michonne, before pushing her precariously towards the edge as they struggle.
Rick and Carl look on in horror as a body plummets to the ground, from Michonne’s balcony post.
As Negan prepares to strike Carl with Lucille, Shiva leaps onto and mauls a nearby Savior. Carol and Ezekiel arrive at the head of the Kingdom regiment in an attack, as Maggie arrives with the Hilltop fighters. A battle ensues as the Saviors and Scavengers are caught off guard. Rick and Carl join the fight. Negan orders a retreat as Shiva mauls another of his men to death. Before he escapes, Negan is surprised to see Maggie, alive and well, leading the Hilltop warriors. Negan and his men leave under a hail of bullets and gives his attackers the middle finger before escaping.
Rick and Carl rush to where Michonne was last seen, and to their relief, they find Farron’s dead body on the ground, where they expected to find Michonne. They discover her inside, badly beaten and barely conscious. Rick gently embraces her.
In the infirmary, Tara sits by Rosita’s side, and Rick holds Michonne’s hand as she rests in bed.
Michonne will appear in this season.
This list shows the victims Michonne has killed:
- Crowley (Alive)
- Tim (Alive)
- Penny (Zombified)
- The Governor (Caused)
- Hershel Greene (Zombified, Out of Mercy)
- Tyreese Williams (Caused, Accidental) (Before Reanimation, Out of Mercy)
- Barnes (Before Reanimation)
- Ron Anderson
- Gabe (Alive)
- 3 unnamed Woodbury soldiers (Zombified)
- 3 unnamed members of the Governor's Militia (1 Alive and 2 Zombified)
- 1 deer (Accidental)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- Michonne was originally slated to have a cameo appearance in the pilot episode, but it was never filmed.
- Glen Mazzara admitted during his Q&A at comicbook.com that Michonne and the Governor were the hardest characters to cast.
- Upon casting the character, Rutina Wesley was considered for the role however Robert Kirkman stated 'We looked at a lot of talented people that were really fantastic but we were waiting for that one spark, that one moment where everyone was completely in agreement and completely excited and we felt like we had the essence of this fictional character that just randomly appeared in another person, and that person was Danai Gurira. She kind of came in and really blew us all away. She's got incredible presence, and she's got a theatre background, and is very physical and was just perfect for the role.'
- In preparation for the role Gurira practiced swordsmanship with a sword instructor, additionally she viewed several samurai films. 'I worked with a sword master - he's also a stunt man' - Gurira explained 'you just work very intensively. We just worked all the time. She wasn't trained in the bamboo forests of Japan. She figured it out, but there are aspects of even the way she's portrayed in the comic book where there's just a calm about how she utilises it that I found very interesting.'
- Upon discussing on implementing the comic book counterpart traits, Danai stated "I was trying to really investigate a character and allow her to have as much dimension as possible and crack it open even more. What you see through the writing and vision of the creator, you add to it by bringing your full humanity and by really delving into the character's background and their motives and fears; all those things can make a multidimensional character come to life. That's how I've been trained from the beginning and how I've created characters in the past on the stage or through my playwriting. I plan to bring all of that to the table to allow Michonne to be as rich and complex as possible. I'm excited to bring her to life as someone who really has a lot of life and a lot of complexity. 
- She owns a personal necklace as a memento.
- Michonne has caused the most amputations out of all other characters.
- Michonne has killed the seventh largest amount of living characters on the TV show with a total of at least 13, while Merle has the sixth largest with at least 25 (including himself indirectly), Daryl has the fifth largest with at least 30, Negan has the fourth largest with at least 33, Carol has the third largest with at least 40, Rick has second largest with at least 44, and the Governor has the largest with over 50.
- As of Sasha's death, Michonne is the only resident of Woodbury still alive, even though she only stayed for a couple of days.