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Robert Kirkman Talks 'The Walking Dead,' Michonne

Popular character from the comic keeps her edge in AMC's zombie series

Now that "Treme" actress Danai Gurira has slipped into the role of katana wielding Michonne on "The Walking Dead," executive producer Robert Kirkman is revealing how her character will translate from the comic to the AMC series in Season 3.

Kirkman, who also created the comic, promises that the essence of her popular character remains intact, including her personality and motives.

“But like a lot of things on the show, there will be little tweaks and differences here and there," Kirkman said in a recent interview with EW.com. "We saw that her introduction is slightly different from how it was in the comic, and her interaction with Andrea is really going to be a really cool addition to the character that I think will get television viewers up to speed, and they’ll get to know her a lot faster than comic book readers did.”

And Kirkman sees Gurira as a perfect casting choice for this challenging role.

“We looked at a lot of talented people that were really fantastic, but we were waiting for that one spark, that moment where everyone was completely in agreement and completely excited, and we felt like we had found 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 just blew us all away. She’s got incredible presence, and she’s got a theater background, and is very physical, and was just perfect for the role.”

"The Walking Dead" continues to be wildly successful for AMC. The show broke a basic cable record when it pulled in 9 million viewers for its action-packed Season 2 finale, "Beside the Dying Fire."

Achieving series highs in total viewers and all key demographic categories, the series beat its Season 1 finale by 51 percent, and it attracted 50 percent increases in adults 18-49 (6 million) and adults 25-54 (5.3 million). Overall, the series enjoyed a 32 percent increase in viewers compared to Season 1.

Season 2's premiere previously held the record; it scored 8.1 million total viewers, 5.4 million of which were 18-49 and 4.4 million were 25-54.

"The Walking Dead" follows police officer Rick Grimes as he leads his family and a group of survivors across the country in search of a safe home as zombie hordes threaten their every move.

In 2011, the series earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series - Drama and won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup.

See more of Kirkman's interview and an exclusive photo of Gurira in the role of Michonne at EW.com.

"The Walking Dead" stars Andrew Lincoln ("Love, Actually," "Teachers"), Steven Yeun, Sarah Wayne Callies ("Prison Break"), Chandler Riggs ("Get Low") and Laurie Holden ("Shield").

About the Author

Bryant L. Griffin is managing editor for Airlock Alpha, 1701News and Rabid Doll, and a writer for the entire GenreNexus network. He works at a major-metro newspaper and served as a journalist in the U.S. Army. In 2002, he joined Nexus Media Group Inc., contributing to many early design concepts before shifting his focus back to writing. Bryant hails from Tampa, Fla.
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