Norman Reedus might not be the only one benefiting from Andrew Lincoln's impending exit from The Walking Dead. It turns out Danai Gurira's Michonne could be taking some kind of leadership position in the show's ninth season.
TVLine spoke to the new showrunner Angela Kang, who said that Michonne will "rise to a position of power" in The Walking Dead's upcoming season. She didn't offer up any details, except that it will be "fun seeing where Michonne goes this season."
The character first appeared at the end of The Walking Dead's second season, when she saved Andrea (Laurie Holden) from the remnants of a horde that took out the Walker farm. She eventually fell in with Rick's group over the course of the third season, and has been an integral part of the show ever since.
Michonne has held positions of authority in the past. When first arriving in Alexandria back in Season 5, she and Rick (Lincoln) were made constables of the gated community. She later enters into a relationship with Rick, who remains the group's de facto leader no matter how many times he tries to get out of it.
Given that Season 9 will start up 18 months after the events of the Season 8 finale, it's possible that Michonne could be transitioning into a leadership position in Alexandria if Rick decides to step down (again). It's also possible that she assumes the responsibility after Rick meets his end — whatever that may be.
In the comic books, Michonne ends up leaving Alexandria for The Commonwealth, a community in Ohio with about 50,000 members that appears to function like a normal, pre-apocalyptic society. After Michonne finds her daughter, who she thought was dead, was living there, she too becomes a member. Her experience as a lawyer ends up making her something of a figurehead of the community.
The show hasn't specifically mentioned The Commonwealth yet, though it's widely suspected that the show already snuck in an appearance from their leader, Pamela Milton, last season.
Given that Gurira's star is currently on the rise after noteworthy performances in Marvel's Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and is currently in talks to star in both Godzilla vs. Kong and the upcoming Star Trek sequel, it would make sense The Walking Dead would want to beef up her part to make use of her talent.
What do you think of Michonne's possible rise to power? Let us know in the comments.