And now the Walking Dead S3 casting news we've been waiting for!

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 16, 2012

The second season of AMC's zombie hit wrapped up last night and, regardless of how you felt about the ride—and not everyone was in love with the glacial pace—the finale felt like a kick back on track. Especially, given that the last few minutes introduced Michonne ... the rare Walking Dead female character who doesn't take any s#!%.

And even though she was shrouded in shadow, showrunner Glen Mazzara and executive producer Robert Kirkman have settled on the actress who'll play Michonne, a survivor who makes her own rules: Danai Gurira, most recently from HBO's Treme. Kirkman explains that while she's familiar to the fans of the comic, her introduction was meant to be shocking:

"She saves Andrea and she's carrying a sword. This is a very strange visual for fans of the show. ... Fans of the comic book know all about her and I'm sure are very excited to see her. ... I like to think about how the audience that just watches the show takes that. I think that is such a bizarre and jarring image. It really speaks volumes as to what you're going to be seeing in season three."

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Mazzara revealed a little of her backstory and just how important she's gonna be to the rest of the series:

"We know that she's a loner, we know she kicks ass. But we have some other traits about that her that are not in the comic book that we'll deviate. ... There's an interesting process as we start to write this character and bring her to life. We see this character as a significant character, not just as someone who's in the mix. This is a major addition to the show."

Plus, she carries a frakkin'' samurai sword. Sold.

(via Live Feed)