What The Walking Dead's Noose Scene Means for Michonne's Past and Future

TVGuide.com | 10/29/2018 | Malcolm Venable
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After watching what is probably Rick Grimes' (Andrew Lincoln) next-to-last ride on The Walking Dead, fans naturally had a lot to say about his fateful and perhaps final encounter with the walker persuasion. Of all The Walking Dead mysteries ever attempted to be solved — and there have been a handful — this one is the biggest: the main star, the leader, the backbone of the series is leaving. But Rick was not the only major character on The Walking Dead to have a confounding and compelling story in Sunday's episode, "The Obliged."

The future for Michonne (Danai Gurira), and how that future jibes with her past, is a lot less certain than Rick's immediate future, so what was The Walking Dead trying to tell us about her future in "The Obliged?" Some of it was as sharp as the blade of her katana, but at least one part of Michonne's drama is murky.

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The clear part is that she may very well be pregnant. The opening scenes of "The Obliged" deliberately painted Michonne as a symbol of fertility and life, a kind of post-apocalyptic Earth mother who's the cradle of civilization. She's seen nurturing Judith, Rick's adopted daughter, but she's also seen ending a feud, tending to the sick and reading up on how to literally foster life in this new era of (relative) peace. With Michonne the visual embodiment of fostering life, it makes sense she'd bring new life into the world too. It's an idea producers aren't shy about saying is on their minds. A Richonne baby literally keeps Rick's spirit alive.

More confusing is one of the moments in the opening scenes of "The Obliged," when Michonne happens on a terrifying sight: a walker hanging from a tree. Of course, walkers being strung up from places, placed on...
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