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The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is unraveling one of the biggest mysteries of his long-running Image/Skybound comic series.
In the series, which hit its 94th issue this month, a woman named Michonne, a former attorney who saves Otis’ life with a long katana sword and travels with a pair of chained up zombies.
In a six-page story in the April issue of Playboy magazine, Kirkman reveals the iconic character’s origin story and offers an explanation of just who her chained “pets” are and why she keeps them close.
“I pitched The Walking Dead as the zombie movie that never ends, the sequel to virtually every zombie movie ever made, because I never liked the endings,” Kirkman told the magazine. “I always wondered, ‘What do those people do next?’ I wanted to see them foraging for food, building a house and keeping their children safe. Basically, I came up with a survival drama about what happens to people in an extreme situation. A good survival story is applicable to practically anything. It could be a natural disaster or a nuclear war. It just so happens that in this case, it’s a world overrun by zombies.”
Check out the first two pages of the origin story below.
What do you think of Michonne’s origin story? The April issue of Playboy hits newsstands Friday. Meanwhile, the Season 2 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead, based on Kirkman’s series, airs Sunday at 9 p.m.