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- "I saw my daughters... I got to talk to them. (...) I know. Maybe it won't... but this time when I saw them... I was able to walk away. I couldn't keep living in that moment with them anymore."
- —Michonne to Pete about her daughters.[src]
Michonne Hawthorne is the comic-adapted protagonist of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Michonne. Taking place during the time gap before Issue 127 in the Comic Series, it tells the story of Michonne during this time, confronting her inner demons.
Little is known of Michonne's life prior to or as the outbreak began apart from the fact that she was married to a man named Dominic, and lived in an apartment in an unknown city (most likely Atlanta) with two daughters named Colette and Elodie. The fate of her family are unknown. Through hallucinations she has, it is possible that her daughters may have died and/or reanimated during the initial stages of the apocalypse; it is believed that Michonne suffered a permanent psychological trauma because of that. According to Michonne she spent more time worrying about work then to make time for her family.
- Main article: Michonne Hawthorne (Comic Series)
The episode starts off with Michonne on a boat with four men, having flashbacks about abandoning her two daughters, Colette and Elodie. She considers suicide, and if she proceeds, she is stopped in the act by Pete, the boat's leader. They receive a radio signal from an area known as Mobjack, and Michonne and Pete disembark to the area. Their search leads them to an abandoned boat. Upon entering, they find two people chained to the doors, shot in the head, to ensure they couldn't turn into walkers. They scavenge around, but are ambushed by Samantha and Greg Fairbanks - two siblings also searching for supplies. Whilst fighting off walkers, the group is taken hostage by Randall, a man part of a larger group under the leadership of his sister, Norma, who are hunting Sam and Greg for stealing their supplies from their town.
The group is taken to a bayou-like community called Monroe, where Michonne and Sam are left in a ship's storage room, where Sam apologizes for her behavior and tries to get Michonne to ambush Randall - a choice for the player. Randall brings Michonne up to Norma. Michonne is questioned by Norma, where the player can comply or refuse. Norma warns Michonne that Sam is a liar, and that she shouldn't be trusted. Greg is also brought up for questioning, though he lies to Norma, forcing Michonne to either help him, herself or keep silent.
Randall forces Zachary, a younger member of the ship, to question Michonne, Greg and Sam. Zachary unintentionally shoots Greg, forcing Michonne to destroy his brain so he doesn't turn. A distraught Samantha tries to get revenge by killing Zachary, something Michonne can agree or disagree to. Either way, Michonne and Sam must prepared themselves to save Pete. Then the episode ends.
This episode continues from the first episode when Michonne and Sam rescue Pete and they fight their way out of Monroe. Pete offers to give himself up to save Michonne and Sam, something Michonne can agree or disagree to. Sam suggests that they hide at her family's home, but is shot in the shoulder and wounded by Randall during their escape.
The group arrives at Sam's home where they meet her father, John, her younger brothers, James and Alex, and her best friend, Paige. With the help of the family, Michonne removes the bullet from Sam's shoulder and cauterizes her wound - saving her life. While Sam rests, Michonne learns from both Paige and John that Sam's mother had committed suicide due to the harsh reality of the apocalypse, which takes a toll on the family.
By neglecting to close their gate, John is suddenly shot and killed by Randall, who assaults the house with the assistance of two other men from Monroe. Michonne and Pete (if he didn't leave) manage to kill the two men and, with the help of Paige, manage to subdue Randall and hold him hostage in the house's garage. Norma tries to contact Randall via radio demanding to know his whereabouts. Michonne can realize that Randall could be used as a bargaining chip and can tell Norma that Randall has been captured and awaits her arrival to reclaim him. Alternatively, she can choose not to answer the radio or somehow cheat Norma. As the rest of the group prepare for the upcoming conflict, Randall tries to provoke Michonne and coerce her into killing him, something Michonne can agree or disagree to. Then the episode ends.
The episode opens with Michonne restraining Randall. Regardless of whether she killed him in the previous episode, she puts a brown bag over his head, either to feign that he's really alive to Norma during the trade later or keep him quiet. She and Sam discuss what to do next, though Sam storms off to her father's corpse. Michonne follows, helping or ignoring Sam's attempts to bury her father.
Hours later, Norma appears outside the house. She talks with Michonne about a trade offer, revealing Pete (Determinant) and the rest of her friends as well. She proposes they trade, Randall for her friends. As a way of showing she is genuine, she frees Pete straight away or fires a flare to reveal the crew to Michonne. (Determinant)
The two parties debate the trade, Michonne having Sam show a bag covered Randall to show/feign he's alive. As they talk, Jonas or Gabby (Determinant) express anger and a desire for retribution for what happened at Monroe. Norma tries to calm them to no avail; they kill Berto, creating a panic in the debate. Norma apologises for their actions, trying to calm the situation. However, walkers hear the gunshot and begin to approach the group. The exchange can take various forms:
Randall is alive, Michonne makes the trade: Michonne removes the bag off of Randall, enraging Norma upon seeing how heavily beaten he is. Regardless, Norma allows Oak and Saddiq to be freed, the pair hiding behind the gate. Randall is shoved to Norma, the women cutting him free of his bindings as more Walkers appear. Once freed, Randall charges at Michonne and tackles her. In self defence, Michonne or Sam (Determinant) kills him. Norma is deeply angered, ordering her group to attack them.
Randall is a walker, Michonne makes the trade: Michonne leaves the bag on Randall's head, shoving him towards Norma. Norma allows Oak and Siddiq to be returned. As she removes the bag from Randall's head, she realises he is a walker. She puts him down, quickly ordering her group to attack Michonne and the others.
Randall is a walker/alive, Michonne does not make the trade: Due to the growing tensions, Michonne calls the trade off. Angered, Norma shoots Oak in the stomach, causing Pete to instinctively shoot Jonas dead. In the commotion, Randall tries to break free from Sam or is thrown forward (Determinant), promptly shot by her. Norma goes to attack but is kicked down by Oak. Siddiq makes it inside as Norma orders her group attack.
Randall is a walker/alive, Michonne signals Paige: Michonne seizes the moment, signalling Paige to kill Norma. She takes a shot, successfully hitting Norma in the shoulder. Her companions are shocked at the attempted killing, shooting at the group and killing Oak in the process. The scene now plays out as if the player verbally refused to trade.
Norma and her group break down the barricaded door, invading the house with Walkers in hot pursuit. Michonne retreats behind the fountain, killing walkers and survivors alike. However, Norma fights her way towards Michonne, the two engaging in a bloodied fist fight. If Zachery is still alive, he intervenes, trying to stop Norma only to be shot dead by the women. (Determinant) Norma then gains an advantage, drowning Michonne in a pool of water. However, Michonne reaches for her machete, successfully using it to force Norma off and amputates her right arm off. As the women scream in pain, walkers approach and begin to devour her. She is then either shot dead by Michonne or is left to be devoured by the walkers.
Michonne flees to the house, regrouping with the others. She quickly barricades the front door with assistance from Pete. As she surveys the house, she notices a man lighting a Molotov. she shoots at him, but he succeeds in tossing the Molotov into the house, setting it ablaze. She quickly becomes separated from the others, forced to crawl through the blazing house. She goes around the house searching for her daughters, while she found James and Alex, whom she saved both of them. Samantha reunites with the boys and they go through Greg's room. As Michonne is about to climb out through the window, Elodie and Colette appear, begging Michonne to stay with them, Michonne can choose to stay with them, which results in Samantha burning in the house or leave them, then Michonne goes through the window and falls unconscious. When she regains consciousness they leave and head for the boat. Michonne talks with Pete about seeing her daughters and talking with them, Pete says to not think about them. They head to the boat and Michonne sees her daughters from a distance. She hesitates but leaves them and enters the boat, then the episode ends.
This list shows the victims Michonne has killed:
- Greg Fairbanks (Zombified)
- Zachary (Caused, Determinant)
- Cam (Indirectly Caused)
- Randall (Alive, Determinant)
- Gabby (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- Jonas (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- Oak (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- Berto (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- Joe (Determinant)
- Norma (Caused, Determinant) (Direct, Out Of Mercy, Determinant)
- Samantha Fairbanks (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- Numerous unnamed Monroe colonists
- Numerous counts of zombies
- Michonne is one of the eight characters to appear in all three episodes, the others being Pete, Samantha, Gabby, Randall, Zachary (Determinant), Norma, and Jonas.
- Michonne and her mini-series were announced by Telltale Games on June 15, 2015, during the 2015 edition of E3.
- Michonne is one of the eight characters from the Comic Series who made an appearance in the Video Game series, the others being Hershel Greene, Shawn Greene, Glenn, Pete, Siddiq, Elodie Hawthorne, and Paul Monroe.
- Of them, Michonne is the only playable character.
- Michonne demonstrates symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder throughout the video game, undergoing numerous hallucinations of people close to her whom she had lost and seriously pondering suicide as an acceptable method to end her suffering.
- In the Letter Hacks of Issue 155, Robert Kirkman confirmed that Michonne tells Siddiq the location of Alexandria.
- He also confirmed that Michonne's story takes place during the time gap before #127.
- During the course of the game Michonne's katana was with Ezekiel.
- Michonne is the only playable character with an unknown status.
- Her video game counterpart is also the version of her to not have an alive status.