During the final moments of the finale of season 2 of The Walking Dead, a hooded, sword-wielding woman made her presence known by slicing and dicing some zombies to the delight of fans everywhere. That character was Michonne, a favorite from the original comic book series. In season 3, she will be played by Danai Gurira, and she reportedly has a big role in the future of Rick's gang of survivors. 

Now, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, we have our first clear shot of Gurira as Michonne in all of her katana swinging glory. Also, check out what series creator Robert Kirkman told the site about the casting of Gurira:

“We looked at a lot of talented people that were really fantastic, but we were waiting for that one spark, that moment where everyone was completely in agreement and completely excited, and we felt like we had found the essence of this fictional character that just randomly appeared in another person, and that person was Danai Gurira. She kind of came in and really just blew us all away. She’s got incredible presence, and she’s got a theater background, and is very physical, and was just perfect for the role."

[via Entertainment Weekly]