Sunday night’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” titled “Claimed,” was a pretty revelatory hour, packed with fresh tidbits and Crazy Cheese goodness.
Here’s a rundown of what we learned:
MICHONNE HAS A PLAYFUL SIDE: Yes, we’ve seen glimpses — a smile here, a wisecrack there. But never like this. Our sword-wielding warrior actually yucked it up a little bit as she showed off her bulky, but “extremely comfortable and attractive shirt” to Carl, and tried to get the boy to laugh as she flooded her mouth with gobs of gooey spray cheese.
It was almost a little weird to witness, but also highly refreshing. Many fans, including me, have complained about how the show continually depicted Michonne as a one-dimensional, brooding bad-ass. Now, meet Michonne the stand-up comedian.
AND SHE HAD A SON: Thanks to Carl’s relentless interrogation, we learned that Michonne’s son was named Andre Anthony, and he was her only child.
“One was enough,” she tells Carl. “He was a handful like you.”
Andre Anthony apparently died at the age of 3 (“It happened after everything happened.”). And Michonne has gone all this time without telling anyone else about him.
CARL IS CONVINCED JUDITH DIED: We got confirmation that Carl (and apparently Rick) believes his baby sister perished in the bloody prison clash.
Of course, we all know that Judith is alive and on her way to Terminus with Tyrese, Carol and the girls.
RICK HAS MAD, CATLIKE SKILLS: For a guy who could barely walk a couple of weeks ago, Rick displayed remarkable nimbleness and agility as he hid from a group of boisterous intruders before ultimately escaping through the house’s second-floor window.
It was a suspenseful, Hitchcock-like science, rendered with impressive precision. Bravo.
THOSE ARMY TYPES ARE ON A MISSION: We also learned the names of the three characters who scooped up Tara and Glenn. The hulking leader with the Fu Manchu moustache is Sgt. Abraham I-smile-when-I-kill-walkers Ford (Michael Cudlitz). His attractive female sidekick is Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) and the dweeby dude with a mullet is Dr. Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt). Welcome to the show.
No words were necessary. We could see the pain etched in Michonne’s face.