The Walking Dead: Michonne Shows Off Her Katana Skills in Mid-Season Finale Clip

Monday, 28 November 2016 - 1:06PM
The Walking Dead
Monday, 28 November 2016 - 1:06PM
The Walking Dead: Michonne Shows Off Her Katana Skills in Mid-Season Finale Clip
Of all the weapons in The Walking Dead (yes, even Lucille), Michonne's katana may be the coolest. Like the lightsaber, the katana seems like an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. There's a reason that Bruce Willis chooses a katana over all the other weapons in the pawn shop scene from Pulp Fiction. Like Michonne, he wisely puts his faith in folded steel. And now we get to see that steel in action again in Season 7:



This whole scene is just goddamn cool. It seems like a subtle callback to the infamous "Twisted Nerve" whistling scene in Kill Bill, where Elle Driver (the woman in the eyepatch) casually walks down the hospital corridor to kill Uma Thurman. There were a lot of katanas in that movie, too. Michonne certainly seems to know her way around her sword (look at those swings!), but samurai film aficionados will be focused on something else: how she sheathes and unsheathes it.

As shown in this scene from the samurai film Ame Agaru, a big part of the samurai tradition is iaido, or the drawing and sheathing of the sword. The forms were very strictly regimented, and a lot of film and media take great care to show them (including Ame Agaru), but the Walking Dead is pretty cavalier about it, especially since Michonne wears her sword on her back. Part of iaido was practicality: guiding a sword into its scabbard is kind of tricky if you don't want to cut your hand or stab your thigh, and a scabbard across the back makes things a bit more difficult.

Either way...more head-slicing please!

If you want a compilation of some of Michonne's kills with her katana, check out this video! And if you want to see the episode that shows the epic slice-and-dice action above, tune in on Sunday, December 4 at 9/8c for Episode 7 of The Walking Dead!
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