AMC's zombie thriller series 'The Walking Dead' has featured a horse before. Back in the show's very first episode, "Days Gone Bye," Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) requisitioned the horse from a Georgia farm and rode it into Atlanta. The horse served him well, but was eventually overtaken by zombies and graphically disemboweled before the episode had ended.
But 'The Walking Dead' isn't done with the equine family. Three years later, another horse will be joining the cast of the series. This time, though, Rick's not the one in the saddle -- it's Michonne (Danai Gurira), the sword-slinging badass the show introduced last year.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Michonne will be getting a new horse, lamely named Flame, to assist her in some zombie drive-bys. In addition to the image above, they talked to the show's producers about the addition of the horse -- and they go rather in-depth.
"With gas at a premium, with the fact that vehicles break down, I think we would return to the days of horseback riding and you can graze them as you go in a place like Georgia," shared producer Gale Ann Hurd. "You don’t have to carry food for them. They feed themselves, so to speak. It goes along with the new approach this season of sustainability. With a horse, you can go through the woods. You can get around obstacles. You can’t do that in a vehicle. If a tree falls and blocks the road, you can’t go through the forest. You’re not going to make it through. It’s actually much more of a useful choice. Not only that, but Michonne looks so badass on it."
Added new showrunner Scott M. Gimple: "I’ll tell you this—Danai can ride that horse. She does an amazing job. Initially I was a little afraid. I think she was a little confident about it, but I was pretty amazed.”
As for Gurira herself, she talks at length to EW about her horseriding learning curve, but ultimately explains the horse's significance to Michonne as a character. "I totally get why Michonne would love it. It’s such a freeing experience, it’s you and this one creature and you don’t have to talk. And it does what you say, but it’s also this old being and it gets you where you need to go. It has this perfect function. It’s just a fantastic animal. So, I so get why she would jump on it and feel free. It’s like going into her man cave."
'The Walking Dead' will return Sunday, Oct. 13 at 9/8c on AMC.