It’s difficult to determine exactly what The Walking Dead‘s Michonne found at the end of the Season 7 Episode called “Service.” It looks like nothing more than a smoking pile of rubble, as if a small building or tobacco barn had burned down.
But it’s something much worse.
What Does Michonne Find?
When taking a second glance, it’s obvious she’s found a burning pile of torched mattresses. The beds taken from Alexandria were removed, taken down the road, and set on fire for no reason other than spite.
The Saviors never needed the beds. They just wanted to show Rick and his gang that they were in complete control. In addition to the initial shock, this is something they will have to think about every night when they lie back down on the cold floor. This is a heightened position of control, similar to Negan drinking half a soda and tossing it onto the ground in front of Rick.
Danai Gurira Discusses Michonne
Danai Gurira, who portrays Michonne on The Walking Dead, spoke with ComicBook.com about the episode and what’s next in the season.
“I guess it’s definitely the culmination of all that we’ve seen through the episode, which is the fact that she is very distressed about their situation and about the response that they’d had at the result of Rick’s response. They’ve had a bit of an impasse, and there’s an impasse between her and Rick in terms of how they would strategize how to handle a foe or an enemy or someone who is around them this way, and what she wants and how she wants to handle it versus how he wants to handle it.
The culmination at the end is really about seeing there is no way these people are going to be able to be handled in her mind the way Rick has proposed, especially after what he shares with her. She wants to respect it, but it’s not who they are and they can’t tolerate these people. These people are trying to enslave them and to psychologically break them. That’s what those mattresses represent. They didn’t take those mattresses because they needed them. They took them to cripple us more and more, and to make us understand that we are their slaves.”
This revelation was obvious on Michonne’s face. She knows what kind of people these are, beyond their initial horrific meeting with Negan. Gurira continued, “After all the pain and suffering and destruction they’ve already experienced at these people’s hands, [Michonne] cannot abide. It goes against the very saddle of her everything, of her very being. It’s really a culmination of that frustration and that unwillingness, honestly, to be enslaved. That’s literally what she’s looking at. She’s looking at their enslavement tactics and their own taunt of what they’ve already done to them, and their traps. It’s like you’re trapped literally also.”
Michonne’s next actions are a mystery, but she and Rick will continue to fight unless Rick changes his stance and comes up with some way to strike a war with Negan.
What strategy do you think is best? Michonne’s or Rick’s?
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