Michonne steals the episode, though its story is tired and bland.
The story of The Walking Dead: Michonne’s first episode doesn’t stand out, but its main character definitely does. Like previous Telltale Walking Dead series, Michonne’s first episode highlights the horrors of both walkers and people. This time around, however, the focus is almost entirely on Michonne herself, and while that works well, my confidence in the larger story’s long-term potential suffers as a result. Despite plot shortfalls, though, this is a tense, well-paced introduction to one of my favorite characters in the series.

The episode opens strong, with a powerful look at the source of Michonne’s pain and how she copes with it. She’s running from past trauma, distractedly killing walkers, almost as if they aren’t there. It’s haunting, and it drew me in immediately. Her suffering does not make her weak, but being good at killing walkers doesn’t make her strong, either. Instead, staying busy and distracting herself keeps her from falling apart, and that makes her more interesting than someone who’s just good at surviving.

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