The Walking Dead: Michonne's third and final episode over-explains itself, losing its impact along the way.
Up until this third and final episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne, the connection I felt to the main character was strong — almost everything in the first two episodes served to explore her pain and guilt. Episode 3 succeeds in adding more context and meaning to Michonne and her emotions, but its slow beginning and heavy-handed approach to its themes left me feeling distant from her and disengaged with her story.

Michonne’s best moments are with her companion Sam’s two younger brothers, James and Alex. I watched her solemnly teach the older one how to load a gun and tell him it was okay to be scared, while I had her avoid telling the youngest about a devastating death. In both of her short talks with them, the same dialogue option pops up: “I’ll protect you.” It’s clear that the boys are stand-ins for her lost daughters — the children she can protect this time — and her scenes with them were poignant without feeling forced or overdone.

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