Danai Gurira on 'The Walking Dead'

“The Walking Dead” may be returning for its winter premiere on Feb. 14, but there’s a much bigger event happening for the group of survivors that deserves its own bit of appreciation. Danai Gurira — who portrays the viciously perfect sword-wielding Michonne — is celebrating her birthday.

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That’s right, Gurira’s birthday falls on Valentine’s Day and in 2016 she’s turning 28 years old — and is still as amazing as ever. After joining “The Walking Dead” in Season 3, Gurira — and Michonne — have become one of the most important pieces of the show’s puzzle, swinging her katana at any walker that stands in her way and developing close relationships with just about everyone in the group.

To probably observe the day, Zap2it has scoured the internet to find 10 of the very best Michonne GIFs that perfectly encapsulate the character fans of the show quickly grew to love, dating all the way back to the sneak peek of her arrival at the end of Season 2. Celebrate Gurira’s birthday by taking a stroll down memory lane below, but don’t forget you should also be ready to tune into “The Walking Dead” to see how she and the group will survive the zombie onslaught that has arrived in Alexandria.

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“The Walking Dead” returns Sunday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.


Posted by:Chris E. Hayner

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