HC: So you’re saying the Michonne rape could still happen.
GM: Without a doubt, it could still happen or it could happen with somebody else. Nothing is off the table. These are long-running characters and there’s a long-running story to be told but it needs to be told sensitively, realistically, intelligently and respectfully.
HC: But you’re not necessarily saying it would happen this season.
GM: Not necessarily in this season and who knows if we would ever do that story or not. I don’t want to say that. I’m saying that I feel that that story is such a significant story, it cannot just be burned off. It will feel gratuitous, it will feel shocking, I think it would alienate the audience. It needs to be handled very, very carefully. I would say that that Michonne rape story is one of the most sensitive issues I’ve ever handled in my career as a writer, and it needs to be done right. It can’t just be thrown at the audience for shock value, I think that would be irresponsible as an artist to do that on TV. It may work in a film, it may work in a novel, it may work in a comic book. I didn’t feel it would work in that situation on a TV show.
HC: In Sunday’s mid-season finale, will Rick and the Governor finally meet?
GM: The first interaction between Rick and the Governor on-screen will be played down the road. What’s interesting in the mid-season finale a lot is revealed but interestingly we still have more story to play before those two characters come face to face.
HC: The episode ends with a cliffhanger, yes? Just how shocking is it?
GM: It surprised the hell out of me.
HC: Does anyone die?
GM: There is a death in the mid-season finale. It wouldn’t be a mid-season finale if we didn’t have a death, right?
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