Don't ever bet against Michonne.
Warrior woman Michonne (Danai Gurira) improvised as she wiped out zombies in the latest episode to air Sunday. The woman was chained, but she still managed to survive.
I would be mighty surprised if those four characters don't make it to the fourth season. What do you think?
As for the others, well, anything can happen in a show that kills off its leading lady. Rick (Andrew Lincoln), the show's hero, is having visions. The villainous Governor (David Morrissey) isn't thinking straight, which portends bad things for him in the season finale. There are real drawbacks to trying to be a leader in this disaster.
Love in a zombie apocalypse isn't a hopeful sign, so I'm worried about Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
Love can't be good, either, for Carol (Melissa McBride), who longs for the heroic Daryl.
Being wise isn't an advantage in this disaster, and Hershel (Scott Wilson) has been a figure of deep wisdom. I fear he won't be with us much longer. I hope I'm wrong.
If I were stuck in a zombie apocalypse, I'd want Michonne and Daryl in my group. They are the most fearless fighters, and Carl is on his way to joining them. Andrea was trying to be fearless in the previous episode, and she almost pulled it off. I have a hunch she can survive any challenge thrown at her.
SPOILER ALERT: She improvises, and so does Daryl. In the latest episode, he handled his worst challenge yet: He put down his zombified brother Merle (Michael Rooker).
The key to the appeal of "The Walking Dead" is anything can happen. The drama has smashed TV formulas and won big ratings. The characters who roll with it, and don't agonize, are going to survive.