As a simple country boy, I don't understand the fascination with someone on a horse. But then again, with the redneck character of Daryl being one of the most popular on the show, maybe everyone has a secret love for all things hick. If so, stop making fun of my accent!
Sorry, where was I... oh yeah...
It's been a long time since we saw Rick's horse get eaten by zombies in season one, so show runners have finally moved on and are rediscovering the usefulness of horses in a post apocalyptic world this season.
With gas at a premium, with the fact that vehicles break down, I think we would return to the days of horseback riding and you can graze them as you go in a place like Georgia. You don’t have to carry food for them. They feed themselves, so to speak. It goes along with the new approach this season of sustainability. With a horse, you can go through the woods. You can get around obstacles. You can’t do that in a vehicle. If a tree falls and blocks the road, you can’t go through the forest. You’re not going to make it through. It’s actually much more of a useful choice. Not only that, but Michonne looks so badass on it.”
Learning to ride a horse did turn into a great story for Danai Gurira (Michonne), one she told EW and one we may hear a few times if she shows up on talk shows to promote the show.
“I’m going to tell you this and I’m going to regret saying this, but I’m proud of myself, O.K? Because I learned how to ride a damn horse and I didn’t know how to ride a horse, and I was like, ‘I’ve got to know how to ride a horse for the show, and there’s no ifs, ands, buts, or maybes about it. So, I’ve got to figure this mess out.’ And when I got on that thing, I thought I was going to be able to handle it. I said, ‘I’m going to be able to handle this thing!’ I thought it would be fine, and then I got on it and I was like, this is really not easy. This is not easy. This is a huge beast and it has very sharp instincts. It really expects you to know what you’re doing or it’s not going to listen to you. And, it’s bigger than you and stronger than you. And, you’re really high off the ground.
Then it was just crunch time, and I was like, I’ve just got to do this. It’s man over beast. I realize I’ve been given dominion over the animals and I’m going to take my dominion. I took advice from so many different people. I took it all. I put it all in the pot and somehow the day before we were shooting I was galloping. And we got it there, and then I loved it. I really, really love it. I’ve always loved horses, and in the back of my mind I thought I knew how to ride, but I didn’t. Then I really learned I didn’t. And then now I really can. I love it. I love it now. And I totally get why Michonne would love it.
Hopefully Michonne's horse fairs better than Rick's did, I'd much rather see people get eaten by zombies than more horses myself.