BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

If you were hoping the zombie apocalypse would mean that you could steal one of those sleek sports cars you've been yearning for 4-eva, 'cause the owner wouldn't be needing it anymore, The Walking Dead says NO.

Next season, it's all about sustainable transport, with Michonne getting her very own horse, Flame.

'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,' executive producer Gale Anne Hurd observed.

'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.'

, who plays Michonne, was quick to stress how tricky horseriding was for a newbie.

'I thought it would be fine, and then I got on it and I was like, this is really not easy,' she said. '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.'

But after a gruelling beginning, it 'clicked' and Danai now understands the appeal:

'I love it now. And I totally get why Michonne would love it. It's such a freeing experience, it's you and this one creature and you don't have to talk. And it does what you say, but it's also this old being and it gets you where you need to go. It has this perfect function. It's just a fantastic animal.'

Ok Danai, you've sold it to us. No more sports cars for us - we're trading ours in for ponies, just in time for the apocalypse!

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