I’d recommend anyone still watching this show to read the AV club write ups of each episode. I try not to copy and paste what they’ve said, but these paragraphs are especially on point.
[quote=AV Club]Michonne has been one of the series most independent figures since her first appearance, but her connection with Rick has reduced that independence. Sure, she went off on her own at the start of the season, but that didn’t really go anywhere, and now she spends an embarrassing amount of time telling Rick how great he is, which… eh.
It’s not that Michonne shouldn’t be upset at the thought of losing Rick, but the idea that she’d simply let herself die if anything happened to him does her a disservice. Hearing Rick tell her how it’s important that they be ready to go on no matter what happens is both inspiring and also oddly inappropriate coming from him. Michonne has suffered as much as Rick has, more or less, and she’s shown time and again that she’s a survivor, that she’ll do what it takes to keep moving forward. Having Rick try and teach her some life lesson, valid though that lesson may be, is too much like burnishing his character by sacrificing some of hers, no matter how vehemently he says that she inspired him to keep fighting.
They make sense as a couple—it’s one of the smartest narrative choices the show has made in recent years. But that choice isn’t worth it if it forces Michonne into a place where she’s just there to reinforce how great Rick is, how necessary he is, how much they need him as a leader. At one point in the episode, he tells her to watch her step on a roof, as though she’d need to be reminded. It’s a tossed off moment, but one that seems indicative of the flaws in both their pairing and Rick’s character as a whole. Rick always knows best, even when the people around him should know better.[/quote]