Danai Gurira Is Leaving ‘The Walking Dead’
Sorry Walking Dead fans, one of your favs is exiting the series.
Danai Gurira is bidding farewell to the AMC show, Variety reports. Next season, which will be season 10, will be her last one appearing as the zombie slaying Michonne. As she bows out, she will only be appearing in a handful of episodes.
Gurira’s exit is the latest to come as a few of the show’s stars have already left the zombie drama. Two of the stars that have departed, Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, will appearing in spin-offs of the show. Lincoln has signed on to star in a series of spin-offs set to air on AMC. Cohan will be starring in Fear of the Walking Dead.
Gurira joined the show in 2012 during season three.
Back in November, AMC programming president David Madden told The Hollywood Reporter that he was hoping that Gurira could remain on the show as her star continued to rise since her role as General Okoye in Black Panther.
“She has been very vocal about saying that she loves the show. We love Danai; we love that character. Right now, she’s got a lot of opportunities and she needs to weigh what she feels is best for her. But we certainly would want her on the show as long as she wants to be on it,” Madden said. “We really want her to stay. She is an incredibly valuable character and I’m really hoping she stays. Obviously, the lesson of Andy [Lincoln] is that the show can survive anybody’s departure if need be, but that’s not our goal. The goal is to have Danai continue on whatever basis she can make work, given the other things that she has going on in her life.”
AMC has not commented on her departure from the show yet.