Another ‘Walking Dead’ Exit! Danai Gurira Leaving After Season 10
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gurira — who has become a breakout success in the years since her Season 3 debut on Dead in projects like Black Panther — has signed a new contract for her final season with the show. The actress will reportedly return as her character Michonne in a limited capacity throughout Season 10 and is likely to focus her sights on the upcoming trilogy of TV films featuring former lead Andrew Lincoln‘s Rick Grimes.
Understandably, this news is a blow to the show’s large fan base and the readers of Robert Kirkman’s books, in which Danai and Andrew’s characters remain vital. The show has become a revolving door of sorts for its many longest-running cast members lately, as Lauren Cohan also exited with Lincoln in Season 9, and Chandler Riggs, who played Carl Grimes, left in Season 8.
Despite not joining until Season 3 as the undeniably badass Michonne, Gurira’s Katana-wielding character has been a particular favorite among fans. She’s considered one of the show’s main pillars next to Season 1 original cast members Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.
No word on how Gurira’s exit will play out, so time to speculate away!
The Walking Dead, Midseason 9 Premiere, Sunday, February 10, 9/8c, AMC