The Walking Dead is set to lose another one of its central characters. At SDCC 2019, Danai Gurira confirmed that The Walking Dead season 10 will be the final season for Michonne.
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Previously The Hollywood Reporter reported that Gurira, who plays Michonne on the AMC hit, was leaving the series.
Gurira has signed a deal to appear in a handful of The Walking Dead‘s season 10 episodes, but will leave following the upcoming season. Gurira has been on the show since season 3, emerging as one of its breakout stars, especially after her appearance as Okoye in last year’s Black Panther film. Gurira is also an acclaimed playwright whose Eclipsed earned her a Tony nomination for Best Play.
Gurira’s exit follows a host of other Walking Dead departures, including most notably series star Andrew Lincoln’s decision to leave in season 9, citing the show’s grueling production schedule in Atlanta and his desire to spend more time with his family in London. Interestingly enough, Lincoln’s Rick was not killed off in his final Walking Dead episode, leaving room for the adventures of Rick Grimes to continue on film.
Will Gurira return to the world of The Walking Dead in the three announced movies set to begin production sometime this year? It seems a very likely possibility. In the meantime, Gurira is set to reprise her MCU role in Avengers: Endgame. She is also currently at work adapting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah into a miniseries.
While Michonne may live on in some capacity following Guriria’s season 10 departure, it’s unclear what shape The Walking Dead series itself will be left in. Rick and Michonne are both integral to the comic book series the AMC series is based on.
More news on The Walking Dead‘s complicated, yet expansive future as we hear it.
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