Danai Gurira Is Exiting 'The Walking Dead'

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Gurira's new deal with AMC will definitely make it easier for the actress to pursue other ventures while having the option to return and portray the popular character that opened so many doors for her career.

"Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Gurira, who officially joined the series in season three as iconic katana-wielding badass Michonne, has signed a deal to return for her final season of the zombie drama".

And now, a moment of silence, if you will - and not just because when AMC's The Walking Dead returns Sunday for the back half of Season 9 (9/8c), Samantha Morton's Alpha and the Whisperers will be scaring us speechless on the regular. It seems that Gurira's departure has been in the works for quite a while.

AMC programming president David Madden recently spoke out about Michonne's future in the show. During her time on the show, her star as an actor and writer has risen immensely, thanks to a high-profile role in Black Panther and a Tony nomination in 2016 for her play Eclipsed.

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In addition to starring in The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira is an accomplished playwright and social activist. 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,". "She is an incredibly valuable character and I'm really hoping she stays", he added. Her loss will be a big blow to the show's creative plans.

This is largely as a result of the success of Marvel film Black Panther, where Danai played Dora Milaje general Okoye.

What's more, she's set to return as Wakanda general Okoye in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame and is now in the process of adapting the novel Americanah - by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - into a TV miniseries.

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