LOS ANGELES — The Walking Dead fans will soon be saying their farewells to Zimbabwean-American actress Danai Gurira and her much loved character Michonne.
However, despite leaving the show it seems the 41-year-old is excited for her exit as she was able to collaborate with the writers on her story arc. When chatting to the Los Angeles Times, the star opened up on her departure, and gave an insight into what viewers can expect. She told the publication: “I know
nothing. But what I will say in my know-nothingness, the great thing about this show is they are very, very, fantastic at creating great structure for
“I was in a room where they have all the pictures of people who have left the show, and everyone’s exit has been so specific and really resonate in its own,
very original way.
“There was no exception to that in my case, I’m very thankful for that. And I was allowed to be a collaborator.
“But they created a very, very, very sound structure of how Michonne exits, which I was very thankful for.”
Danai confirmed she would be walking away from the show at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, in California. Talking to the crowds during a panel, she said: “I
can confirm this will be my final season on this amazing TV show as Michonne.
“I would just like to say that this has been one of the purest joys of my life to play this role and to be amongst these people and those who are not here
right now and among all of you.
“I’m very thankful for the experience I’ve had in ways I can’t state right now. My heart does not leave in any way, shape or form. The TWD family is forever.
The connection between us never ends.”
The Black Panther star added: “It was a very difficult decision, but it was about my calling and other opportunities I wanted to explore.”
But while she is leaving, it sure looks like Michonne will go out with a bang, as the season 10 trailer teased an unsuspected romance blossoming with herself
and Ezekiel (Khary Payton).
“Somehow it’s harder the second time around, especially when you get used to having someone there,” Michonne says in a voice over.