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Walking Dead Loses Michonne: Danai Gurira Exiting the AMC Hit

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The Walking Dead is about to lose another major cast member.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danai Gurira will exit the series in Season 10 after appearing in only "a handful of episodes." However, she will likely return for the Rick Grimes-centric Walking Dead movies currently in the works at AMC. She will follow in the footsteps of major cast members Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee), who both departed the series in Season 9. This report follows rumors from earlier this week that she planned to leave the show.

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Gurira debuted as fan-favorite character Michonne in the Season 3 premiere. Since then, she has appeared in more than 100 episodes. Following Rick's departure, Michonne became an even more integral part of the show as one of Alexandria's leaders, not to mention the mother of Rick's son.

Since her Walking Dead debut, Gurira has gone on to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She appeared as Wakandan warrior Okoye in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, and she is likely to reprise that role in the forthcoming Avengers: Endgame and the as-yet untitled Black Panther sequel. A playwright, she has also written several works during her time on the AMC series, even earning a Tony Award nomination for Eclipse. As such, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that she has chosen to leave Walking Dead to pursue her other roles.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. The series returns for the second half of Season 9 on February 10.

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