There are more massive changes afoot on The Walking Dead. After star Andrew Lincoln departed the series earlier in the season–along with co-star Lauren Cohan, who could still return–another character is saying goodbye.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danai Gurira, who has played Michonne since Season 3, will depart during the 10th season. She has reportedly signed a deal for a “handful of episodes” that will air throughout Season 10–which was just ordered by AMC. THR also notes that it’s likely Gurira will take part in the upcoming made-for-TV The Walking Dead movies that Lincoln will also star in.
The move comes at an interesting time for the actress. In 2018, she made a splash in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. She’s set to reprise her role as Okoye once again in Avengers: Endgame and–theoretically–in future MCU films. Given how busy Marvel Studios seems to keep its stars, also fitting in months of filming the zombie series could become difficult.
As for what this means for The Walking Dead, the loss of Gurira is huge. She’s one of the few main faces of the show left. In addition to Lincoln and Cohan, The Walking Dead has also lost Chandler Riggs (Carl) and Lennie James (Morgan) in recent seasons. Remaining of the main cast. It remains to be seen what will happen with Judith (Cailey Fleming) and RJ (Antony Azor), Michonne’s children.
While this is sad news for fans, it should be noted that there’s still plenty of time left to enjoy Michonne on the show. The second half of The Walking Dead Season 9 premieres Sunday, February 10. If you haven’t seen the trailer for the new episodes yet, you should definitely check it out.