Danai Gurira Leaving The Walking Dead

Jackson Lee Davis  AMC AMC

Jackson Lee Davis AMC AMC

Gurira, who plays sword-slinging badass Michonne, has been a key part of the show since Season 3, and saw her career take off due to the reaction to the character. Gurira has become a huge star with the success of The Walking Dead, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Danai's departure was rumoured after she was engaged in "prolonged negotiations" with AMC.

Black Panther actress Danai Gurira will exit her recurring role as Michonne on AMC's The Walking Dead following a limited return next season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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He then added: "She has been very vocal about saying that she loves the show". We love Danai; we love that character. "But we certainly would want her on the show as long as she wants to be on it", AMC Programming President David Madden told THR back in November. Right now, she's got a lot of opportunities and she needs to weigh what she feels is best for her. The announcement of her departure strikes another massive blow to the hit series after Andrew Lincoln left late a year ago.

Lincoln played show protagonist Rick Grimes since the pilot episode in 2010, but departed in the first half of the current season which ends in March. "We really want her to stay".

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. It also gives Scott Gimple, the architect of The Walking Dead universe, another challenge: Finding a way to reunite Rick and Michonne without disturbing the television show.

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