‘Walking Dead’ star Danai Gurira reportedly exiting zombie series

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Mere months after Andrew Lincoln parted ways with AMC's The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira has announced that she plans to do the same, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Her appearances will be spread out throughout the series.

Fans of Michonne and her sword skills shouldn't despair just yet though, as Danai could be part of an upcoming Walking Dead film series.

People were hoping that Michonne would take the reins as the show's lead after Andrew's departure.

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Considering Michonne became largely the show's central core following Rick's exit, and as a major player in Robert Kirkman's comics, it'll certainly be a challenge for the show if it continues beyond season 10.

In other words, Michonne and Rick will reunite again.

That said, the writers are bringing in a whole load of new characters into the show in the hope that fans will find them as interesting and watchable as the ones that are leaving. The announcement of her departure strikes another massive blow to the hit series after Andrew Lincoln left late previous year. AMC programming president David Madden had this to say about the actress back in November. 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. Obviously, the lesson of Andy is that the show can survive anybody's departure if need be but that's not our goal.

For the last few seasons, The Walking Dead has been haemorrhaging characters - which makes quite a lot of sense, given the dangers that are present in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled show.

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