Danai Gurira Departs “The Walking Dead”

Danai Gurira. Photo by Vanessa Carvalho/REX/Shutterstock (10095683d)

Danai Gurira stepped into the international spotlight with the role of Michonne in the zombie series The Walking Dead. Her incredible journey came to an end this weekend and the actress said goodbye to the iconic character that she’s been playing for almost a decade.

Gurira made her last appearance on this show in the most recent episode, “What We Become”, and described her departure as peaceful, beautiful, sad, and gratifying.

“I had gratitude for how they allowed me to exit the show and how well they’d taken care of the character. I had gratitude for how much I got to do, and how I got to exit in a way that honored the character and gave her an ability to be true to herself,” the actress told Deadline.

Danai Gurira joined The Walking Dead in 2012, and her star has been on the rise ever since. She found success as a playwright with her Tony-nominated play Eclipsed and became familiar to the international audiences thanks to the role of Okoye in Black Panther and several other MCU films.