Danai Gurira to Exit “The Walking Dead”

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

One of The Walking Dead’s breakout stars is reportedly exiting the show. 

Season 10 of AMC’s zombie drama is likely to be Danai Gurira’s last.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gurira who joined the series in Season 3 and stars as Michonne, will exit The Walking Dead. The outlet reports that Gurira has signed a deal to return for her final season of the hit drama in a limited capacity, which basically means that she is set to star in a handful of episodes throughout Season 10. 

Gurira’s exit will follow Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan’s departures from the show in  Season 9. Gurira is likely to segue to the three Walking Dead TV movies starring Lincoln. 

At the time of his exit, Lincoln said, ”It’s not the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning. And I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista. And I’ve always been interested in what’s going on out there, you know, whether or not there is contact with the wider world. I want to know the meta of it all. And I suppose to be able to kind of touch upon that in a contained story for me is a very exciting proposition… Maybe it’s the start of a bigger story.”

Gurira’s other credits include last year’s Black Panther. She also a Tony-nominated playwright.

THR was the first to report the news. AMC and Gurira’s reps declined comment.

The Walking Dead returns Sunday on AMC.