Danai Gurira Says Goodbye to ‘The Walking Dead’ After Seven Seasons

SPOILER ALERT – Don’t read ahead if you haven’t watched the latest episode of The Walking Dead!

Danai Gurira‘s time on The Walking Dead has come to an end.

After seven seasons on the hit AMC series, the 42-year-old actress’ character Michonne is off on a new journey. Danai announced she was leaving the show back in July 2019.

“It’s bittersweet,” Danai shared with The New York Times. “But it’s time for me to go on other journeys.”

In her final episode, we find Michonne re-imagining a series of events in her life, suggesting what her life might have been like if she had joined Team Negan (led by Jeffrey Dean Morgan).

Michonne then leaves her children in the care of Daryl (Norman Reedus) after discovering evidence that her former lover Rick Grimes (Andrew Grimes) is still alive. She then leaves on her mission to go find him.

Michonne not being killed off the show could suggest that she will be returning for the planned Walking Dead film series.

“They walked me through this last episode long before I got the script,” Danai continued. “But I wasn’t sure how it was going to work out until today, when I finally saw it. It was chilling to watch. And I don’t even know how they did some of that.”

While she wouldn’t confirm that she will be in any upcoming movies, Danai is grateful for her time on The Walking Dead and learned a lot from playing Michonne.

“Michonne was very much someone I had to step up to, especially when she started to grow into herself and step away from her demons,” Danai shared. “When she became an item with Rick, Michonne was kind of more cool, and Rick was hot. The way she handles and assesses and comes to clarity about things — I’ve always said, she’s smarter than me, she’s faster than me, and she’s stronger than me. So I had to step into her agility and power. I always felt like I could learn from her as a woman, you know?”

New episodes of The Walking Dead air on Sundays at 9pm ET on AMC.

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