The biggest shocker since Andrew Lincoln’s exit, The Walking Dead will see another one of its main cast members depart in the middle of next season.
Danai Gurira, who rose to fame upon her debut in the hit AMC series, has confirmed that she will exit during the show’s tenth season. THR reports that, under her new deal, Gurira will return in a limited capacity — described as only a handful of episodes — that will be interspersed throughout season 10.
The Black Panther actress will then likely segue to the three Walking Dead movies that AMC is planning with former lead star, Andrew Lincoln. The latter has played the central role of Rick Grimes since the pilot and departed in the first half of season nine.
Gurira’s departure — similar to Lincoln’s — is considered a creative blow to The Walking Dead. Both Rick and Michonne remain focal points of Robert Kirkman’s source material on which the AMC series is based.
For the Walking Dead franchise, however, the three Lincoln-led films have now gained some serious star power with Gurira’s addition. Fans of the series will remember that Rick and Michonne were romantically together during the later years of the series. The first film will be told from Rick’s point of view.
The three movies — set to begin production this year — will air on AMC, with the basic cable network, in success, partnering with a second party to help share the costs of what are expected to be cinematic features that are made for television.