As is now inevitable with The Walking Dead, another key cast member is preparing to leave the show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danai Gurira, who has been with the show since season three, has signed a deal to appear in a handful of episodes in the program’s 10th season. After that, she and her character Michonne are expected to transfer over into AMC’s planned Walking Dead movie series.
Thanks to the premise outlined by writer Robert Kirkman in the Image comic book, The Walking Dead is pretty resistant to cast turnover. Initial character began dying and turning into Walkers almost immediately with new characters introduced all the time. Indeed, most of the television series’ original cast left the the program long ago with only Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride remaining. Even original star Andrew Lincoln departed early in its ninth season; although moments after his final episode aired, the network announced he would star in three TV movies set within the series’ universe. Prior to the network announcing Lincoln’s departure, it unveiled plans to keep the brand going to at least another ten years.
Nonetheless, some consider the loss of Lincoln and Gurira a big creative loss for the mothership show, which returns this Sunday on AMC.