“I would just like to say that this has been one of the purest joys of my life to play this role and to be amongst these people and those that are not here right now,” said Gurira, getting emotional. “I am very very thankful for the experience I’ve had in ways I can’t even express right now. My heart does not leave in any way shape or form. The TWD family is forever. It doesn’t ever end.”
She went on to call it a “difficult decision,” but added there are other opportunities she wants to explore. Gurira said she’s leaving with “a lot of pain about leaving and a lot of gratitude”
Gurira got a huge standing ovation from the crowd after making the announcement.
It was previously reported the “Black Panther” actress would only appear in a “handful” of episodes and was expected to star in the three planned spinoff films with Lincoln’s Rick Grimes — who also left the show, but wasn’t killed off.
No word yet on the movies.
“We’ve put her through her paces this year. She brought the A++ game as she always does. I’m excited to share the things she’s doing,” added showrunner Angela Kang. “I’m excited for people to just see the depth and beauty of her work as always. We will miss the hell out of her.”
Comic book spoilers to follow.
In the source material, Michonne was one of the characters who lived through the very last issue, which dropped on July. The character moved to the Commonwealth, a developed city which has yet to appear on the show, where she became a judge.
“The Walking Dead” Season 10 premieres October 6 on AMC.