Now We Know Exactly Why Michonne Is Leaving The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead fans are not exactly thrilled that another cast member is departing in season 10 after losing Andrew Rick Lincoln just last year, the lead of the series. And now its losing his partner, Michonne, as actress Danai Gurira has confirmed that season 10 will be her last on the show.

Gurira is the third longest serving cast member in the series, having been around for six years, shorter only than Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol). Its not a huge shock that after seeing her profile explode after roles in Black Panther and Avengers as Okoye that she would probably be moving on to bigger and better things. And now we know exactly what that is, something a tad unexpected.

THR is reporting that Danai Gurira is actually showrunning a new series for HBO Max, WarnerMedias upcoming streaming service which combines HBO content and other offerings it owns. The show is Americanah, based on the best-selling book by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and it tells the story of a woman who leaves Nigeria for America.

That woman will be played by none other than Guriras Black Panther co-star, Oscar Winner Lupita Nyongo. Heres Gurira on the collaboration:

"Through Americanah, Chimamanda brought the African female voice into mainstream consciousness in an unprecedented way," said Gurira. "It is intellectually incisive, indicting, yet full of humor, and riddled with humanity. She makes unheard voices familiar, universal and yet palpably specific. I am honored to bring her incredible novel to life on the screen. Im thrilled to collaborate once again with Lupita, who brings her astounding ability as a performer and producer shepherding this project, along with HBO Max's unbridled enthusiasm to bring this groundbreaking narrative to the TV audience."

Many Walking Dead fans probably dont know that in her spare time, Danai Gurira is actually a Tony-nominated playwright. That was for Eclipse, a Broadway play she wrote about the Liberian civil war. So the leap from that to showrunner of this new project does not seem as different as it may initially appear, even if most people know her for killing zombies in The Walking Dead or fighting off aliens in Avengers.

It seems possible that Michonne will be written out of the series in a way that doesnt necessarily kill her off, but allows her to reunite with the Rick Grimes in his planned trilogy of films that explain his disappearance at the hands of the mysterious helicopter people. Many assume she will be abducted, as its the only way she could leave the series while her kids, Judith and RJ, stay behind in a way that would make sense. Some are predicting that ironically Negan could end up being Judiths main parental figure here soon enough.

Anyway, Im happy to see Gurira getting a big shot like this, and Im looking forward to seeing what she does with Americanah. And Im just sayingFear the Walking Dead could really use a new showrunner so if she ever wants to come back to The Walking Dead

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