This article contains spoilers regarding the recent season of The Walking Dead.
Seven seasons after stepping foot into the world of TWD, Danai Gurira has officially left the AMC series. The actress has portrayed the tough-as-nails Michonne since 2012, debuting in the season two episode “Beside the Dying Fire.” Although the exit has been in the works for over a year, Gurira has revealed additional details regarding her character’s end to Deadline.
The actress was announced to exit the series in February 2019, making her the third major character to do so, after Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene). In the latest episode, “What We Become,” Michonne travels to the island of Virgil (Kevin Carroll) following Siddiq’s (Avi Nash) murder. Gaining weapons needed to defeat Alpha (Samantha Morton) and the Whisperers, she additionally reunites Virgil with his family before parting with the others in search of Rick, her fate left unknown after she joins other humans moving north.
When asked if audiences are expected to see her character again, Gurira laughed while noting she would “never tell you yay or nay to that, but I think there is an open-endedness to how she exits. I will agree with you on that.”
The actress, alongside showrunner Angela Kang, spoke to Deadline detailing the exit. Gurira noted she found peace with the end of her character’s arc, stating Michonne was “[r]ewarded by finding evidence that’s something she’s always suspected was true, which was that Rick didn’t die on that bridge. So, you know, we’ll see how that goes. See what happens next or see if something happens.” Kang jumped in, agreeing the “option is open there, and I really hope that they will reunite sometime.”
They went on to detail the process of planning the end of Michonne’s arc (for now, at least). “I say, hey, here’s what we’re laying out, this is what we have planned, we’re excited about this, is there anything that is in your head in terms of like where your character’s at, and so we had a really wonderful conversation,” Kang said. “And honestly, the story didn’t really change wildly from what we originally planned.” Gurira agreed, noting the producers “came up with an amazing architecture for those characters, for the stories, and how to give her that sort of an ending,” adding it was “very generous of them to embrace my thoughts and my contributions.”
Although fans of the long-running series may miss seeing Michonne on the small screen, audiences will get new episodes of TWD for the foreseeable future, with the series being renewed through Season 11 and showrunners having no plans to stop there.