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Danai Gurira - One of the Longest-Running Character of 'The Walking Dead' Waves Goodbye to the Show

Published Mon Mar 23 2020 By Matthew
Danai Gurira - One of the Longest-Running Character of 'The Walking Dead' Waves Goodbye to the Show

Fans from all over the world are bidding a bittersweet goodbye to Danai Gurira's character in The Walking Dead after the Sunday night episode!

If you've somehow stumbled here without watching the Saturday night episode of The Walking Dead, then head this fair warning that there might be spoilers ahead. Well as the streets are left deserted with the growing Coronavirus pandemic, one can only assume that almost everyone out there is keeping up with the storyline of the show. Just as it happens after Sunday's episode of the series, Danai Gurira's character 'Michonne,' the katana queen, is taking her leave from the show.

Michonne, one of the fiercest survivors of 'The Walking Dead,' has hung up her weapons — at least for now. While this is, allegedly, Gurira's last episode, the ending was extremely open-ended. Michonne found Rick's boots and his phone while she was at Bloodsworth Island, implying that Andrew Lincoln's character is still alive. After talking to her adoptive daughter Judith (Cailey Fleming), she decided to go in search of Rick. Her departure also marked the exit from the series of Danai Gurira, who has played Michonne since the third season.

Danai Gurira's character 'Michonne,' the katana queen, is taking her leave from 'The Walking Dead.'

Danai Gurira's character 'Michonne,' the katana queen, is taking her leave from 'The Walking Dead.'
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Danai informed the producers of the show a few years ago that she wanted to focus more on her career as a playwright. It seems the talented creator, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her play 'Eclipsed' in 2016, is finally taking on that decision. Danai is currently busy working on the HBO Max series 'Americanah,' which teams her with a 'Black Panther' costar, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. But the way things ended for her in the series, it might not be a surprise to see her return in the future.

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HBO Max's 'Americanah' series that starts Nyong' o with Gurira as the showrunner features the story of a Nigerian-born woman who encounters love and difficulties after she leaves her country for America. The end of Danai's character came from a collaborative work from the producers and Gurira herself. The 42 years old actress is also famous for playing out the role of 'Okoye' in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films 'Black Panther,' 'Avengers: Infinity War,' and 'Avengers: Endgame.'

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When inquired about her emotion filming the final episode, the actress uttered, "There was the fear of it, the pain of it, the dread of it. We felt we were really working on an exit that would have her leave with integrity. It was also a moment of pain leaving the family I've lived with for so long. And then there was the bittersweetness of stepping into other aspects of who I'll be as an artist and a person in the world. But it was also feeling the joy I had with the crew that I've had so many laughs with for so many years."

Many fans from around the world took to Twitter and bid Danai farewell,

Relating the existing situation of the world to that faced by some of the survivors on 'The Walking Dead,' Danai revealed, "All I can think of is the moment. It's just an unbelievable and unreal moment for us as a global community, and I just hope and pray for everybody to figure out a way collectively to come together as a society in order to stay safe. That's really where my mind is, really feeling concern for all of us and those of us struggling at this moment."

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While it is a tragedy to see her departure from 'The Walking Dead,' most fans cannot wait for her future works.

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