As if the survivors on The Walking Dead didn't have enough to deal with, their number is being reduced not by zombie attrition or conflicts with other humans, but by contract negotiations and actors deciding to pursue other projects.
Introduced in Season 2 of The Walking Dead, Michonne, known for her badass sword and dreads, proved to be an invaluable ally to Rick and his band of surviving humans.
Add to that her burgeoning playwriting career, where she has been winning awards and acclaim.
Gurira has been in the role since season three, but is expected to appear in only a "handful of episodes" next season before she departs.
Recently, those rumors began to pick up steam as it appeared that the Marvel Cinematic Universe would conflict with Danai Gurira's schedule on the AMC series. Her loss will be a big blow to the show's creative plans. We love Danai; we love that character. We're thrilled for what's in store for her.
"She is an incredibly valuable character, and I'm really hoping she stays". Right now, she's got a lot of opportunities and she needs to weigh what she feels is best for her. The show is now in its ninth season, which returns for its second half on Sunday night. "The goal is to have Danai continue on whatever basis she can make work, given the other things that she has going on in her life". It is believed that she will also be present in the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame, which hits theaters in April.
AMC has not commented on her departure from the show yet.