Another long-term star of The Walking Dead is set to leave the show, it has been announced.
The long-running programme, now in its ninth season, recently saw the departure of Andrew Lincoln, who played one of the main characters in Rick Grimes.
Now, Variety have confirmed that Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, will also leave the show. The actor has signed a new deal that will see her appear in some episodes of season 10 before she quits the series.
The star first appeared in The Walking Dead in season three and will have appeared in 112 episodes by the end of March 2019. Neither the show’s network, AMC, or Gurira have commented on the news.
A 10th season of the popular zombie drama was confirmed earlier this year. Showrunner Angela Kang shared the news on her Instagram page, posting a clip of The Whisperers and the words “ S10 October.”
Meanwhile, Lincoln might have left the TV show, but it was confirmed last year that he hasn’t played Grimes for the last time. The actor will make a return to the role in three new movies.
“There is more story to tell and we’ll be telling it”, The Walking Dead’s content chief Scott M.Gimple said at the time. “The story of Rick will go on in films. Right now, we’re working on three but there’s flexibility in that.
“Over the next several years, we’re going to be doing some specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment.”