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Danai Gurira is the latest to leave The Walking Dead

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Charles Bowen | 10 February, 2019, 18:25

And now, a moment of silence, if you will - and not just because when AMC's The Walking Dead returns Sunday for the back half of Season 9 (9/8c), Samantha Morton's Alpha and the Whisperers will be scaring us speechless on the regular.

The Walking Dead was already suffering from the departure of Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes after season nine - and now many fans are describing Danai Gurira's exit as the final straw for the show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gurira's new deal sees her return in a "limited capacity" for only a handful of episodes interspersed throughout the next season.

Sorry Walking Dead fans, one of your favs is exiting the series.

Now, we're getting word that Danai Gurira, the actress who plays Michonne, is also planning to show her face much less next season.

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Danai Gurira is bidding farewell to the AMC show, Variety reports.

For the last few seasons, The Walking Dead has been haemorrhaging characters - which makes quite a lot of sense, given the dangers that are present in the post-apocalyptic, zombie-filled show. During her time on the show, her star as an actor and writer has risen immensely, thanks to a high-profile role in Black Panther and a Tony nomination in 2016 for her play Eclipsed. We love Danai; we love that character. She is an incredibly valuable character, and I'm really hoping she stays. Obviously, the lesson of Andy is that the show can survive anybody's departure if need be but that's not our goal.

No specific reason was given why she left the series, and AMC declined to comment about the news.

The first of the flicks is being written by The Walking Dead's chief content officer at AMC, Scott M. Gimple.

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