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The Walking Dead has had its fair share of character exits, but that hasn’t made it any easier to bid farewell to any of them. Such was the case with Danai Gurira’s Michonne, whose last episode of the AMC series aired on March 22. Michonne has been a staple on the show for many seasons and, as fans come to terms with her departure, Gurira’s own goodbye to The Walking Dead is full of love and gratitude.
The Walking Dead’s “What We Become” put the spotlight on Michonne, paying tribute to her character in a way that honored her time on the show and also brought back a long-dead character in a bizarre fashion. Danai Gurira recently took to Twitter to convey how much playing Michonne meant to her and how sad she is to leave the show behind. The message was rather heartfelt and touching. In her words:
Is it possible to feel your heart is broken and overwhelmed with love all at once? Leaving Michonne was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am so grateful for the kindness, beauty, and generosity of love that I have received over the last couple of days. I have changed and grown living in this role which has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to play. The astounding #WalkingDead fandom who supported the characters we created and the world we strived to bring to life are the ones who made this incredible journey possible. To receive so much love from you means everything to me.
Danai Gurira’s message is incredibly thoughtful and moving. The actress has been an important part of the show since Michonne’s introduction in Season 3, so it’s understandable that saying goodbye to the series is hard. Gurira’s message to The Walking Dead community continues for another couple of paragraphs. She thanks the cast and crew for having her back and for all the love that she’s received in the time she has played Michonne. You can read her entire post below!
The news that Gurira was leaving the show was announced last year, with her role in Season 10 being reduced to include only a limited number of episodes. However, her impact on the show and her cast mates is such that former co-star Andrew Lincoln bid farewell to Gurira with a lovely song. Though Gurira says that her last days on set were very “emotional,” The Walking Dead’s cast and crew made sure to prank her before they parted ways, as has long been tradition.
Fans will have to wait a bit longer to say goodbye to Season 10, however, as the coronavirus pandemic has delayed post-production on The Walking Dead’s season finale. The episode was scheduled to air on April 12, but the Season 10 finale won’t be finished in time to air.
Fortunately, the series still has a couple more episodes set to air over the next two weeks. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates and be sure to check out our handy guide to every show facing delays and shortened seasons.