The Walking Dead favourite Danai Gurira looks set for 'shocking' exit

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"The Walking Dead" is reportedly preparing to say goodbye to another of its main zombie fighters.

Danai Gurira, who shot to fame in 2012 when she joined the cast as the katana-wielding Michonne, is believed to have signed a deal for her last season on the show.

Lincoln played show protagonist Rick Grimes since the pilot episode in 2010, but departed in the first half of the current season which ends in March.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, unnamed sources claim that Gurira's new contract will see her return for the next season - but only in a limited capacity. Her loss will be a big blow to the show's creative plans. "But we certainly would want her on the show as long as she wants to be on it", AMC Programming President David Madden told THR back in November. "She is an incredibly valuable character and I'm really hoping she stays", he added.

Along with TWD and Black Panther, Gurira is a celebrated playwright who has written and starred in the off-Broadway production In the Continuum and made her Broadway debut in 2009. These days, she's in more demand for the likes of Black Panther (where she played Okoye, reprising the role for Avengers: Infinity War) and Godzilla Vs. Kong, rumoured as one of the humans avoiding being squished by the giant beasts' battle. Maggie is also said to be out of the story for now (probably due to her ABC series commitments), but Lauren Cohen could return in a spinoff project as well.

Michonne has always been my favorite character in the series, so it's tough to see her leave.