Danai Gurira, who has played one of the iconic characters “Michonne” is set to exit the post apocalypse show after Season 10. The news broke today via The Hollywood Reporter.
Danai has signed a new deal for her to appear in a limited number of episodes during Season 10 and this will be a massive change to the hit television show. Last year, Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) has left the show, but he will reprise his role on the upcoming AMC films that will be focused on his character. There is no word yet if the same fate will happen with Danai.
Danai has been a fan favorite since she first appeared back in Season 3 of the show and she has become a breakout star of the show. Danai has also appeared on All Eyez on Me, Marvel’s Black Panther, and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and on all of those roles, her performance has been highly praised.
Gurira had been in talks with AMC for a new contract since well before season nine started. With Lincoln and co-star Lauren Cohan’s (Maggie) departures already on the books, sources say re-upping Gurira became a top priority as the two camps worked out details on an exit strategy. Meanwhile, Gurira’s co-stars — Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Melissa McBride (Carol) — signed multiple-year “franchise/universe deals” with AMC.
This is also one of the biggest changes from the comic series to the show as Michonne in the comic series is still alive and is now a Lawyer in The Commonwealth.
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Lauren Cohan’s stint on The Walking Dead isn’t dead after all.
Cohan, who plays Maggie Rhee (née Greene) on the acclaimed AMC post-apocalyptic horror series, confirmed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday night that she’s definitely coming back to the show for season 9.
The actress later reiterated to Entertainment Weekly, “I’m going back. There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.” In terms of what Walking Dead fans can expect from season 9 Maggie, Cohan couldn’t reveal anything but did offer a tiny tease: “You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it’s good.”
Cohan’s connection to The Walking Dead has been jumbled-up, perplexing, and anything but clear in recent months. When her costars Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes, and Norman Reedus, the man behind the formerly badass Daryl Dixon, signed on for season 9 seemingly without batting an eye, Cohan was holding out while she negotiated for higher pay and a better deal. AMC reportedly offered the actress a “modest salary increase” in exchange for her signing a long-term contract for the series, but she rejected it, an apparent standard practice in high-stakes re-negotiations.
Shortly after, Cohan was said to be in “active negotiations with AMC to extend her Walking Dead deal into season nine and beyond,” and hadn’t given the Walking Dead team any indication that she was seriously considering leaving the series. However, the situation grew more complicated — and past reports seemed to get negated — when Cohan climbed aboard the ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier.
It appears that now, Cohan is signed on for both her long-standing role as Maggie on The Walking Dead and her new gig on Whiskey Cavalier. Fingers crossed she can juggle both commitments.
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