The Walking Dead Shocker: Danai Gurira Quits!

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The Walking Dead is losing another cast member. 

Danai Gurira is bowing out of the zombie drama during the upcoming tenth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gurira first appeared in the zombie drama during The Walking Dead Season 3 as Michonne and became a fan favorite almost instantly. 

Michonne Rides Again - The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 7

According to the report, Gurira has closed a deal to appear in a limited capacity during The Walking Dead Season 10 but stresses that her final episodes will be spread throughout the season. 

THR also notes that it's likely that Gurira could show up in the upcoming trilogy of movies that will feature Andrew Lincoln, who exited the series late last year. 

Related: The Walking Dead: Andrew Lincoln Is Leaving

There have been a lot of movers and shakers in the cast of the AMC hit of late. With Chandler Riggs being written out during The Walking Dead Season 8, to Lincoln's departure during The Walking Dead Season 9

At The Ready - The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 9

In addition, there's no word on whether Lauren Cohan will return as Maggie after the actress opted to appear in just a handful of episodes during the current season. 

Then there's Tom Payne, whose character, Jesus was killed off on The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 8

The current season is averaging 5.2 million total viewers and a 2.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demo. 

While these numbers are robust for cable (and even by broadcast standards), there's no denying the show is on a downward spiral. 

Back At It - The Walking Dead Season 9 Episode 6

It's currently down 40 percent in the demo year-to-year, so it certainly seems like fans are growing tired of the show. 

Many fans were also confused because AMC was promoting Andrew Lincoln's final episodes as the end of the line for his character, and the network ordered the movie trilogy. 

Relayed: The Walking Dead Renewed for Season 10

"It’s not the beginning of the end, it’s the end of the beginning,” Lincoln admitted during an interview on The Talking Dead following the airing of his final episode.

“And I like the idea that we get to tell a bigger story, maybe with a sort of wider vista. And I’ve always been interested in what’s going on out there, you know, whether or not there is contact with the wider world," he continued.

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"I want to know the meta of it all. And I suppose to be able to kind of touch upon that in a contained story for me is a very exciting proposition … Maybe it’s the start of a bigger story.”

Over to you, The Walking Dead Fanatics!

Are you on board with Michonne moving to the movies, or are you already over the show?

Remember you watch The Walking Dead online right here via TV Fanatic. 

The Walking Dead returns this Sunday on AMC. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Daryl: What is it?
Judith: I can't believe we just left her in a ditch. What if you were lost and no one could find you? Where RJ was or mom?
Daryl: You gonna tell me where this is coming from?
Judith: I just want us to be back together again ... at home. That's all.
Daryl: I radioed your mom, so she knows not to go home, so she's safe. That way she can find us.
Judith: You talked to her?
Daryl: No, but I'm gonna keep trying.
Judith: It doesn't matter. I talked to her after the fire, and I'm worried. Maybe she won't come home.
Daryl: What did she say?
Judith: She went to go help some people she met, who needed her. I didn't want to tell you.
Daryl: Why is that?
Judith: Because maybe you'd leave, too.
Daryl: I won't.
Judith: You promise.
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Judith: Why?
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