Danai Gurira bids an emotional farewell to Michonne and The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead, Danai Gurira

Over the past ten seasons of The Walking Dead, we’ve seen characters come and go (typically in a grisly fashion), and the last episode of the long-running AMC series bid farewell to Michonne, the katana-wielding badass. The character didn’t appear until the finale of the second season, but quickly grew to become a fan-favourite thanks to the wonderful performance from Danai Gurira. However, all good things must come to an end, but it’s clear that Gurira has treasured her time in the world of The Walking Dead.

Danai Gurira took to Twitter earlier today to pen an emotional farewell to Michonne and The Walking Dead.

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Here’s Danai Gurira‘s letter in full:

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 days. I have change and grown living in this role which has been one of the greatest privileges of my life to play. The astounding Walking Dead 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.

Thank you to the amazing cast and crew I had the pleasure and honor to work with to tell this tory. SO many incredible human beings. I leave knowing with every ounce of my being how hard it is to find that type of community and connection. People who have your back, true collaborators who are pursuing the story above all things and who are pouring it out with love and abundance.

The balm in it all is this amazing family I have gained. Everyone, from Andy Lincoln to every last faithful fan, everyone is #TWDFamily, and I am so thankful for that family. And I know it never stops. We will continue to grow and be together in various ways along the journey. We have touched each other. And so, it never ends.

Thank you so much for the videos and tributes; for all the messages of love and support. For sharing what Michonne meant to you. They have enriched me so much during this difficult time in the world. I cannot express my love and gratitude enough.

The tenth season of The Walking Dead is close to concluding, but unfortunately, the coronavirus crisis has forced AMC to push back the season finale to a later date. AMC announced yesterday that, “Current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production on The Walking Dead Season 10 finale, so the current season will end with its 15th episode on April 5th. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.” In addition to the delay of the finale of the tenth season, AMC also pushed back the release of The Walking Dead: World Beyond last week. The spin-off series was slated to debut on April 12th, right after The Walking Dead’s season finale, but the series will instead debut later this year.