The Walking Dead: When is Danai Gurira’s last episode as Michonne?

Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Danai Gurira as Michonne - The Walking Dead _ Season 9, Episode 14 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

Lauren Cohan will soon return to The Walking Dead, but Danai Gurira is still saying goodbye to the series. When is Michonne’s last episode?

Despite debuting with its lowest numbers ever, the Season 10 premiere of The Walking Dead was still viewed by enough people to keep the series going. In fact, AMC has gone ahead and renewed the hit drama for another season. Still, actress Danai Gurira, who joined the series in Season 3, is set on leaving and may have already filmed all of her episodes.

How will Gurira’s Michonne leave TWD? I don’t see her leaving her children, R.J. and Judith, but I don’t want her character to die, either. Let’s speculate on her departure and when that could be. Please note there may be small spoilers ahead if you are not caught up on the series.

When news about Gurira leaving the series first surfaced, fans were told her character would still be a part of Season 10 for “a handful of episodes.” How many is that? If I had to guess, and assuming the season runs for 18 episodes, I’d say a handful is five or six. It can’t be more than seven or it might as well be half of the season.

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Here’s the scoop Insider was able to dig up for audiences on how many episodes “a handful” could mean: 

"“We haven’t wanted to really say how many episodes, but she appears and has, what I hope is, a really chunky and interesting story, so we’ll see her sprinkled through multiple episodes,” showrunner Angela Kang said."

“Sprinkled through multiple episodes”? That has to mean at least six episodes. It seems Michonne will be slowly and carefully phased out, but not completely erased so that Gurira has the option of returning (just like Cohan) for short appearances and perhaps even the planned TWD movies AMC is working on.

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How many episodes do you see Michonne appearing in this season and how do you think her exit will be explained? In your opinion, what would be the best way to go about it?

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights only on AMC.