The dead are grateful.
AMC announced that the basic cable network has renewed The Walking Dead for a 10th season, showrunner Angela Kang announced Monday in a video on her verified Instagram feed. The news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter.
But the renewal comes with a price.
Following in the footsteps of Andrew Lincoln Lauren Cohan Chandler Riggs, Black Panther star Danai Gurira, who plays sword-wielding Michonne, will depart the long-running AMC drama after a limited amount of episodes in Season 10.
She boarded the series during season three and quickly became a fan-favorite character (just like her comic book counterpart). Now, she’s signed a deal to return in a limited capacity and that means we’ll only see her in “a handful of episodes.”
With Lincoln’s exit from the series, Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl) became the new No. 1 on the call sheet after the actor — and co-star Melissa McBride (Carol) — inked what sources describe as “franchise/universe” deals.
The Reporter said that it’s “likely” that Gurira could appear in any or all of those TV movies revolving around Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes but she’s clearly ready to move on.
This is going to shake The Walking Dead up in a major way and the show is quickly becoming unrecognizable to the Reel 360 team. We do wonder how much longer it can go on.
Source: Hollywood Reporter