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The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira confirms she is leaving the show: "This has been one of the purest joys of my life"

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Danai Gurira has confirmed that The Walking Dead season 10 (opens in new tab) will be her last. 

"I can confirm that this is the last season I will be on this amazing TV show as Michonne," Gurira said during the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel to an audibly sad reaction from the audience. 

"I would just like to say that this has been one of the purest joys of my life to play this role and to be amongst these people and those who are not here right now and amongst all of you," she continued, according to The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab). "I'm very thankful for the experience I've had in ways I can't state right now. My heart does not leave in any way, shape or form. The TWD family is forever. The connection between us never ends." Following her comments, the audience gave Gurira a standing ovation. 

The actress made her first appearance on the show as the fan-favourite character Michonne in season 3. She's the latest major cast member to leave the show, with Andrew Lincoln - who played Rick Grimes - having left midway through season 9.

During the San Diego Comic-Con panel, the first trailer for The Walking Dead season 10 (opens in new tab)was released, teasing some potentially major revelations. Watch the trailer here. The Walking Dead season 10 premieres on Sunday, October 6.

For more clips from San Diego, be sure to mosey on over to our SDCC 2019 trailers (opens in new tab) hub, as well as checking in on the San Diego Comic Con 2019 schedule (opens in new tab) - so you know exactly what to expect in the days ahead.

Jack Shepherd
Jack Shepherd

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