Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “The Walking Dead” season 10 and the ending to the comics.
Danai Gurira is leaving “TWD” this season and there may already be a tease on the premiere setting up the groundwork for her departure.
During a scene with her children, Michonne tells RJ and Judith she’d do anything for them. When asked if that also included their dad by RJ, she says, “Yes.”
Showrunner Angela Kang told Insider it was an “apt observation” that scene may be setting up Gurira’s impending departure from the show. We still don’t know what her fate will be with the murderous Whisperer group around.
Kang also told us despite similarities to the end of “TWD” comic that the scene of Judith telling RJ about their father was not a direct nod to it. It was “lucky” the two lined up.
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On Sunday’s “The Walking Dead,” during an emotional moment, Michonne tells her children, R.J. and Judith, that there are some people you love so much that you would do anything for them. R.J. responds asking, “And for my dad?” Michonne responds by saying, yes.
Insider asked showrunner Angela Kang if that scene may already be laying the groundwork for Gurira’s departure some time this season.
“Yeah, I mean there’s definitely, we know that Michonne still does not really believe that Rick is dead,” Kang told Insider. “So that’s one of those things that carries forward into the season, so it’s an apt observation.”
If Michonne found out Rick was alive somehow, would she go off in search of him? It seems like it would be tough to believe she’d leave her children if that was the case. We know Michonne is dedicated to finding Rick. She spent months returning to that bridge and searching for any clues about his whereabouts.
Insider confirmed Gurira’s departure from “TWD” back in February. The actress has played Michonne on the AMC zombie drama since season three. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gurira will appear on “a handful of episodes” on season 10.
How many is “a handful?”
“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,” Kang said of how much fans should expect to see of Gurira on her final season.
On the season premiere, as Michonne shares that intimate moment with her children, she’s watching Judith tell R.J. the story of his father, Rick Grimes. Judith doesn’t refer to Rick by name, though. Instead, she calls him “the brave man.” Kang said that was intentional to not frighten the young boy.
“I think we thought that she’s sensitive to the fact that her brother is still quite young and she’s just telling these stories as these adventure stories about this brave man so that it’s not too scary that he had to die at the end of the adventure, as far as …read more
Source:: Business Insider