“Yeah, it was really sad for me. I had become so close to Danai and I just adore her,” Reedus told EW. “She’s somebody that always shows up at and brings the noise every single time she’s on camera and she’s become a really good friend, a partner. I get it though, she has other things that she wants to do. Her dream is she’ll run a show. That’s what her dream’s been for a while, and now’s her time to do it.”
In September, it was learned Gurira, an accomplished playwright, will serve as showrunner on 10-episode HBO Max series Americanah. There she reunites with her Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o.
“I can’t be mad at her, like I can’t be mad at [Andrew Lincoln] to want to be with his kids. You can’t be mad at him if he missed them endlessly,” Reedus said. “Her last day, we had some fireworks and gave her a send-off. We miss Danai. She’s such a strong part of our cast and such a valuable member of our family and so I miss her all the time.”
Co-star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan, said losing Gurira just a season after Lincoln was “another adjustment.”
“We miss him and then knowing that it’s a Danai and Rick-less world, it’s hard, it’s another adjustment,” Morgan told IMDb at San Diego Comic-Con in July, where Gurira for the first time confirmed Season 10 would be her last.1comments
“But year ten of this show, that’s rarified air, and I think [showrunner Angela Kang] and the writers have a really good grasp of what’s happening moving forward, and we’ll see what that world looks like,” Morgan said. “But I think what we did last year after Andy left, I was very proud of, and hopefully we’ll be able to do the same thing now with Danai leaving. But it’s a hole that you can never fill. That’s the truth of the matter, you can’t fill Andy or Danai leaving the show.”
The Walking Dead Season 10 premieres Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9/8c on AMC. For more TWD intel, follow the author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter.