Michonne’s exit from The Walking Dead in season 10 will come with some major reveals. Katana-wielding warrior Michonne was first introduced in the TWD comic book in issue 19, then made the jump to the TV series in the final episode of season 2 with one of the most memorable introduction scenes in the history of the show.
It was truly a stunning moment seeing a hooded Michonne leading a pair of armless, jawless zombies around on chains like her guard dogs in that season 2 episode, and Danai Gurira’s performance would ultimately live up to that first striking glimpse of the character. Over the years, Michonne developed into one of the leaders of the survivor group, and later became Rick’s lover and the mother of his child. But at some point in season 10, Michonne will bow out of the show, leaving another huge void in a cast that last season lost Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Maggie (Lauren Cohan), Tara (Alanna Masterson), Henry (Matt Lintz) and Enid (Katelyn Nacon).
It remains to be seen when and how Michonne will make her exit from the show, but Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang promises that the departure will come with some major revelations. Speaking to TVLine, Kang said of Michonne’s exit, “There are some things of major importance that we will learn, which have massive consequences.” But Kang assured fans they’ll “also get to showcase good, old-fashioned Michonne being a badass.”
Michonne being a badass is a given, but as for the revelations coming upon her exit, it’s hard to say exactly what Kang is referring to. One possibility is that Michonne does not die on the show, but instead leaves to find Rick after somehow discovering he’s still alive (season 9 teased the possibility of a radio transmission), a discovery that would indeed have major consequences as it would play directly into the Rick Grimes movie coming from series creator Robert Kirkman. Plans for a TWD movie centered on a still-living Rick have been out there for awhile now, so it’s surely only a matter of time before the show addresses the fact that Rick is still alive somewhere, and it would certainly make logical sense for Michonne to be the person who finds this out and to have her go off to reunite with the father of her child (leaving behind her apparent budding relationship with Ezekiel).
Not only would Michonne leaving to find Rick be logical, it would also be incredibly great news for Walking Dead fans, as it would mean Gurira still has a future in the franchise at least for one movie alongside Lincoln. Michonne rightfully became a fan favorite quickly after her first unforgettable appearance, and unlike many of the show’s characters, she has remained intriguing through all the tonal shifts, time-jumps and other twists and turns the series has taken.
The Walking Dead season 10 premieres on October 6, 2019 on AMC.