TV and Movies·Posted on Jul 19, 2019Danai Gurira Is Officially Leaving "The Walking Dead""I would just like to say that this has been one of the purest joys in my life."by Nora DominickBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink Danai Gurira is officially saying goodbye to The Walking Dead. Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images After eight incredible seasons, Danai will hang up Michonne's katana following Season 10. AMC Appearing at San Diego Comic Con, Danai confirmed the rumors that this upcoming season will be her last. The Walking Dead AMC @WalkingDead_AMC #ThankYouDanai #TWD #SDCC 08:54 PM - 19 Jul 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @WalkingDead_AMC / Via Twitter: @WalkingDead_AMC Danai tearfully said "This has been one of the purest joys in my life. To play this role and to be amongst these people and those that are not here right now, and amongst all of you [the fans]." Andrew Toth / Getty Images She continued, saying, "I am very, very thankful for the experiences that I've had in ways that I can't even express right now." Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF AMC Danai said that she leaves with a heavy heart, but knows that The Walking Dead family will always be with her. AMC She said "The first time that I came here [to SDCC] in 2012 I felt this energy and it doesn't ever end." Her decision to part with Michonne was a difficult one, but she's excited about what's to come. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF AMC She explained her exit, saying, "My heart stays right here, but it was about my calling and other things I feel called to." Besides being part of The Walking Dead, Danai stars as Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she's also a playwright. Jesse Grant / Getty Images Danai said by leaving The Walking Dead she'll able to explore other opportunities and help give opportunities to others. Following the announcement, Hall H erupted in a standing ovation celebrating all of the work Danai has put into this show. The Walking Dead @TheWalkingDead Danai just got a standing ovation from Hall H after announcing her departure from #TheWalkingDead 08:52 PM - 19 Jul 2019 Reply Retweet Favorite Twitter: @TheWalkingDead / Via Twitter: @TheWalkingDead So, if you need me, I'll be theorizing about how Michonne will exit The Walking Dead, while simultaneously being extremely proud of where Danai is going to go from here. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF AMC The Walking Dead Season 10 premieres October 6th on AMC.