The Walking Dead: Danai Gurira Nearly Missed Out on Michonne Role

at .

Could you imagine The Walking Dead without Danai Gurira in the role of Michonne? 

Yeah, we think it's fair to say that most of the show's fanbase could not. 

Yet, with a few different decisions from Gurira, we may have had to entertain the possibility of someone else playing Michonne. 

Danai Gurira Attends Oscar Party

"A year before, I had a TV job being offered to me that wasn't where my heart was," she said in a recent episode of PBS' Breaking Big series.

"If I had taken it, I never would have been available to audition for Michonne."

Related: The Walking Dead: Chander Riggs Reacts to Andrew Lincoln Exit

While the actress did not go into specifics about the other role that, she did open up about what drew her to The Walking Dead in the first place. 

"What I loved about The Walking Dead was that it felt like a war zone," she said.

Danai Gurira Attends Spirit Awards

"It felt like you could take out the zombies and replace it with a society that collapses.

"When I watched it and read the graphic novel and started to research Michonne, she felt like one of the women I'd researched during my time creating Eclipsed and what I'd researched when I was looking at Liberia."

"She felt like a woman of war," she continued on the TV show, comparing her character to the "women in Liberian war, [who] turn themselves into their own weapon, into their own army, and find a whole different kind of strength in themselves, as a result."

Related: The Walking Dead: Which Original Star is Returning?

Michonne debuted on the AMC hit back in 2012, and has appeared as a series regular since. Her recent storylines have involved her getting romantically involved with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). 

Danai Gurira Attends Avengers Infinity War Premiere

The character is resourceful and is highly skilled when it comes to taking down the walkers. 

What do you think of all of this, The Walking Dead Fanatics?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch The Walking Dead online right here via TV Fanatic. Get caught up on all the latest twists and turns now. 

The Walking Dead returns later this year. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

Show Comments
Tags: , ,

The Walking Dead Quotes

You can breathe. You can blink. You can cry. Hell, they're all gonna be doing that.


There were consequences to me seeing red. Seeing red was a bad thing then. But see, now nobody's suing anybody, nobody's getting fired. Hell, nobody's keeping score. Now, when I see red, it's just a question of what I am capable of. See, I am starting to think that I am capable of damn near anything.