Danai Gurira Talks “Walking Dead” Death, Defends Violence On ‘GMA’ (VIDEO)

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By Shari Weiss

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Danai Gurira appeared on Monday’s “GMA” to discuss the shocking death from “The Walking Dead” season premiere. Watch below!

On Sunday’s highly-anticipated episode, viewers finally found out who was on the receiving end of a fatal blow from Negan’s barbed-wire-covered bat. Thankfully for fans of Gurira’s Michonne, she survived the blood bath. But the actress still had a lot to say about the extra-violent, game-changing installment on “Good Morning America.”

Of keeping the death a secret, Gurira said, “It was a lot. It was a pretty long time that we had to hold that in. There were folks who were playing Inspector Gadget with us. They’re like, ‘So you’re in Atlanta…’ When you’re in New York or in L.A., they’re like, ‘So you’re in New York. But are you shooting? It shoots right now!’ So you’re dodging it all the time.”

Amy Robach admitted to Gurira that the violence in the episode had her feeling “sick to my stomach,” but the star herself saw it in a different way. “I thought it was very, very powerful to lose characters that we love that dearly, who are such astounding characters, who are, in so many ways, the heart and soul of the show,” she explained. “To lose them, I thought it was very important for us to see and feel that loss, because that loss transforms everybody. It’s devastating.”

Gurira went on, “As an audience, you walk through it with us. Everyone’s response is utterly valid. I mean, it was horrifying to sit through… But the transformation that it causes us as a group couldn’t really have been experienced unless you walked through that experience with us.” Check out the full video below.

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