From the moment she was introduced in Season 1, waving a handgun in Rick’s face, the character of Andrea was almost universally disliked. It was a shame really, because . But, for whatever reason, the TV version of the character just didn’t translate and before her character could undergo any sort of Carl-esque transformation.
As mentioned, the comic book version of Andrea is quite a different character, , and in a longterm relationship with Rick (a storyline taken over by Michonne in the TV series). So given this, it comes as small surprise to learn that originally it seems like Andrea was planned to stay around for much longer – eight years longer in fact.
At New Jersey Walker Stalker Con, which ran this past weekend, Laurie Holden, the actress who played Andrea, revealed that she originally signed an eight-year deal to star on the series. Speaking at the con she said:
“Well I had an 8 year deal, I was supposed to be there until the end. I was supposed to end up with Rick. I was supposed to save Woodbury on a horse, and I was buying a house in Atlanta. I got the call at 10 o’ clock the night before, while I was shooting, from the show runner who is no longer a part of The Walking Dead, saying that they couldn’t write the episode and that he was killing my character. So we all got the script everybody on the set was sobbing. I felt like I got shot. None of it was supposed to happen the way it did.”
The biggest factor in Andrea being killed off was probably the removal of show creator Frank Darabont as show runner in the second season. According to Holden, Darabont “hand picked” all of the cast, something which resulted in a tight knit crew, free of egos. However after Darabont was fired and replaced with Glen Mazzara, many of the cast were unhappy with the change, particular those like Holden who had worked with him prior to The Walking Dead.
But despite her total honesty with the crowd, Holden is also pleased with the way her character was killed off, and believes the series under showrunner Scott Gimple has been restored to the glory it experienced in Season 1, saying:
“I think The Walking Dead is in a really good place now with Scott Gimple. It wasn’t the ship that it is now. I’m very grateful how it was written that I went out with grace and with a stellar cast. It wasn’t the way that I wanted but I loved the way I went out.”
Since her characters exit, Laurie Holden has gone on to other films and series such as Dumb and Dumber To and Major Crimes, as well as playing a role . However there’s still a small part of me that wonders what the show might look like if Andrea was still a character, especially if there were plans for her to develop further into someone closer to her comic book equivalent.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC with Season 7 in October
Would you have liked to see Andrea stick around for longer?
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