Andrea (The Walking Dead)
|The Walking Dead character|
Andrea, as depicted in the comic book series.
|First appearance||Issue #2 (comics)
"Guts" (TV series)
|Last appearance||"Welcome to the Tombs" (TV series)|
|Created by||Robert Kirkman
|Portrayed by||Laurie Holden|
|Occupation||Law firm clerk (comics)
Civil rights attorney (TV series)
|Significant other(s)||Rick Grimes (comics)
Shane Walsh (TV series)
The Governor (TV series)
Andrea is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Laurie Holden in the American television series of the same name. Over the course of both media, Andrea develops from an insecure and inexperienced young woman into a hardened warrior. Since the comic launched, she has remained one of the comic's longest-living survivors, alongside Rick, Carl, Maggie and Sophia.
Comic book series
Andrea is introduced in issue two of The Walking Dead as a survivor of the zombie apocalypse. A former file clerk, Andrea is a head-strong and independent young woman beginning to find her place in the world. During the initial stages of the outbreak, she and her younger sister Amy are getting back from a road trip and heading towards Amy's college, when they are stranded and eventually picked up by fellow survivor Dale Horvath. They set up camp together on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia, where they are soon joined by other survivors. The group members learn to handle guns, and Andrea discovers that she is an excellent marksman. When zombies invade the camp, Amy is bitten. A distraught Andrea shoots her sister to ensure that she does not return as a zombie. The group moves on, first to a gated community where Andrea and Dale engage in sex and thus begin a relationship. Following their desertion from the community, they end up at a farm, where they enjoy temporary peace. While there, Andrea makes continued failed attempts at consoling Allen and is concerned for the well-being of his children. No sooner after their arrival are they ousted from the farm by Hershel, and soon afterward while on the road she and Dale discover a path leading to a prison facility.
Andrea takes part in the clearing out of the prison, and when settling in, takes it upon herself to do others' laundry, among other household-like tasks. In addition to this, she discovers prison uniforms for the group to swap with their old clothes, and tests her sewing skills to make sure everyone has the appropriate length. One of the surviving inmates attacks Andrea, intent on beheading her. She manages to escape, but her earlobe is partially severed and she receives a facial scar. Dale and Andrea discuss the possibility of leaving the group, but ultimately stay. They become surrogate parents to twins Billy and Ben when their father Allen is bitten by a zombie and dies.
The prison's existence is discovered by the Governor – the leader of Woodbury, a nearby town of survivors. Andrea teaches other group members to shoot to prepare them to defend the prison, and joins an expedition led by fellow group member Tyreese to a nearby National Guard station, so as to increase their arsenal of weapons. Upon their return, Andrea discovers that Dale has been bitten on the calf by a zombie. She hurries him to the infirmary, where Rick Grimes, the groups' leader, cuts off his leg to save his life. Dale becomes jealous when Andrea begins spending increased amounts of time with group member Tyreese, until she reveals that Tyreese was helping her make a wooden leg and crutches for Dale.
When the Governor launches an attack on the prison, Andrea serves as a sniper and kills many of their attackers, though she is grazed by a bullet and receives a second facial scar. The Woodbury group retreats, and Dale convinces Andrea to leave the prison with him and the twins. When the prison is attacked for a second time, Andrea returns alone and again kills a number of the Woodbury group.
The prison survivors reunite back at the farm, where they meet a new group and decide to travel with them to Washington, D.C.. En route, Dale attempts to convince Andrea to again break from the group and start a new life with Billy and Ben in an abandoned farmhouse. Andrea displays reluctance, and the suggestion becomes moot with the arrival of a herd of zombies. While on the road again, Ben murders Billy, seemingly unaware of the gravity of his actions. The group discuss killing him, and Dale suggests that the three of them leave together, but that night, Rick's son Carl shoots Ben. Andrea is distraught, even more so when Dale disappears. She admits to Rick that she fears Dale never knew of her genuine love for him. Dale is later returned to the group missing his second leg, which has been eaten by cannibals. He reveals that he is dying, as he had been bitten by a zombie and left during the night to spare Andrea the pain of his death. She, Rick, Michonne and Abraham hunt down and murder the cannibals. She tells Dale how much she loves him, and is with him when he dies. As with Amy, she shoots him to stop him from turning into a zombie.
On the outskirts of Washington, the group are recruited by a scout for a nearby safe zone, Alexandria. Andrea becomes the town's look-out. Although she is pessimistic as to how long their safety will last, she attempts to discourage Rick from challenging the safe zone's hierarchy. She rebuffs the romantic advances of the zone's leader, Douglas. While she later shares a series of flirtations with his son, Spencer, that culminates in their almost kissing, she terminates their fledgling relationship when he suggests they abandon the zone while the other inhabitants are under attack by zombies.
Andrea gradually begins to develop feelings for Rick. They share a kiss, but he rebuffs her, with the explanation that everyone he cares about dies, and he does not want to lose her. She attempts to convince him that their shared experiences make them uniquely compatible, and insists on joining him in his journey to a neighboring safe zone, to demonstrate that he need not worry about her safety. The two eventually have sex and begin a romantic relationship. When the hostile outside group they met while returning from the safe zone eventually locates them and tries to break into the community, taking Abraham's life in the process, Andrea and Rick find themselves within the situation, unsure of what their group's next move should be. As Rick and others leave to get supplies from the Hilltop for the upcoming war, Andrea is left to manage the community's security. The Saviors plan to attack the community in a matter of hours.
The attack is rebuffed, with most of the opposing force being slain. The Saviors, angry at this and other losses, ambush and subdue Rick's group. As 'punishment', Glenn is singled out and beaten to death by their leader, Negan. Rick seemingly surrenders to the Saviors, allowing them to enter and take half of his people's supplies. Andrea is furious and wishes to leave. Rick convinces her he has a plan to secretly fight the Saviors and she stays.
In the television series, Andrea is twelve years older than her sister Amy (Emma Bell). She first appears in "Guts", wherein she and a group of survivors become trapped in a department store while on a supply run. They are saved by group member Glenn (Steven Yeun) and newcomer Rick (Andrew Lincoln), and make it back to their camp, where Andrea reunites with Amy. Several days later, the camp is overrun with walkers and Amy is bitten. Andrea holds her dead sister for hours until she reanimates, then shoots her. The group take shelter at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which is set to explode when the power runs out. A depressed Andrea elects to stay behind and die. Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn) attempts to convince her to leave and resolves to stay with her when she refuses. Unwilling to be responsible for his death, Andrea changes her mind, and the two escape with moments to spare.
As the second season picks up, Andrea is angry with Dale for denying her the choice to die. This intensifies when he agrees with Rick and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) that only those who have been trained should be allowed firearms and later confiscates her father's gun. She later approaches Shane and asks to go with him should he leave the group. Dale soon returns Andrea's gun, but asks her not to give him cause to regret it. The group later sets up camp at a farm. While keeping watch, Andrea mistakes Daryl (Norman Reedus) for a walker and grazes him with a bullet. He forgives her, and Shane helps her improve her shooting skills. The two form a close bond and have sex on their way back from a successful scouting mission. Dale picks up on the implication of their sexual encounter and eventually expresses his distrust of Shane, to which Andrea insists that he has done more for the group than Rick. Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) confronts Andrea about her contributions to the group, suggesting that her time would be better spent cooking and doing laundry than taking watch. Further conflict arises when Andrea leaves alone Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), Hershel's suicidal daughter and gives her the chance to die should she wish to. Andrea, who was hoping that being left by herself would make Beth realize that she did not actually want to die, is pleased when she hears that Beth has only shallowly cut her wrist. Andrea however is then banned from the farmhouse by Beth's sister, Maggie (Lauren Cohan). When Dale tries to gain support to halt the execution of the newcomer Randall (Michael Zegen), Andrea is initially reluctant but eventually concedes that they should look for a different solution to keep the group safe. Andrea sobs over Dale's body as he succumbs to a fatal walker-inflicted wound and is shot in the head by Daryl as a mercy kill. In the season finale, walkers overrun the farm and she is separated from the group, with them now believing her to be dead. She runs through the forest until morning, and confronts walkers with melee attacks. As one walker is about to attack her, she is saved by Michonne.
Six to seven months afterward, Andrea and Michonne have developed a close bond, the two of them having protected each other throughout the winter season. Andrea has since developed a sickness (presumably a severe flu) and believes herself to be dying. She urges Michonne to move them elsewhere, having taken shelter in a deer locker for days. After witnessing a helicopter crash, they are kidnapped by a group from a nearby town called Woodbury, run by the Governor. He and Andrea develop a romantic relationship as she settles into the town; however, it is at the expense of her friendship with Michonne, who ultimately decides to abandon her and leave, eventually meeting up with Rick's group. For the majority of the season, Andrea remains a close confidant of the Governor. When the people of Woodbury begin a rivalry, and later a battle, with Rick's group at the prison, it is Andrea that tries to settle whatever differences they may have, with suggestions of peaceful negotiations and compromises. She becomes a central figure and ends up directly in the middle of the disagreement between the two groups. When impulsively deciding to leave Woodbury and return to the prison, she is chased and later kidnapped by The Governor, who locks her in a torture chamber. In the season finale, The Governor attempts to have Milton kill Andrea, but Milton is instead killed by The Governor when he tries to attack him. He then locks the two in so that a zombified Milton can kill Andrea. She manages to get loose from her handcuffs by using pliers Milton dropped, and although managing to kill him, she is still bitten on the neck. Andrea is later found by Daryl, Rick, Michonne, Tyreese, and Sasha and opts to kill herself. Rick hands her his gun as a tearful Michonne stays behind with her.
Andrea is portrayed by Laurie Holden (The X-Files, The Shield, Silent Hill), who was cast as part of the series in 2010. Prior to the show, Holden had been in two of Frank Darabont's films, The Majestic (2001) and The Mist (2007); in the latter she starred with three other Walking Dead cast members (Melissa McBride, Juan Gabriel Pareja and Jeffrey DeMunn). Soon after being cast, she read through the comics to analyze and get a definite understanding of Andrea's character. She acknowledged her enjoyment of having a much more physical role than on some of her other past projects, as well as her excitement towards having her character gradually become a warrior like in the comics.
Andrea, as she appears in the comic series, is described by The Hollywood Reporter's James Hibberd as "a key member of the survivor group who has a proficiency with a sniper rifle and falls for a man twice her age." In the television series, she attempts suicide at the end of the first season, but Dale talks her out of this. Comic creator Robert Kirkman explained that her ensuing desire to protect herself would begin her evolution into her comic counterpart, "the fearless sharpshooter". On television, Andrea's motivation shifts following Dale's death. Holden allowed the event to color her portrayal, and for the remainder of season two, before each scene she filmed, she thought "Andrea, you must honor Dale." She explained that "every move that Andrea makes from that point forward is about honoring Dale, and that means being a leader, having a stronger moral compass, being compassionate and really lending her hand more so than she would have before." Showrunner Glen Mazzara deemed Andrea the only character who could "hold [her] head up" after Dale's death, as she alone supported him against killing Randall and is "the one person who feels that she stood by him at the end."
In the comic series, Andrea has a physical relationship with Dale. Holden was surprised to discover this while researching her role, but in March 2011, stated her intention to "honor the relationship well". However, Mazzara and Kirkman decided not to incorporate the relationship into the television series, and Dale was killed much sooner in the television series than he was in the comics. Holden was dismayed by his departure; she commented that she "love[d] the Dale-Andrea dynamic and ... felt like [they] had so much more story to explore together". For Kirkman, the effect of Dale's death on the continuing plot was worth sacrificing their relationship. He expressed his approval of the differences between the series and its source material, and advised viewers interested in the relationship storyline to read the comics.
Also in the comics, Andrea and Rick eventually become romantically involved within their time at the Alexandria Safe-Zone community. Their relationship, while genuine and affectionate, is often shown to be strained, as Rick struggles to get over the deaths of his past lovers and Andrea finds herself constantly at odds with some of Rick's decisions in life-threatening matters.
Though Shane dies in the comics before the group reaches the farm, he remains alive longer in the television series. This resulted in alterations to the ensuing plot, including the creation of a relationship between Andrea and Shane. In season three, Andrea begins flirting with the Governor, the leader of a town she and Michonne are staying at, before she enters into a full-fledged romantic/sexual relationship with him.
In 2011, Holden received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal of Andrea. She was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Scream Award Entertainment Weekly included Andrea in their list of "21 Most Annoying TV Characters Ever". In 2013, she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work on The Walking Dead and won.
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