Warning – Walking Dead TV and comic spoilers inside!
The Walking Dead has been going on for nine years. With dozens and dozens of great actors gracing the show, sometimes it is good to look back and remember their screen time.
But this isn’t just something the fans do – the actors do it as well. Take Laurie Holden. While she’s been involved in numerous TV shows and movies throughout her life, her time on The Walking Dead is one of her most impressive accolades.
Holden’s character, Andrea, debuted in the first season and enjoyed multiple seasons worth of screen time as a secondary, and eventually a primary character. She was constantly involved with the main cast and even had several story arcs center directly around her.
While The Walking Dead is based off a comic, this isn’t to say everything translates the same onto the TV screen. In some ways, this is good. It keeps fans guessing. It gives writers license to be creative. It gives us multiple visions of the same character.
But Andrea’s is one who didn’t seem to get better when she made the jump from the source material. For some backstory – the comic version of Andrea is a tough-as-nails, survivalist sharpshooter. She’s good with a gun and becomes the love interest of leading man Rick Grimes later in the series.
Holden said she did enjoy parts of Andrea’s character – like her journey from a suicidal, depressed and broken woman to a survivor. In that aspect, the character did translate well according to her comic counterpart. But there were also some stark differences.
For one, she wasn’t nearly as adept with a firearm – or at least she had a longer journey getting there. In the show, her first major moment with a gun was nearly killing one of the camp’s own who she mistook for a walker.
But her real complaint stemmed from Andrea’s complete domination by The Governor, the villainous figure of seasons 3 and 4 whom she had a romantic relationship with. In the show, Andrea was portrayed as man-crazy on some occasions, and she ended up paying for it with her life.
Holden said: “Do I wish that there had been more time? Yeah, absolutely. Do I wish that I could have been part of the storytelling where the man that was victimizing the woman actually didn’t get away with it? 100 percent.”
Her character would ultimately commit suicide to stop herself from changing after she sustained a fatal walker bite. It was her relationship with the Governor that got her into that mess, but he wouldn’t meet his end until later in the series. He did outlive her, but not for long. The character left the show much earlier than she left the comic, but this is just one of many differences the show has had with its source material.
The main program is currently on its ninth season, with a second spinoff and multiple TV movies in the works.