Even though it’s been more than four years since she exited AMC’s The Walking Dead, Laurie Holden still isn’t pleased with the way the show handled her character Andrea.
As many fans of The Walking Dead are surely aware, Andrea’s arc took a nosedive in quality throughout the show’s third season, as Holden found her character relegated to being the trapped lover of David Morrissey’s villainous Governor. Adding insult to injury, Andrea was killed off at the end of the season before Holden ever had a chance to redeem the character and get her back to the gun-toting badass she had been in earlier seasons.
Speaking at Walker Stalker Con over the weekend, Holden made it clear that she’s still confused by how everything went down — her exit from the show coincided with the departure of showrunner Glen Mazzara — and didn’t hold back in criticizing the way Andrea’s story was handled:
“I think the whole stuff that they wrote about Andrea and the Governor was complete and utter nonsense. I did the best that I could to tell that narrative and to justify it where Andrea kept her heart.”
While Holden did praise Mazzara’s replacement, Scott Gimple, for giving her a beautiful sendoff, she was critical overall for the way the show failed to incorporate elements of Andrea’s character from the source material:
“I love Scott Gimple for giving me a gorgeous death with redemption so that you understood, and she wasn’t a victim – she died on her own terms. But I think that there was so much beautiful narrative that was lost, and that she should have been there for a long time and been the leader that [Robert] Kirkman created in the comic book.”
As fans of The Walking Dead comic are well aware, Andrea is characterized much different on the page, going on to become a primary love interest for Rick Grimes and one of the most important leaders in the group. The only upside to Holden’s departure is that it gave Danai Gurira’s Michonne a lot more material to work with, as much of Andrea’s storyline from the comics was given to the sword-wielding survivor, but it’s still unfortunate that Andrea’s arc turned out the way it did.