One of The Walking Dead‘s biggest deviations from the comics thus far in the television series is how the character of Andrea was handled. In Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, Andrea is alive and well. In addition, Andrea is in a relationship with Rick and, unlike her TV counterpart, is undoubtedly a fan favorite.
Unfortunately, Laurie Holden’s version of Andrea suffered a very different fate. In the television series, Andrea was one of the most unliked characters in The Walking Dead, possibly in recent television history. The character who complained and cried uncontrollably, made terrible life decisions, and actually ended up in bed with the enemy was killed off in the Season 3 finale.
This left many fans to wonder who would assume Andrea’s integral role from the comic book series on the show. In a recent EW interview with Scott M. Gimple, the show runner weighed in on how the show would handle Andrea’s story line in the seasons to come.
“The Andrea story from the comics has been broken up and given to several different characters. This is one of those instances.”
The Walking Dead is no stranger to remixing characters and it sounds as though not one character alone will assume all the characteristics of comic book Andrea. Melissa McBride’s Carol was already heavily involved in an Andrea-type story line from the comics in Season 5 when she was forced to kill Lizzie after she gutted her sister.
Based on last week’s episode “The Next World”, it appears that Michonne will assume the Rick/Andrea relationship from the comics. Additionally, it’s likely Michonne will become the mother figure to Carl in the show as well.
Sasha has already been groomed to assume the “sniper” type qualities of Andrea from the comics, eventually becoming a decorated warrior in The Walking Dead world. Many fans had speculated that Sasha would assume all aspects of Andrea’s character in the show, since Sasha isn’t a character in the comics. It appears that this is no longer the case, as a blossoming relationship with Abraham seems to be forming.
Do you like that Andrea’s characteristics are being split amongst multiple characters, or would you prefer that one character assume all aspects of Andrea’s story? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below!