Ugh. If you had to name the most irritating character on The Walking Dead, who would it be? Rick, who's losing his marbles, or Michonne, who never stops glowering, or -- okay, I'm totally kidding with this pretend debate stuff, because the answer is totally Andrea. Andrea is by FAR the least likable part of the show. Your argument is invalid.
Poor Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea, is highly aware of how we feel about her character. She knows Andrea is a beloved character in the original comics, she knows we were mostly rooting for her at the end of season 2, and she knows how much we all HATE it that Andrea has been playing tongue-hockey with the Governor. She even knows we hate Andrea's thong.
All Holden asks is that we give Andrea a chance. EVEN THOUGH IT'S HARD. From this interview with Vulture, here are 5 important things to understand about her oh-so-disliked character on the show:
Andrea saw a different side of the Governor than the viewers did.
He is pretty charming. There’s a few things people don’t seem to understand: Andrea did not know what the audience has known. People will say, “Yes, but he kept Penny in a closet.” And I say, “Well, Hershel kept his wife and family in a barn. Andrea sat over her dead sister for two days.” The rules have changed. Everyone’s grieving and there are those people who still believe the human soul is still trapped in these monsters.
The reason she didn't kill the Governor last week wasn't because she still has feelings for him.
To clarify, it has nothing to do with love. Andrea was a human-rights lawyer prior to the apocalypse. She has killed a lot of zombies. She has never, ever killed a human being. And it’s one thing to kill someone in self-defense; it’s another to kill them while they’re sleeping. And then there’s Dale, who was a huge influence in Andrea’s life. He’s like her guardian angel, and I think that every step Andrea takes, she’s always thinking about honoring Dale, whose thing was “You just don’t kill people.” As a former lawyer, you’re going to see her try for reason and peace and no bloodshed.
Andrea probably gets some unfair criticism because she's the only one stripping down for sexytimes.
… it was really risky for the show because, you’re right, we don’t do that on The Walking Dead. But Mazzara brought up a good point, which is, you know, people have sex. You can kill zombies and show all this brutality, but where are all the people hooking up? Because that’s what they would do. (…) So I think it was shocking, but it’s also realistic because at the end of the day, when the world is falling apart, you would seek comfort in someone else’s arm.
Andrea's underwear was a no-win situation.
They’re like, “How did you get a thong?” To which I’ll say, “I’m in Woodbury. They probably raided Neiman Marcus or wherever.” But if I had worn granny panties with holes in it, I just know the backlash on the Internet would have been through the roof. You’re upset about a thong? Think about the alternative.
Holden says we need to hang in there with Andrea:
I’ve heard (the criticism) from all over. I always want to tell them to be patient! It’s complicated storytelling.
Boy, I don't know, you guys. I like this interview, and I think Laurie Holden the actress sounds funny and smart and interesting, but … I mostly agree with this writer from the LA Times:
Characters whose actions aren’t immediately easy to parse are a good thing. Characters whose actions seem to mostly happen because the writers need them to act that way aren’t. Laurie Holden brings everything she can to Andrea, but the writers of this show have never quite gotten a bead on how to write the character.
YES. I know she's part of a complicated storyline and she very well may redeem herself in a big way, but I feel like she's always been difficult to relate to. Andrea's a skilled survivor, but that's about all I can say about her so far. She's arrogant, she's a terrible judge of character, she's a bad friend (even though her friend was Michonne, the Grumpy Cat), she gives lame speeches, and she's not remotely sympathetic.
Also I don't like the way she only buttons like one button on her shirt, but I concede I might be getting a little picky on that one.
What's your take on Andrea? Do you think she'll become a more likable character at some point?
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