How seriously do Walking Dead fans take their favorite zombie show? Well, just imagine for a brief horrifying moment what would happen if Norman Reedus's character Daryl Dixon were to be killed. I'm picturing a furious crossbow-armed crowd -- mostly female -- storming AMC's corporate headquarters, aren't you?
Well, it turns out there are a number of fans who feel pretty strongly about a certain other character who did die at the end of season 3. I won't mention any names until I've issued the standard WARNING I'M ABOUT TO DISCUSS SEASON 3 SPOILERS, but let's just say I strongly disagree with their desire to see this character come back in season 4. Unbelievably, they've actually banded together to create an official petition for AMC to correct their "colossal mistake" in killing this person off.
Once more with feeling: spoilers ahead!
Okay, so I'm obviously talking about Andrea, who after many episodes of being a inexplicably-manicured pile of suck, FINALLY died after being bitten by Milton the zombie during the season 3 finale. I guess I wouldn't go so far as to say I leaped out of my chair and cheered during her death scene, but I sure wasn't sad to see her go. Unlike the incredibly awesome Andrea of the comics, Andrea of the TV series was kind of a giant drag.
However, despite the fact that there are over 246,000 Google results for "Andrea Walking Dead annoying," someone was so upset about her death they actually started a petition to bring her back to the show. Here's what it says:
The Walking Dead fanbase would like to petition the producers of the show to re-write history and bring back the character "Andrea" in the fourth season. Through interviews we are led to believe former showrunner, Glen Mazzara, was the sole producer in favour of killing off the character in question. Under new management we encourage Scott M Gimple to rectify his predecessor's mistakes starting with Andrea's unnecessary death. Failing that, The Walking Dead fanbase would like the producers to know that Andrea's death was a colossal mistake and detrimental to the storytelling in the show.
Not that an online petition would likely sway the producers one way or the other, but thankfully it doesn't exactly seem to be rocketing towards its goal of 1,000 signatures:
Oddly enough, there IS a rumor floating around that Andrea will be back in some form in season 4. Maybe as a flashback, or a hallucination like Lori -- or maybe we'll learn that despite the gunshot we heard, she was never killed? (Although she WAS bitten, so ... maybe as a zombie?)
As for what actress Laurie Holden thinks about the possibility that she'll return, she said,
It’s not up to me, you know? I’m the actor. I do what I’m told. The writers are the ones in charge of the storylines. And they write the scenes. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Do I wish we could’ve seen and explored more of the comic bookAndrea? Yes. Absolutely. Do I wish that I had more scenes with Michonne showing that friendship? Yes. Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I don’t think I could ask for a better death. I feel like her life mattered, and she died trying, and her heart was in the right place. I feel grateful for that. You can’t have it all.
Yeah, I think Andrea is done. It's too bad she wasn't a better character, but bringing her back would be pretty lame. Time to move on and upset more fans by killing more people ... just not Daryl. Please god, NOT DARYL.
What do you think about the idea of Andrea coming back to The Walking Dead?
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