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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Almost Ended Very Differently

Warning: spoilers for the most recent Walking Dead season are ahead. Last chance to turn back!

If you thought the way Andrea died on The Walking Dead was brutal enough as is, just be glad the original idea for her demise never made it to the air.

Actor Dallas Roberts spoke with Entertainment Weekly about how his character, Milton, was originally supposed to kill Andrea. The first draft of the sequence involved Milton trying to choke Andrea to death before he turned into a zombie, all with Andrea’s consent, “so she wouldn’t have to deal with Walker Milton.”

“They both desperately wanted for that to work but at that point he had bled out so much,” Roberts said. “So he pulls and pulls and pulls but he doesn’t get it done and he falls against the wall and is passed out. And he never comes back from that until he turns into a walker.”

Andrea would have suffered fatal bites, as was seen in the season finale. But unlike on the show, Rick and his friends wouldn’t have discovered Andrea: That job belonged to Tyreese and his little sister Sasha.

“We unchain her, we see that she’s bitten,” explained actress Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha. “She wants a gun. She says, ‘Give me a gun. Give me one of your guns.’ Tyreese doesn’t want to do it. He’s like, ‘No, no,’ but she’s like, ‘No, I’ve made up my mind. Give me a gun. I’m going to end this.’ It was very endearing and it was quite heart-wrenching, this scene, because to find her at that point in her life, at the end, especially we were not that familiar with her—Sasha and Tyreese, I mean—so to come to someone and to find them in the most vulnerable moment of their life, it was hard. The scene, it had a serious depth to it.”

(via io9)


  • Jack

    But no one cares about Andrea.

  • Black Cesar

    You, sir are a gentleman and a scholar. Well done!

  • Mathias

    What a badly written character…

  • j

    Ironically, in the comics — the (ongoing) source material — Andrea is, by far, one of the best, most-loved (and most useful — no spoilers) characters in the entire series. (Isn’t this supposed to be a comics site?!?) I’m sure that most readers of the ongoing comics series who also watch the show (to the extent that demographic still exists) balked when the show chose to rub out Andrea.

  • Ger

    I cared about Angela. I can understand her motives throughout. Everyone acts like she was the stupidest woman on Earth and should have known how crazy Shane and the Governor were… but we saw them behind scenes. Andrea did not see them like we did. She wanted to believe that everyone could work together and didn’t realize that the Governor was as bat-crap crazy as he was until it was too late.
    She wasn’t badly written. She just had too much faith in people who didn’t deserve it. She’s not a bad character, she’s unfairly hated by fans who can’t see things from anything but their own perspective.

  • Green Arrow

    Hey she was a horny misguided badass. Unfortunately she didn’t have the cajones to just end the whole war when she had a chance. It came back to BITE her though ;)

  • Green Arrow

    I couldn’t agree more. Lori was also much much more likable. It seems the writers have a hard time writing female characters who can be likeable AND a badass. They tend to make them whiny wimps who make REALLY shitty decisions.

  • batGRRRl4ever

    I felt SO very sorry for the actress who had to work with such a poorly written role.

  • Said

    Who’s Angela?

  • Dandru

    Actually, the way Andrea died onscreen was badly written and stupidly executed. But that’s fine–the good thing is, she’s off the show.

  • Dandru

    Oh, the irony of accusing everyone who dislikes Andrea of only seeing things from their own perspective. You’re a hypocrite, and you don’t even realize why.

  • Dandru

    And who the heck is Angela, by the way?

  • Stephen

    Yeah, she seemed pretty defensive about it, like she knew Andrea wasn’t popular.

  • HiroNakamara

    LORI Sucked in the show and in the comics. Andrea on the other hand sucks in the show bigtime. I am glad they red shirted her. In the comics Andrea was and still is one of the best and most useful characters. they changed her personality for the show to serve god knows what frackin purpose. You should have kept dale AMC. Wtf were you thinking?

  • MasterPhW

    Wow, you cared that much, that you can’t spell her name correctly.
    Angela =/ Andrea

  • Shelby

    Guys, come on now. I’m probably one of the few that actually like her anymore. I didn’t even realize that people had it out for her. I mean, let’s look at her character. She tried to kill herself, but she pulled through it. She was the first female character to go all out badass. She’s definitely not a whore for sleeping with two people, because most people in their life sleep with more than one person. She tries to make peace between Woodbury and the prison. She tries to save everyone. Yeah, she decided to stay in Woodbury, leaving michonne, but who would want to leave a hot shower and a bed after months of not having one? It was unfair of Michonne to make her choose. Yeah, she could of killed the Governor, but she loved him and saw the best in him. Andrea was a strong, intelligent character and I think it was a waste to kill her off. She shouldn’t have died like that, because we all know that she could have defended herself. But, my point is, people need to try and put themselves in the shoes of the characters (like Andrea) and hate the characters that deserve to be hated.

  • matt

    Yeah, how was she not able to pick up the tool to kill milton. And then somehow, she ended up on the floor where milton was. Theat doesn’t make any sense.

  • seksivitez

    Leave it to the internet to let horrid critics who hate everything express their stupid opinions on writing. God people suck.