Andrea was no one’s favorite character on The Walking Dead, which might explain why she was unceremoniously killed off during season three of AMC’s zombie series. I say “unceremoniously,” because Andrea — introduced in the second episode of the series pointing a gun at Rick and telling him “we’re dead because of you” — was originally supposed to stick around for awhile.
At Walker Stalker Con this weekend, actress Laurie Holden said she had an eight-year deal, and that she “was supposed to be there until the end” (the contract was signed before The Walking Dead became the most popular on TV; there’s no way it’s ending after eight seasons anymore). Andrea was also supposed to hook up with Rick and save Woodbury “on a horse,” but “I got the call at 10 o’ clock the night before, while I was shooting, from the showrunner who is no longer a part of The Walking Dead [Glen Mazzara], saying that they couldn’t write the episode and that he was killing my character.” Holden continued, “So we all got the script, everybody on the set was sobbing. I felt like I got shot. None of it was supposed to happen the way it did.”
Not only is Andrea still alive in the comics, she’s also romantically involved with Rick. No one’s happier she died on the show than Richonne shippers.