It may have been four years since Laurie Holden left AMC's The Walking Dead, but the star is still clearly outraged by the way her exit was handled, slamming the controversial storyline as "utter nonsense."
Once supposed to be the golden girl of the show, Holden's season 3 story arc took Andrea on a vastly different path to her comic book counterpart and made her public enemy No.1. The Walking Dead season 3 finale "Welcome to the Tombs", saw Andrea fall victim to the nefarious schemes of David Morrissey's Governor. Trapped in the town of Woodbury with a reanimated walker, Andrea was bitten and eventually put out of her misery by friend Michonne.
The whole plot was meant to be a shocking addition to Glen Mazzara's final days as showrunner, but most saw it as a lackluster ending to one of the most divisive character portrayals to grace The Walking Dead. Speaking at Walker Stalker Con, Holden is still clearly confused by what happened to Andrea and won't mince her words when it comes to discussing the character's demise:
"I think the whole stuff that they wrote about Andrea and the Governor was complete and utter nonsense. I did the best that I could to tell that narrative and to justify it where Andrea kept her heart."
While the 47-year-old praised incoming showrunner Scott Gimple for giving her a beautiful death, she couldn't help but criticize the powers that be for missing out on so much of Andrea's source material:
"I love Scott Gimple for giving me a gorgeous death with redemption so that you understood, and she wasn't a victim – she died on her own terms. But I think that there was so much beautiful narrative that was lost, and that she should have been there for a long time and been the leader that [Robert] Kirkman created in the comic book."
Interestingly, when looking at Kirkman's comic books of the same name, Andrea is seen as a sharp-shooting sniper and the next big love interest for Rick Grimes. Although she meets a similarly grisly fate, Andrea's death on the page doesn't come until Issue #167 - a long way away for AMC's record-breaking show. Thankfully, Andrea's departure did wonders for Danai Gurira's Michonne, with the Black Panther star taking on Andrea's storyline (and romance) from the comics. Even if Andrea was originally intended to be a part of this year's "All Out War" storyline on the show, it looks like there are plenty of hardened heroines on the series to make up for her absence.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 22.
Source: Walker Stalker Con