With Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) leaving The Walking Dead Season 3 on a positive note, and Carol (Melissa McBride) finally learning how to fire a gun, we thought maybe the show had solved its frustrating female character problem. Nope! Now we want to shake some sense into Andrea (Laurie Holden), who was one of our favorites by the end of Season 2.
After Andrea’s sister Amy died, and Dale kind of tricked her into not killing herself — then stole her gun — she got kind of whiny and petulant. Shane (Jon Bernthal) helped her find her strength by giving her shooting lessons. Power is definitely a turn-on for Andrea, as we all saw when she grabbed Shane's pants in that car. (Lori who?) By the end of Season 2, we were totally Team Andrea — to the point of being seriously pissed that they left her behind when they fled the farm. (Especially since Daryl saved Carol, again. Everyone always saves Carol, but not Andrea? Priorities, people.)
Some time has passed for the characters on Season 3. Andrea and Michonne (Danai Gurira) have spent more time together than Andrea did with Rick’s prison group. But she spent even less time with The Governor (David Morrissey) before seeming to fall into his arms. Michonne said she didn't trust the guy, or Woodbury, and even though we completely understood Andrea not wanting to leave a comfortable place with food and medicine — especially after seeing how sick she was on the Season 3 premiere — it was a serious slap in the face for her to just let her friend go back into the walker world alone.
At the end of Episode 5, Andrea saw what passes for entertainment in Woodbury, but instead of running from Zombie Fight Club headquarters on the November 18 Episode 6, "Hounded," Andrea and The Governor got even closer. They kissed, and then we saw them in his bedroom. Neither one wearing any clothes. Yep, they had sex.
Sigh. Really, Andrea?
Yeah, she's always had a thing for powerful, ruthless men, but we really don't want her to become The Sexpot of the show, not when she spent so much of Season 2 proving herself a valuable member of the team. She seemed smart and strong and not dependent on a man. She was the only one who actually listened to Dale when he made his pitch to save Randall. Her mind was open enough to change, although it didn't do much good for Dale or Randall. She's open-minded about Woodbury, too, but it doesn't seem like she's approaching The Governor from a place of logic. She's rationalizing because she wants to like the place and she finds him attractive.
Are you getting frustrated with Andrea or do you understand why she’s doing what she’s doing?
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Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.