The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden Talks Character Direction

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If you didn’t watch last weekend’s episode of the hit AMC series based upon the Robert Kirkman zombie epic “The Walking Dead”, we suggest you skip reading this story right now. For those of you all caught up however …

You know that Laurie Holden’s character of Andrea almost killed fan favorite Daryl (Norman Reedus). Recently the actress caught up with THR to talk the aftermath of that near nightmare and where her character is going from there …

What’s so mortifying to Andrea is that she’s so eager and anxious that she finally has her opportunity to prove to herself and everybody in the camp that she’s able and a valuable part of the community and she blows it on such a massive level,” says Holden. “She almost kills someone that she cares about and is loved by all.

[The incident] “propels Andrea forward to try and be the best person she could be. You see in the episodes to come that Andrea becomes more of a sharpshooter and is really trying to make amends for not necessarily having it all together.

In terms of her relationship with the still living for now Shane (Jon Bernthal) …

“He gives her the school of tough love, and it’s the best thing that ever happened to her because everything changes,” Holden says. “When there are attacks by walkers, she has more of a Zen approach to it and doesn’t let her panic and fear take over; she really embraces her inner strength and goes into warrior mode.

[Shane has been] “beaten up in this apocalypse and his heart has been broken, so it’s probably nice for him to have somebody look to him and think he’s pretty terrific and think he’s an admirable leader,” Holden notes. “Andrea and Shane are buddies who found each other in war.

So where does that leave Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn)?

“Dale loves Andrea, but he’s kind and overprotective and sometimes it’s too much,” Holden warns. “As Andrea said in the first episode this season, ‘He’s not my husband, he’s not my father.’ Andrea is a free agent, and if she wants to spend time with somebody else, she has the right to that, but that doesn’t mean he’s not going to be bent out of shape or upset by it. If he doesn’t approve, there’s not much Andrea can do about that.

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