(As you could probably guess from the title of this article, this piece looks at last night's episode of The Walking Dead and features some comments from the cast member who will not be joining us in season four. Read this at your own risk and caution.)
Andrea, as played by Laurie Holden during the first three seasons of AMC's The Walking Dead, left the series last night at the hand of Michonne (apparently) after she was bitten by a zombie while trying to escape from The Governor. Fans of the Walking Dead seem very happy with this, as one personality I follow on Twitter last night said he could hear the entire internet cheer when it was revealed that she had been bitten. To say that her death was a surprise is a bit of an understatement - I believe TV Rage's Sam McPherson had her chance of survival at 70%. Given what Andrea becomes in the comic series, it seemed like AMC would give her the chance to follow that arc, but apparently the internet wins again.
With her time on The Walking Dead over, Holden talked about the turn of events and how she felt about them. Highlights of her conversation with the Hollywood Reporter revealed that:
When she learned of the death: "I got the official word a few days before we began principal photography on the finale. [Departing showrunner] Glen Mazzara called me. It was a shock to everyone. It was never part of the original story document for season three and was rather unexpected. That said, this is The Walking Dead and the show is not conventional by any means. We know as actors going in what this gig is about. You just roll with it. I had one hell of a run and feel blessed to have had three great seasons."
Was Andrea originally supposed to die? "Andrea was always supposed to save Woodbury. But she still did. There was peace to her death because she was reunited with her best friend and her family. In those final moments, she learns that the children and everybody at the prison survived. It's a pivotal moment for Rick Grimes. Her death does propel story forward because when you think of it, in spite of her incredibly tumultuous journey she had, the people of Woodbury did escape and reach their sanctuary and none of the people of the prison were killed."
Did they waiver on Andrea dying? "There were two versions of that that were shot... Andrea went out with grace, dignity and was reunited with people she loved and was able to voice how she felt and what was in her heart. After a tumultuous season, I'm so grateful that she was able to say what needed to be said and share that with her family."