The Walking Dead: Laurie Holden Claims She had an 8 Year Deal Before Killed Off and Andrea Was to End Up with Rick

Laurie Holden played Andrea on The Walking Dead and, according to her, her character should have been around for years, changing Rick’s romantic fate on the show.  Will we now see this play out in the newly announced Tales of The Walking Dead spinoff?

Previously, at a Walker Stalker Con, Holden talked about everything, as she held a panel with Jeffrey DeMunn who played Dale on the show. The discussion was juicy, and no holds were barred with the two actors who were with the hit show from the very beginning.

Holden revealed to the audience that she signed on with an 8-year contract when she joined the baby series, The Walking Dead.

Her character, Andrea, only made it to the finale of season 3.

“Well I had an 8 year deal, I was supposed to be there until the end. I was supposed to end up with Rick. I was supposed to save Woodbury on a horse, and I was buying a house in Atlanta. I got the call at 10 o’ clock the night before, while I was shooting, from the show runner who is no longer a part of The Walking Dead, saying that they couldn’t write the episode and that he was killing my character. 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.”

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The two discussed Frank Darabont hand picking the original cast and crew, and how the beginning stages of the show were simply magical. The show famously switched gears dramatically when Frank Darabont was removed as show runner. Although the show continued to be successful, many people behind the scenes were unhappy about the change, especially because he was the reason many of those involved put their hearts into the project. DeMunn, Holden and Melissa McBride (Carol Pelletier) had previously worked with Darabont.

“He (Frank Darabont) called me up and said “I’m doing the show The Walking Dead“. I trusted it because it was Frank. He hand picked me and Dale and Carol-pretty much everybody. He picked everybody. What I loved about the collaboration is that nobody had any egos. There’s a lot of heart in our show. There’s a lot of love and I think people feel it.”

Holden went on to say, “I think The Walking Dead is in a really good place now with Scott Gimple. It wasn’t the ship that it is now. I’m very grateful how it was written that I went out with grace and with a stellar cast. It wasn’t the way that I wanted but I loved the way I went out.”

Jeffrey DeMunn’s character, Dale, exited the show, by choice, around the same time. The two described how his acting when Dale died perfectly expressed his genuine emotions and frustrations about where the show was at that time, the turmoil that it was in when Darabont was removed from the show.

What do you think about all of this insight? It’s pretty crazy! We could have seen a completely different The Walking Dead!

And maybe now we will! Tales of The Walking Dead opens up completely new worlds and possibilities.  The show has already been teased to explore things we haven’t seen or experienced.  Could one happen where we see Andrea and Rick together?  This could be very similar to The Walking Dead episode that saw Michonne depart and what could have happened if Michonne didn’t save Andrea’s life and then meet Rick.  This could all be a very cool alternate story line to explore!

Next Article: What other actors almost played Rick Grimes instead of Andrew Lincoln? One actor actually had the role before him and ended up having to turn it down!



Original Article posted by Shannon Toohey

15 thoughts on “The Walking Dead: Laurie Holden Claims She had an 8 Year Deal Before Killed Off and Andrea Was to End Up with Rick

  1. I am so freakin happy Rick DID NOT end up with Andrea!! Her character was so conceited and thought way too much of herself. She got on my nerves. She was defensive and always thought she was right. If she is not like that in real life then she is a great actor.

  2. I liked the character of Andrea, at first!!! By the third season, I hated her! I did not like her storyline at all, I was glad they killed her off. Sorry if the rest of you don’t like it! So glad she did not end up with Rick.

  3. I thought they were going to get together too because on the 1st episode when Rick met Andrea he would look at her like he liked her. I actually hoped they would get together on the show they make a cute couple.

  4. I live in the land of the here and now instead of the kingdom of woulda shoulda coulda. All this is sour grapes ala former employees trashing their previous employer over perceived slights and unfair treatment. It’s a TV show not life or death. Both have gone on to other projects as would anyone else finding themselves in similar situations. There is no story here except for the likelihood that they’ll both probably expect to benefit in some way by getting this facetime in front of a captive audience while they can

  5. I personally would have like the walking dead the way it felt when it started, it all seemed like something that could and would actually happen. Since then it’s all felt more like a video game or movie and less like real life.

  6. Its alright we were glad you were gone…. and sad it didn’t happen sooner… nothing against you it was your character…

  7. Nah. I liked Rick with Michonne. I actually wanted them together so when it happened, I was stoked! They were both my favorite characters. I didn’t care for Andrea’s character very much at all. She did have a stellar exit. I cried.

  8. Nah! I loved Rick & Michonne. I wanted them together so badly. So when they became a couple, I was stoked! Both my favorite characters together!! I didn’t care for Andrea much. She had a stellar exit. I cried.

  9. Andrea needed to sleep with Rick one time anyway. Andrea was to good she needed more emotional interaction. And she also should have a really bad side to make her character more interesting. Sleeping around would have been good !!!

  10. She should have sleep with Rick once anyway !! And to make her more interesting had a bad are evil side to bring more a more deeper character ! ! Just saying

  11. I really didn’t like Andrea, I was glad she went when she did. I’m surprised Holden is still going on about this, after all these years, she must have been so p***ed about the decision.

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