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The Walking Dead: Laurie Holden Says She Had an 8-Year Deal and was Supposed to End Up with Rick, Before Killed Early

Published on February 28th, 2023 | Updated on February 28th, 2023 | By FanFest

Laurie Holden discussed her character, Andrea’s, time on The Walking Dead with cast mate, Jeffrey DeMunn, who played Dale. Holden’s character was bad ass and had a great relationship with the lovable level-headed Dale on the show.

The conversation was interesting, and both of the actors who had been with the blockbuster from the start were not afraid to express their opinions.

When she joined the series before it had ever aired Holden said that she signed on for an “eight-year term.” Her character, Andrea, only made it to the finale of season 3 of The Walking Dead.

“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.”

The two talked about how Frank Darabont handpicked the original cast and crew, as well as how the show’s early days were simply amazing. When Frank Darabont was dismissed as showrunner, the program dramatically shifted gears.

Despite the fact that the program was still popular, many people involved were dissatisfied with the transition, especially because he was responsible for so many of them putting their souls into the work. DeMunn, Holden, and McBride 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.”

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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.”

Around the same time, Jeffrey DeMunn’s character, Dale, quit the series. The two said that his acting during his death scene perfectly expressed his real feelings and concerns about the show’s state at the time, as well as its upheaval when Darabont was fired from it.

What do you think about Andrea’s early departure from The Walking Dead? Let us know in the comments below!

Shannon Toohey contributed to this article

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