Andrea of Walking Dead On Screen Compared To The Comics
Andrea is a peacekeeper. She in the show takes the role of someone who is done fighting and has never taken a life other than zombies to do so now. The point of Andrea really is to show humanity and what it takes to protect it when others lose them self to the world around them compared to her more aggressive and take charge nature in the comics.
People see Andrea as indecisive, naive, boring or ignorant. That is not all there is to Andrea in the show, she has a larger role in the world. Every person in this show is supposed to represent what a post apocalyptic world will do to you once you lose hope. She is the symbol of hope that was lost once and found along the way. This is the same woman who lost her sister and saw her world crumbling down around her. To the point that she almost took her own life with that mad scientist to end the pain of loss.
This of course didn’t last as Dale gave her a reason to live. He didn’t allow her to throw her life away knowing how it would affect those around her that she’s giving up on. It’s that alone that shows a person what is right in front of them the whole time. She might have lost her sister, but she gained a family in her stead. This change in perspective led Andrea to become a better person, stronger than she was before to be able to not only protect herself but those around her as well. This was the tough and badass Andrea we started to favor over most.
Yet she took a step back after she got separated for those 8 months. Andrea fell sick, yet gained a new companion who traveled with her and kept her alive. This much time alone does something to you. It already made Michonne a cold individual with a tough exterior, but Andrea grew to long settlement. The same as how everyone at the prison found it to be their new home, she found Woodbury to be her home. Some place she could unwind and remember what it feels like to be alive instead of constantly running in fear for her life. They got very lucky and there’s no telling how long that luck could have lasted if they remained on their own. It was her decision to remain at Woodbury with the Governor instead of leaving with Michonne when her gut told her the place was bad which turned the fans against her. This was wrong of many to do. Andrea didn’t abandon Michonne for a warm bed, she stayed to feel a part of something important. Those people obviously needed her help and she knows more about survival than any of them do in the town including those who are more skilled with weapons.
When the conflict between the town and the prison occurred, Andrea took the role of the mediator. That is what is best at being a lawyer prior to all of this. She is a people person first and a fighter second, the people of that town were unskilled and unaware of what was really behind those walls. That was enough to keep her there and make sure no harm came to them and to make sure the need for them to have to fight wasn’t necessary. The Governor and Rick have both lost themselves and their humanities to make it to where they are now. To keep everyone alive they sacrificed everything and who they are. Andrea serves as that anchor to humanity in which she keeps them from crossing a line they can’t return from. They are going to and there’s not telling who will first, but Andrea will not let that happen as long as she is still breathing, you can hate her for this, but that is who she is and not who you hate her for being.
While not as aggressive as most see and like her to be in the comics, her role on TV is just as important if you look past what you expect to see and what you don’t. The one thing the comic writer said he did when he directed the TV shows story was make sure that there wasn’t any real connection to the comics, likewise the game, and some like Andrea have to go that certain path to change it up for the best or for the worst. On a personal level she is the one who has best kept her humanity. Everyone else has lost most if not all along the way. At this very point if she turned into the character you guys wanted her to be then it would just turn into them all slaughtering each other and no sensibility on either side. The director pointed out that there is no fine line between good and evil and that anyone can cross it. The Governor has done bad things but he’s still not evil, it is the way he’s gone about helping these people that’s bad. But the director wanted that perception of who is good and who is bad to be left up to those the actions affect. She is far from just being oblivious as well, it’s the fact that she doesn’t let such actions completely influence her decisions since if she did kill him in his sleep like Carol told her to do, she would be just like everyone else. There has to be that anchor to separate right and wrong, and it’s the mentality you portray during such a situation that speaks louder than success.
And you can say that is just my opinion and views, but as it may be, that is also the same way they described her character from the director/actor/and comic writer when I saw the Palyfest event. Everyone has an opinion and definitely one about her, but you can’t have it that way and expect the story to keep going in it’s current direction.
And stay tuned!