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|“||No one can make it alone now. I just didn't want anyone to die.||„|
|~ Andrea in her dying moments in “Welcome to the Tombs”|
|“||I know how the safety works.||„|
|~ Andrea’s most recognizable quote|
Andrea Harrison (better known as just Andrea) is a main character of The Walking Dead television series. She is the fourth character of importance in seasons 1 and 2, and the deuteragonist of season 3.
Andrea is a middle aged woman who was a civil rights lawyer before the zombie apocalypse. Apparently, she had so little time that she missed out on some big events in Amy‘s (her younger sister) life.
Before the apocalypse broke out, she went out on a road trip with her sister Amy, later arriving in Georgia. Sometime during the early days of the apocalypse, Andrea and her sister were saved by Dale Horvath and eventually made it to a survivor’s camp in Atlanta.
After the death of her sister, Andrea goes through a suicidal thoughts and depression. When the group has a chance to escape the future explosion of the CDC, Andrea chooses to stay behind with Jenner and Jacqui, but Dale stops Andrea from making that decision, and they eventually escape just in time before the building explodes.
Several months later, Andrea is left behind on the overrun farm and is presumed dead by the group. Because of this, Andrea is forced to run, and eventually runs out of energy and nearly is bitten by a walker before she is saved by a mysterious woman, later revealed to be Michonne.
During her time with the woman, they develop a close sister-like bond, and she eventually helps Michonne recover from her darkness.
Andrea is portrayed by Laurie Holden, who won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal as Andrea. Holden is also best known for her roles in The Mist (2007) as Amanda Dumfries, and Marita Covarrubias in The X-Files.
Around age twelve, Andrea became sister to Amy Harrison. It is unknown if they share the same mother.
Sometime during her early life, Andrea got her degree in civil rights and became a civil rights lawyer.
Before the apocalypse broke out, Amy and Andrea geared up for a road trip, as Andrea hadn’t spent much time with her sister in the many previous years, espec growing up because of her career and college. During their trip, they eventually arrived in Georgia and become aware of the outbreak, and are later saved by Dale Horvath.
Eventually, Andrea, Amy and Dale come across the Atlanta Camp and become members.
Eventually, Andrea becomes a supply runner for the camp.
Andrea first appears in the second episode of season 1, Guts.
While our on a supply run in Atlanta, Andrea and the others are nearly ambushed by walkers when Glenn barley saves Rick and leads them into the building where they are stocking up. When they are in a safer area, Andrea pulls her gun out, gets up close to Rick, and points her gun at his neck. She starts to yell at him, stating that they’re all dead because of him, but Morales tells her to stop and to not make anything worse. Andrea then lowers her gun and begins to cry, as she starts to have thoughts about her sister and how she might not see her again.
Andrea and the group decide to question Rick about what he was doing roaming around the streets of Atlanta. He then tries to explain he was trying to follow a helicopter. Jacqui suggests that it was just a hallucination. "I saw it," Rick insists forcefully. T-Dog tries to make radio contact with the camp, but fails to get a signal, wondering if they might have better luck on higher ground. Suddenly, muffled gunshots are heard. "Oh god, is that Dixon?" Andrea says in disbelief, as they all leave to investigate.
On the roof, Merle is sniping at walkers down below, wasting bullets. T-Dog pressures him to stop, but Merle starts to attack him. In the background, Andrea screams at Merle, telling him to stop. After Rick handcuffs Merle to the roof, Andrea attends T-Dog and tries to help him. Jacqui proceeds to flip off Merle.
Morales informs Rick there's no refugee center and that they are part of a larger group of survivors staying outside the city in a camp, but T-Dog can't reach them on the radio.
With the streets no longer safe, Rick suggests they try to escape underground. Jacqui says that the building might have access to the sewers as it was in her profession, prompting Andrea and the group to head back downstairs to the basement.
In the basement, Glenn concocts a plan and sends Andrea and Rick to watch the storefront while he and Morales head down the sewer.
At the front of the store, Andrea and Rick keep watch. She says to Rick that she’s sorry for pointing the gun in his face. Rick then tells Andrea, "Next time, take the safety off." She says her gun was a gift from her father and she doesn't know how to use one. In the meantime, Rick teaches Andrea how to turn the safety on and off.
A while later, Andrea spots a necklace with a mermaid pendant. Rick encourages her to take it, insisting shoplifting rules don't apply anymore. Andrea pockets the necklace and wants to give it to her sister as a birthday present, when the walkers break through the exterior glass doors and begin pounding on the interior set.
Glenn, Morales, and Jacqui arrive to report that the sewer is not an option.
On the roof, Rick spots a nearby truck near a construction site. He then comes up with a plan, which requires a walkers guts. Together, Andrea and the rest help put the guts on Rick and Glenn so they can get to the truck without being recognized by smell by the walkers.
After Rick and Glenn depart for the truck, Andrea, T-Dog, Morales, and Jacqui race to the roof to follow Rick and Glenn with a pair of binoculars as T-Dog tries again to radio the others.
Suddenly, Andrea and the rest watch as rain begins to fall rather heavily and washes the guts' smell off of them. Rick and Glenn fight the walkers and manage to get inside the cube van. On the roof, Andrea and the group worries that they're being left behind but celebrate as Rick drives back for them.
Andrea and the group grab their bags and belongings, and rushes from the rooftop toward the loading dock, with no concern for unlocking Merle's handcuffs. They manage to get inside the van as the walkers break into the store. Rick drives away from the city as the group catches their breath. They look around at one another and a guilt-ridden T-Dog admits to the others he dropped the key, leaving Merle trapped on the roof, still handcuffed to a pipe. Andrea then asks Rick, "Where's Glenn?"
Andrea and Amy reunite once the group arrives in the Atlanta cap. They hug in joy.
When Carl and Sophia find a zombie, they scream, prompting the adults to rush to them and killing it. Andrea and Amy watch in disgust as the zombie's head is separated from its body.
Later, she is doing laundry with her sister, Jacqui and Carol. As the women share what they miss most, Andrea admits she misses her vibrator, prompting the women to break out in laughter. Ed Peletier walks over to the women in curiosity and tells the women they should be working and not laughing. Sick of Ed's attitude, Andrea begins to stand up for herself and the others, tossing him his laundry saying that if he doesn't like it, he can do it. Ed throws the laundry back at her and responds that he won't smack her just because she's "some college educated coos". With heated tensions, Carol and Amy try to separate the two, which results Carol in being slapped and Shane Walsh attacking Ed in a fit of rage. After the beating, Andrea looks at Shane with disgust.
The next day, Andrea fishes with her sister, Amy, recollecting memories they had with their father while fishing, and how he raised them differently because he knew they would be special and different. Andrea then states it wasn’t his fault for having them ten years apart, and Amy starts to cry as she believes their dad is probably dead.
Later, she returns to camp with a bunch of fish. Carl is shocked and surprised.
During the middle of the day, Andrea is in Dale's RV looking for wrapping paper to wrap the mermaid necklace for Amy, since it is her birthday the next day. Dale then enters and asks Andrea what she is looking for, and states that she is looking for wrapping paper. Dale then says that he’ll look for something.
Later that night, they have a nice dinner around a campfire. After his speech about his watch, Dale proceeds to ask Andrea to back him up on the watch thing, but she disagrees. Soon after, zombies attack the camp, killing several people, including Amy, which leaves Andrea very, very distraught as Amy dies in her arms.She sits with her corpse all night.
Andrea hovers over her sister's body for countless hours, waiting anxiously for her to turn into one of the undead and hardly ever keeping her eyes off her as she mourns in despair.
When Rick walks over to attend to Amy, Andrea draws her gun to Rick’s face, telling him “I know how the safety works.”
As minutes go by, Dale walks up to Andrea and explains to her how he felt when he lost his wife. Soon after, Andrea places the mermaid necklace around her sister‘s neck, and Dale is shocked to find out that it is her birthday.
When Amy finally reanimates, Andrea holds her and tells her how she always thought there would be more time for them, as she missed most of her birthdays and even her graduations. She then tells the undead Amy she loves her, and then shoots her in the head.
Along with the rest of the survivors, Andrea finds herself in the CDC after departing from the camp.
She is in a deep state of depression since Amy's death, and tells Dale that, despite the idea that they can start a new life, there's nothing left for her to live for.
When the building's energy resources begin to run low, a countdown is initiated. Dr. Edwin Jenner, the sole doctor to remain at the building, explains it as the process of "decontamination", and that the building is sealed shut and there is no way out. Andrea, devastated by the fact that she has lost everything, decides to remain in the building even when Dr. Jenner unlocks the door of the basement to allow the other survivors a chance to escape.
Jacqui, Dr. Jenner, and Andrea have decided on their fates, until Dale remains in a way to convince Andrea not to. Both Dale and Andrea decide to stay momentarily, until the dying seconds. Just before the C.D.C. building explodes as the process of decontamination, both Dale and Andrea escape the building and find cover behind sandbags. Surviving the self-destruction of the C.D.C. building, they reunite with the other survivors and drive off.
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After Andrea’s death, Michonne mourns and tries to find The Governor and avenge her deceased friend. Initially, she never finds him, and explains to Rick that she cannot give up on the ones that she loves.
After The Governor kidnaps Hershel and Michonne in exchange for the prison, he explains that Rick and him cannot live in harmony because of Andrea’s choices and her being stuck in the middle of the two communities.
When Rick, Michonne, and Carl find Terminus, Michonne briefly explains to Carl that Andrea and his dad helped Michonne redeem herself and bring her out of the darkness.
Andrea is briefly mentioned by Glenn when he explains to Enid that nobody is really gone, as long as they are still in your heart.
Andrea briefly appears in Rick’s flashbacks of his still remaining living friends.
She is also later mentioned by Michonne.
After Carl’s death, Michonne briefly mentions to Rick that he should be careful about his decisions as they might have to do with his loss. She then goes on to say that the only way she redeemed herself was because of Andrea.
Andrea briefly appears in Michonne’s hallucination when she believes that she still would have been troubled if she hadn’t saved Andrea all those years ago. Initially, Michonne (in her hallucination) is hesitant, but then goes on to see Andrea being eaten piece by piece by a walker. Michonne then turns the other way with her two pet walkers and continues on.
Appearance and Personality
Andrea is a slim, Caucasian female with long blonde hair.
Andrea is intelligent, cautious and brave. She was extremely protective of her younger sister before her death. Never one to shy away from a challenge or a fight, Andrea is stubborn, opinionated and first and foremost interested in keeping herself and those she cares about most out of harms way. Her closeness to Amy is what directly influences her into becoming suicidal around the end of season one and possibly her reason to punish Dale, as she blames him for not letting her go. During season two, she begins to become more independent, even considering leaving the group, and wanting to keep the gun her father gave her, despite Dale's disapproval due to her lack of gun knowledge and brief suicidal streak. However, after adequate training with Shane, she becomes quite efficient with firearms. By season three, she had been separated with the group after the farm was overrun, and was saved by Michonne; with whom she forms a close bond.
After being brought to Woodbury, she begins a relationship with The Governor, which eventually ends when Andrea realizes that The Governor has a dark, sadistic nature.
Andrea has appeared in all the following episodes in The Walking Dead:
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- Andrea’s last name is unknown, but is assumed to be Harrison since her and her sister Amy are known to share the same father.
- Laurie Holden won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal of Andrea in season 3 (2013).
- Andrea is the first main character to die in a season finale, the second being Abraham Ford and the third being Sasha Williams.
- Andrea is the last character to die in Season 3.
- Andrea has had a sexual relationship with the main antagonist in both Season 2 and 3 (Shane Walsh and The Governor). Coincidentally, she initiated a sexual relationship with the main antagonists in the sixth episodes of the two seasons: "Secrets" and "Hounded".
- Curiously, her Comic Series counterpart has never even talked with The Governor, and had only a little group bond with Shane.
- It was said by Laurie Holden that Andrea wasn't originally supposed to die in season 3, saying that Andrea was supposed to end up as the leader of Woodbury's people, but it was changed three weeks before the shooting of the episode began. "...Everyone was shocked," Holden says in one of her interviews, "but this is The Walking Dead. Nothing is certain anymore.", and it was Mazarra's decision that no one supported. She said in one of her interviews that it was Mazarra's decision to kill her off for "shock value". She said, "There was somebody in charge for Season 3, who thought that it was 'cool'... to kill Andrea, because he wanted the world to go "Whatttt!?" You know? So it was for shock. It wasn't a plan, it wasn't supposed to happen. I found out the day before, and it could've been anybody. He just wanted to kill somebody big—umm... you know, for shock. But he never read the comic book, really. So, he did not realize what he was doing, and we had to shoot it. I mean—because... you know, when you're working on a film, you have to do it, so. It was very sad, because Andrea was supposed to be there for the very end. So, it was sad for me. It was sad for my The Walking Dead family. The man lost his job because of that decision. But it was never supposed to happen, and you know Andrea was supposed to end up with Rick. So, this was one man's decision, who changed... history. You know? But it wasn't something that anybody supported. Not any writers, no—you know? It wasn't supposed to happen."
- Something similar happened to her actual death scene. The one that was aired was re-written by Scott Gimple, while the original (which was written by Glen Mazzara) showed Andrea was bitten by Milton on the hand while still bound to the chair, screaming. In the end, Tyreese and Sasha were the ones who found her, and then the two freed Andrea from the chair. Sasha said that she would not leave her alone, but Andrea then insisted that Sasha should give her a gun. Sasha gave her what she wanted, and the two left Andrea to commit suicide. The shooting sound was then heard.
- According to Holden during her Q&A panel at Chicago's Walker Stalker Con 2014, she was contracted for 8 seasons before the decision of killing Andrea off was brought to the table.
- Andreas last words on screen were "I tried."
- The only living person Andrea killed was herself, which is ironic, as her comic counterpart has killed more living people than anyone else in the comics.
- Both Andrea and Amy died the same way; from being bitten on the neck.