Andrea is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Laurie Holden in the American television series of the same name. The character was created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, and debuted in The Walking Dead #2 in 2003. In both mediums, she and her younger sister are among a group of survivors near Atlanta, Georgia.In the comic book series, Andrea is a 25-year-old law firm clerk who develops from an insecure and inexperienced young woman into a mature and hardened warrior, having killed more than any other character. She forms a relationship and raises a short-lived family with moral compass Dale, while becoming the groups primary sharpshooter and, later, a main instigator in the war against the infamous tyrant, Negan. During this event, her grief brings her closer to group leader Rick Grimes, with whom she becomes romantically involved thereafter, also becoming a surrogate mother to Carl, who begins calling her mom.In the television series, Andrea is ten years older, and a former successful civil rights attorney who forms a good relationship with moral center, Dale Horvath. Her grief over her sisters loss causes her to attempt suicide. Robert Kirkman assured this would initiate her transformation into the fearless sharpshooter, mirroring her comic book counterpart, although the characters motivations shift after other significant changes advance the story. In the series third season, the direction of the character drastically changes even further and her primary story arc involves the character being caught in the conflict between Rick and The Governor.For her performance as Andrea, Holden received favorable reviews, although the characters story arc in the third season was not well received. She was nominated for several awards including the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2010. She would later win the award in 2013.
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