Walking Dead's Andrea reveals her character was originally supposed to survive 'until the end'

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Jul 11, 2016, 6:27 PM EDT

The television adaptation of The Walking Dead has taken more than a few liberties when compared to the comic canon, but it turns out one of those twists might not have been planned from the beginning.

While speaking at the recent Walker Stalker Convention in New Jersey, Laurie Holden, who played Andrea in the first few seasons of the hit series, revealed she originally had an eight-year contract. The actress got very candid about her brief tenure on the show, and said she was hired with the intent of remaining a series regular for practically the entire run of the series — much like the character’s evolution in the comics, where she ended up as a love interest for Rick in the later years.

Here’s one excerpt from her comments:

“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.”

It’s a shame that Andrea got the ax so early, but by the time they killed her off, the character was pretty much hated by most fans for the direction they took her in Season 3. It also sounds like the frequent showrunner shake-ups wreaked havoc on the series’ vision in those early seasons, as the plan obviously changed down the line.

What do you think? Do you wish they’d kept Andrea around, or are you glad they got rid of the character?

(Via FanFest)