There's one woman on "The Walking Dead" that we all love to hate, and boy to we hate her. She is someone who is even more incompetent than Lori Grimes, she causes more conflict and creates more trouble for herself than even Carl the rambunctious walker poker, she is Andrea.
While no one has ever talked about it, the truth is plain as day, Andrea is one of the most hated villains of "The Walking Dead." Here's six reasons why.
6. Worst Women's Rights Lawyer in History
In the infamous last episode of "The Walking Dead" that Dale was ever in, "Judge, Jury, Executioner," Andrea's inability to argue a compelling defense for Randall and convince the group not to kill him is evidence enough for me to believe that she was a crappy lawyer. Oh, wait. You didn't know? Yeah, turns out that Andrea used to be a Women's Rights lawyer. At least that's what my version of "The Walking Dead" board game says. The Walking Dead wiki claims that she was a Civil Rights lawyer. Either way, she sucks.
If anything about her past could construed by watching her present behavior, she probably lost a lot of cases, on purpose, and then dated the petulant, quick tempered hot-shots that beat their wives behind closed doors.Yep. She probably became a lawyer to pick up dead beat men and sleep with them. Why else would she do such a thing?
Or, even worse, she was involved in the heinous act of a woman assisting in writing laws that eliminated or took away the rights of women. Yeah, I bet Andrea was a pro-life propagandist. That really is a more fitting backstory for her character, now isn't it?
5. Selfish much?
-Or- Me, me, me. It's all about me.
After her little sister Amy died, Andrea attempted to commit suicide by staying in the CDC building that was about to blow up. She refused to believe that life was still worth living.
Dale, who by now cared for her like she was his own daughter, couldn't stand the thought of living without her. He had lost far too much, he wasn't about to lose her too. So he stayed with her. It took him sitting next to her to get her to leave and stay alive. And she HATED him for it, not once realizing that he did that out of love. Then, she acted like an angry teenager who was pouting because her dad took away the car keys.
In the third season, Andrea ignores Michonne's pleas to leave, and she really should have listened to her. She decided to stay in Woodbury because she wanted a life of luxury, no doubt like the one she used to have when she was a skeevy pro-life Women's Rights lawyer. Oh, that and she wanted a chance to jump the Governor's bones.
She's tired, she says. She doesn't want to be on the run anymore, she says. Lies!
Andrea turned her back on Michonne, after the woman took take of her for several months, and tried desperately to get her to leave Woodbury before something bad happened to them. Instinct alone told Michonne not to trust the Governor. Unfortunately, Andrea's instinct told her to hook up with him, so she did that instead. That's because it's always about her needs getting met first. Sorry new BFF, I need to get my jones on.
4. Too Incompetent to be a Part of the Boy's Club, Too Reluctant to Admit it
Andrea constantly makes what she believes to be altruistic decisions that aren't only asinine, they're down right irresponsible and dangerous.
For instance, in season two, we have her making a life-or-death decision for Beth, even though Andrea doesn't really see it as that. She believes that she forced Beth into realizing that she wanted to live, by leaving her alone and allowing her to try to kill herself, and that her action was the "right thing to do."
Yeah, the Women's Rights lawyer leaves a suicidal young woman alone to kill herself. Seriously? Who would do that? Beth clearly wasn't thinking straight at the time, she was depressed and mourning the loss of her family after the walker barn massacre. And that is why Andrea is the biggest idiot ever.
Don't even get me started on why that woman shouldn't have a gun...
Andrea has made this progression from being what she perceived as a helpless woman who stood by and did nothing when a walker chomped on her sister and killed her, to a woman who can defend herself and use a rifle as best as the next man.
Since she learned how to shoot, she has started to believe that she is capable of making the correct decisions for herself (and others). This way of thinking makes her believe that the Governor is right when he makes oppressive rules in order to keep people safe in Woodbury. At least, that is what she thought up until she witnesses the Governor drag Daryl and Merle out before an angry crowd to be killed.
It appears that the second half of season three will force Andrea to confront the reasons why Michonne wanted to leave that town, and face the heinous actions of the cruel tyrant of Woodbury, whom also happens to be her one-eyed lover boy. But even then, I don't know what she will do, as she is the dumbest, most incompetent character on the show right now.
3. She Loves the Really Evil Bad Boys
Andrea didn't start out as a villain of the show. At one point, she was just a lady trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. When she lost her sister Amy, the sane, rational part of her brain just curled up in a whimper and died. Since then, she's hooked up with Shane Walsh, and most recently, became the Governor's lover.
Seriously? Shane? Why?
She knew that Shane was dangerous, but she just didn't care. She was pissed off at Dale for forcing her to live, so she went to the one man that she knew would drive her father figure crazy. You see, Shane liberated her by letting her play with his big gun, both literally and figuratively (if you know what I mean). She didn't care that he was crazy and making a desperate power play to get leadership of the group back. She certainly didn't care that he was in love with Lori, and that his jealousy of Rick's life was becoming a burning rage that consumed him and caused him to try and kill his best friend. Nope. She just wanted a piece of that action. Bow, chica, bow bow.
|He is so checking out her butt right now.|
Later, after surviving the winter with Michonne, she is abducted by Merle and taken to Woodbury, where she meets the vile, slimy, yet equally charming and charismatic Governor, whom very easily woos her off of her feet and into his bedroom.
You see, Andrea likes men who are perceived to have positions of power, or at least men that believe that they know how to lead others.
Both of the men that Andrea has been romantically involved with are villains of "The Walking Dead," and her choice in company makes it pretty obvious that she isn't on the side of the good guys.
It really makes me wonder just what happened to her when I see the crazy things that Andrea does on-screen. If she honestly was a Women's (or Civil) Rights lawyer, how come she's so gullible? She believes everything that the bad guys say and gives them the benefit of the doubt, when she should know that men are capable of doing terrible things, and that violent men will do anything to get what they want.
What's really annoying is that she gave the Governor googly eyes when he waxed poetically in his garden about how he wants to make the world a safe place for people to live in, and how everyday he struggles to bring order back to the chaos that the walkers have created. Yeah, right...
Doesn't she know that he's full of himself, and that Woodbury is his cult of personality?
The worst part is that Andrea chose to stay with him, after once again ignoring the pleas of someone who cares about her, because she thinks that she knows what is best for her, when all she is doing is going from one bad man's bed to another.
2. Killing Walkers is Fun!
Andrea learned how to hunt and shoot walkers from Shane Walsh. She also learned about bloodlust, and it has driven her a little crazy. From shooting Daryl to jumping off the barricade wall of Woodbury to take out a walker, she has proven that she gets very enthusiastic about killing the undead, to the point where it gives her tunnel vision, like the berserker Vikings of old. (Or Marvel Comics' Wolverine for that matter).
She enjoys it so much that it overrides her reason and she literally leaps at the chance to kill them, even if it puts her in harm's way. That might be a little bit of Michonne that's rubbed off on her, or it could just be that she is a Ranger and Walker's are her Enemy Class, and engaging them in combat gives her a +1 to her attack roll. Or maybe she's just an obsessed idiot with a death wish. (It's probably the latter...)
1. Her Actions Cannot Be Forgiven
If you were to boil down the differences of a hero and a villain, you'd find that at the very core of their essence is audience perception. A hero's actions, whether they are for good or ill, are often very easily forgiven by the audience, whereas a villain's actions are never forgivable offenses.
While Andrea may have made up with Dale after pouting for way too long about how he forced her to keep on living, the audience never forgave her for going against him. He was the voice of reason for the group, and she should've freaking listened to him.
Andrea left a very suicidal Beth alone and she almost killed herself. Maggie banned her from the farmhouse for it, and I for one, never forgave her for doing such a stupid thing. How could she be so insensitive to a person's grief? Why the hell did she think that she had the right to make the decision for Beth to be alone, after Maggie asked her to stay and watch over her? Seriously!
After that, she sided with Shane and then became enamored with the Governor's way of running Woodbury. Each and every one of her actions was something that she believed to be the right thing to do. Only villains do things that they believe to be right that are actually dangerous, often deadly, ways of getting things done.
Everything she has done up to this point is pretty much unforgivable, which is why Andrea is such a great villain, and why I hate her character so very, very much.