(WARNING: Spoilers below for The Walking Dead Issue #165, titled "Opportunity")
The Walking Dead comic is known for its last page cliffhangers that make you go: "Oh $#*%, I can't believe that just happened! How the fudge are they going to get out this one?" Well, maybe you don't say "fudge", but you sure as hell spend a lot of time trying to figure out how things will get resolved in the next issue.
I can just hear Robert Kirkman saying, "Wait till they get a load of this one," and then laughing villainously as he puts the final touch to an issue. Some think that Kirkman's jaw-dropping endings are his way of trolling fans; however, they have been a staple of his book since the beginning, so I don't think it's that. Instead, it seems like Kirkman likes to deliver "oh no" endings because they complement the unpredictability of living during a zombie apocalypse. Sometimes his endings go as you expect, and other times they don't.
Just the other day, Kirkman concluded Issue #165 of TWD with an ending that leads you to believe that a major character is as good as dead, or did he?
'We Don't Die — You And Me — That's The Rule'
In the comics, Andrea and Rick have faced some pretty impossible odds together, only to overcome them time and time again. They love each other, and in a way, mirror each other. They are the inseparable zombie wrecking force that just might overcome it all, and we love them for it.
They'll never die, that's the rule — or so we thought.
Rules Are Made To Be Broken
Issue #165 of #TheWalkingDead concludes with Andrea realizing that she has a wound on her neck after rescuing Eugene from a sea of zombies. Many are jumping to the conclusion that Andrea got bit, and that there is no hope to rescue her, unless chopping off her neck and attaching her head to her sternum is an option — which it isn't — or, is it? No, it definitely isn't.
It's quite plausible that Andrea got bit, but we all know the mind games that Kirkman likes to play, which leads me to believe Andrea didn't get chomped by a vampire zombie. Instead, she got nicked by a bullet.
The Magic Bullet Theory
In order for Andrea to save Eugene, she braved her way through a massive amount of zombies that could have bit her. But don't forget that Andrea and Eugene were getting help from others who were firing a slew of bullets towards the walkers in order to draw them away from Andrea and Eugene. In fact, those firing were doing so blindly, not able to see Andrea and Eugene.
It's entirely logical that Andrea's wound isn't a zombie bite, but an injury from friendly fire. How many times have we seen in the movies where it looks like our hero just got his face blown off, only for it to be revealed that the bullet grazed our hero's neck, or (in Carl's case) eye hole?
I still think there's a chance that Andrea is still alive because, well, that's the rule.
For those fans that are keeping up with The Walking Dead show, there was one character to whom we said goodbye earlier this season. Watch the tribute video below and check out Movie Pilot Video for more TWD content: