It's been seven entire issues since Robert Kirkman took one of our favorite, longstanding characters from us in #TheWalkingDead comics. Of course, that's not saying we've had six wonderful months of dingleberries and pancakes.
*Warning: The Walking Dead TV and comics spoilers ahead*
Until now, it appears.
Following in the tradition of The Walking Dead TV adaptation and its love of did-he-or-didn't-he death scenes, the death isn't actually seen in the last issue, #165, titled “Opportunity.” It's only hinted at. But boy, is it a big hint. As in a walker bite-sized hint.
If you don't want to know who it is, now's your last chance to turn back...
Andrea Has Been Bitten
We know, Rick. Sonofabitch. First Lori, then Jessie, now Andrea?
I know, I know. Those of you reading this only because you watch the show are probably going, "Andrea? Who cares? She's already dead on the show." But bear with me: It could be some major foreshadowing for the show, plus, it also could be one hell of a shout-out to the death of TV show Andrea.
The #comics, being quite a bit further ahead in the apocalyptic story than the show, have just shown us a humdinger of an anticlimactic war with the Whisperers, the vicious (and gross) group of survivors who walk amongst the dead, wearing the skin of the deceased. The entire series, aptly titled "The Whisperer War," lasted six issues, and only really resulted in one major death, until now. Maybe.
Back in issue 158, Father Gabriel was gutted by Beta, the leader of the Whisperers, and was devoured by a horde of walkers.
More TWD death theories from the past and present:
- 'The Walking Dead' Comic Issue #163: Will We Witness The Death Of Rick Grimes?
- Is Negan About To Be Lucille'd In The Next Issue Of 'The Walking Dead' Comic?
- 3 Ways Carl Grimes Could Die In 'The Walking Dead' Season 7 If Chandler Riggs Leaves The Show
Usually, a bite from a walker is the bite of death in the world of The Walking Dead, right? Especially a bite on the neck. An arm, a leg...you can cut those off and live, if you hurry. It wasn't like Andrea could've had Eugene cut her head off. But, like I said above, this is The Walking Dead, and things don't always happen as you would expect them to. But it could foreshadow what's to come in the show in two ways.
Can Zombification By Walker Bite Possibly Be...Avoided?
The cover of issue #167 was just recently released to the public, and the issue is titled "A Certain Doom." It features a still-alive, seemingly bite-free Andrea. She's wearing a scarf, so the bite might still be there, just hidden. But check out the synopsis of the issue, from The Walking Dead's website.
Is it possible, could it be, that the inevitable can somehow be… avoided? Rick and Andrea have a tough decision to make.
I'm not sure how you read that, but it sounds like #RobertKirkman is giving us some hope that Andrea might not die. How could that be, though? Are humans starting to become immune to the walkers' bites? Is Andrea one of the first to survive it? Or does the gun in Rick's hand suggest he's going to take Michonne's role in the television show?
Will Michonne Take Andrea's Place On The Show?
In Season 3 of the show, the Governor killed his right-hand man, Milton, who turned and bit Andrea. Rick and Michonne show up a little too late to save her, and they give Andrea a gun so she can end her own life with dignity. In the comics, it's Michonne that stays with her until she pulls the trigger. The cover of issue #167 shows Rick taking on the role Michonne played in the TV show, staying with Andrea in what we can only guess are her final moments.
But it could be a hint of what's to come in the show, as well: In the comics, it was Rick who stayed by his woman, Andrea, until she died. Right now, Michonne is Rick's woman on the show. Could it be that we'll see this scene being played out again on the show, only this time, it's Rick staying by a bitten Michonne's side until she turns?
Only time will tell! But seriously, if Michonne dies, we riot.