So it's no surprise that my favorite character on AMC survivor show "The Walking Dead" is Andrea (Laurie Holden), the woman who has moved from suicidal after the demise of her zombie-bitten sister to tough, gun-toting, grave-digging, one-of-the-guys dame. Sure, over the course of the series, some of the other women learn how to protect themselves with a gun, but Andrea is the one who who is relied on to perform guard duty and guts and kicks zombies around with aplomb. She's the character who shows a mix of masculine and feminine attributes. She's not butch. And she's no patsy.
SPOILER ALERT After the final battle, various groups get split up as they flee a zombie horde invasion on the Greene farm where they've been seeking refuge. Left alone and abandoned is Andrea--the single woman with no protector. She runs through the woods, shooting zombies, inevitably falls...and is saved (for the moment) by a mysterious hooded creature with a sword leading two armless chained men. This is one of several cliffhangers.
Obviously, given the success of the series, most folks--and given the series' violence, most are men-- are not unhappy with the way the show has gone. (UPDATE: the finale was the highest rated episode in the series with 9 million viewers, double the season one finale; “The Walking Dead” is the number one drama series in basic cable history for key demos including adults and men 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54.)
But let me put it to AMC this way. As another alpha male, The Governor (David Morrissey) joins Season Three this October, I'm glad a powerful female is entering the series as well, in the form of the comics' Michonne, to be played by "Treme"'s Danai Gurira. But if Andrea doesn't make it, I'm gone.