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- "My life was a wreck--all because a' my addiction. I couldn't function, y'know... I was here--again... I didn't know what else to do. So I turned to God--if you can believe it. I asked him--begged him--to please help me get off that smack. I wanted to go clean, once and for all... I knew I wouldn't be able to do this without His help. So I asked him--and the next day the news reports started. Now look at me. I'm completely clean. I couldn't--I couldn't get my hands on anything if I tried."
- —Andrew explaining to the survivors how he "caused" the apocalypse.[src]
Andrew is a character and an antagonist first encountered in Issue 13 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is an ex-junkie convict, who survived the outbreak trapped in the prison cafeteria along with Axel, Dexter, and Thomas. He served as an antagonist of Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars and as the secondary antagonist of Volume 4: The Heart's Desire.
Marred by his addiction, Andrew is meek and nervous around most people. He is almost entirely reliant on Dexter, the larger and more domineering inmate with whom Andrew entered into a "relationship" before the outbreak. Despite the fact Andrew genuinely loves Dexter, it is implied that Dexter is only using Andrew for sex, and would move on if he found female alternatives. When Axel tries to warn Andrew of this, the latter dismisses his concerns, showing unwavering devotion to his lover. As such, Andrew always follows Dexter's lead, and is willing to do anything for him, including highly dangerous tasks. When Dexter is killed, Andrew is completely heartbroken. After surrendering to Rick and the others, he hysterically runs out of the prison gates unarmed, ultimately resulting in his demise.
Not much is known about Andrew's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was a drug dealer and had been sent to prison at the Meriwether County Correctional Facility on at least two occasions. He was also addicted to narcotics, and turned to religion to get clean. He also started a relationship with Dexter, a fellow inmate.
As the outbreak began, the prisoners within the correctional facility learned of the outbreak through news reports began relayed on the TV. As news of the outbreak spread, the guards of the prison began deserting en masse to be with their families, leaving the prison massively understaffed and vulnerable. Eventually some walkers managed to enter the prison, leading to it being overrun fairly quickly, and the remaining prisoners, including Andrew, facing the fate of starving to death in their cells. However, the remaining guards let them out of their cells with the proposal of cooperating to fight their way out of the prison, which the prisoners agree to. Andrew and the coalition of guards and inmates fight their way out of the prison until the guards lock the surviving inmates, Dexter, Axel, Andrew and Thomas, in the prison cafeteria, leaving them isolated from the outside world until the main of group of survivors arrive and free them from the cafeteria.
A little was revealed about Andrew's past. He, along with Axel, Dexter, and Richards, were encountered by Rick Grimes and Tyreese in the cafeteria of the Prison, which was initially locked by a night stick in the pull slot. The four convicts explained their isolated survival attributed to the wealth of food and supplies that was meant to feed the entire prison population for weeks. When each of the four introduced themselves, Andrew revealed he was in jail for drug offenses. He offered his disturbing opinion on the epidemic situation; he believed God sent the zombie apocalypse to help him "get clean" from drugs. He explained with the undead ruling, he had no way of acquiring substance or selling it. A homosexual relationship between him and Dexter was hinted at, and explored later. Compared to the revelation of Dexter's murderous past or Axel's armed robbery charges, Andrew seemed less of a threat than the other convicts.
Not much was seen of Andrew in the short time the convicts had total freedom alongside the survivors. There was a brief conversation between him and Axel concerning the availability of women now that the new group was among them. Andrew dismissed Axel's claims that because of the women, Dexter would turn heterosexual again, believing in his faithfulness to him and confirming their relationship.
Andrew and Dexter remained much more reserved than Axel and Thomas, who actively interacted with the other survivors. This was due to careful caution on their part. Rick's wife Lori and the others often commented on the pair's obvious distance from everyone, but, preferred it. The pair chose an isolated cell rather than remaining in close proximity of the rest of the survivors.
Before Dexter was sought after and wrongly accused of the brutal murders of Susie and Rachel Greene, Andrew was shown again talking with him about their opinions of the survivors. Both expressed distrust and concern for their actions and, from their perspective, apparent psychological instabilities. Dexter was soon confronted by Lori, who insisted Dexter's past murder charge made him the killer, and threw him into a locked cell despite his vigorous claims of innocence.
Andrew later eluded the survivors and tried to break Dexter out. The two agreed the survivors had compromised their shelter and that their rife instability compared to the two of them was far more dangerous than first assumed. Dexter convinced Andrew to find a way into the previously unexplored Block A and gather up the guard riot gear to re-take The Prison. The submissive and infatuated Andrew followed his request and broke him out to acquire the gear. This occurred off-panel, as the rest of the survivors were dealing with the discovery of Andrea being attacked by Thomas, who was the real culprit responsible for the Greene twin's deaths.
Immediately after Rick's brutal beating of Thomas, the convicts struck. Andrew and Dexter, along with an apparently defecting Patricia, confronted the majority of the survivors on the grounds of the penitentiary. The trio were armed with shotguns and rifles, at a much more obvious advantage than the rest. Dexter, convinced the group was insane and still fuming from their wrongful accusation, demanded Rick gather his group and leave. Axel attempted to convince his jail-mates to instead co-operate, but, was unsuccessful. Their conflict was temporarily subsided when the escaping zombies from Block A threatened to overrun them all.
Andrew followed Dexter's decision to put their feud on hold to keep the approaching undead at bay. During the fight, Rick made the choice to kill Dexter in between the chaos of the firefight to claim the murder as friendly fire. Once Dexter was shot and killed, Patricia and Andrew quickly stood down. Andrew expressed extreme distraught over Dexter's death.
In a suicidal grief, Andrew flees into the surrounding countryside, never to be seen again.
For the rest of the events of the Comic Series, Andrew's whereabouts remain unknown, until his fate is explored in the Novel Series. For further details see:
- Main article: Andrew (Novel Series)
- Killed By
- Himself (Caused)
- Unknown causes. (Alive)
Sometime later, after running away from the Prison, Andrew died to unknown causes and reanimated.
This list shows the victims Andrew has killed:
- Himself (Caused, Alive)
- Numerous counts of zombies
Sometime during their imprisonment, he and Andrew had developed a relationship with one another. Dexter also knew how to take advantage of Andrew's love for him, as seen by him manipulating him to let him out and get him riot gear. It is hinted at by Axel that Dexter was just using Andrew for sex and that he had no real feelings for Andrew.
Due to their incarceration together, Axel and Andrew developed a friendship of sorts. Axel mentions to Andrew that he can go peek on Lori and Carol in the showers. Andrew is uninterested and tells him that he and Dexter are together. Axel tries to tell him that the relationship won't hold, because Dexter will be "switching sides" now that women are available again and he doesn't want to see him get hurt. This shows that he had some degree of care for Andrew's well-being. This bond was severed when Andrew tried to assist Dexter in overthrowing Rick's control of the prison. Afterwards Axel did not try to stop Andrew from running away to his death.
Andrew and Thomas were never seen interacting with each other and their relationship is not explored whatsoever. Andrew was never seen mentioning Thomas or seemed to care about him that much. It isn't revealed if or how his opinion on Thomas changed when the latter was revealed to be a psychotic killer.
Dale clearly had a strong disliking of Andrew, as witnessed by him forcing Andrew out of Dexter's cell at gunpoint without giving a reason and making no apology afterward. However, Dale asks Rick whether they should go after Andrew when he ran out of the prison.
It can be inferred that Andrew showed a slight liking towards Patricia after she agreed to team up with Dexter and Andrew to throw Rick's group out of the prison.
Rick seemed to see Andrew as a pathetic individual after Andrew, Dexter, and Patricia's failed attempt to throw Rick's group out of the prison. When Andrew ran out of the prison after Dexter's death, Rick made it clear that nobody go and chase after him, saying he will not survive. Overall, he viewed Andrew as a liability.
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- Andrew was first character whose death was announced by Robert Kirkman, the second being Alexander Davidson, the founder of the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
- Regarding his fate, Robert Kirkman stated: "Andrew died somewhere along the way after we saw him last. He's a zombie roaming out there somewhere and we will never see him again. In real life, in that situation...you would never see him again. To run into Andrew again--would be insanely unrealistic. Having him be the statue was a cool way (I thought) to show him as being a zombie--without it having to be kind of weird to show him in the book."'
- He is the first character of the Comic Series whose fate is clarified in a novel.
- Andrew and Dexter were originally going to leave the Prison after Rick and the others settled in, however, Kirkman thought, "they wouldn't just leave" and made them threaten Rick and the others instead.
- Dexter and Andrew are the first LGBT couple introduced in the Comic Series, although Dexter's sexuality is questionable, since it's implied that he was in a relationship with Andrew only because he had no female alternatives.