Finally after four seasons and countless bitchy posts from this website not one but two lesbian characters have surfaced on The Walking Dead officially ending their abysmal zero rating of having any LGBT representation on the AMC hit show.
In last nights episode “Dead Weight” (another snoozefest of a Governor story-line only episode) the only thing that made it worth watching was blocking out David Morrisey’s abysmal performance as the Governor and focusing on the supporting characters of Martinez and the brothers Ken (Dollhouse‘s very hot Enver Gjokaj) and Mitch (Fringe‘s Kirk Acevedo) and the lesbian coupling of the characters Tara and Alisha.
When we first met Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson) in Season 4, Episode 6: “Live Bait,” we didn’t know a whole lot about her. She hinted a little bit at a previous girlfriend, Sam, in “Live Bait,” after the Chambler family car broke down — apparently, they’d taken mushrooms together on a camping trip, and Sam decided it’d be a great time to tell Tara that she’s actually straight. Womp womp. But on last nights episode a potion of the LGBT community finally got included in the Walking Dead universe when Tara hooked up with a fellow survivor at the Gov.’s new camp, Alisha (Juliana Harkavy).
Very subtly done. Some flirting, a walk in the walker infested woods, and an onscreen cuddle. Not over the top, your face and not the defining stories of the characters. Which is much appreciated. Television and movie charcters should nopt be defined by their sexuality. It should just be there and dealt with no differently than heterosexuality. I do have to say this though. As hard as they tried the writes did miss the boat a bit on stereotyping, Tara is, well was a cop and Alisha a Marine. Lesbians do have careers other than ones that require shooting guns and being butch (Or so I am told) But hey, I give them an A for trying and finally after 4 seasons showing that a portion of the LGBT community does at least exist in The Walking Dead universe.
Now, TWD. How about Daryl coming out as a closeted gay redneck? Its really not a far stretch considering his hair color keeps changing and his hair is always stylishly cut. And it would sure lift the boredom of the Governor’s endlessly insipid story-line.