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‘The Walking Dead’: Alanna Masterson talks about being first lesbian character

The Walking Dead presents first openly gay character on AMC
The Walking Dead presents first openly gay character on AMC
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Alanna Masterson stars on “The Walking Dead” as Tara Chambler and has the distinction of being the first openly gay character on any of the AMC Network’s groundbreaking shows. According to Wet Paint on Feb. 17, Masterson did a recent interview and said that it was something that she was excited to take on.

Tara showed up on the show when The Governor came upon her after the end of Woodbury and she gave him a place to stay. The Governor convinced her to leave her home and come with him and now she is with the survivors. Now, Tara has to come to grips with the fact that she was traveling with a cold blooded murderer and also deal with the loss of her girlfriend Alicia.

Masterson said in the interview that fans have embraced her character, especially the gay community who get to see not just the first openly gay character on an AMC show, but also one that kicks major butt. It is shown in “Inmates” that she lived through the prison attack and Glenn finds her in a catatonic state and saves her. She repays the favor by saving Glenn before three new characters – Abraham, Eugene and Rosita arrive.

With elite, quality shows like “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Prisoner” airing on AMC, it is quite surprising that Tara is the first openly gay character on the network. Alanna Masterson seems genuinely excited to represent the gay community on the show with Tara, and from the look of it, Tara will be a pretty major character heading forward.

“The Walking Dead” airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.