[POLL] ‘The Walking Dead’: Is Tara (Alanna Masterson) the show’s true unsung hero?

This week’s episode of “The Walking Dead” proved that Alanna Masterson‘s Tara Chambler is the unsung hero of AMC’s zombie drama. Tara is arguably the show’s most optimistic character, she’s loyal to her friends and, most important of all, she remains hilarious in the face of danger. After nine episodes away from the show because of Masterson’s real-life pregnancy, Tara returned Sunday night in an episode devoted entirely to her. Do you agree that Tara is “The Walking Dead’s” true unsung hero? Vote in our poll below.

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Tara joined the show in Season 4 as part of The Governor’s (David Morrissey) post-Woodbury storyline. She’s living with her sister Lilly (Audrey Marie Anderson) and niece Meghan in an apartment complex, making ends meet, when The Governor enters their lives. Lilly soon begins a romantic relationship with The Governor and their small group eventually makes their way to the prison, where he decapitates Hershel (Scott Wilson) in an act of defiance against Rick (Andrew Lincoln).

After the prison battle in which Lilly kills The Governor in cold blood, Tara is in a state of shock and can hardly move when Glenn (Steven Yeun) finds her and convinces her to go with him. The two are on their own for a while until they meet up with Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz), Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt) and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos), who are all on their way to Washington D.C. to find the cure for the zombie apocalypse.

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In Season 5, the group has all reunited at Terminus, which turns out to be a cannibal colony. After they escape, Tara apologizes to Rick for ever being a part of The Governor’s team, and he counters that he could tell she didn’t want to be there in the first place. Tara then buddies up with Eugene and helps him gain courage when it comes to battling walkers, even forgiving him when he reveals that he lied about ever having knowledge of a cure.

Last season, Tara meets the town doctor of Alexandria, Denise (Merritt Wever). Their friendship soon turns romantic and before long they’ve become girlfriends who love and respect each other even in the face of danger. After killing many of the Saviors at a satellite station, Tara and Heath (Corey Hawkins) go on a two-week supply run. Over the course of Tara’s nine-episode absence, the show lost much of its optimism and hope, instead replaced with Negan’s murderous cruelty. It’s so nice to finally have Tara back on “The Walking Dead,” don’t you agree?

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