Having worked on both The Terminator and Alien movie franchises, Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of AMC's The Walking Dead, knows all about strong female characters. Her thoughts on Dead's women and where they stand this season:
Andrea (Laurie Holden), once part of Rick Grimes' core group of survivors, who now resides in Woodbury: "She's a conflicted peacekeeper. She's hoping to seek a compromise between the two sides (the Governor's Woodbury and the group holed up in the abandoned prison) that doesn't involve warfare."
Carol (Melissa McBride), a victim of domestic abuse in the pre-zombie world : "She's finding her voice. Carol is growing as a character and willing to take on more. She has become much less weak and has found strength in caring for her prison family."
Michonne (Danai Gurira), a sword-wielding warrior new to the show this season: "Michonne's strength is her self-reliance. She's become very bottled up and untrusting, but we're beginning to learn more about who she is."
Maggie (Lauren Cohan), a farm girl turned zombie slayer introduced in Season 2: "She has emerged stronger from her ordeal in Woodbury. She actually survived the almost-rape torture by the Governor better than (boyfriend) Glenn did."
Beth (Emily Kinney), Maggie's kind-hearted younger sister: "She's really stepped up. We saw her last season ready to commit suicide, and now she's not only found a way to survive but she's also become as good a zombie killer as anyone else. She one of the most peaceful and centered characters."