The Completely Ultimate Best Moments (So Far) of Walking Dead’s New Queer Couple

Exciting news! For the second week in a rowThe Walking Dead has delivered us a queer lady character.

Meet Alisha, played by Juliana Harkavy.

Before the apocalypse, Alisha was in the Army reserves. Now she wields an M4 and helps make strategic decisions for the camp. If we had any more backstory on the character, this is the point where I’d give it. But as far as I can tell, Alisha’s sole purpose is to up queer visibility on the show, by dating Tara and doing cute, couple-y things in the backgrounds.

We have to fully appreciate every moment of this queer pairing while also, unfortunately, readying ourselves for one or both of them to become zombie breakfast. That’s just the nature of the show. Fact.

Here are my five favorite moments of Tara and Alisha!

1. Tara and Alisha flirt at the nurse’s station. Alisha: “You always this full of shit?” Tara: “Yes I am.”

2. Tara and Alisha get drunk at dinner. Tara: “For the first time in a long time, I’m shitfaced.” Alisha: “You wanna get outta here?” Tara: “Yeah.”

3. Tara and Alisha cuddle in bed.


4. Tara lights Alisha’s cigarette.

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5. Alisha comforts Tara after a walker attack.

Cute, right? Do you think this is going to be like Pretty Little Liars, where each episode is a fibonacci sequence of visible queer women? And everyone is a little bit gay by the end? Or is this just wishful thinking?

Shh, don’t crush my dreams. I’m basking.

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Laura Mandanas is a Filipina American living in Boston. By day, she works as an industrial engineer. By night, she is beautiful and terrible as the morn, treacherous as the seas, stronger than the foundations of the Earth. All shall love her and despair. Follow her: @LauraMWrites.

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  1. I don’t know how, but I ended up watching this with my dad. And the whole time he kept saying, “Can you please stop staring wistfully at the screen?”

  2. they became a thing so quickly! and her sister knew they couldn’t leave bc tara had alisha now! it was so much like real life.

  3. My favorite part personally was when they were both staring down the douche bag who called Tara a bitch. Seeing Tara stare that jerk down while Alisha was glaring at him right behind her with that huge gun was pretty awesome. Power couple!

  4. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly get any more emotionally invested in The Walking Dead…Tara and Alisha become a thing. Please please please let them make it for at least a few episodes

  5. God I might have to start watching this show again. *shakes fist at media moguls who were hoping I’d say that*

  6. When Alisha gets in the car with the fam to drive away I was like, “DAMN U-HAUL IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!” But I guess the odds of finding another homo is crazy slim, so once you find a girl you hold on tight!

  7. I really really want to get into this because lesbians, obvs. But the first few minutes of episode 1 is two guys talking about ‘the difference between men and women’ and how crap their wives are. It made me irrationally angry but I’m going to try and stick with it and hope the girls show up soon!

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