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'The Walking Dead’s Alanna Masterson Shuts Down Postpartum Body Shamers & Wins Instagram


A few Instagram trolls have just learned a hard lesson: don't mess with a woman who kills zombies for a living. After receiving some nasty comments on a recent photo after her character's triumphant return on Sunday, The Walking Dead’s Alanna Masterson confronted body shamers just like Tara would – with force, conviction, and some slightly coarse language, for good measure.

(Mild spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 7 Episode 6 follow.) Masterson's character, Tara, has been absent from the show since last year, off with Heath on an extended supply run. But the real reason viewers hadn't seen her is because in real life, she was pregnant. Sunday marked her return, and the entire episode revolved around Tara as she got separated from Heath, faced a horde of mummified zombies, fell off a bridge and nearly drowned, was almost gunned down more than once, and finally went back to fight that same horde once more. Again, she had just given birth. Masterson appeared on Talking Dead following the show and revealed that she did all her own stunts in 105-degree heat, taking breaks to nurse her newborn daughter, who was in an air-conditioned tent on set. All that so that some random man could criticize her body on Instagram.

On Wednesday, Masterson shared a picture of her daughter, now one year old, with the following caption:

Masterson's weight obviously had little impact on her ability to do her job, as she ran, jumped, climbed, and fought her way through the episode, making it look nearly effortless. And regardless of how much she weighs and what her reasons are (and yeah, breastfeeding a newborn is a good one), that's nobody's business but hers. I'd be proud to have her on my zombie team. It's clear she won't back down for anyone, living or undead.