When the last episode ended, we were in the middle of a wild fire fight with the loss of a character and the relative safety of the prison shattered. This new episode dealt with the aftermath. The episode, entitled “I Ain’t a Judas,” was directed by Greg Nicotero.
SPOILER ALERT: Do not read any further if you haven’t watched the episode yet. This is a recap with specific details from this episode. Continue only if you have already watched it.
The group at the prison discussed their options with Merle locked in a jail cell, rightly so, when we returned to our favorite band of survivors. Merle warned that the Governor has the firepower and resources to outgun and outlast them, in his colorful way, and got under Maggie’s skin. Finally tired of Rick’s hallucinations, Hershel delivered an ultimatum for Rick to clear his head and lead them. While checking the inner perimeter of the prison that is overrun by walkers, Rick spotted an observer out in the woods. In a quiet moment with Carl there, Carl, on his sensible trajectory this season, suggested that Rick should abdicate his leadership to rest. Will Rick listen? Title sequence commenced.
In the Governor’s office, he quizzed Milton on the number of able-bodied Woodbury residents who could take up arms before Andrea burst in, berating the Governor for the prison attack. Andrea asked for a car to visit the prison but was refused by the Governor. “If you go to that prison, stay there!” he quipped as Andrea stormed out. Outside, when Andrea intervened with henchman Martinez trying to arm Woodbury residents, she got chewed out.
Back at the prison, the group was discussing Merle’s presence there and what they should do with him. Hershel suggested that Merle’s military experience and his loyalty to Daryl might be useful. Hershel visited Merle, and they bonded over lost limbs and Bible verses. Merle volunteered a potential plan of attack by the Governor.
At Woodbury, the Governor began to amass his army from the town’s residents. Andrea learned that the gates were sealed and asked Milton for help to leave Woodbury for the prison. She wanted to stop this war that is brewing between the two camps. While the Governor was inspecting his dead eye in the mirror, Milton brought news of Andrea’s impending escape, and the Governor told Milton to help. Sounds sneaky, doesn’t it?
In the woods, Andrea and Milton caught a wandering walker and hacked off its limbs and teeth, Michonne pets style. As other walkers approached them, Tyreese and Sasha appeared and helped dispatch of them.
While Michonne was working out, Merle came up to her to “clear the air,” indicating their previous encounters were just business, before walking off. This must be as close to an apology as Merle can muster. Would Michonne accept it? A Michonne and Merle team-up would be slaughter-rific; wouldn’t we want to see that?
Andrea and Milton explained their pets strategy to the newcomers, and when Tyreese and his group learned about Woodbury, they wanted to join. Milton offered to take them to town, and Andrea went on her walk through the woods. Approaching the prison with her walker pet, she was spotted by Carl and Maggie. The group came out fully armed and gave Andrea a welcoming pat down.
After a quick catch-up, with shout outs to Shane (!), Lori and T-Dog, Andrea tried to negotiate a truce. Hershel, ever the astute one, asked if the Governor even wanted one. Andrea tried to explain that the Governor has a town of people gearing up for war, but Rick and the group held their ground.
Andrea and Michonne finally talked about their separation. Andrea learned that the Governor had sent Merle to kill Michonne right after she left.
The Governor greeted Tyreese and his group with hospitality and learned about their run-in with Rick. The group even offered to join Woodbury’s army. Pleased with himself, the Governor recognized an opportunity to learn from this group what they knew about the prison layout.
Carol introduced Andrea to baby ass-kicker and caught her up on how their comrades fell, including Shane’s betrayal that led to Rick’s killing him. Maybe Andrea would evaluate her choices in men. On top of that, Carol even advised Andrea, Lady MacBeth-style, to end the war by killing the Governor in bed. Andrea looked stunned at Carol’s evolution from battered spouse to warrior.
Sparing a working car, Rick let Andrea drive back to Woodbury.
Andrea briefed the Governor and rekindled their passion. Will she ever learn?
In the dark prison night, Beth started to serenade the group. Did “The Walking Dead” just turned into “Glee”? Rick, Hershel and Daryl discussed strategy. Rick would take Michonne on a weapons run, while Daryl would be responsible for Merle. Outside, Carl kept watch in the night as a Tom Waits song came on to lead us back to Woodbury, where Andrea and the Governor laying post-coital in bed. She got up, picked up a knife and crept back to the sleeping Governor. Pausing a moment, she couldn’t do it.
Did Andrea just choose her side? Did “The Walking Dead” just morph into a CW show by ending with a song?
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