This reminded me a bit of what used to happen with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Every so often the writers would create and episode that centered around a specific character – like a “Warf”isode, or a “Data”sode.
Episode 14: “Prey”
In this episode, we follow Andrea‘s actions as she tries to tries to estrange herself from “the Guv’na”.
It was interesting that they started the episode with a flashback to when Andrea and Michonne were on the road with Michonne’s “zombie pets”. Andrea broached the question whether Michonne knew the pets prior to the apocalypse, which seemed to bother Michonne for some reason. Apparently, Michonne knew the pets previously, but did not like them. Perhaps they were family, but had a criminal history?
So, most of the show was about Andrea trying to distance herself from Woodbury and the Philip (the Governor). He, of course, had other sinister plans, and pursues her as best he could. At the old warehouse (I think the same one where they had the summit meeting last week), Andrea actually escapes and leaves Philip in the clutches of a group of “biters”.
Andrea gets within shouting distance of the prison, and the Governor jumps out of nowhere and pins her to the ground before Rick can see her (he is on watch). Philip then takes her back to Woodbury, lies to everyone about whether he found her, and chains her up in the interrogation/torture roomwe think he originally set up for Michonne. That’s the last scene we see.
A few notes. Rick did see something in the distance when Andrea arrived, but he shrugged it off as another one of his “visions”. Milton displayed a certain amount of rebellious chutzpah by burning up the caged zombies and zombie traps outside Woodbury while the Governor was away. Tyreese seems to be suspicious that the Governor is a bit off his rocker. This is important because I know in the comics Tyreese becomes one of Rick’s confidants, but the series does not always follow the comics, so who knows.
One question I had – Andrea is running down the road and hears a car behind her. Then she runs into the woods and stops! Biter all around. Why didn’t she just keep running when she entered the woods? Zombies are slow…
The Talking Dead episode afterward was pretty good. They discussed Dale‘s impact on Andrea, and how the Governor seems to be into caging people up – like they are his own personal toys to use as he wishes. Personally, I’m still not sold on Andrea as a heroine – she still seems too self-centered. My favorite characters are Michonne (the survivor) and Herschel (the conscience).
Tonight’s episode was good, but it was nearly as suspenseful and intense as last weeks summit. I guess next week we’ll return to the prison and see what the consensus is about turning Michonne over to the Governor. I’m sure they will suspect it’s really a trap (if they have any brains at all).
- ‘Walking Dead’ Recap: To Dispatch a Predator(rollingstone.com)
- Walking Dead, S3:E14, “Prey”(fissionerror.wordpress.com)
- ‘Walking Dead’ recap: You should have killed him Andrea(examiner.com)