Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Walking Dead Ep. 311, I Ain't a Judas

The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 11: I Ain't a Judas

TV rating


ZPAA rating

Teens and up

Gore level

8 out of 10--Not much zombie killing in this episode, though Andrea does de-hand and de-tooth a zombie so she can visit the prison, which we see in too much detail; the usual amount of unpleasant looking zombies walk around; the Governor changes his eye bandage and we see his wounded eye.

Other offensive content

A little bit of bad language; very questionable loyalties; shadowy female nudity.

How much zombie mythology/content

Nothing new this episode.

How much fun

No big laughs here.

Synopsis & Review

After testing the waters at the prison, the Governor has Woodbury gear up to go on the offensive. Andrea doesn't think this is such a great plan and decides to play peacemaker. That means a trip to the prison to try to talk some sense into Rick and company. The only problem is she's the one who needs some sense talked into her.

At the prison, they discuss what their plans should be. Merle is awkwardly integrating into the group; Rick is pulling it together finally. The group still can't decided what the best course of action is--to run or to stay and fight. Hershel finally reminds Rick that Rick said he would be in charge and would make decisions for the group (what Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman called "the Ricktatorship," which hasn't really happened as far as I can tell). Then Andrea shows up and has a Merle of a time with Rick and company. They aren't sure if she's joining them or scouting for the Governor.

Andrea's conflict is center stage here. She wants the security of Woodbury; she wants safety for her friends at the prison; she wants to be loyal to the Governor but is willing to sneak around behind his back to do it. Maybe she thinks she's got a better perspective since she's been with both groups, but she clearly doesn't see how messed up the Governor really is. She is at once sympathetic and frustrating. She clearly doesn't want to be a Judas to either group, but does that mean she'll be a Judas to both?

The main plot doesn't move forward very much but there are a lot of good character moments for just about everyone.

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