The Walking Dead – “Prey” (season 3, episode 14)
Walker barbecue for everyone! But before that, a review of this week’s The Walking Dead, and oh am I intrigued by this show so much. I’ll be honest, I was ready to give up, seriously, like I would review it still but not happily, but now I’m legitimately excited for the last two episodes of the season (weird right?).
First, the flashback in the beginning of Michonne and Andrea was nice in the way that there is finally some back story and more insight into the Michonne/Andrea relationship. A relationship that before didn’t make sense cause we just didn’t know the situation. In the end it didn’t provide the biggest picture about the two gal pals but it was something, and at this point with this show I’ll take anything.
In this episode Andrea has finally opened her eyes and realizes that the guy she’s been sleeping with is a murdering psychopath, awesome, that only took more than half the season. So, the episode is all about Woodbury and the Governor, we only get a small glimpse of Rick at the end, and it’s great. Mostly cause he doesn’t say anything he just sort of points a gun at the grass, which he has been doing anyways but this time he looks kind of sane. Also, there is actually something there so he’s not totally crazy. Anyways like I said mostly all about Woodbury, so let’s talk about that crazy place.
Basically the whole town of Woodbury is mobilizing and none of its residents really know why, except for Milton and Martinez, which you know makes sense cause it’s the Governor and what he’s up to is probably super evil and crazy. Well, Milton (the Governor’s BFF) is starting to notice that Phillip (that’s the Governor real name by the ways) is probably not the guy he married, I mean not the guy used know, I mean, yeah. Well, the Governor shares his plans with Milton, and Milton gets iffy and tells Andrea, who basically tells him to “open” his eyes, which you know is kind of ironic considering she didn’t “open” her eyes about the Governor before. But I digress; point is she mobilizes as well and to her that means heading to the Prison to warn Rick and the others.
I personally enjoyed the Milton/Andrea dialogue that happens. Mostly for the irony but also Milton totally doesn’t want to go to the prison party cause he doesn’t know anyone there. Geeze, Milton, live a little. That was a pretty funny interchange.
Beyond that, Tyreese is a really nice guy, a terrible shot, but a super nice guy. He totally doesn’t argue with Andrea when she wants to leave, and he apparently saved Allen’s wife, Donna, at one point. Although that whole argument Allen and Tyreese have over Donna, who is dead now, doesn’t really work. I mean sure, it adds tension, but I knew Tyreese would not dump Allen into the zombie pit, he is just too nice of a guy.
The climax for this episode seems to be the Governor pursuing the escaped Andrea, and I have to admit their little face off was definitely gripping. For a second there I actually thought the Governor was a goner, but nope he is alive. And even though he could have killed Andrea he didn’t, the last shot of the episode is Andrea strapped to the dentist chair in the Governor’s torture room, so there is that to look forward to.
The thing that really worked for this episode was how focused it was on the Woodbury and its major players. It was along of the lines of “Clear” and we all know how I feel about that episode. It was totally up there with “Clear” but it was effective in the ways of how it played out and the Andrea/Governor situation. It was a classic horror structure, and it worked. Please, keep working!