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  • Episode: I Aint a Judas Review (Season 3, Episode 11)
  • Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs
  • Written By: Angela Kang, Frank Darabont (developer), Robert Kirkman (series of graphic novels)
  • Directed By: By: Greg Nicotero
  • Network: AMC
  • Studio: AMC Studios, Circle of Confusion, Darkwood Productions, Valhalla Motion Pictures
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The Walking Dead: I Aint a Judas Review

Put a spell on you...

By Joel Rickenbach     February 25, 2013

The powers that be take one of their biggest risks yet in this episode- making Andrea the crux of the narrative. She's been a divisive character since the show started-- her attitude and motivations feel very different from the comic, and they've aged her quite a bit. She is no longer the young woman who has her transition to adulthood interrupted by a zombie apocalypse, the TV version of Andrea is far more mature and world weary, but she also feels somewhat directionless. At one point she was more than content to ride off into the sunset with bad boy Shane, this season she is ready to put roots down in Woodbury for the "people". What she should know, and is apparently willing to look past, is the bad boy she's bedding down with now makes Shane look positively docile. Even with this episode mostly devoted to her, Andrea remains a conundrum. She has an opportunity to tell her old friends just what kind of man they are dealing with (the kind that keeps heads in vats), but doesn't. She also has an opportunity to put an end to the Governor, and the bloodshed that she knows is on the horizon, but doesn't (thanks to a wonderfully chilling suggestion by Carol). The question that needs to be answered by the end of this season, if we are to like or identify with Andrea at all, is what will she do (other than occasionally go all American History X on a walker)? She needs to take action, one way or the other, she can't just walk from camp to camp acting clueless. She's seen too much to stare blankly at the apocalypse.

When Andrea warns Rick that the Governor "has a whole town" did anyone else hope Rick replied "We have a Daryl."?

It's interesting that Tyreese and Co. have found their way to Woodbury. It's a twist that puts the prison dwellers at an even further disadvantage. Rick is gaining a reputation around the countryside as that crazy, gun flailing maniac you don't want to run into. Travelers along the back roads whisper "Steer clear of the prison, or the mad Sheriff will get you!" The Governor doesn't even need to spread anti-prison propaganda, Rick is doing that all by himself. Even if Lori's phantasm has retreated behind a tree (a well done little scene), Rick's reputation precedes him. Do the show runners mean to make Rick and Tyreese's friend ship take the long way around, or do they have something completely different in mind?

We've seen enough to know a tiger can't change its stripes, but for now let's all enjoy Merle "just business" Dixon. He has useful military training, he can close the gate with one arm, and he can whittle like the dickens. I'm not sure if it was in character for Michonne to just let Merle clear the air, I would not have been surprised to see hear tear out his throat with her teeth, but we're now getting a Michonne who seems a bit more willing to fall in line. She has more dialogue in this episode than maybe any other, or at the very least it's much deeper than her usual scowl. Her reaction to seeing Andrea says many things, and gives us a rare unguarded moment (and it's only a moment). "I didn't know the messiah complex was contagious" hints that she is more than just a sharp blade. 

What this episode gets right is showing us our survivors from an outside perspective. We know that deep down they are the good people we've grown to love, but much like when Tyreese arrived, our imprisoned heroes feel positively miserable. They certainly haven't had an easy time of it, but the cinderblock walls have to take their toll eventually. Maybe it's fitting the episode ends with the rough and "seen it all" rumble of the great Tom Waits. Our characters are getting lifetimes worth of strife on a daily basis.


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xJokersxWildx 2/25/2013 7:53:11 AM

Wait till next weekend's episode . Gonna be good =)

Spoiler Alert:

Someones coming back.

TheMovieGuy28 2/25/2013 8:41:27 AM

 You know something has become immortalized when a Tom Waits song shows up.

They need to get him into an eposide. Have him be some nut with a bullhorn and a body sign about the world ending

Also, joker, a 3-line post with two being spolier's kind of hard not to read!

InnerSanctum 2/25/2013 8:44:57 AM

 I the form of a rotting corpse?  

violator14 2/25/2013 9:02:18 AM

  good episode. I like that it was a big reunion, and Rick's group seems to have a tactical stability again. Next week's episode should be good with Rick, Michonne, and Carl having a bonding moment. Nothing makes friends better than having to kill zombies together. Oh and i knew Andrea wouldn't have the balls to off the Gov. That would have been too awesome for her character, which we all know she's NOT.

JokersWild & Innersanctum- Your guys' 2 puzzle pieces(comments) is all I needed to make sense of this whole Lori ghost thing. Thanks!! haha

Wiseguy 2/25/2013 9:30:49 AM

I love that Michone told Andrea that she chose some dick, literally and figuratively, over a friend. I hope she felt like shit but obviously not enough to do the Governor while she had the chance

I wonder how the Tyrese group thing is gonna play out when they go against Rick's group.

aegrant 2/25/2013 9:34:46 AM

 I like what is going on with the Governor but don't like what they are doing with Tyreese and his group but i understand everything can't be like the comic. I definately like the way Carl deals with his dad having a few screws loose right not - "you shouldn't be the leader" (ballsy).

Not the best episode, but way better than watching the Oscars.

RedHood2010 2/25/2013 10:30:09 AM

I know I do not want another episode centered around Andrea.  No No No.

It was GREAT to see the gang in the prison get back to some normalcy and a great way to start episode by Herschel yelling at Rick and getting his head back into the game.  And Carl's comments to his dad, was well said, especially when he said it in a supportive, caring way.

Merle was a HOOT and while i agree it won't or can't last, it was nice to see what a he could do and how he could act.

Bryzarro 2/25/2013 10:38:39 AM

I thought it was a pretty solid episode.  Gotta say the zombie curb stomp did disturb me.  But god I cannot see anyway that Andrea is ever going to redeem herself in this show.  I mean everything is screaming at her to wake the F up.  Michonne finally tells her Merle was sent to kill her but no she is still a flipping flake!!  

Anyways next weeks episode is looking amazing.  My wife found a spoiler page and pretty much laid out the episode.  Which is crazy I can't wait to see it.

DarthBob 2/25/2013 10:41:47 AM

I've always hated Andrea, but I despise her more than ever now. Also, I don't think that what was stated earlier here is much of a spoiler. Put the pieces together and they don't add up. Someone's going to show up again; it's just a matter of time and in what form.

InnerSanctum 2/25/2013 10:41:58 AM

 As soon as Andrea decided not to kill the Gov, she signed her death wish.  Now, it will be down to Daryl killing Meryl, or Michonne killing Andrea.  Although, my bet, is that the Gov takes her out and she may be his new pet.  

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