After last week's epic gun battle on "The Walking Dead," we could use a little breather -- a chance to regroup and sort things out. So tonight's episode, "I Ain't Judas," opens within the prison walls with Team Rick contemplating their next move.
Merle insists that the group should have fled under the cover of night. He's convinced the bloodthirsty Governor will return soon with even more firepower. But Rick exercises his veto power. No running. He wants to hunker down for a while -- a strategy that baffles Hershel.
"We just can't sit here!" the cranky, one-legged doc blurts. He then goes on to say that their lives are in Rick's hands, so he better pull his head out of his butt and do SOMETHING.
Rick's response? Well, he blows off the old dude, walks out with his binoculars and starts scouting the yard, probably hoping to spot Ghost Lori. He's joined by little Carl who urges Pops to abdicate his throne. Let Hershel and Daryl handle things for a while, Carl says, "You deserve a rest." We don't know whether to admire Carl's new-found assertiveness, or take him over our knee for being a little too mouthy.
Over in Woodbury, the Governor is in all-out Hitler mode, preparing to draft every citizen into his army -- even old ladies and asthmatic little kids. But a ticked-off Andrea is finally calling the Gov on his crap. She wants the bloodshed to end and suggests that she'll trek to the prison to launch peace talks.
"If you go to that prison, stay
Andrea later seeks out Milton. She tells him about her plan to go to the prison, but the Governor can't know. Milton freaks. He can't go along with this. It's treason. And, indeed, the spineless nerd goes to the Governor and narcs on Andrea.
But wait. Instead of blowing a fuse, the Governor tells Milton to aid Andrea in her plan. "Really?" a stunned Milton says. "Is this a test?"
Back at the prison, Glenn, who suddenly thinks he's a bad ass, has a new scheme up his sleeve: Why not take red neck Merle and offer him up to the Governor as a bargaining chip that could lead to a truce? Sounds good, but in the very next scene, Merle and Hershel are reciting Bible verses -- as if the writers want us to believe the scumbag has a little shred of decency in him. Sorry, we're not buying it.
Thus far, this episode is a little snoozey and right about now, we could use a good gross-out scene, so we get one: Andrea and Milton are making their way through the woods, prison-bound, when they come upon a walker. Milton, a little girlie man if there ever was one, practically pees his pants and fails to subdue said walker. So leave it to Andrea to take it down and methodically cleave off its arms and then break its teeth by smashing the zombie's mouth against a rock.
Ew-ick. Now there's something you'll never see on "Glee."
Just as they get a leash on the walker, Team Tyreese shows up out of nowhere. They exchange pleasantries and Tyreese wants to know where they're from. He's told of Woodbury, the happiest place on Earth, and Milton offers to take them there. Andrea heads off alone (with the shackled zombie).
Back at the prison, Merle watches Michonne doing some exercises. Sit-ups. Push-ups. Good to see her staying fit for battle. "Don't forget the cardio," Merle says, trying to lighten the mood. He wants to clear the air, so he tells Michonne that he hopes she'll let bygones be bygones -- that he tried to kill her only because he was following orders. Right about now, we'd love to see Michonne give Merle the beat-down of his life. Instead, she just gives him a stare that is about as cold as graveyard dirt. Extremely disappointing.
Outside, Rick and the gang spot Andrea near the prison gate. Reunited and it feels so good? Not really. The gang is justifiably suspicious and draw their guns. Andrea finally convinces them that she has come in peace and there are some lukewarm hugs.
They catch her up on all the sad deets: Shane. Lori. T-Dog. All gone. And then to the business at hand: Andrea learns that the Governor has been filling her with lies. (He told her the prison gang attacked him). Andrea wants to work things out. But Rick quashes that idea. He wants the Governor dead.
Later comes the best scene of the night -- the one we've been waiting for: Andrea's reunion with Michonne. It doesn't go well. Andrea thinks Michonne "poisoned" Team Rick against the Governor and Woodbury. Michonne says, "No, I just told them the truth." You can just feel the tension emanate from the screen. Then Michonne tells her former BFF that the Governor sent Merle out to kill her and that he would have tried to kill Andrea if she had come along. But, no, Andrea was "under his spell" and chose a "warm bed over a friend." So that settles it: Andrea will not be the maid of honor at Michonne's wedding.
Back in Woodbury, the Governor has tentatively welcomed Team Tyreese to town and when he learns that they were exiled from the prison by an "unhinged" Rick, he sees an opportunity. Perhaps they will join his little army.
At the prison, it's Carol -- not Glenn -- who has the latest cold-hearted plan to take down the Governor. She wants Andrea to go back to Woodbury, sleep with him, give him the "greatest night of his life" and then off the bastard. Sounds good to us.
Later that night, Andrea leaves in a car provided by Rick, who hands her a pistol and a knife and tells her to be careful. When she arrives at the Governor's house, Andrea tells the one-eyed tyrant that the prison gang is "broken" and living in horrible conditions.
"Did they send you back here?" he wonders.
"No, that was my call," she says.
Then she hugs and kisses him. Is it the kiss of Judas? Does she have 30 pieces of silver in her pocket?
That night, the two of them are in bed and the Governor is asleep. Andrea gets up and sneaks away to fetch her knife. She creeps back toward the Governor and there's a very chilling shot in which we see the shadow of the blade on the Governor's neck.
"Do it! Do it!" we scream from the safety of our couches.
But there's something that tells us that she won't and, sure enough, she backs down. And though her lack of loyalty to the prison gang angers us, we know deep down that it's not right that the Governor perish tonight. No, it's too early and it's all wrong.
That's because we crave (demand?) a face-to-face meeting with the Governor and Rick. And THAT's when it all should go down.