“The Walking Dead” had one of the main characters experience a rude awakening in “I Ain’t a Judas” Sunday night. Andrea was shocked when she left Woodbury to visit her old friends at the prison, as she was treated like a criminal. Before this happened, Andrea gave the viewer’s a jaw-dropping moment as she prepared a walker as a traveling buddy for the trip to see Rick and his group on the Feb. 24, 2013 episode.
After last week’s episode with the box truck full of walkers unleashed at the prison, fans were looking for another fast-pace night from “The Walking Dead.” Many didn’t think the show offered that with this latest episode, according to The Atlantic on Sunday. What the episode did do was set the stage for future story lines. It was almost like the calm before the storm episode, with the storm being the war that both groups are preparing for.
Taking a page from Michonne’s book of survival, Andrea gets help from the Governor’s right-hand man to catch a walker and dismember him to use as a traveling companion for her journey to the prison. Just as Michonne traveled with two walkers chained to her to ward off other walkers, Andrea took off the arms and jaw of a male walker in one of the most disturbing scenes to come from “The Walking Dead” yet.
When Andrea arrives at the prison, her home coming wasn’t full of warm welcomes. She was thrown to the ground by Rick and held at gunpoint. Andrea had no idea what the Governor had done to the prison group and didn’t realize that they suspected she might be part of another attack.
Some of the prison dwellers warmed up to Andrea after some time went by, but she choose to go back to the Governor. She fancied herself as a peace maker between the two groups and she thought for sure she could get the two groups to sit down and talk it out so there wouldn't be a war. She even invited the group to Woodbury to live, telling them there is plenty of room there. Even Merle found that extremely naïve of Andrea to think that could ever work.
Merle is staying with Rick's group, much to the anger of Glenn and Maggie. Michonne is also not thrilled with Merle becoming part of the group. All three of these characters were once the target of Merle’s evil and they don’t trust him. Rick sees him as an extra warrior when it comes to fighting the Woodbury group and a fight is in the works. The Governor is training old and young alike from Woodbury as his new warriors.
Michonne called Andrea on the choice she made back at Woodbury, when she decided not to go with Michonne. She said to Andrea that she turned her back on a friend for a warm bed with the Governor. Carol told Andrea to go back to the Governor and give him the best night in bed that she can possibly muster up and win his confidence. Then when his guard is down she suggested in so many words to do him in.
This is what the fans saw Andrea do towards the end of this “The Walking Dead” episode. She held a knife to his throat as he was sleeping, but she couldn’t do it. She is still struggling with her allegiance and where it belongs. Like Michonne reminded her when they came face to face in the prison, Andrea was mooning after the Governor since she first laid eyes on the guy.
Next week the war begins with Rick, Michonne and Carl doing some preliminary investigating over at Woodbury. It is worth noting that Rick, who is mainly based in reality right now, looks as though he could snap at any minute, so it will be interesting to see what the writers of the show have in store for Rick’s future performance.