‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3, Episode 11 Review – A Former Friend

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The Walking Dead has gone to some great lengths to establish the crushing weight Rick has been shouldering, and the toll it has taken on his fractured psyche. Early on in ‘I Ain’t a Judas,’ Carl approaches his father and simply suggests that Daryl and Hershel take over the leadership responsibilities for bit. “You deserve a rest,” Carl tells the sweat-drenched lump of a man, as he continues to scan the perimeter for gun-toting Woodburians and the occasional glimpse of ghost Lori ducking behind a trees just beyond the prison fence.

Perhaps it was his father’s recent outburst in front of some otherwise congenial company that tipped Carl off, or maybe it was Hershel’s demand that Rick get his “head clear and do something,” but the astute youngster can certainly see his dad isn’t exactly playing with a full deck. How else could anyone rationalize Rick’s tentative welcoming of a one-handed redneck who beat Glenn senseless, remained complicit in Maggie’s assault at the hands of the Governor and attempted to chase down and kill the suddenly-welcome Michonne, when Tyreese, Sasha and the other two soon-to-be-zombie-chow-or-cannon-fodder guys all received the boot?

Initially, it’s good to see that the characters have recognized a problem in Rick’s mental health, and that they’ve made some suggestions along the line of having a nap and/or getting off the pot, so to speak – as if a complete lack of activity or some extreme form of activity will shake him from his foolishness. But it’s all just continuing the trend of discussion without action – or discussion while waiting for some kind of action to find the survivors.

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To that end, the episode once more turns to Woodbury. The biggest benefit to season 3 has undoubtedly been the addition of Woodbury and its population of squawking non-entities who can now provide a steady stream of said action to the core group in a more compelling way than the ubiquitous presence of the undead. The advantage of this being: when The Walking Dead is ready to bring forth its strong suit, there’s the understanding of where it came from and, with the addition of the Governor, there’s a menacing face that can be applied to whatever action occurs. But more importantly, there’s the added benefit of having something as close to an actual character as possible to have a contrary viewpoint on the situation that can sometimes provide a better understanding of where one group of characters stand on a particular issue (i.e. beginning a war with some strangers down the road).

Now, granted, in Woodbury, the only characters that really exist are Philip, Andrea and Milton, but that just makes the pairing easier. Philip has had his bouts with gun-filled madness recently; Milton is little more than Philip’s pet; and while Andrea seems to be gunning for Lori’s spot as Most Irritating, at least she has a past with Rick’s group, so putting her in the same room as the Governor’s enemies could lead to some dramatic developments. And that’s certainly what it seems like the writers were going for in ‘I Ain’t a Judas.’

While the last thing this show needs is another person prone to lecturing people, Andrea is asked to do just that by showing up at the prison in an attempt find some answer to the increasingly problematic relations between Woodbury and the other survivors. While Andrea’s clearly shocked at the state her former friends are in, she doesn’t exactly get things off to a good start by first bringing up Shane and then asking about Lori (someone else has to bring up poor T-Dog, mind you). Andrea is essentially supposed to be in a difficult position, stuck between two groups she’s become invested in. There’s her worry that Philip has abandoned the whole “building a new civilization” approach to Woodbury, and he’s now just conscripting every able-bodied person to strengthen his army; while, on the other hand Andrea sees a group of people she knows and has some residual feelings for, but they’ve grown increasingly hostile.

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Although her attempts to reconnect are, more or less, a failure, there are a handful of good moments, such as when Carol gives Andrea the notion of killing the Governor in his sleep and Michonne takes her to task for choosing a warm bed over a friend. As far as a reunion goes, it all appears to be fruitless for both sides, and Andrea is left with little more than a sense of pity for her old friends, while Rick and crew remain firm in wanting a confrontation with the Governor. So unless Andrea is willing to take some drastic action, it seems such an altercation is inevitable.

That’s the question asked in the episode’s climax: What will Andrea do? The final scene sees Andrea standing over Philip while he sleeps, holding a knife in her hand and, most likely, contemplating Carol’s suggestion that she end this conflict before it gets even more out of hand. Perhaps what we’re intended to learn is that Michonne is right: all Andrea really wants is a warm bed, and so the safety of her (former?) friends and every able-bodied adolescent/adult in Woodbury be damned so long as she has a comfortable place to sleep at night. What the show intends to do with this woman-who-loves-her-bed character that Andrea has become is uncertain, but there’s the hope that it will inform more on her character, and possibly the notion of “friends” on opposite sides of a conflict, as the ramifications of her decision begin to manifest.

Lauren Cohan in The Walking Dead I Aint a Judas The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 11 Review – A Former Friend

Various Items:

  • Tyreese, Sasha and the others willingly join forces with the Governor, who seems all sorts of sane in comparison to Rick’s gun-waiving outburst at the prison.
  • Not only is Merle in with the group, but he also gets a gun and the keys to the front gate. Let’s hope this is just another symptom of Rick needing a nap. Listen to Carl, Rick; it’s time to step down.
  • Forget about putting Daryl and Hershel in charge, someone needs to nominate Carol. She’s proven more capable of actually talking to everyone in the group than anyone else, and her advice to Andrea – while dastardly – probably would have saved many lives.

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  1. The main highlights of the episode for me:

    1. The ending with Rick’s conversation with Darryl about Carl being ready and getting to trust Michonne.

    2. The scene with Merle and Hershel was nice. It’s nice to see him acting serious instead of being a dick all the time.

    The weakest moments of the episode:

    1. Tyreese’s camp siding with Woodbury. It just doesn’t seem right having them there. The whole Tyreese and his daughter siding with Rick and the other two sticking with the Governor seems fairly obvious so I hope that doesn’t happen.

    2. Andrea little situation at the end. I’m sorry but Andrea’s little arc is stupid and she has no reason to love the Governor. At least Rick has a reason for being a little crazy, Andrea’s just being a dumbass and there is no way to justify her actions.

    Random notes: When it’s time for Merle to die, I think it’ll be by suicide because of the whole not being accepted by anyone issue. Or he’ll do something stupid, and Darryl will get tired of him and shoot him with no remorse.

    I’m really worried if they’ll kill the baby. How will they have a baby die in the show, and how will the group deal with the aftermath. We’ve already seen Rick go through it once, we don’t need it again. Not to sound harsh, but they should’ve killed the baby along with Lori.

      • “They are indeed getting ready to kill off the baby and Hershels youngest daughter.”

        I agree somewhat. I think it will resemble what happened to Lori and the baby in the comic, but it will be Carol and not Hershel’s daughter.

        • Carol can’t die. I swear, why have us like certain characters only to kill them off and not replace them with people we can also like. Is the show going to end next season with all of Rick’s party dead?

      • 1. I don’t believe they’ll kill Hershel’s daughter. I believe Beth is going to take the role similar to Sophia’s in the comic. But Hershel is 100% going to die throughout this war.

        3. Tyreese isn’t going to give them the layout of the prison. Those other two might, but Tyreese himself won’t.

        And Lori’s won’t come back, Carl killed her no matter if we saw the body or not.

      • There are some taboos in television and movies, and the killing of children, especially babies is one of them. Walking Dead already showed the bumping off of two little girls (first episode and last season), but both already zombiefied – hence already “dead”. I very much doubt they will kill off the baby as such a thing is too disgusting to broadcast.

        • Do you remember that scene where Daryl saves a baby at Yellow Creek Bridge? I think that means they are not ready to kill Judith (a baby) just yet.

    • SPOT ON! you called Meryls death.

  2. I’m very curious as to how Tyreese’s camp siding with the Gov’r/Woodbury will pan out. A brief thought entered my mind is that they are, in fact, working for Rick.

    • i bet that those two guys from tyreese’s group will show the way inside the prison. they will show the governor the path they took at the back of the prison to go in for a sneak attack. i guess thats the start of their final conflict. then so on, some people will die and maybe tyreese will somehow be sided with rick again.

    • Tyreese will end up realizing during the war that the Governor is a monster, and will switch sides when he’s needed the most by the Governor. The other two will die, and maybe his daughter too.

  3. About Andrea not killing the Governor: I think we have to give her a break. I don’t think she’s actually killed another human being before. Plus there’s the fact that if she kills the guy, how’s she going to get away with it? I mean, would the town just let her go after that? Assassinating him would probably be suicide.

  4. Firstly, I have to say that I am an avid fan of the The Walking Dead comics. That being said, I am completely on board with the TV series following different story arcs and don’t expect it to follow the storylines of the comics to the letter. However, the TV series is becoming increasingly frustrating. Opportunities for character growth are going begging. It seems that the moment a minor character starts to get some good dialogue or show some development, they die a horrible death (Otis, Patricia, Sophia, T-Dog, Oscar and Axel all spring to mind immediately). It seems as though the writers are going more for the shock value of the kills rather than concentrating on creating an interesting group dynamic. For me, that’s what’s missing from the show. And one really important factor that is so prevalent in the comic series – hope. The characters go on because they have hope that they might emerge from this nightmare. The TV show lacks hope. It wasn’t always that way – one of the most touching moments in season two was when Daryl brought Carol a Cherokee Rose. This one simple gesture gave her hope that Sophia would be found. It made me want to keep watching and hoping for Sophia’s safe return. That sense of hope has gone now, and the empathy generated for the characters early on in the show is beginning to fade away. Sadly, the characters are becoming stereotypical, one dimensional and irritating. The constant in-fighting and tension in Rick’s group is becoming tedious and quite frankly, if the Governor walked in and wiped the lot of them out in the next episode, the only ones I would miss would be Beth and Hershel. Oh, and the baby, only because she hasn’t started speaking yet and so hasn’t had a chance to start behaving like a tool.

    • Finally…someone else that is getting frustrated. I will admit that I haven’t read the comics, but I don’t think you need to have read the source material to agree with a lot of what you said. The characters are becoming stereotypical and pigeon holed. Axel was a character that I was beginning to like, he wasn’t a big time baddie that deserved to be in jail. He was someone the audience could sympathize with…but that didn’t really last too long did it? And for someone that read the comics, maybe you can attest to the fact that the Gov. in the comics is much worse than the one on the show? The Gov. on the show doesn’t seem like that bad of a guy…really.

      • The Gov in the comics is much worse… which actually gives the TV Gov a bit more depth because it seems like he is trying to do the right things to protect his town. The TV Gov actually seems a bit bipolar, at times he just kills to kill, others, he is more lenient.

        ** Spoiler from comics **

        In the recent issues of the comic, there is a new guy called Negan who seems similar to the TV Gov, ruthless when he has to be, but calculated enough not to just kill everyone.

    • Good comment. I agree with your points about character development being stunted at the expense of shock value. The opportunity to observe how people will evolve ( or devolve, for that matter) in a post apocolyptic setting is what drew me in to the show. For a long time, I didn’t get why AMC showed, of all things, a zombie show! But because of the personal interactions this series is very popular and received well. The infighting IS getting old, and I think the group should have removed Rick from leadership once he flipped out and started hallucinating. I also think they are all dumb for not trusting Mishaun…she is one stand up chick. They all need to ease up on Merle for two reasons. First, they need able bodied people to continue to survive. They can use him for front line fighting. He can be useful to them as an expendable but experienced, willing to fight body. Secondly, he rocks a blade on the end of his stump. And I wouldn’t miss any of them either, (especially not crybaby Alan) but if Dwayne gets killed off, I’m gone.

      • Correction^ Glenn…NOT Alan.

  5. How do you cope with a zombie apocalypse? Sing a song by Tom Waits! :)

  6. Does it bother anyone else that wood pallets will not protect anyone from bullets??? lol

      • @Tundrabeast

        Uh, I take it you haven’t seen this episode yet?? There are tons of areas that are only pallets…

        And yes, cars do not stop bullets. Except cop cars now they put ballistic plates inside the doors so they actually can use them for cover. Human bodies also don’t stop rifle rounds like in the last episode where Carol hid behind that dead inmate…

  7. I really don’t like TV Andrea, which is a shame because she’s one of my favorites in the comics. Carol is the only one in the group who seems to be thinking correctly. I would like to nominate Carol for group leader.

    • I second that nomination!

    • Im in agreement about Andrea 100%.
      I love her character in the Comic’s but she’s unbearable on the show.
      A close second is Glenn. He’s an episode or two away from becoming completely annoying.

    • Andrea has taken over Lori’s place as being the vapid female of the story. Michonne, Carol, Maggie and even her sister all have shown way more sense and guts then Andrea overall. Andrea always seems to looking for an angle and a way to be relevant, which is what the Governor is playing on.

  8. does anyone else think morgan is the guy on the roof in the promo for next ep? man andrea from the comic is so much better and more interesting then the tv andrea. cant wait till next ep!!

    • or aberaham? anybody?

    • I think so, too. I wonder if Rick sees Morgan acting irrationally after the death of his wife and son, that he’ll have an epiphany and snap back to reality. That’s my hope anyway.

  9. I always thought Andrea was one of most irritating characters of the former group. As if everyone should pity her the whole time, all the time as she’s the only one who’s suffered. As the series progressed, she even suggested to take off with Shane. I keep on missing season 3 episodes but im surprised she would care about her former friends that much or anyone & more about herself.

  10. what i dont understand is there in a prison with heavy metal dooors gates its a labryinth for crying out loud hold of in certain sections rig the whole place if the govener gets in how far would he get he has no keys to any door, get them in thru the back door like tyrese but rig all the walkers to be in there like before. then they defend from walkers and ricks group. take the time to plan an offensive defense

    • Like in the movie “300″. They lure them into a corridor they can’t charge through with a large force and just pick them off.

      The worse part of their situation is that they have too few people to do much more than defend. That means they could get starved out

    • They did bring up the point though that the Gov. would just wait them out and starve them to death.

  11. I still have faith in Rick’s leadership, although I do think, to a certain extent, that he’s becoming more distant and a little more like the Governor. As Herschel put it last week “The kind of man this world creates”

  12. I think this was the best episode since the return from the break but I don’t think I could give it more than a B-.
    Andrea has become unbearable which is sad because I love the character in the comics and during the 1st 2 seasons. And it’s still a shame that they have no idea what to do with Michonne.
    Having Tyreese & crew show up in Woodbury is an interesting twist but I think we can predict how this will go. Bye bye 2 white dudes. :)
    And a special bravo to Carol!!! Who saw that line coming?? Not this guy.

  13. Feel free to correct me if im wrong, but here are a couple things I have noticed from the season so far, as well as this episode.

    First and foremost, the governors actions are continually provoking bad outcomes.

    Killing the Army members, from what i can comprehend, he only did solely for supplies. I think it would have been more rational for him to have not killed the army members, brought them to Woodbury and actually allied with them, then his defenses would have been stronger.

    Interrogating Glenn: If Merle had just been patient, than he would have met Daryl on peaceful terms, instead brought Glenn back and posed the idea to the Governor that Ricks group was “another threat.” Which in reality, they could just live peacefully along one other, but for some reason the Governors agenda aims otherwise.

    Ricks group initially just wants to be left alone, but the Governor sends the Van of zombies to the prison and all hell breaks lose. If he had done nothing after Rick saves Glenn and Maggie, again there would be no drama.

    I understand that the show is trying to “make action.” but just from my comprehension of the comics vs the tv show, the Governors role seems a bit forced and unjustified.

    Also is quite interesting how the tv show is taking a bunch of the normal allies of Ricks, and trading them to the Governor. i.e Andrea & Tyreeses group. And Merle who was on the Governors team, also switching sides.

      • Yea, but the governor doesn’t know that Merle and Michonne are at the prison till after Andrea goes to the prison herself. So only now things are kinda piecing together, but for the most part, yes the governor is basically a nut job.

        Not to say I dont like the season so far, but I think the writers for this season could have done a way better job to make the season make sense. Comic material aside.

  14. I miss the intense zombie action from the first season. I mean this is a zombie show right? I understand that they can’t kill zombies for 7-8 seasons but I find all this arguing and posturing tiresome. I think the show works best when they are on-the-run, overwhelmed, and fighting for their lives. I appreciate a good drama but this show is increasingly pushing drama aside for cheap character reversals. In many ways the 3rd season is suffering from the same maladies as the 2nd season. It’s just a prison instead of a farmhouse. If I were in the zombie apocalypse I think I would keep trying to find pockets of technology, people, or at least a damned island. I know the prison is enticing but in reality they would have to keep widening their circle to find supplies and eventually it wouldn’t be worth the security. Kill off Andrea… please.

  15. Please people, stop watching. I’ve never seen a show where so many people feel the need to find things wrong with it. The Walking Dead is far and away one of the top 5 shows in the last few years. Yet, each episode gets picked apart like chicken from the bone. Oh Andrea’s character sucks, she’s so stupid. Like you don’t know real people who constantly make bad decisions. There wasn’t enough zombie killing. There’s not enough character development, there’s to much character development. How long are they going to drag out Rick’s insanity? Etc, etc, etc. Stop and go watch something else. Yes the show is separate from the comic and thank God for it, I don’t want to know what happens every week, that would be predictable and boring. I personally like the slow burn character development of the Gov. The quiet, calculating nature of Michonne, the reverse siding with Tyreese. I’m betting Sasha gets the Michonne treatment from the Gov and that’s what brings Tyreese back to Rick’s camp. Merle gets Tyreesed, and Judith will survive. All in all, if you find something better, then watch it and stop nitpicking. Wait til the end of the season and then judge it as a whole. Because I for one cant wait for each new episode and when the seasons done, I will be counting the days for the new season to start.

  16. The Governor really is a massive disappointment In comparison to the comics, the guy was terrifying! really bad casting!

  17. I really am shocked by some of the comments on here. No character developments? One dimensional characters? Excuse me? Have you noticed the change in Carol? From abused housewife to a sound leader? Or Carl? From a young boy who keeps running away to a responsible adult? Rick? Sweetheart who wants to believe the best in everybody to a slightly unhinged man who lost his wife? Daryl? Redneck who can’t keep his mouth shut and was planning on stealing from the very group he now leads? Glenn? The shy, quiet boy who was amazed that a girl was interested in him to a bad-ass who steps up when he’s needed? Hershel? Maggie? Merle? Heck, even Beth. They’ve all changed. How did you miss that?

  18. Not sure why the writer hates Merle so much. I feel we are getting a good redemption story out of him. Especially with the bible verses foreshadowing a changed man.

  19. Wow, that was one of the worst TWD episodes I’ve seen since season 2. I know the writers of the show want character development, but let’s face it – they’re really not that good at it. When they try to do it we’re left with episodes like this one – lots of banter between the characters that is neither meaningful nor compelling. I guess it’s the set up for the showdown between the prison and Woodbury. We know Tyreese will, at some point, take sides against the Governor – probably when he finds out just how insane he is. We know Andrea will, at some point, rejoin Rick and the others. We know one of the characters is going to die. Let’s get on with it.

    This episode reminded me of season 2 of The Killing, where they had entire episodes that were totally meaningless because they had to waste time until the season finale.

  20. As for Andrea, she’s never killed anybody, so of course she can’t just kill a man she clearly has feelings for at this point. Also, her character’s shown to be selfish. So she doesn’t want to destroy her warm bed, and her clean clothes, and a man who gives her a good time, and the feeling of actually leading a town where nobody thinks her the bad guy, and actually looks up to her.
    I thought it was kind of brilliant how Carol very casually brings up Shane as well and the viewer knows that Andrea was an idiot around him as well.

    My prediction is the baby will die and that will be enough to cause Andrea to snap and shoot the governor like the woman shooting him after the 2nd attack on the prison. I just feel they are building to her killing him the most and having the baby die would be enough drive.

    • I really miss season 1.

      This show isn’t even bad but … season 1 was amazing. And now it is just a good TV show. Remember The Wire and Breaking Bad? They just got better and better. The Walking Dead is just getting worse. And again…the show is not bad. It is just really gutting to see such a spectacular first season petter out into what this show has become.

  22. I can’t believe how many comments I’m reading that say this show is going downhill… What are you people watching? This show is great! I can’t get enough and want more. I look forward to seeing what other people think about it and jump on here to read the comments. I’m just surprised a lot of the comments are negative.

    Rick is going through a very tough time… of course he is going to crack a little under the pressure. He is leading a group of people that he cares about that keeps on getting smaller because the walking dead are eating them… Think about that… eating them… Our bad days are a cakewalk for him. Then to top it off his wife died delivering a baby that might not be his… his son has to put her down… oh and his best friend tried to kill him. He has had it extremely rough in the past three seasons. Not to mention he was shot in the line of duty that put him into a coma and left for dead at a hospital. I honestly think Rick is doing pretty damn good to keeping it together.

    The Governor is crazy… He does crazy things and there really is no point to keep comparing him to the comics because as we all know they don’t follow the comics perfectly. This isn’t HBO and can’t really show all the crazy stuff that he does in the comics because they can’t get away with it. What they are showing is good enough for me. A head full of zombies and keeping his zombiefied daughter locked up is ok in my book.

  23. Walking Dead had a tremendous beginning (like a shot out of a cannon.) However it is getting lost in itself. In a apocalyptic world where zombies out number humans 1000 to 1, I find it very hard to believe that the human food source isn’t becoming scarce. The zombie population will eventually starve. Now let’s get to the meat sorry heart of the Walking Dead. The story is about contrast human to zombie; human to human, civilization to barbarianism. It is the story of humanity lost and the struggle to regain it and where change is inevitable. The problem I’m having with the tv series has forgotten the change concept. Every character morphs in the same way – they all harden (with the exception of Dale.) He was the only one to hold on to compassion … Rick and Glenn have lost it. Carol, Andrea, Maggie and yes even Beth have or will have become so callous and tough that they hardly resemble women. I for one liked the femininity of Lori…unfortunately the writers played her as a stereotype. Now everyone is a monster. Tyrese’s gentle demeanor is a step in the right direction. I’d like to see the addition of a soft but smart female character …(maybe even beautiful.) What an interesting carrot to dangle in front of Rick and Daryl.

    • Wow, that seems rather sexist. What’s wrong with femininity? Maggie, Beth and Carol still retain their feminitity. Why is agression and violence incompatible with femininity? The show is about survival. Men and women alike do what they must to survive, just as human have for hundreds of thousands of years. That includes killing and wielding weapons. Would you really prefer a bunch of damsels in distress who refuse to wield a firearm or or an axe/knife/baseball bat?