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“I Ain’t a Judas” was a bit of a reset for The Walking Dead. After last week’s battle between the Prison and Woodbury the show took a few action steps backward for reactions of what had just happened and to begin planning for the next course of action.
“I Ain’t a Judas” focused heavily on Andrea and her struggle to choose between her former friends and Woodbury and neither seems that appealing. Andrea was not at all pleased with the Governor not telling her about going to the Prison and told him straight up that she would be making her own Prison trip. Woodbury remained on full lockdown, “instituting” a no one leaves or enters policy while also refortifying their front gate. The Governor was also taking measures to beef up security by arming and training every able bodied person 13 and over (because adolescence was 20th century invention). Andrea’s time as temporary Governor seemed to have some effect as well as she was approached by a mom hoping to get her son out of conscription due to his awful asthma. Unfortunately for Andrea, the mom, and her son the Governor immediately vetoed Andrea’s request. Could this be a hint of a possible power struggle as the Governor is hell bent on raising an army?
Dissension wasn’t specific to Woodbury. Now that both Dixons have returned there is clearly a lot of bad blood between Merle and the people he’s wronged in Michonne (although Merle tries to make amends with her) and Glenn. Hershel tries to enter a rational argument in regards to the group needing Merle but this could definitely fall on Glenn’s deaf ears in later episodes. Hershel also finally called Rick out about losing his wits and needing to step up to lead. Rick seemed much more docile and level-headed this week so apparently his craziness comes and goes (or maybe will take another hiatus like it did during the first half of season 1. A throw-away line about the prison being low on both ammo and supplies makes the Prison’s situation all the more dire.
Once Andrea gets Milton (who tells the Governor about this and gets his blessing) to help her escape from Woodbury and corral a zombie to use Michonne-style. While in the woods the previously disappeared Tyreese shows up and Milton decides to take he and his group back to Woodbury as Andrea sets out for the Prison. She makes it just fine but does not receive the warmest of welcomes as Rick pats her down and almost everyone gives her the cold shoulder (accept Carol). She tries to discuss a peace despite having no authority. After her and Michonne air out their grievances (Michonne defending her actions by exposing the governor for “who he is”) and she calls out the hypocrisy of wanting to attack the Governor while also accepting Merle back into the group she leaves with a car, gun, and knife that Rick has given her.
Before Andrea returns to Woodbury, Tyreese and company spill the beans about having come from the prison to the Governor. Whether the Governor had planned on killing the group or not (it kind of seemed like he might) he clearly decided to keep them around once he found out they could be helpful. Upon Andrea’s return she tells the Governor where she’s been and they hook up directly after that. Carol had given her some advice before that Andrea should give him the best sex the Governor has ever had then try and convince him to call the attack off. Andrea, knowing this wouldn’t work despite the hook up, gets out of bed and holds a knife over a sleeping Governor, only to turn away and look out a window.
What remains to be seen about “I Ain’t a Judas” is whether or not this was setting up a major plot line for the rest of the season in regards to Andrea’s allegiances, or if this was meant to just be a one and done sort of episode. The heavy focus on Andrea makes it seem like this episode could have just wanted to get the bulk of that particular story line out of the way but hint at it every once and again in later episodes. The feel of this episode also made it seem like preparations for the inevitable battle would be strung out for the remainder of the episodes, a la a farm situation. Hopefully it won’t become too tedious in the build-up towards the battle.
Eventually Rick will also have to face his demons. His hallucinations should be addressed in every episode form hear on until they are resolved or he just goes completely crazy. Clearly last week’s episode was not a good way to deal with Rick and his mental issues as he basically disappeared for the entire episode but showing him trying to deal with and make sense of his Lori visions should happen in every episode, not necessarily the focal point but at least move that storyline forward.