The Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 11 - "I Ain't a Judas" TV Episode Review
Written by Steve Pattee and TGM
Directed by Greg Nicotero
Written by Angela Kang
2013, Rated TV-14
Episode premiered on February 24th, 2013
Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Laurie Holden as Andrea
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
David Morrissey as The Governor
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Tyler Chase as Ben
Chad L. Coleman as Tyreese
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha
Daniel Thomas May as Allen
Melissa Ponzio as Karen
Dallas Roberts as Milton Mamet
Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene
Steve Pattee: After last week’s explosive ending, this week’s The Walking Dead was rather tame. Merle is getting acclimated to his new digs, introducing himself to new friends (Hershel) and catching up with old (Michonne), Rick didn’t have any visions, Daryl, Hershel and Carl all put Rick in his place, Andrea is still a stupid whore, and Tyrese shows up in Woodbury.
While seemingly a lot didn’t happen on Sunday’s episode, two very important things did: Tyrese expressing his willingness to help out The Governor’s problem with Rick, and Carl telling his father to take a break from being the leader. Both are awesome scenarios and equally important in showing how much control Rick has lost of the group. He gave up what is most likely a badass warrior to The Governor, and his son has lost so much faith in and respect for him that he’s telling the former leader to step down. Things aren’t looking good for your boy.
TGM: Yeah, this episode fell a bit flat for me. There was an awful lot of (literally) standing around. I guess a slow burn of an episode like this is a necessary evil because it felt like it existed solely to put all of the chess pieces in proper position in anticipation of something big looming down the road.
With that said, I LOVED the scenes between Hershel and Rick, and Rick and Carl. Hopefully that was enough of a kick in the ass to get Rick’s head screwed on straight. I mean, for fuck sake, Carl is the one who pulled the damned trigger and killed his mother, and he seems to be handling things way better than his old man. I’m really going to miss Hershel when he ultimately dies. He’s that wise father figure the group needs. Now, I don’t have any insight as to his demise, but missing a leg definitely puts you at a disadvantage, not to mention it’s got to be costly to CGI out his leg.
SP: I agree on just about everything you say. I’m liking Hershel more and more each week and I really believe they are priming Carl for something more. This is made evident by not just his maturity seen this season, but there was a line towards the end of the last night’s episode where Rick said he was taking Michonne and Carl on a supply run. Hershel acted surprised he was taking his son, too, and Rick responded along the lines of, “He’s ready.” This is an odd line. Ready for what? To go on a supply run? They’ve been doing that for months. What’s so special now?
I agree with your point that the episode felt like it was getting the chess pieces ready, but I don’t agree that it was flat. It can’t be all zombies all the time. (You can substitute gun fights for zombies there too.) It has to have these types of episodes if it wants to continue to be one of the best shows on TV, otherwise it will be an “undead of the week” type of series, and nobody wants that. However, I will concede that I wanted more. Something was missing. Yet the aforementioned developing of Hershel and Carl, as well as Tyrese and his group returning, made it all the worthwhile.
TGM: Well, we haven’t sunk to season two level of slowness yet, nor do I think we will. Look, I’m perfectly OK with limited zombie action if it advances and enriches the storyline. I guess my biggest problem with this episode is that the whole Governor/Andrea relationship just isn’t compelling enough for me. I’m supposed to empathise with her and “the good guys”, when all I want is for the good Guv to smash Andrea’s face in with a hammer. Now this next part is going to sound contradictory, but the scene with Andrea declawing the zombie was pretty damned cool. Nice American History X curb-stomp. At least she learned SOMETHING from Michonne. She can be a badass when she’s not slutting it up for the Governor, and it makes me think that the Andrea character might stand a chance at redemption. Then again, she’ll probably be killed off next week. I mean, out of all the characters, she seems to be the most expendable, especially if she doesn’t have the balls to kill the Guv, or the heart to stay and fight with Rick & Co.
SP: I am definitely on your side there. I’m already tired of Andrea’s whoring it up. And, like last week, Michonne again brought it. She effectively put Andrea in her place when she (Michonne) was telling her why she left Woodbury. She all but called Andrea a stupid tramp, and it was wonderful.
I will say this, though, that final scene at the end, when Andrea is debating on whether or not to gut The Governor, was incredibly well done. I knew (like everyone else watching, no doubt) that she didn’t have the stones to do it, but it was tense as hell nonetheless. Plus Andrea was naked. Bonus! Like you, I think she can be redeemed, but it may be too late for her character. I suspect her new boyfriend will be the cause of her death.
And YES! I too thought of old Derek Vineyard and his Doc Martens as soon as she made the walker bite the rock.
TGM: I smell a self-sacrifice coming on her part. That reminds me, I seriously LOL’d when Andrea got reacquainted with the old gang, and she asked about Shane (pained look) and Lori (pained look), then Carol was all like “...and T-Dog died too" (blank stare). That poor bastard never got any respect. I’ve been meaning to ask you, what do you think they will do with the baby, Judith? Do you think that the writers have the cajones to kill a baby? I just can’t see how the show can really progress outside of the prison setting with having to account for a baby in tow.
SP: I know, right! Damn, T-Dog sacrificed his life to save Carol. He deserves a little more respect (even if he did only have eight lines in the entire series).
Odd that you bring up baby Judith (whose name choice I never understood – all those people that have died, and they name it after Carl’s grade school teacher – whatever) because I was thinking the same thing last night. This baby is only going to get in the way. It has to go sooner or later. Plus, I don’t want it around because I don’t want it as an idea crutch. Meaning I don’t want to see stories where the baby gets kidnapped or see episodes centering around conflict within the group because of the stupid baby’s crying all the time. Get rid of it now. I don’t think they have the balls to kill it, but I bet you money someone leaves the show with it, like Hershel’s daughter Beth. Something will happen where a character will take that baby I think, and it will be someone they trust, so it won’t be Let's Look for Sophia: Season Two.
We only have what? Five episodes left in this season? Here’s what I need: More Tyrese, more Daryl and Merle, and more Hershel and Carl. Less Rick and less Andrea (unless she’s wearing sexy clothes, then she gets dropped in the more column). The rest, I’m satisfied with the screentime.
TGM: Speaking of Merle, when he was excommunicated from Woodbury, I thought that he was a mole, planted by the Governor to destroy the good guys from within. But, with each passing episode I am more and more unclear as to what his endgame is. What’s your take, is Merle secretly working for the Guv? At this point, I honestly don’t know.
SP: No, I don’t think so. The reason being is when he wanted permission to go off and find Daryl, he was all but shot down by The Governor. The look Merle gave him said he would cut this guy under any other circumstances. I really believe Merle isn’t going to against Daryl and his friends, but I also think he and Rick still have to settle up. Merle isn’t the type to let the person who left him to die off scott free. I can see where you are coming from, though. It would be a pretty good tactical move, but if it does turn out this way, I’ll feel a bit cheated. (And that very well could be me desperately wanting Merle to be part of the group because Michael Rooker is such a badass.)
TGM: Yeah, I like what Merle brings to the table. A little mistrust and moral bankruptcy always make for good storytelling. Well, bring on next week’s episode already. I’m ready for a bloodbath.
SP: Agreed. Watching the previews for next week, I’m very excited to see what trouble Rick, Carl and Michonne get into. At least this time, Carl will be able to hold is own.
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