The Walking Dead: 3.14 – 'Prey' Review

Review by Jesse Miller,

Warning! This review will contain spoilers!

“Prey” was another interesting episode, in that it didn’t really focus on what was happening at the prison with Rick’s decision but rather, it was Andrea-centric as it focused on her attempting to escape The Governor’s grasp and return to her friends to warn of the incoming attack.

Rather oddly placed though, is the little flashback at the beginning of this episode that focuses on Michonne and Andrea in their days of winter, where the backstory to Michonne’s chained walkers is teased but never fully explored.

That this chunk of story is neither brought up with Michonne in this episode or even showed to be a reflection of Andrea makes it feel awkwardly thrown in just for the hell of it and I am left to wonder whether it would’ve been better to throw these parts in in the episode where Rick comes to a decision about Michonne, so they have more impact.

Meanwhile, Andrea encounters Tyreese on her hurried exit from Woodbury and rather intriguingly planted that seed of doubt in Tyreese’s mind about the governor and just what kind of man he really is.

I want to talk about this specific moment because I thought Andrea could’ve said a little more before jumping down off the barricade and running into the woods – she could’ve spilled the beans to Tyreese about the whole conflict, tell him what she knows about what happened to her friends at the prison, but I understand that The Walking Dead is probably saving these revelations till last.

Instead, Tyreese goes on a mission with The Governor’s boys and uncovers some of the nasty surprises that were in store for the prison gang: a group of walkers in a pit, designed to be used upon the prison gang in the coming war.

Interestingly enough, we get a little mystery with this subplot, as we find ourselves with a mysterious figure burning the walkers, thus eliminating that threat (for now). So who could this mysterious person be? Milton? That seems too obvious.

This mystery was all well and good but the most fascinating and engaging part of this episode was the superb and incredibly tense cat-and-mouse chase between Andrea running for her life to prison, with The Governor hot on her heels.

This whole sequence was brilliantly crafted, from its use of camera angles to editing, and watching this battle of wills between The Governor and Andrea – especially now The Governor has gone full blown psycho (what, with all that medical equipment in that dungeon and now the whistling?) – was incredibly effective.

This whole part of the episode was a wonderful slow build – starting with Andrea’s escape from Woodbury, through The Governor’s learning of her escape, leading up to their chase through that old abandoned facility, where things finally reached boiling point when long line of walkers came into the mix.

For a second there, we thought Andrea had unleashed these walkers craftily upon The Governor and successfully escaped back out into the wilderness, where the prison was in sight far off in the distance.

Only we were very wrong. The Governor, who somehow managed to defeat the onslaught of walkers and catch up to her, in fact pulls Andrea away from the prison and back into his arms. Great.

I tell you, if Andrea dies after all this – which seems likely, after all, because fans hate her with a passion and it seems for the most part, the writer’s aren’t sure where to take her, as they did seem with Lori and T-Dog, who both were killed off – then I’m going to be a little annoyed after watching this episode and investing in her survival more than ever.

So, this episode ends, with Andrea tied up in The Governor’s workshop of horrors facing an uncertain future and the war between these two sides is left looming for another day.

For the most part, this episode was thrilling stuff and when it wasn’t focusing on Andrea, it focused on Tyreese and developed him – and the story of his group – a little further in some very intriguing ways that have me excited for future episodes.

MoreHorror Rating: 4 Bloody Hatchets out of 5.

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