The Walking Dead: 3.11 – 'I Ain’t A Judas' Review

By Jesse Miller,

Warning: This review contains spoilers!

I always love looking at the episode titles of The Walking Dead and trying to decipher what possible meaning was there behind them and I Ain’t A Judas was particularly simple to figure out – it’s really all about Andrea.

It seems the past season; the one thing that fans are divided on and are particularly fond of tearing to shreds is Andrea’s place in this part of the tale and just how boneheaded she seems to be when it comes to Woodbury.

The writers have defended her actions and so have I – she is blind to what we see after all – so I’m hoping the focus on Andrea’s actions in this episode just help the fan base to sympathise with a little more – and perhaps ease up on the unneeded and harsh criticism of her.

Okay, so when Andrea says “there are good people in Woodbury” – that really remains to be seen, what, with all them at the gladiator fight screaming for blood and all – and makes a strange decision to side back with The Governor at the end of this episode, it’s a little difficult to swallow, but now she’s starting to wake up and smell those roses and see what’s really going on.

There were other silly lines of dialogue given to Andrea, of course – like when she learned of Shane’s death at the hand of Rick and utters “Shane loved Rick”, which is ridiculous when everyone saw how heated and unpredictable Shane was becoming before she separated from the group in season 2.

However, I am pleased now that she’s starting to wake up as we get into the last few episodes of the season and perhaps this encounter with the governor will shape her into her comic book counterpart – although I am starting to question whether or not Andrea will die out in the later half of season 3 after all this build up.

So, Andrea made her way back to the prison, where she was coldly received due to everyone now knowing she was in Woodbury and took her time – three days since Glenn and Maggie’s capture, apparently – getting back to the original group to see just what the hell was going on all along.

At first, Andrea blames Michonne for saying something bad about Woodbury to poison their minds but in a wonderfully shot scene, Michonne gives her the cold, hard and a little bit harsh facts, leaving poor Andrea shaken further.

All this was definitely an exciting moment to watch unfold and one handled beautifully by the cast – so my hat’s off to them all – but yet, there was something so odd about this sequence, as if with Andrea being there, I too was seeing how far the group has come and have been drastically altered since the days of Season one.

Another particular point of interest was a scene shared between Carol and Andrea, where Carol gives her the idea of bedding the governor and killing him off to save all this extra conflict.

One of the strongest developments this season is Carol and seeing just how hardened she’s become since her days of Sophia and Ed – I only hope she isn’t lost this season as she’s starting to grow on me more.

After Andrea headed back to Woodbury, (“She’s in a jam”, would be one nice way of putting it) the group sat in silence as they contemplated their next move and Beth sang another one of her cute songs.

Interestingly, back at Woodbury and after some loving, Andrea holds a knife to a sleeping Gov. – but hesitates and walks away, shaken at her thought of killing a human being and not just one of those walkers.

I Ain’t A Judas was high on the drama this episode and not a whole lot particularly happened but it featured an exciting reunion in the group and some wonderful scenes between the cast.

Perhaps the most startling development is that now Tyreese and his group are in Woodbury and are ripe for manipulation by The Governor, who learns that they encountered Rick and his group in the prison, which rings all sorts of alarms.

So, I’m looking forward to seeing just what happens to Tyreese, whether he will join Rick’s group for season 4 or whether he exists purely to be a mirror to Rick’s sanity, which opens up a whole other line of questioning – If Tyreese is as kind-hearted and level-headed as the show is making him out to be, just where is he going to end up in the clash to come between these two sides?

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