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Monday, February 25, 2013

The Walking Dead Episode 11, Season 3: Andrea Plays Peacemaker

Posted By on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

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As you may recall, last week everything went batshit crazy (even more so than usual) on The Walking Dead. Axel's dead, Rick's insane, and the Governor's on the war path in a massive way. What could possibly make things worse this week? Well, it's The Walking Dead, so there's always something.

First of all, Team Prison now has to contend with the fact that Merle is in their midst (Glenn ain't happy) and, in addition to being a giant psychopath, he's just a bummer in general, telling everyone how much the Governor is going to trap and torture them. (Yay!) They get so distraught that even one-legged-Hershel wants to leave the prison and try and find new pastures.

Carl too is coming to some harsh realizations -- telling his father, Rick, that he should step down as leader of the group, so that Daryl and Hershel can "handle things." Rick of course, has been mental for a few weeks, seeing the ghost of his dead wife, Lori, around the place, but it's still gotta sting, hearing such a lack of confidence from his young son.

Back in Woodbury, the Governor still doesn't have a proper eye patch, but is studying statistics about the town and keeping busy by arguing with Andrea about Team Prison and telling her that Rick and co. are "blood-thirsty." Andrea wants to go and talk to her old friends to try and make peace between the two camps. The Governor is obviously reluctant for such a thing to occur. "You go to that prison? You stay there" he tells her.

Hershel tries to give Merle some bible study time, only to find out that Merle is more than familiar with the scriptures, spits Hershel's rhetoric right back at him, and then reveals (just to really put the boot in) that he believes that the Governor is going to kill them all. Which isn't a far stretch, given that, at that moment, the Gov is putting an army together with a crew large enough that it includes clueless kids.

Andrea tells Milton that she needs to go to the prison and "the Governor can't know." Milton tells her not to do that and says he can't hide that information, but still Andrea begs for a way out to the prison, to prevent any more deaths between the two camps. We know serious business is starting because shortly afterwards we see the Governor put on an eye patch for the first time. (Finally!) Milton tells the Gov of Andrea's plan, but he merely tells Milton to "Help her."

Milton faithfully does this, pinning down a walker lying on its back, while Andrea hacks its arms off at the elbow and smashes its jaw on a rock. Now she has a walker for protection -- the same way Michonne used to. Andrea is definitely planning on making her trip and surviving. As she gets ready to leave with her new "guardian angel," Tyreese and Sasha stumble across them and Milton offers to take them back to Woodbury. They are relieved and gracious.

Not much has been happening at the prison, other than Carol telling Daryl not to let Merle bring him down and Merle trying to bond with Michonne over exercise. Andrea, with her walker on a stick, is able to make it up to the prison perimeter. Rick lets her in, but frisks her thoroughly and takes her bag before he allows her in. Michonne watches her old friend closely, but does not speak.
Inside the prison, Carol and Andrea embrace warmly. Andrea asks after Shane and Lori and is filled in about their fates. They also reveal to her the truth about what the Governor did there days ago (killing Axel and threatening their safety). "We have to work this out," Andrea says. "We can settle this." Daryl, Glenn, and Rick make it clear that they're not interested in peace talks -- only in offing the Governor.

Later on, in the prison yard, Andrea and Michonne finally have it out. "I didn't choose him over you," Andrea says, "I wanted a life." Michonne accuses Andrea of having a "messiah complex" when Andrea says she wants to save the people of Woodbury, then reveals that Merle was sent to kill her after she escaped the town. "You chose a warm bed over a friend," Michonne says. Andrea cries.

In Woodbury, Tyreese, Sasha, and their friends are meeting with the Governor for the first time and sharing their experience of Rick going nuts at the prison and forcing them out two weeks ago. They offer to earn their keep in exchange for a place to stay. The Gov tells them to get some rest for the night. After their poor treatment at the prison, Woodbury must seem like heaven.

In the prison, Andrea is meeting baby Judith for the first time and being filled in on all of the recent deaths by Carol. Carol -- like a killing machine -- then suggests Andrea sleep with the Gov, "get him to drop his guard" and then "end this." Whoa, Carol! She's come a long way since the old subjugated-wife days, that's for sure. Finally, Rick gives Andrea a car and a weapon and sends her on her way. "Be careful," he pleads.

When Andrea gets back to Woodbury, she tells the Governor that the conditions at the prison are terrible and the people there are "broken." She makes it clear that she came back of her own free will and the two embrace and kiss. We desperately hope she acts out Carol's plan, but although Andrea rises out of bed and holds a knife to the Governor while he sleeps, she ultimately can't go through with it.
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The last we see of the prison, Rick is planning a run for supplies with Michonne (who he still doesn't fully trust) and Carl ("he's ready") as the gang readies itself for more attacks from the Governor. They're smart to do so -- we don't think Andrea will kill him unless he physically provokes her first.

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