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The Walking Dead Review: Behind Enemy Lines

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Pick your sides. Pick your friends. War is coming to The Walking Dead and neither the prison nor Woodbury is looking to back down.

It's pretty clear which side viewers are meant to root for (hint: Team Prison) and the misfit collection of survivors, despite their own personal issues, have for the most part able to put aside differences in preparation to fight the common enemy.

Rick and the Group

Granted, a lot of the dissent is directed towards Merle, but his fighting capabilities and connection to Daryl give him at least a little bonus in being a part of the team.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if after this is all over, Michonne will be after Merle.

I loved Merle's conversation with Hershel. It was a meeting of the missing limbs. The farmer and the black sheep. And wildly enough there was common ground for the two of them in the scripture that Hershel read. These men coming from so-called opposite sides of thinking and having never met before, suddenly seeming to be on the same page, was an interesting turn.

The much-needed Daryl and Carol reunion was a great moment as well. These two have such an enjoyable chemistry without anything feeling forced, and it was nice to see them connect even under the stressful circumstances. Carol really is a glass half full kind of girl and I love how open she can be about her feelings.

I mean, she did tell Andrea to sleep with the Governor and then kill him. That's pretty blunt, yet a great idea.

Carl stepped up by telling his Rick to give a it a rest from the leadership role. It was a bold move, not only because Rick has been unhinged, but he's also the father and leader. Yet, Carl is proving more and more that he's no longer that kid we once knew.

In a lot of ways, the Carl from The Walking Dead season 1 and The Walking Dead Season 2 that fans made fun of has really come a long way in his character arc. He's a great shot. He's become dependable. He's far more adult in his decisions. I don't envy having to grow up as fast as he did, but man he's filling the adult shows wonderfully.

If anything, the fact that we've been getting to know the characters on the prison side makes it far easier to cheer for them. I'm sure some of the Woodbury residents are perfectly nice people, but with the villainous Governor representing the town, it's hard to want to see that side win.

But it was inevitable that Andrea became smack in the middle of picking her own allegiance.

Andrea's always seemed to be the one to make poor decisions, and even going to the prison to try and promote peace and unity seemed like a ridiculous one. I know that she wants this ideal harmony, but I was so pleased that Rick and company didn't exactly welcome her with open arms. After all, she has been on the Governor's side this whole time.

I was even pleased with Michonne for calling out Andrea drinking the Governor's Kool-Aid. The conversation between these two showed some real emotion from Michonne, as she made perfect sense with each point she gave to Andrea.

You'd think that something would eventually click inside Andrea's head to point her in the right direction. So it was honestly no surprise that giving Andrea one of the biggest tasks ever would end up not going according to plan. Andrea couldn't kill the Governor.

But why? Does she love him? Can she not kill a person who is defenseless? Does she hope that despite everything she now knows about The Governor, he's still really a good guy? Is she so caught up in her ideals of a normal life?

The questions seem endless, but it does make me wonder if perhaps her end is near. The Governor doesn't trust her - and he's got zero problem killing people.

I wasn't really surprised she couldn't follow through, as her track record hasn't been especially good, but I did understand her predicament. As for her final choice, though, still no idea why she'd pick the one eyed crazy killer over her original group of friends.

Yet, something that's bound to cause worse problems, Tyreese and company have switched sides. Not intentionally mind you, but some weird twist of fate landed them in the Governor's lap and they seem willing to help out.

At this point, I don't blame them. The Governor seems like a nice and friendly dude, while Rick was swinging his gun at them and acting crazy.

Now, at least Tyreese and the girl seem decent enough, that despite earning their keep, they won't want to harm people just to harm people. There's going to be some moment where they realize they are on the wrong side, and hopefully soon enough that it helps out Rick.

"I Ain't A Judas" wasn't an action-packed episode, but I really enjoyed the conversations between the characters. The pieces are all settling into place and battle lines are being drawn. There was a real sense of underlying tension throughout, and a lot of great visual shots like the prison group watching Andrea leave or Rick, Hershel and Daryl standing together discussing plans.

And the rather haunting music that played over the final moments was a good way to close everything out. We all know something big is coming and with Andrea choosing NOT to kill The Governor, that major bloody battle is looking more real than ever for the not-so-distant future.

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Andrea will die by the time this season is over. She is spoiling everything with her constant stupidity. I mean, seriously, what are you motives for standing by this lunatic governor? I wish Maggie or Glenn told her how the governor almost raped Maggie - that would've made her decision easier (even though it should've been easy already...). I don't know why but the second half of season three hasn't been quite as amazing as the first half. I hope they finish the war strongly - no more outright stupidity please!........Andrea..... oh and I want rick back.

Razorofpow

Also I think Michonne and Merl might end up being good friends, they are both warriors and Merl isn't quite as racist as he was before.

Razorofpow

Andrea needs to die, I think it should be by Michonne or Maggie. She didn't care what any of the group had to say, all she cared about was sticking up for the Governors actions...she is starting to piss me off, and is ruining the show for me.

Terrie

I think they are going to leave us hanging this season with Rick and the governor about to collide.........

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After 2 stalled episodes I was thrilled with last night. A lot of loose ends were tied up and questions answered. We can't blame Tyreese for wanting to fight with the Governor since rick came across like a lunatic. Andrea finally meets her friends. The writers will definitely kill off Andrea since her character will not be essential to the group anymore. In fact I have never liked andrea since they first introduced her in Season 1 - episode 2 in the dept store yelling "we're dead. we're all going to die because of you."

Snakethecritic

★★★☆☆TV Andrea really made this episode hard to appreciate. @WatchesTooMuch "Blah episode. Several things were set up for the next episode -- Rick, Michonne, and Carl are going to take a day trip; the Woodbury Army is gearing up; Tyreese and friends are in Woodbury -- but Andrea's visit was not especially consequential." Agree ..

Ilkvomit

Andrea speaking at pretty much a
normal level, while telling Milton,
“Help me sneak out of here!�, while a
ton of Woodbury residents stood just
a few feet away in the background,
was pretty stupid. Classic Andrea!

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The governor is a master at pretending to be nice so its not a surprise that Tyreese and his group fell for it. They also met Rick at the wrong timing. Rick was like a crazy dictator to them so could not blame them for helping the governor. Next week sneak peak saw Rick and Carl not wanting to help a stranger hitching a ride from them. That is how far both have come since Season 1. Ironic that if it was Carl, perhaps he might have slow down and throw him some supplies. Andrea cannot kill the governor whatever the motives or there will be no showdown with Rick. Right? The show cannot go on if the governor die so soon.

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''I DID NOT REALIZE THE MESSIAH COMPLEX WAS CONTAGIOUS''. THE BEST QUOTE THIS SEASON 4RM MICHONNE! As for her and andrea's FRIENDSHIP goes it's in total shit for now. WHO THE HELL does andrea think she is telling her to go to hell? IT'S HER FALUT THAT SHE'S IN THIS POSITION BTW THE PRISON AND WOODBURY. Michonne was right 4rm the gekco about the governor. She's soooo cought up in lala lnad woodbury HER 'PEOPLE' RICK N COMPANY DON'T LIKE OR TURST HER NOW. Andrea is a piece of shit and she's LUCKY that mich. saved her ass @ the end of S2 and still standing and HASN'T GOT A BULLET TO THE HEAD. As for tyrese i hope he and his sister GET OUT and go back to the prison cuz they're better off w/ RICK despite his mental breakdown and pretty much PICKED THE WRONG SIDE!

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Andrea has been our least favourite character for some time because she's written to be deliberately stupid and naive. This episode doesn't do much to change that. In our review of the ep, we single out Michonne as improved, though our interest in Carol is growing in leaps and bounds. She's the one who's come so far!