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The Walking Dead Review: Running Scared

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This was such a disappointing episode in a pretty top notch season of The Walking Dead.

With only three installment remaining and the presumable battle of the prison and Woodbury on the horizon, tensions should be high, the suspense should be riveting and the final actions and decisions made by the characters should be compelling.

Except "Prey" left me rolling my eyes, laughing at the things being done and the silly dialogue being said.

Close Up of Andrea

On top of that, pretty much the entire episode focused on Andrea, a character who has been written to make some of the worst choices, all while trying to prove she can play with the big boys. It's become so hard for me to even want to root for her. I'm often just wondering what ridiculous thing Andrea is going to do next.

I dislike hating on Andrea, especially because she could and should be a strong likable kick-ass character. And perhaps everything she has done has been leading up for her to make some major redemptive move and defeat the Governor from within, but I've become so exhausted with her in general that I'm not sure if it'll be enough.

The other option, I guess, is she meets her end in some dramatic fashion, but I'd rather she come out alive and seriously change from her experiences.

I had assumed on some level that her returning to Woodbury in "Arrow in the Doorpost" was to stop the Governor by pretending to be on his side, but it wasn't until Milton told her the Governor's plan and she saw his little torture chamber room that she finally (finally!) was ready to do something.

Then it killed me listening to her tell Milton that he needed to realize the Governor was a bad guy, as if she'd been so wise to the whole ordeal the entire time.

Her "Martinez needs your help" trick to get Tyreese and Sasha to leave was hilarious. I couldn't believe she actually thought they would buy that ploy and I was glad that the two didn't. At least Andrea just bucked up and told them she was leaving and the Governor couldn't be trusted.

I do like Tyreese and wish that he'd had more screen time this season since his appearance in "Made to Suffer." It was good to see that he wasn't a perfect shot and that he disapproved of the walker pits.

Unfortunately, his whole beef with Allen (who I completely forgot about and didn't even realize who he was at first) seemed a bit forced in a way to make them have tension within their own group.

Did anyone really think Tyreese would have fed Allen to the waiting walkers in the pit? No, Allen will find some other way to die by season's end probably.

Now, will the Governor die by the finale?

I'm not so sure on that one.

I did like certain aspects of the Governor hunting Andrea. It was a good use of the dark building for the cat and mouse game, allowing walkers to pop in here and there, the Governor to whistle like a creep, evilly stalking her.

I was expecting him to use his tape recorder to trick Andrea into knowing his location, but at the same time I thought that he saw the top of her head when she was hiding in the moonlight.

I do have to give Andrea credit for being clever enough to send the pack of walkers on the Governor. It was creepy when she opened the door to see them all standing in the stairwell.

And though I knew that the Governor wouldn't die this time around, it was a great tense moment when he jumped on her right as she was outside the prison. I actually thought she would make it and the completely silent Rick trying to scope out the situation added to the scene.

So, what is the Governor going to do to Andrea after her attempted escape? She's locked in his dungeon of doom, but will he ever get the chance to do something?

There's always been a pretty decent inclination of his sadistic side, but we haven't really seen him unleash it. Is he a ticking time bomb that we've barely scratched the surface on?

I certainly worry for Milton, who is the presumed suspect of setting the walker pits on fire. The Governor isn't a forgiving man, and although I think Milton would be an interesting addition to the core prison group, I've got a feeling his time is coming.

As much as this episode was supposed to be the dramatic turn of events, especially where Andrea was concerned, it felt tiresome, silly and, save for a few moments, lacking a gripping and absorbing atmosphere.

Although, it was a shock that Andrea was able to run so far in those boots. You think that distance in that footwear would have been painful, but she was able to outrun the Governor's vehicle.

I'm not sure what the next stage is going to be as I feel that the real battle won't even begin until the finale, but I'm definitely looking forward to getting back to spending time with characters like Daryl, Rick, Glenn, and yes, even Michonne. It will be interesting to see how the prison group reacts to finding out about the Governor's deal and what their strategy will be for defeating the one-eyed villain.

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Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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PART 2 More so, I think the writers need to stop and step back for a few seconds. The scene where Andrea is hiding from the Governor, and the zombie sneaks up behind her. OK, now season 1 I could see that, but these characters are now on the look out. Ok, so let's forgive that. THEN you have two zombies, directly in front of her, in her field of vision, in her direct line of sight, sneak up on her? What? Suddenly there are all these zombies? Are there ninja zombies now? I came up with a better scene within two seconds and I am not a professional writer, damn! It makes it frustrating. Why not have her resting on the tree, show annoyance at the zombies getting close, THEN the zombie grabs her from behind creating a dire situation? Much better, and not thinking we are stupid. Zombies are now teleporting to within a few feet? Yeah, right! It is becoming a theme on the show, it is loses itself sometimes and it can be really frustrating. All just to add "tension" or edge to the show, come on writers, you can do better than that!

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This episode was partly great and partly ehhh. Overall, I see a trend towards hyping the suspense that kind of feels too forced compared to the best episodes. So I think the critics are comparing the greatness of the show to each episode. Understandable. When this show really works, it is crazy good. But also when you make those comparisons, this episode isn't close to being in the same league as some of the best episodes. Part of the greatness of the show is the consistency and "believability" in a surreal world, which helps produce the consistency and reality of the world we tune into each week. The problem now is that some of those consistencies aren't there, making it not feel right. Sometimes the characters are smart, real smart, and then other times, just plain STUPID. It is done to add suspense sometimes, but it becomes amplified when you take 3 episodes that could have been done in one, just to add "suspense" or tension. More so, I think the writers need to stop and step back for a few seconds. The scene where Andrea is hiding from the Governor, and the zombie sneaks up behind her. OK, now season 1 I could see that, but these characters are now on the look out. Ok, so let's forgive that. THEN you have two zombies, directly in front of her, in her field of vision, in her direct line of sight, sneak up on her? What? Suddenly there are all these zombies? Are there ninja zombies now? I came up with a better scene within two seconds and I am not a professional writer, damn! It makes it frustrating. Why not have her resting on the tree, show annoyance at the zombies getting close, THEN the zombie grabs her from behind creating a dire situation? Much better, and not thinking we are stupid. Zombies are now teleporting to within a few feet? Yeah, right! It is becoming a theme on the show, it is loses itself sometimes and it can be really frustrating. All just to add "tension" or edge to the show, come on writers, you can do better than that!

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Lets call a spade a spade. This is the worst episode of season 3. The writers is making me wait so long for the BIG battle, it better be worth it.

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Vou tentar fazer um comentário pequeno, o anterior foi grande e não totalmente publicado, então.. resumindo. Como em todas séries existem as "barrigas" ou seja episódios sem muita ação mas que são importantes para a trama, este foi um deles. Me peguei torcendo para a Andreia escapar mas não foi bem assim, mais uma vez foi provado que no mundo WD os homens se dão melhor quando estão sozinhos. O que será que vai acontecer? são tantas as possibilidades, algumas delas descritas acima. Mesmos com episódios lentos WD nos deixa apreensivos e ainda bem que o Rick lindinho apareceu, estou feliz esta semana.

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I disagree with the episode being disappointing. The suspense of Andrea being the Governor's prey was great. Nice job by both actors. I also loved the focus on characters such as Tyrese, Milton, Sasha and Allen. I love the on screen chemistry between Sasha and Tyrese. It is also great to see yet again, that we can have episode without most of the main cast.

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What if the inevitable arises and Hershel dies (may he rest in peace), and Milton becomes the new "pursuit of science" within the prison group? Although Milton isn't built nearly as tough as the group, I think that something will push him to the edge, and galvanize him... And hey, if he's not that good with firearms, you could always start him off with melee weapons.

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Did anyone notice that when The Governor came back and when he was talking to Milton about the pits he was holding his jacket closed. I think he got scratched by a walker and is trying to cover it up until the end. And as kick ass as the writers are trying to make Andrea you would think that she would have fought much harder to not be taken by the Governor, being so close to the prison.

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(continued)... I suspect that his torture will happen to her and not Michonne now, and then she in turn will kill him (varying from the comics) unless Michonne has it also happen to her and they both do it. How impatient we all are. I for one love the suspense.

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What a whiny review and bunch of fake fans!
I swear it seems like the de rigeur way to be "cool" is to find fault with everything. We loved this episode. In fact, we were sharing a glass of wine and had to keep passing it back & forth because we were afraid to jump and spill it. My only real gripe was that I didn't understand why Andrea didn't steal his truck. How did he figure out she was in the building? He was looking for her and heard her. Did you think he'd just stand there in the field scratching his balls until she said "here I am!"? SMH To the other comment that said "as if they were heading the same place." Um, they WERE. He found her because he was following paths he suspected she would take en route to the PRISON. It's not like it was a mystery where she was headed. I suspect that his torture will happen to her and not Michonne now, and then she in turn will kill him (varying from the comics) unless Michonne has it also happen to her and they both do it. How impatient we all are. I for one love the suspense.

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The show has slowed down to a crawl for me the last few episodes. Enough of Andrea and Woodbury. Get the focus back to Rick and the gang. I felt stupid watching tonight. Did the governor have a tracking device on Andrea? He found her no matter where she went. I just rolled my eyes and pray an pray ae finally get rid of the governor soon.

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