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.


I have to laugh when I read some of these bizarrely negative comments on this great episode. Some folks here get it but others, especially the reviewer, definitely need to wake up. This is a 16 episode season, you pretty much know the story they are telling and if you think they are going to waste the ultimate confrontation with the Governor / Woodbury before the season finale, well, then you are just fooling yourself and might as well go off and play your video games or read your comics. It seems more and more that some people these days have ADD and have no patience for suspense built slowly, character development, etc. I feel sorry for those who have been unable to appreciate some of these really fine episodes because there is no bloodbath or even, amazingly, that you don't like the character that is being highlighted during the episode. I, for one, have enjoyed the journey this season and it is because things take time to develop that I keep coming back. Otherwise, I could simply go on the net and get my quick mindless fix of whatever I want. Perhaps that is what some people here should do and let those who can appreciate good writing and acting enjoy the show.


I completely disagree with your first sentence. This has not been a great season. As someone else pointed out, they really only had enough material for about 8 episodes. The first half of the season was fairly well done, but its taken until this episode for the tension to really come through. They spent an entire hour on Rick getting guns, an entire hour on he and the Governor talking. Like others, I'm ready for this season to be done.

Jose t

Didnt like the episode cause i don't like Andrea and see a whole episode of mostly her was too much! I missed the prison crew! And the ending would have been better if it was revealed that the governor was bitten


The producers made a mistake. They thought they had enough ideas and material to write an eventful 16-episode sequence that had our heroes arriving in the prison in episode 3.1 and fighting a conclusive battle with Woodbury in 3.16. It's looking now like they had enough ideas for about 8 episodes. "Prey" doesn't move the story along very much, nor does it reveal much of anything that's new, and that's too bad. Lack of ideas. What it did do, however, was move. Laurie points a gun at the Gov, marches around town, marches through the forest, plays cat and mouse with the Gov, and makes it almost to the prison. It's mostly filler, but at least it's *tasty* filler. Like everybody else, I was ready for the final confrontation several episodes ago. Guess I'll have to wait a couple more ...


That was ridiculous How did he find her to begin with? Out of all the places he could have looked he seemed to come across her very easily, even if they were both headed to the same place its quite stupid. Also how did he know she was in that building, because she knocked over that container with metals or w/e it was? Bullshit, that truck was ridiculously loud, theres no way he would have heard that. And the walkers coming out of nowhere again... They are in a building with almost no sound and they can't heard these uncoordinated moaning and grunting things walking about until they are right behind them? The entire episode was even worse than the highway scene where hundreds came out of thin air.


I thought it was a great episode. The tension was beyond intense. The Gov was the ultimate stalker, causing much more fear than being sprung upon by walkers. I wish Tyrese would get his head out of his butt and just leave already. I thought he said all that stuff to Gov at the end to make him at ease and would then look at his wife and say we're out of here, sad to see they have him still unsure of what to do. I imagine Milton will end up getting Andrea out of the dungeon and will probably die at Gov's hands doing so. Sorry you didn't like the episode, I thought it was quite good.


Personally, I think your rating was generous. Every episode gets less and less intriguing and intense and more boring as we have to sit through more scenes of the insufferable ass known as the "Governor." That's what they call me. Yeah, whatever. He was mildly intriguing when he was first introduced but is nothing now but a waste of time.


I just wish the governor would die already! I'm sick of the crazy asshole. I missed Rick and the gang tonight. I didn't hate the episode but it was hard to love it considering Andrea is one of my least favorite characters. I was rooting for her in the end though. The tyrese storyline was snooze fest for me.


Yeah, disagree. I've been completely bored the last couple of episodes, but this one had me invested for pretty much the whole thing. Even more surprising because I have absolutely zero tolerance for Andrea at this point.



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