I ain’t a Judas kicked off with our survivors clearing up after their showdown with the Governor. Instead of mourning Axel’s death the gang get straight into a debate about whether they should leave the prison or not. The obvious answer to this is yes, yes you should leave because the Governor could return all guns blazing at any point. Despite being on the brink of insanity Rick makes the final decision opting for shelter over safety and making the group easy pickings for another attack. It turns out that Carl is not only the youngest survivor, but also the most sensible as he tells his father to step down as leader and while its unlikely Rick will take this advice, it was good to see at least one person is thinking about what’s best for the group.
Over in Woodbury, Andrea is having a bit of a dilemma: should she stay with her one-eyed beau or return to her friends at the prison? Things are made even worse when the Governor begins recruiting an army. Clearly keen on equal opportunities, Woodbury’s fearless leader doesn’t care whether this comprises of men, women or children, so long as they can fight. At one point he seems to be weighing up having an old woman take part but since she has arthritis he opts for an asthmatic teenager instead, what a guy. Woodbury is no longer a safe and happy town, it’s an army camp in which all the citizens are all to keen to take part in a war. Spending so much time watching zombie fight club must have gone to their heads.
Shockingly, Merle seems to be making an effort to become a part of Ricks group, which is a good move as he most certainly cannot return to Woodbury. First off he has a chat with Herschel, giving them the chance to bond over their missing limbs, then he heads for Michonne. After she compares him to a member of the Gestapo (a statement which Merle appears to take as a compliment) some of their shared hatred for one another seems to have fizzled out. It would seem that underneath all his racist and sexist opinions Merle actually has some admiration for Michonne, possibly because, in her, he has finally met his match.
I couldn’t help but feel for Andrea when she arrived at the prison. Fair enough she’s acted like an idiot for most of series 3 but to be knocked about by people who were once called friends and then see that Merle has been accepted into the group is a pretty rough welcome home. No one seems too happy to see her either, which is understandable given what the Governor has done but from a group who constantly call themselves a “family” it seemed a bit harsh. As both sides prepare for war Carol comes up with a different way of ending things. Before Andrea leaves she encourages her to “give the Governor the night of his life” and then kill him. This is beyond ridiculous. In series one and two the women were rarely shown doing anything other than the washing, thankfully series 3 has started showing the women fighting their survival rather than just being protected by the men. Throughout all this Andrea has proven herself as a keen and capable fighter, and yet the smartest thing Carol can come up with is shagging and stabbing the Governor, what a joke. To make matters worse Andrea actually considers it, she just doesn’t quite manage the stabbing part. Nice work girls, nice work.
The episode came to an end really nicely with Beth singing Tom Waits’ “Hold On” to the group. Music is a rare treat in The Walking Dead and this particular song seemed to really emphasise the survivors struggle. A the rest of the group gather together Hershel, Daryl and Rick discuss their next move, it looks as though these three might be becoming a mini council for the group. I hope this is the case as it will certainly work better than Rick single-handedly running things. Rick sets up next weeks episode by declaring that he Carl and Michonne will be going on a “run’. Although he doesn’t specify its obvious that they are off to Woodbury leaving us to anticipate how that one might turn out.