The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11 “I Ain’t A Judas” Review

Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11 I Ain't A Judas Cast Photo

In Season 3, Episode 11 titled “I Ain’t A Judas”, Andrea’s and Merle’s allegiance are questioned when they return to Rick’s group at the prison.

Let’s dissect the episode! Continue reading for my gut reaction and spoiler filled thoughts.

Wake Up Andrea

If you find it hard to sit through scenes with Andrea, this week’s episode is probably one that you want erased from your memory.

Andrea’s characterization throughout the past three seasons has been problematic to say the least. Though I’m not completely aboard the Andrea hate-train like some fans, my biggest issue this season is how the writers kept her under the Governor’s spell and clueless to just about everything happening around her.

I forgot that Andrea didn’t know Shane was killed by Rick. From a viewer’s perspective that happened last year. And despite witnessing heads in the fish tank, walking dead Penny, and the Dixon brothers fight to the (non) death, she can’t break the Governor’s hold over her.

Because Andrea’s actions are so misguided and misinformed, it’s easy to understand why she is a source of viewer’s frustration.

Time For A New Leader?

I thought this episode would start with Rick, Daryl and Merle killing their way back into the prison. But the show just cut to them already inside with the group. Not really a big deal, though it’s unlike the show, at least in Season 3, to skip an opportunity for some head-popping action.

Carl asks his Dad to stop being the leader. As much as it would benefit Rick to be temporarily alleviated from taking responsibility for his followers, would it be in the best interest of the group as well?

While Rick is cold and unhinged, he did hold baby Judith which is something that was troubling him a couple of episodes ago. As long as Rick is open to Daryl’s advice, I believe he should still lead the group for now.

The biggest decision at the moment is what do to next in light of the escalating war with the Governor. If there’s one person who can anticipate the Governor’s next move it’s Merle.

Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11 I Ain't A Judas Merle

Cut Off The Offending Hand

Merle describing the order in which the Governor would kill them off, including Carl and the baby, is very ruthless but not surprising.

Should the group send Merle back to Woodbury as a bargaining chip like Glenn suggests? Not the finest suggestion by Glenn, its obvious he’s visibly upset the group allowed Merle into their home.

For his best chance at survival, Merle is smart enough to know he can’t burn his bridges with Rick’s group. Which explains why he’s bonding with Hershel over Bible scriptures and trying to make amends with Michonne (“don’t leave out the cardio”).

Prison Reunion

I can’t remember an episode without a clear kill of the week. Even though it’s still walking, I’ll give the nod to Andrea chopping off the arms and curb stomping the jaw of her freshly neutered pet walker.

At the prison, she receives a warm hug from Carol but a pat down from Rick. Andrea takes offense over Rick’s accusations of being a traitor; deflecting the blame by quickly pointing her finger at Merle. Good to see Merle is learning to keep his big mouth shut.

Did you chuckle when Michonne told Andrea she said “nothing” to Rick’s group? Andrea’s blind spot is the Governor’s true sadistic nature until Michonne reveals that he sent Merle to kill her after leaving Woodbury.

Michonne is hurt over how Andrea looked the other way and choose a warm bed over their friendship. Leave it to a not-so-innocent Carol to suggest Andrea kill the Governor in his sleep. When did Carol get so devious? Her conversations with Michonne and Carol sets up the final scene of the episode.

Walking Dead Season 3 Andrea

Sleeping With The Enemy

Andrea is an outsider stuck in between two worlds. She no longer belongs to Rick’s group ever since they abandoned her at Hershel’s farm. She’s not a part of Woodbury either, though she’s under a false impression she has a purpose there … or maybe just in the Governor’s bed.

The Governor is raising an army including a teenager suffering from asthma. Unfortunately for Tyreese’s group they are unknowingly caught in the Governor’s web of manipulation much like Andrea when she first arrived in Woodbury.

Negotiations or some sort of truce isn’t an option for Rick, certainly not for the Governor. Should Andrea take a stand on whose side she’s on? Or did she make that decision by not killing the Governor? Either way she’s basically condemning both sides to suffer more casualties by letting the Governor live.

I didn’t believe The Governor would get cut while sleeping. But I was thinking he would catch the knife in time and perhaps put down Andrea like a sickly dog. Regardless of Andrea’s fate in the comics, do you want the TV show to cut their losses by killing her off?

On a side note, sorry Beth, you’re a good singer but Tom Waits’ gravelly voice sounds so much better than yours, “Hold on, hold on …”

What are your overall thoughts on this Andrea-centric episode? Why did the Governor allow Andrea to go to the prison after Milton snitched on her? With knife in hand, why didn’t Andrea kill the Governor?

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