In this episode, the third to last of season three, a lot of people did a lot of things, but nothing really happened. Sure, stuff happened, but this episode didn’t do much to advance the storyline. Granted it was better than the episodes where everyone argues and talks about their feelings, but overall it was one of the weakest episodes this season.
Filler, if you will, and an argument for shorter seasons if this is what the writers resort to when they have to make sixteen episodes. I’ll take ten good installments that advance the story over sixteen of varying quality any day.
For some reason the episode opened with a flashback of Michonne and Andrea’s time together before they got to Woodbury, then completely left it alone. During a nighttime conversation, Michonne hints that her neutered walkers were not good people before they turned. This was an interesting bit of information, but Michonne doesn’t appear in the episode again.
Honestly, I don’t get the point. It was as if someone accidentally put that scene in this episode. It served no purpose and didn’t fit with the rest of the hour.
Not that the rest of the hour really served any purpose…
The Governor’s Goons are rounding up every weapon and bullet in Woodbury while Philip sets up his Little Shop of Horrors. Milton shows Andrea the room through an overhead vent and she decides that she needs to kill Philip.
What…it took THIS long to decide that, Andrea? Sheesh…
Milton talks Andrea out of immediately killing the Governor by telling her the Goons will just kill her as revenge so Andrea leaves town for the prison. She jumps the wall where Tyreese and Sasha are keeping watch and she warns them that the Governor isn’t what he seems.
Gee, thanks for waiting all this time to warn someone Andrea. You really need to work on your timing, girlfriend.
Being the nervous little puppy he is, Milton’s expressions make it easy for the Governor to deduce he blabbed to Andrea about his planned massacre of the prison gang. So the only two people in Woodbury with a clue about what’s really going on are Andrea and Milton.
It’s time for the Woodburians to print up a whole load of “We’re Screwed” t-shirts.
Tyrese, Sasha, and the Two Generic White Guys who round out their group are recruited into going to the biter pits. Once he figures out what they’re planning on doing with the captured ghouls, Tyreese has a fit and is sent to his room.
Out in the wild, Andrea is running faster than any human should be able to in those boots. Philip is hot on her heels in his big, loud truck. He somehow manages to find her literally in the middle of nowhere. GPS ain’t got nothing on a pissed off Philip.
Andrea gets away by…running. Yes, running. From a truck. That works.
As night falls, she finds shelter in a large building. The moment she crosses the threshold Philip and His Magic Tracking Skills pulls up at the very same building.
Mind you this isn’t the only building in the area, but apparently this one has a huge, neon sign that says, “Andrea Is Here” on it. And so begins a very long game of cat-and-mouse with lots of clanking metal, ominous shadows, and biters appearing out of thin air.
After what feels like an eternity in the world’s crappiest haunted house and a few random biter kills later, Philip corners Andrea where she backs against a lone door. What Philip doesn’t know, but Andrea does, is that behind the door is a stairway full of Hungry Hungry Hellions to the left and a convenient exit to the right. Andrea pushes back the door making her escape to the right and leaving Philip to deal with a dozen or so biters with only a pistol and a shovel.
Andrea’s free of the building and the Governor, but apparently not bright enough to take his truck or at least flatten all the tires first. Sometimes I think that woman is trying to make us hate her.
Back at the biter pit, a faceless figure arrives pouring gasoline all over the creepy crawlies then sets them ablaze before driving away. I don’t think it’s any huge feat of deduction to say that was probably Milton.
No matter who it was, flaming fiends were a real treat to see. There’s nothing quite like the warm glow of a pack of burning biters. I bet it smelled like a backyard barbecue that night.
Somebody get the beans and cornbread. Yum!
Sometime after sunrise, Andrea fi-na-lly stumbles upon the prison. As she gets to the edge of the clearing she smiles at the sight and raises her hand to signal the person keeping watch in the guard tower, which happens to be Rick.
She barely gets her hand over her head when out of nowhere Philip pounces on her.
Yep, outnumbered and out-toothed the unstoppable Governor somehow managed to survive the zombie ambush and still find Andrea in the very nick of time. Forget the walkers, Philip Blake is The Most Supernatural Man On Earth.
I bet he drinks Dos Equis.
Rick catches a glimpse of the activity at the edge of the woods and scopes it out with the scope of his rifle. By this time the Governor has Andrea firmly pinned to the ground so Rick figures he was just imagining things. And that’s it for any and all appearances by our prison buddies. Save for the randomly tacked on opening with Michonne, all we got this week was a dialogue-free cameo by Rick.
No Daryl = No Good.
The Governor drives back to town in his big, old truck and tells everyone he didn’t find Andrea then Martinez tells him about the random roasting at the pit. The Governor first slyly confronts Tyreese about the burning by asking him where he got the gasoline, but it’s clear Tyreese has no idea what he’s talking about.
The Governor leaves and soon encounters Milton on the street. During their brief conversation Milton says he heard about the pit burning and hopes the Governor finds out who did it. Philip says, “Already have.” Yeah, Milton’s going to be as toasted at the pit biters real soon.
As the episode comes to a close, the camera slowly snakes its way through the twists and turns of a building. The view approaches a closed door then pushes through it to reveal a bound and gagged Andrea sitting in the Governor’s funhouse chair.
Game over Andrea.
This was the epitome of a filler episode. On the plus side, it did pass the time better than some filler episodes. Still, that’s no excuse for such a weak outing. The Walking Dead has proven it can do much better in the past, I’m looking at you “Clear,” which makes an episode like this all the more disappointing.
It was an hour of plot holes into which zombies fell.
About the only things we learned by watching “Prey” is that Milton has definitely turned against his friend Philip, walkers can take a serious torching and still keep snapping, and Philip Blake paired with his truck become the Wonder Twins of Woodbury.