The Walking Dead: “Prey” Review

the_walking_dead_prey1Spoilers!

“Prey” is a vast improvement over “Arrow on the Doorpost.” And it has everything that the previous episode lacked, including stakes. “Arrow on the Doorpost” didn’t amount to much, because the outcome was obvious and didn’t really progress the plot, besides telling us what we already knew. In “Prey”, Andrea, with Milton’s help, has finally figured out what the Governor plans to do. She runs away from Woodbury and attempts to travel to the prison in order to warn Rick and the others about their impending slaughter.

This episode was almost entirely Andrea-centric, and we only see Rick in a nonspeaking role for a brief moment near the end of the episode.

Interestingly enough, “Prey” opens up with a flashback to Michonne and Andrea camping out together. Andrea, in a rare moment of insightfulness, correctly guesses that the walkers Michonne keeps with her are people she knew. Michonne responds that those walkers weren’t human to begin with and that they deserved what they got. While we don’t see Michonne again this episode, this scene is making a statement about the Governor. Andrea needs to realize that someone doesn’t need to be a walker to be a monster. Furthermore, it gives us some nice insight into Michonne’s past.

Fast-forward to the present day, in which the Governor is setting up a torture chamber for Michonne. The Governor still wants revenge for his daughter Penny, and right now, all that matters to him is getting it. Milton, warns Andrea what the Governor plans to do, and now that all the facts are practically hitting Andrea in the face, she can no longer deny that the Governor isn’t who he seems to be. She tells Milton to escape Woodbury and to go to the prison with her, but Milton refuses. Andrea runs into Tyreese and Sasha on her way out and warns them about the Governor.

Most of this episode is just the Governor hunting Andrea down so she cannot make it to the prison and warn the Atlanta survivors about what’s going to happen. While she’s on foot, the Governor’s in a car, and between Woodbury and the prison are countless walkers that she has to avoid.

I admit that Andrea has not been my favorite character this season. She seemed to have fallen irrevocably in love with the Governor, which didn’t take much, probably because he managed to offer her something no one else could: a warm, safe place to stay. She continued denying that anything was wrong despite all the warning signs. And she kept convincing herself and trying to convince everyone at the prison that the people in Woodbury were nice people.

No, I’m sorry, Tyreese and Sasha are nice people. The people who stood around chanting for Merle and Daryl to fight to the death are not nice people.

Andrea’s complete one-eighty in this episode was both surprising and welcoming. Even though Andrea failed to warn Rick and ended up being captured by the Governor, she still proved herself formidable, and her chase scene and hiding from the Governor in the warehouse was intense and thrilling. Not to mention, she was resourceful; the door trick she used to sic a bunch of walkers on the Governor to aid her escape was really smart. And it said a lot that she didn’t go back and help him, even when she heard him screaming.

Milton was great this episode as well. Sure, he stopped Andrea from killing the Governor when she had the chance, but that’s a little understandable for him. He may not be completely in the dark about what kind of person the Governor is, but he still considers him a friend. And he has morals that he tries to uphold. When Andrea leaves, she tells Milton that he can no longer turn a blind eye to what the Governor does, and he doesn’t. It’s very much implied that Milton is the one to torch a pit of walkers that the Governor was going to use to ambush the prison. And after the Governor comes back to Woodbury with a captured Andrea, whom he tells everyone that he couldn’t find, Milton is the only one who knows the truth.

Milton is quickly becoming a favorite character of mine. He’s well-acted, and he’s really growing as a person.

Tyreese and his group are also having some fascinating developments as well. And they are slowly realizing that Woodbury is not as great as it seems. They’re still falling for the Governor’s charisma, but hopefully they’ll eventually see through it. Also, they hopefully won’t take as long to figure it out as Andrea did.

And for those of you who have found yourself annoyed by Andrea, think of it like this: she’s not Lori.

2 thoughts on “The Walking Dead: “Prey” Review

  1. I have to say, I’m rather disappointed to see this blog participate in this fandom’s bashing of any character who ~just so happens~ to be the female lead of the show. That’s to say, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Lori and now Andrea are the most hated characters on the show, and I’m sad to see this blog join the company of other recappers who spend more time criticizing the female victims of male villains than they do the actual villains.

    • I actually really used to love Andrea’s character. She was my favorite until season three came about. I don’t like her based on her actions. The Walking Dead has plenty of female leads that I don’t complain about (Carol, Michonne, Maggie), and Andrea used to be one of them. I could also name quite a few male characters that I don’t like, as well. What I don’t like about Andrea is that until this episode, she’s blinded herself about the Governor. And in doing so, she also betrayed Michonne. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that she’s spent so long out with walkers that she had to jump at the opportunity for a safe haven and didn’t question it. And it got annoying when over and over again, she failed to see the signs that the Governor was a terrible person, until she was staring at Daryl’s impending death. The Governor’s fish tanks of heads didn’t even seem to bother her. For the most part, I liked her a lot in this episode.

      As for Lori, I don’t like her because she was a terrible person. She grew on me a little before she died, but I cannot say I was her biggest fan. I don’t like Lori for the some of the same reasons that I don’t like Shane. While her initial relationship with Shane is understandable, most of her drama came about from men, and Lori was hardly an innocent victim in the whole scandal. Yes, at one point Shane assaults her, and she is a victim there. But later in the show, the assault has completely left her mind and she more or less leads Shane on, contributing to his maddness, while getting on Rick’s case about everything. On top of that, she wants Rick to kill Shane at one point, and then she gets mad when Rick does kill her would-be-rapist in an act of self defense.

      One of the reasons I was trying to call attention to female characters over the male characters is because talking about female portrayals is one of our mission statements. I wasn’t trying to bash on Andrea or Lori for being female. And I apologize if it came off that way.

      If you would like to read it, Blackout did a post on Rick and his relationship with Lori: https://ladygeekgirl.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/in-brightest-day-rick-grimes/

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