“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.