Written by John Edward Betancourt
What a wild ride the second half of season three has been for The Walking Dead. We've had Rick lose his mind, the Governor bring forth his wrath and the first ever walker bomb in horror history. So what then did we get last night? Simple enough, a dark and brooding episode that set up the pieces for the rest of the reason. Some might write this one off as a snoozer, but when last night's events come back to haunt both groups "I Ain't a Judas" will be regarded as a cornerstone episode.
The Good: I loved the cloud that hung over every scene. Now that we have all seen just how sadistic the Governor truly is, the level of brutality the inevitable conflict between the prison and Woodbury will be off the charts, and that somehow adds a sense of dread to the show I've not yet seen. Watching a 14 year old asthmatic kid pick up a rifle to prepare to defend Woodbury is new ground for the show, and Philip's pride in making the kid do it makes it even worse.
I'm also happy with the show finally giving us the answer as to what Andrea's issue really is. We finally learned last night that before the end of the world and after it, she is nothing more than a lost soul. She will go with the flow, desperately moving from one cause to another in the hopes of finding some inner peace they have yet to reveal on this show. Regardless she is now torn between two worlds and I am anxious to see where the story will take her now that we have an idea of who Andrea really is.
Have to say I also loved the twist of sending Tyreese and his gang to Woodbury. The implications of their arrival, and the two dip wads who wanted to kill Carl and Carol without batting an eye is terrifying for the group and for the rest of the season. Speaking of, my favorite scene by far, was Andrea's return to the group. The distrust from Rick was dark enough, but the gravity of how many the group has lost truly came to light as they revealed their fallen one after another. It was the first time I think we've really been able to reflect with them as an audience how grave these losses are, and for me at least, it left me worried just how much worse their losses will become.
The Bad: My only chief complaint about this episode, is that at times it felt clunky. Early on especially, but it seemed that we jumped from story to story and the show didn't really seem to find its flow until Andrea went to the prison.
The Verdict: Some may call this episode slow, or a sign of trouble with the show again, but I see it as quite the opposite. The pieces of this puzzle are coming together as the storm clouds on the horizon gather. This is nothing more than a slow build to an incredible explosion. Get ready.