The “Prey” with whom the title to last night’s episode referred to was Andrea, who spent much of the episode on the run from The Governor. It was another stall episode, necessary at this point in the season to push the ultimate Woodbury vs. The Prison showdown to the finale, but as stall episodes go, it was wicked intense. Co-written by Glen Mazzara, it was definitely in the vein of his style of Walking Dead episode: Fast-paced, action-oriented, and spare with the character development. Overall, for what it was aiming to do, I thought it was a successful episode, an excellent game of cat-and-mouse with a stomach lurching twist ending that was either satisfying or bleak, depending on your perspective on Andrea.
Let’s start this week at the end.
Last night’s episode closed with the terrifying image of Andrea, gagged and affixed to The Governor’s personal house of horrors, a torture contraption originally intended for Michonne, where The Governor plans to play out the macabre fantasies in his mind on a real subject. Indeed, Andrea’s head is poised to appear soon in The Governor’s fish tank.
But before you get all bummed out about Andrea’s impending and gruesome demise, remember this: Andrea didn’t have to be here. If Andrea didn’t want to end up in a chair where The Governor was planning to slice off her eyelids, she could’ve been a good friend and left with Michonne at the beginning of season two instead of F***KING The Governor. Who are you going to trust? The woman who kept you alive during the entire winter, or some creepy dude you just met who is seriously hung up on his dead daughter? If Andrea didn’t want to have her fingers broken by The Governor, she could’ve bailed when she saw that the The Governor was arranging fights between the citizens of Woodbury with biters in the mix for ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES because, come on lady, that’s f***ed up. If Andrea didn’t want an eyeball punctured by The Governor, she could’ve ran off with Rick and them after The Governor pitted Merle against Daryl. If Andrea didn’t want her flesh turned into a coat, she could’ve left with Michonne after she found out that The Governor kept trophies of dead people.
If Andrea didn’t want to be slapped around with her own dismembered feet, she could’ve chosen to stay with the prison when she went back to negotiate a truce and it became apparent to even the dimmest, most oblivious woman alive that The Governor — who had nearly raped Maggie — was not a good person. In fact, Andrea knew that, and if she didn’t want to have her cheeks pulled apart by fish hooks in The Governor’s laceration chair, she could’ve stabbed him when she had the chance, i.e., WHEN SHE WAS STANDING OVER A SLEEPING GOVERNOR WITH A KNIFE. If Andrea didn’t want to have her nipples sliced off and fed to her, you know what? She could’ve been a little quicker on the trigger when she had The Governor 10 feet away and in her sights. Dumbass. If Andrea didn’t want to end up in The Governor’s cabbage soup, she could’ve stuck around to ensure that The Walkers finished The Governor off.
The point I’m trying to make here should be fairly clear: Andrea is USELESS. She’s had so many outs, at this point, she almost deserves what she gets. Sure, she has some mad zombie-killing skills, but she has sh*t. for. brains. Honestly, I’m surprised the walkers are even interested in her, given how little nutritional value her brains are capable of providing. I’m not suggesting that ANYONE deserves to be bound, gagged, and tortured, but let’s be honest: If someone HAD to go down that road, Andrea’s been wearing those walking boots all season long. If she is killed and dismembered and put in a chow bowl for walkers, I’m not gonna be that bummed about it.
With that out of the way, let’s back up and touch upon a few other details in last night’s episode.