Last week’s episode of AMC’s The Walking Dead pulled off an unexpected and blatantly deliberate case of “bait and switch.” What seemed like a docile filler episode laced with character exposition erupted – literally – into a bloody firefight that set the stage for more fireworks between the prison and Woodbury to come.
Rick (Andrew Lincoln) has been wandering the prison’s outskirts in search of ghost Lori where he hopes to find some sort of resolution, peace, direction, or all of the above. In doing so, he’s let Hershel in on his mental state of mind and lit a fuse that could result in the rest of the group ousting him from power, much in the same way Rick once wanted to oust Shane for also “losing his mind and humanity.”
While Rick’s mind slips further away, Merle (Michael Rooker) and the Governor’s (David Morrissey) brutal interrogation have awoken a sleeping beast within Glenn (Steven Yeun). No longer content with being the kind and soft spoken member of the group, Glenn proposes he and Michonne attack Woodbury and kill the Governor once and for all. He doesn’t seem to care whether Rick approves of his taking charge or not.
Glenn was away on some sort of person (scouting?) mission when the Governor and a couple of his goons launched a surprise attack on the prison to both test its defenses and show a sign of force and power. The attack worked, killing Axel and leaving Rick and his group feeling separated and extremely vulnerable. In fact, if not for the return of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Merle, Rick would have been a goner having been cornered by zombies against the prison fence.
The attack left the outer grassy area of the prison full of zombies and Rick’s group split between the outside and inner confines of the compound. It will take clearing out many zombies for Rick, Michonne, Merle and Daryl to get back to where Carl, Hershel and the rest of the group are hold up. While they worry about that, the Governor will have to explain his actions to increasingly suspicious Andrea (Laurie Holden) and hope she doesn’t defect.
The Walking Dead: Season 3 episode 311 ‘I Ain’t a Judas’ premieres tonight on AMC at 9/8c, competing with the 85th Annual Academy Awards. As usual it will be followed immediately by The Talking Dead in its new hour long format where a sneak preview scene from next Sunday’s episode will debut. You can watch an online streaming version of ‘I Ain’t a Judas’ for a minimal cost here at Amazon.com beginning early tomorrow morning so be certain to bookmark that page. In addition, each previous episode including last week’s ‘Home’ are available to stream online right now at Amazon. An official live free streaming version of The Walking Dead for mobile devices, computers and tablets such as iPad is sadly not made available by AMC. Subscribing is the best way to go.