TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD Season Three Episode 11, 'I Ain't a Judas'

AMC's Emmy Award-winning series The Walking Dead is led by showrunner Glen Mazzara and based on the acclaimed comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The next episode is scheduled to air March 3rd, 2013.

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The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.

Season 3, episode 11

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It looks like the second half of The Walking Dead season three is applying a 'slow episode' then 'action episode' formula. When I say slow, may I also remind you that a 'slow' episode of Walking Dead features several zombie kills and even a curb (or rock) stomp/mutilation. The way Andrea and Milton force that zombie onto the ground and proceed to hack its arms off before stomping its jaw into that rock…. were some of the most cringe-worthy scenes this season. Always stellar work from Greg Nicotero's KNB EFX team that pushes the boundaries of what AMC can televise.

'I Ain't a Judas' is a breather of an episode, focusing heavily on Andrea as she visits her former crew at the prison to not only analyze old friends but to see how they've been living as opposed to herself at Woodbury. Her reunion with Rick is a shovy and awkward affair. It may have seemed kind of forceful -- but think about it -- these people were just ambushed as the Governor dropped a walker bomb on their front lawn. Needless to say their paranoia is justifiable.

Merle's integration into the group adds a nice foil to the laid back mood of the prison camp. Michael Rooker's scene with Herschel (Scott Wilson) is one of the best moments in the episode and shows two seasoned actors doing what they do best. I really like the dynamic these two have together. Rick isn't straight up insane this go-around either which is nice, but the damage has been done. Carl is embarrassed by his father's actions and Herschel has to yell at Rick in another great scene where he essentially tells him to get his s*** together. Thank you Herschel.

The largest negative for me in 'I Ain't a Judas' was how Tyreese's group ends up in Woodbury, leading us to believe that they have potentially joined that opposition. This is exactly what I didn't want to happen and it's a complete mis-use of that fantastic character. I can only hold out hope that this won't be the case in the end but I'm not feeling too good about this direction. Too many characters right now and I'm thinking it's getting to be about that time where we clean house – I just don't want Tyreese getting the chopping block any time soon….

As the episode comes to a close, we're once again treated to a great song by Beth and a strange moment where we see a shadowy nude Andrea contemplating murder on the Governor while he sleeps. For a split second I thought her time might have been up considering the amount of dialog she had this episode, but it looks as though she's finally chosen her side and inevitably sealed her fate. This is not the comic version of Andrea but I have a really strong suspicion that I think I know how she redeems herself by season's end via character replacement in regards to the source material…… If this is the case – then I'm OK with how they've treated Andrea's TV counterpart. Until then – man is she annoying.

3 Stars

Inside Season 3 Episode 11, 'I Ain't a Judas'

The Making of Season 3 Episode 11, 'I Ain't a Judas'

AMC's Emmy Award-winning series The Walking Dead is directed by Glen Mazzara and based on the acclaimed comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The upcoming season will star Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Chad L. Coleman, Lauren Cohan, Melissa McBride, Melissa McBride, Lew Temple, Emily Kinney, Dallas Roberts, Michael Rooker, David Morrissey, Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus.