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The Walking Dead Recap: Someone Is Probably A Judas, Plus Exclusive Photos From Next Week!

We apologize for the delay in this week’s recap, the Academy Awards are just too long. To make it up to you, this week’s recap has exclusive photos from episode 12! Get caught up with last week then hit the jump to see if the remaining humans have killed each other yet. 


This week’s episode “I Ain’t a Judas” began with a cold open on the group the day after the attack. At this point no one is leading, even though Rick still believes he is. Stay or go, they’re pretty much screwed so now it’s a matter of whether or not they attack or sit and wait to be killed.

In Woodbury, The Governor is with Milton coming up with a list of residents able to fight and no, children are not exempt. Andrea joins them to find out The Governor did in fact go to the prison but guess what? He lies and tells her the prison residents were the ones who “started it.” She attempts to convince him talking things over will allow for a peaceful resolution to the whole fight but he tells her if she makes a move, she’s not welcome back in Woodbury. Outside, Andrea starts to piece together what’s really going on. The Governor is starting a militia and she’s not the only one unhappy about it.

Hershell and Merle have a surprising heart to heart at the prison. Merle may not like anyone there but he knows if he goes back to Woodbury, The Governor will kill him. In fact, he lays out just how The Governor will kill their entire group should he return.

Andrea decides she’s going to the prison no matter what and ropes Milton into helping her even though she really has no reason to trust him. Meanwhile, Milton is looking like the child in the Andrea/Governor divorce situation. But help her he does, even though he spills to The Governor after, and they go off in search of a walker pet so Andrea can walk to the prison without being bothered. For the first time, I almost felt bad for a walker. And as it happens, while they’re working, the missing Tyreese and his group find them and Milton takes them back to Woodbury. Oh boy. Not good.

So what did Andrea expect when returning to her lost group? She knows The Governor has not been forthright but she had no idea how he’s treated other human beings, the ones she cares about in particular. So when she comes to the gates of the prison, she’s greeted as a spy rather than a friend. Rick was particularly hard on her but then again, he’s been that way with everyone as of late. Her attempts at a peaceful resolution aren’t being heard at the prison either and she realizes during her stay in Woodbury, she’s missed a lot and may not fit in with her old friends anymore. She and Michonne finally have a chat in which Michonne lays it all out for her: “You chose a warm bed over a friend.” She’s got a point Andrea. Just as she’s leaving, Carol gives her a serious talk. She tells her to sleep with The Governor, even though she has no idea the two were already involved, and murder him in his sleep. It’s the only way to end the fight, she says. If you hadn’t realized how Carol has changed since she traveled with her abusive husband, now you know.

Back in Woodbury, we see Tyreese and the rest being indoctrinated into the town’s ways and unlike most interactions in this series, the most important information necessary is revealed right away. They were inside the prison and they agree to help The Governor get inside. Dammit, Tyreese! Only Rick was crazy, that doesn’t mean you should sentence and entire group to death. Andrea doesn’t hide her return and goes straight to The Governor to tell him it was her choice to return. The tension here was palpable as we know what’s in the back of her mind. If she can get him to let his guard down, she can end the conflict. Of course she’d be stuck in Woodbury as a murderer but I don’t think that’s quite occurred to her. They do spend the night together and Andrea makes a move. She grabs her knife and stands naked over the sleeping Governor…and does nothing. Come on, you know The Governor isn’t going out that easily.

Usually I’d complain about an episode filled with mostly talking but in this case, it worked? Why? Because the character interactions actually mattered. The Michonne/Andrea confrontation most of all but also Carol/Daryl, Merle/Hershell, Merle/Michonne, and Carol/Andrea. I’m not sure when the big confrontation will come and who will live through it but you can bet it’s going to get nasty.

Let us know what you thought of the new episode in the comments and we’ll see you back here next Monday for another recap! Here are the three exclusive pictures from next week’s episode of The Walking Dead on AMC.

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  • Veronica Belmont

    Dammit, Andrea.

  • Chaka ♥

    About Carol and not knowing about Andrea’s involvement with the Governor – didn’t Merle lay all that out to them when he first met up with Rick and the group? It may have been out in the wild and not back at the prison, but I assume that news traveled back to the prison and that’s why everyone was so suspicious of her in the first place.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Every episode of this show, I swear is the last episode I will watch…and then Monday rolls toward me and I can’t think of anything better to do. I cannot see a single redeeming element in the whole shebang outside of the fricken rednecks.

  • Jill Pantozzi

    Oh did he? I must have missed that. Makes sense though.

  • Ryan Colson

    I don’t think we saw it, but it’s obvious both Michonne and Merle had plenty to say about Andrea’s actions in WB.

  • Ryan Colson

    I liked this episode, and Morgan’s returning next week obviously… the quality since season 2 has went up from terrible, Andrea aside, gladly. I really wish AMC had the smarts to redeem Merle slowly but surely, but I’ve a feeling he’s the TV’s version of Martinez and he’s just there to be the Judas. Really hope he’s not a spy though, it’s been interesting seeing him take interesting directions in the last two eps, and Rooker’s a great actor.

  • Guest

    I was kind of surprised myself because find this episode very good despite a lot of drama and very little action. This is because the conversations gives us clues of what will happen to them. I especially liked the Merle/Hershel part especially when Merle told the horror that will become of the if the Governor comes back. overall its an A- for me

  • Guest

    I was kind of surprised myself because I found myself loving this episode. It may not be as action packed as the last one but it sure is as relevant to the story

  • Guest

    I was kind of surprised myself because I found myself loving this episode. It may not be as action packed as the last one but it sure is as relevant to the story. I liked the Merle/Hershel talk. it showed a different kind of Merle (so he used to read the Bible… parents to blame?) and i liked how he lays out the horror of what is to come when the Governor comes back after he “Ringed the Doorbell” . I was just a bit, bit, shocked that Carol would say such thing to Andrea. the ‘Strolling the Walker’ part is cool. The Beth singing part is also awesome. The Andrea/Phillip ending part does not excite me for the next episode though…. i kinda know she is not gonna stab him. IMO, its an A-

  • Anonymous

    Again an episode leaving me wondering if all the money is really that comforting to Kirkman after he screws his story. Yes the episode was not horrible, but Tyreese in Woodbury is just effed up. I mean effed up in more ways than I really want to get into not only from a TV show perspective but to the whole original story perspective. I truly hope they make the final confrontation very good or I might have to give up. Yeah they can;t make the show like the comic because there would be way to much violence. But still at least the comic had a better balance between character growth, interaction and action.

    Out of the whole episode, I thought the Carl/Rick interaction was the best, though I did enjoy the burn from Michonne in the Andrea/Michonne bit. I appreciate what they have done with Carol in comparison and even Herschel. Beth on the other hand creeps me the hell out. She stares a lot and it’s really beginning to scare me.