The 11th episode of the current series, I ain't a Judas, is an interesting episode in this second half of season 3. It picks up a little after the previous episodes explosive cliffhanger; for those of you who didn't watch last week, shame on you again, there is no reprieve for spoilers of episodes a week old, so if you are wishing to be surprised then read no further.
Carl and Rick have a heart to heart chat in which he tell his Dad he wants him to stop being the leader. He suggests Darryl should handle things and for a moment Rick looks betrayed. Carl has a good point though, Rick has not been in the right frame of mind to lead and be responsible for people. We can see where some may even feel let down or betrayed.
Back at Woodbury, the Governor takes stock of his people and how many he can arm and prepare for battle; he wants to train his people to go back and completely destroy the prison. He insists to Andrea that the people at the prison have changed and that the tensions between Woodbury and the Prison were started by Rick and his associates. Andrea knows deep down this is impossible. Andrea learns that the Governor is raising an army and tries to use her influence to sway people but the majority of Woodbury believes an all out confrontation against the Prison and its inhabitants is for the best.
"Andrea, you go to that prison... stay there."
- The Governor
Herschel and Merle have a heart to heart about how he lost his leg. They trade Bible quotes and really do begin to make a connection; Herschel seems to want to salvage what little humanity is left in Merle. Daryl and Carol have a discussion about what the prison truly is and how she owes him for finding her alive in the catacombs. Carol points out how Merle is just bringing Daryl down compared to how far he had come, she feels that Merle is a threat to not just Daryl’s own development but quite possibly to the feelings she has developed for Daryl, a plot element that is flirted with on a regular basis but nothing seems to develop with it.
While hunting for a walker to disable and use as a distraction, Andrea encounters Tyreese and his gang on their way from the Prison. Milton offers to take Tyreese and his group back to Woodbury while Andrea continues onwards. Andrea finally arrives at the prison, using the disabled walker to cross the infested fields. Maggie and Carl are on lockout when they see her approaching, however Rick is not too welcoming of her as he frisks her and makes Andrea get on her knees, treating her like the enemy.
"There's nothing to work out... we're going to kill him..."
- Rick Grimes
This episode is more filler for bridging the gap between last week and the episode coming up next week as next week's episode seems even more action packed than before. However it still shows the beauty of Kirkman’s on screen direction as even the most insignificant episodes can remain interesting.