The Walking Dead 3.14 “Prey” Discussion

Great first scene. Simple and effective flashback that reveals a bit of who Michonne is while semi-answering who her zombie pets were. And then sliding into the Governor preparing his revenge chamber with the leashes was cool.

After that, I didn’t have particularly strong feelings one way or the other about the bulk of this episode. Once you accept the ridiculous odds of the Governor stumbling across Andrea (twice), or that Woodbury is now close enough to the prison that you could walk it in an afternoon, the little cat and mouse of the primary story was nicely staged suspense. The little door moment of triumph was really well done. Go Andrea. And then the reversal comes and it was more “meh” for me than “oh no!”

The best moments, and the parts that were good character and story advancements, were left to the secondary story. The pit trap with the windchime lures was a neat detail. So it looks like Tyreese, Sasha, and Milton, have had enough of the Governor’s nonsense, while Martinez and Allen are sticking with him. I really hope Tyreese was just playing along in that final scene because he was worried about their safety rather than believing another contrived explanation for the Governor’s nuttiness. (But it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve been hoped in vain for more decisive characters.)

Earlier in the season it seemed like the pacing issues had been worked out, but over these last few weeks the uneven pacing has returned to some extent. I can’t wait for the showdown and it looks more and more like it’s going to be crammed into a single season finale episode.

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