Found March 18, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
Last week’s episode of The Walking Dead promised the inevitable war between Team Prison and Team Woodbury, but Sunday’s episode, “Prey,” didn’t follow through on that proclamation. We didn’t get war. What we got was, basically, the Governor tracking down a fleeing Andrea. ANDREA KNOWS Milton tips off Andrea to the Governor’s plan of capturing Michonne and slaughtering Rick’s crew, before leading her into a back room that turns out to be a little shop of horrors for the Governor. He’s assembled a dentist-like chair, and adjacent to that is a table and tray plastered with needles of all sizes and other kinds of sharp objects capable of causing a person some immense pain. Andrea aims to kill the Gov then and there, but Milton (stupidly?) stops her, and she decides it’s time to get out of Dodge. After (stupidly?) turning over her guns — leaving herself nothing but a measly knife — she leaps over the wall guarded by Tyreese and Sasha and takes off running for the prison. TYREESE LIVES! Seriously, you sort of had to wonder what Tyreese  and his small band were up to in Woodbury. The focus of the episodes since their arrival were set more on the season’s core characters, which limited our view of how Tyreese and co. were adapting to their new surroundings. Tyreese and Sasha get a stark warning about the Governor from Andrea (“He’s not what he seems,” she tells them.) and they eventually get recruited to help assemble a trap of sorts at the pits — an in-ground trap area Woodbury has set up to capture walkers to use for various projects/intimidation practices. Tyreese and Allen squabble a bit over Tyreese once saving Donna’s (Allen’s wife who was bitten when they were prison-bound) life and basically robbing him of his hero moment and manhood. It was an attempt to flesh out the characters a bit more, but the effort came across more as forced filler than anything else. Will this squabble really mean much in the grand scheme of the season? Most likely not. If nothing else, it just reinforced that Tyreese and Allen don’t get along very well, which we already knew. Tyreese and Sasha have their reservations about Woodbury, but they maintain to the Governor that they wish to stay. MILTON’S IMPORTANCE Milton’s going to emerge as a very important character — one way or another — by the end of the season. He’s loyal to the  Governor to a fault, and is toeing the line between faithful Woodbury resident and wannabe Benedict Arnold. He knows Woodbury is secretly a mess and doesn’t hesitate to aid Andrea in her quest to warn Rick and the other survivors of the Governor’s plan. When the Gov finds out Milton has leaked information, that spawns the hunt for Andrea (more on this in a moment), yet he doesn’t punish Milton. They knew each other before the apocalypse — we don’t know to what extent — but clearly there’s some sort of bond there that isn’t easily shattered. But keep an eye on Milton. Something’s going to give eventually and an action or decision on his part could have major implications on the outcome of the season. GOVERNOR GONE HUNTIN’ The rest of the episode was basically a manhunt. Andrea’s heading for the prison on foot while the Gov’s chasing her down in a truck. She wanders through walker-infested woods — nearly getting killed on several occasions, of course — before he spots her in a barren field and eventually chases her into an abandoned (save for several dozen walkers) warehouse. The warehouse scenes were very slasher movie-esque, with the victim fleeing and hiding in a rushed fear and the predator pursuing with a calm, confident swagger. They eventually come face-to-face, but Andrea manages to unleash a pack of locked-in walkers on the Governor by opening a side door and hiding behind it. He starts mowing them down as Andrea makes a hasty escape. And eventually she sees it: The prison. Salvation. Rick and the team. Family. Rick’s on watch duty, and as Andrea contemplates how to navigate the walker-strewn land, she raises her arm as a hopeful signal. You can see the anxiety and fear evaporate from her body as her shoulders drop in exhaustion. She thinks she’s free. But then, out of nowhere, the Governor is on her. He rips her to the ground, keeps her quiet, and the fear and anxiety are instantly injected back into her with a cannon-sized blast. Our parting shot for the evening? Andrea tied up and gagged in the Gov’s wonder chair in his horror shop.
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