I Ain't a Judas
|"I Ain't a Judas"|
|The Walking Dead episode|
The group prepares to defend their refuge.
|Episode no.||Season 3
|Directed by||Greg Nicotero|
|Written by||Angela Kang|
|Original air date||February 24, 2013|
"I Ain't a Judas" is the eleventh episode of the third season and 30th episode overall of the post-apocalyptic horror television series The Walking Dead. It aired on AMC in the United States on February 24, 2013. In this episode, Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group debate their next course of action as they find themselves running out of ammunition and food, while The Governor (David Morrissey) prepares Woodbury for battle. Meanwhile, Andrea (Laurie Holden) decides to travel to the prison to negotiate with Rick's group, and gets treated harshly.
Following The Governor's (David Morrissey) brief but costly attack on the prison, Hershel (Scott Wilson) wants to abandon it. Merle (Michael Rooker) points out it is now too late for that; The Governor has had more than enough time to block all possible escape routes, moreover The Governor can simply besiege the prison and starve them out. Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), however, argue that the group should stay, but they don't have enough ammunition to clear out the walkers. Rick begins to walk away, and Hershel challenges him to get his head clear so that he can lead them. Even Carl sees his father would benefit from some rest and suggests that he let Hershel and Daryl (Norman Reedus) take charge.
The Governor is readying Woodbury for total war. Civilians, including women and adolescents, are given weapons and taught to use them, in preparation for combat. Andrea (Laurie Holden) is disturbed by this and asks to leave to negotiate a peace with the prison, but The Governor discourages her, implying that she will not be welcomed back if she leaves.
Andrea asks Milton (Dallas Roberts) to help her sneak out, which Milton reports back to The Governor (as per his assignment to "keep tabs on her"). The Governor tells Milton to help her. In the woods, Milton helps Andrea capture and disable a walker, hacking off its arms, breaking its jaws, and tethering it (imitating Michonne (Danai Gurira)). While they are doing so, Tyreese's (Chad L. Coleman) group comes upon them and kills several approaching walkers. Milton agrees to take Tyreese's group back to Woodbury, while Andrea leaves with her disabled walker for the prison.
At the prison, Glenn quietly suggests handing Merle over to The Governor in a desperate hope of appeasing him. Merle, meanwhile, tries to make amends with Michonne for trying to kill her, stating he was only following orders and was not proud of all that that entailed.
Andrea's arrival at the prison is met with distrust, especially from Rick, who handles her harshly while searching her for weapons. After catching up on the deaths the group has suffered, she warns them that Woodbury is getting ready for a war and offers to negotiate a truce. Believing that peace is not an option, Rick tells Andrea to help them sneak inside Woodbury for a surprise attack, but she refuses. Michonne later tells Andrea The Governor sent Merle to kill her (Michonne), demonstrating that he won't allow anyone to leave (or live) who isn't under his control.
At Woodbury, Tyreese's group has been brought to the infirmary building where they are cleaned up, and The Governor gives them his friendly welcome-speech and discusses their ordeals. Allen (Daniel Thomas May) reveals that they'd been at the prison, where the "crazy" leader, named Rick, chased them out. Tyreese gives The Governor the same offer he'd extended to Rick: to help out and earn their keep. The Governor asks if they could provide a layout of the prison. Allen and Tyreese, wanting admission into Woodbury, gladly agree, while Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) remains reluctant.
While Andrea is visiting Judith, Carol (Melissa McBride) quietly pressures her to assassinate The Governor. The group gives Andrea a car for her return trip to Woodbury, where she is again greeted with an array of weapons pointed at her. She gives The Governor a full report. The episode concludes as Beth (Emily Kinney) begins singing in order to boost the morale at the prison. Whilst Beth sings, Rick states that he will be going on a run for weapons. He and Merle also share an antagonizing look. Later, in his bedroom when he is asleep, Andrea brings a knife to The Governor's throat and contemplates killing him but cannot bring herself to do so.
Zack Handlen, writing for The A.V. Club, rated the episode B on an A to F scale, commenting: "The Walking Dead is good at the most basic mechanism of suspense there is, but there’s more to great storytelling than body counts." Eric Goldman at IGN was more critical, and gave the episode 6.8 out of 10, since the episode was very Andrea-centric, and he has disliked the character this season. He did, however, enjoy the return of Tyreese, and Carol's plan to kill The Governor.
The original broadcast, on February 24, 2013, was watched by an estimated 11.01 million viewers, slightly down in viewership from the previous episode.
- Handlen, Zack (February 24, 2013). "I Ain't A Judas". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- Goldman, Eric (February 24, 2013). "The Walking Dead: "I Ain't a Judas" Review". IGN. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Walking Dead' Wins Night + 'Live From the Red Carpet', 'Ax Men', 'Bar Rescue', 'Shameless' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2013.