TV Recap: 'The Walking Dead' Episode 311 - 'I Ain't a Judas'



the walking deadThe Walking Dead Episode 311
“I Ain’t a Judas”
Written By: Angela Kang
Directed By: Greg Nicotero
Original Airdate: 24 February 2013

In This Episode...

Over in Woodbury, the Governor is assembling an army. He tells Andrea is it for protection in case of retaliation by the prison group, but there are several kids in the new militia. Andrea wants to go to the prison; the Governor tells her if she goes there, she should stay there. She enlists Milton to help her out. He does - after consulting with the Governor, who wants him to keep an eye on Andrea. The two head out and create a zombie-on-a-stick for protection. Tyreese’s group appears, helps them with a rogue walker, and Milton takes the grateful quartet back to Woodbury while Andrea continues on. In Woodbury, the Governor gives them the same spiel he gave Andrea and Michonne when they first came in. Tyreese and Sasha mention they just came from the west, where they ran into a “whackjob in a prison.” This piques the Governor’s interest. The rest of the group seemed decent, they said, but their leader, Rick, chased them out at gunpoint. They would be happy to help defend Woodbury against Rick’s crew. The Governor inquires about the layout inside; Tyreese thinks he could help map it out.

Andrea makes it to the prison unscathed, but she receives a cold welcome. Once she is in the gate (sans walker) Rick pats her down roughly and takes her pack. She is shocked at the treatment, and saddened to learn of the deaths of Lori, T-Dog, and (especially) Shane. The harden look in Carl’s eye, Hershel’s missing leg, and Rick’s waning sanity worry her. She wants them all to come live in Woodbury, even after she learns that the Governor and his troops shot on the prison folks first. (Naturally, the way the Governor tells it, he came to negotiate and Rick opened fire first.) Michonne is hurt that Andrea chose a warm bed over her friend. Carol wants Andrea to sleep with the Governor - then kill him when he is sleepy and his guard is down. I think this plea for violence from an otherwise gentle soul really struck Andrea.

The prison group does give Andrea a vehicle so she can drive back to Woodbury. Upon arriving, she tells the Governor everything, but he surmises why she returned: “You belong here.” The two have sex. Sure enough, as the Governor falls into a deep, post-coital sleep, Andrea approaches him with a knife. But she can’t do it.

Dig It or Bury It?

Kind of an uneventful episode. I know that there is a certain amount of setup that needs to be done; clearly we are going to war. But I feel like there was a lot of talking/arguing that was the same shit from all the previous episodes. Nothing new was brought in with, for example, the obvious hatred of Merle, or Michonne’s distrust of the Governor. Been there, done that. 

Kill o’ the Week

Technically not a kill, but Andrea’s dismemberment of her “guardian angel” walker was awesome. After all, how often do you get to curb-stomp a zombie? “Not often enough” is the answer.


Rick takes Michonne and Carl on a supply run so they can fortify themselves against the Woodbury army.