‘The Walking Dead’ – S03E14 – ‘Prey’

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No recap this week, but we’re still eager to hear your thoughts about ‘Prey’, which AMC describes thusly:

The Governor chases a dissenter who fled Woodbury. While the Governor is gone, a traitor tries to sabotage his upcoming plans.

Anyone have an appointment at the dentist’s today?



  1. I found this to be an exceptionally tense episode. The foreshadowing with the chair. The foreshadowing with Tyrone. The foreshadowing at the end. This served as an exceptional commercial for the last two episodes of the season. I like that Rick seemed to shrug off what he thought he might have seen possibly due to his recent mental issues. A solid episode.

  2. Funny tidbit the actor Chad L. Coleman who plays Tyreese is the voice of coach in the game Left 4 Dead 2 which I find to be pretty cool

  3. This was great, and i’m really glad it wasn’t another bottle-style episode. Those last few scenes were great. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.

    *spoilers* i really really thought Andrea outfoxed the Governor at the end, which would have been a bit anti-climatic. Liked how it played out.

    I think we’re starting to see the residents of Woodbury doubt the governor, and i think when/if the big battle comes out, there will be some dissension in the ranks.

  4. At this point, I wouldn’t mind if they killed Andrea off. Which is obviously the opposite of what I’m supposed to be feeling. Not only is she so far removed from the character I know and love that she’s beyond saving, but she’s such a poorly written, wishy-washy character on the show. The writing team appears to use her as some kind of wild card to get the from point A to point B instead of keeping her consistent. Also, she’s kinda replaced Lori as the apparently necessary stupid female character. Every time she makes another boneheaded decision lately I just toss up my hands and wish for her fictional demise.


    Although, if they do what it looks like they may do with her, I’m gonna feel like a real shit. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, fictional or not. Though on the slightly awkward bright side, that might serve to harden her into the Amazon that she is in the book, and finally give her character some direction as well as some writing worthy of Laurie Holden’s talents as an actress.

    • I would really hope we can avoid the “Rape makes a female character a badass” trope on this show.

    • Yeah, because this show has proven that it’s above tropes.


      I can almost guarantee you it won’t be rape. The show has already shown us that it doesn’t have the freedom (or balls?) to go that far. If anything, it’ll be some kind of torture with a manageable amount of disfigurement.

  5. Where in San Diego is Conner?

  6. Not a big fan of Andrea, but I’m starting to warm up to her character after this episode. Though it might be a little too late with the ending.

  7. Honestly, I thought the scene with Andrea on the run in the dark was cliche and out of context with the show.
    What made/makes th govenor scary or a real threat is that he is so unpredictable, his motivations are never quite understood and to him his actions ar normal. I foun that the whistling and the hamfisted lomming around in the dark was
    has been done to death. I was expecting Jack Torrance to jump out and Heeeeeer’s Johnny!!!

    The terro that makes this sho so great has always come from it’s plausability. When the Govenor turned into this
    over the top character it just felt like I was watching an old episode of X-Files or Tales from the Crypt. The scene and his the actor’s performance was hinted with too much character and much less grounding in reality than Walking Dead is known for.

    Perfect example was Shane in season two. His perspective was not always wrong, but the lengths he was willing to go were frightening. John Bernthal never played Shane with a “Max Caddy” Cape Fear since of looming or psychological profile. I fault it more to the director than the actor who plays the Govenor he is fascinating. But what has always been frightening about WD is the reality not the cookie cutter shock value.

    • Do you know how old The Shining is? That’s a poor example.

    • I made the exact same comment to my wife. The Governor has devolved rather quickly. There is nothing charming about him anymore and his lies seem so transparent. I’m way behind in the comics (reading the 50 issue compendium) and I’m not sure how this characterization lines up with the books but I’ve heard its not very close.

  8. Well that’s your opinion…My opinion is my oinion as well.
    That said here are plenty of other examples of the same thing done 1000 times…

    The Shinning, Cape Fear, Scream, I know What You Did Last Summer, No Counrty For Old Men, The Thing,
    Any Nightmare on Elm St, Any Friday the 13th, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, The Fan, Texas Chainsaw Massacre (jessica Beil Remake), Kalifornia, Silence of The Lambs…That’s just off the top of my head.

    The looming in the dark “will he find her thing has been done to death and is incredibly cliche. That’s my point.
    And the Govenor was a character at the begining of the season that was frightening because of his charm, his collected nature and the fact that his logic was totally normal to him. Keeping heads, trying to experiement on his walker daughter.
    Lying about killing the army guys, Convining people they can’t leave and not to question his authority are all a lot scarier than some loony snooping around in the dark whsitling corny tunes. it was just so out of context with the show.

    The context of the series has always been about the horror of what you’d do in the same given situation. things like Rick having to kill a friend. Chopping off Herschel’s leg, leaving people behind, killing the guy in the bar, kicking Tyrese and crew to the curb. Pondering those realist scenarios is what makes th series scary, tense, and special…

    Not cookie cutter B movie level scenes with cheap jump scares and cliches.

    • I see where you’re coming from, I just don’t find it cliche. Just because it’s been done however many times before, doesn’t mean it can’t be done again. I have a general problem with a lot of WD fans (not you specifically, but in general) that waste too much time breaking it down. If I were to do that, I would never enjoy the show. For instance, Rick’s southern drawl. I’ve lived in the South and Southerners do not sound like that. If I allowed that to irritate me, I would hate the show. I feel sometimes you need to focus on what you enjoy and ignore the rest. I watch it for sheer entertainment. I get more intellectual entertainment from other shows.

  9. I am anxiously waiting for the scene when Cutty starts boxing some zombies.

  10. Vadamowens, I totally agree about how som people break it down WAY too much. i know someone who won’t watch it becuase it’s not following the comics continuity. I personally never had a problem with Rick or Shane’s accents and I live in Kentucky. But I guess I’m coming from a place where my brother got me all hyped up to start watching this show after the finale of season 2. So I watched season 1 in like a weekend, bought season 2 on iTunes and was totally sold.

    Season three has just been very …meh and too see the govenor become some Hannibal Lector cartoon was just disappointing to me. Anywho good stuff dude…or dudette