'The Walking Dead' Recap: 'Is She Dead?'
SPOILER ALERT: This recap for the "Prey" episode of "The Walking Dead" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Be relieved, "Dead"-heads, if for only the briefest of moments … we've all been impatiently waiting for Andrea to make that final call on the Governor, the one in which she admits that he's not only crazy but that he's completely free of even the thinnest shred of sanity and must be stopped before he wipes out Rick and the entire cast of characters at the prison.
Well, she made that call in "Prey," and she was even -- again, finally -- ready and willing to do the job herself, with gun drawn and aimed right at his twisted noggin'. And then Milton stopped her. An action we fear they may both soon come to regret.
The action started with a flashback to Andrea's winter camping excursion with Michonne. The two of them were sitting around a campfire, sharing dinner and watching Michonne's "pets" -- those two armless, jawless walkers -- shackled to a tree.
Andrea asked if Michonne wanted to talk about who the pets had been, pre-apocalypse. Michonne shook her head no but told Andrea, "They deserved what they got. They weren't human to begin with," as a shot of their chains segued into a shot of another set of chains …
… held by the Governor, who appears to be testing out the strength of the pair of chains with shackles at the end of them. And whatever is running through his mind, the look on his face says he's enjoying it far too much.
From the inside of Crazytown, i.e., the Governor's head, to outside in Woodbury, where Martinez and the minions (good band name, BTW) are loading a truck with artillery. Milton wanders out and asks why -- Governor's orders, he's told -- and then goes off to find the city's leader for further explanation.
But that only serves to leave the Governor with more 'splainin' to do, as Milton walks into his little space, where he's meticulously laying out various implements, needles, pliers, scissors, dental equipment … oh, sweet Jesus, this motherfella's building a torture chamber.
Milton asks why, and the Governor explains it's "my workshop." Milton tells him he understands the Governor's feelings about Michonne but that he needs to let go of his hatred. The Governor brings up Penny, his zombified daughter killed by Michonne, and Milton tells him that's done; he has to let it go. It doesn't matter anymore.
"It's all that matters," the Gov answers, putting an end to any doubt that he can be reasoned with.
Deal or no deal
Milton finds Andrea and tells her the truth: Despite the meeting with Rick, the Governor has no intention of making peace with the prison crew. All he wants is Michonne, and he takes Andrea to a lookout spot so she can get a gander at the torture chamber, where the Governor has now added a large needle and thread and a tape recorder to his arsenal. This freak plans to tape the session so he can listen to it again and again. Whoa.
Andrea tells Milton the Governor is sick -- duh -- and that he has to be killed. She has her gun, and a pretty open shot, but Milton pulls her gun away. After they sneak out of their hiding place, she asks him why he's still protecting Woodbury's leader.
"I knew Phillip before he became the Governor," Milton says. "That man still exists."
Andrea's skeptical and asks Milton to leave Woodbury with her. He won't -- he belongs there, he says. She tells him that if he stays, he can no longer sit by and watch the Governor's reign of freakiness go unanswered.
Andrea then heads off to one of the Woodbury walls, where she has a run-in with guards Tyrese and Sasha. Martinez snagged her gun, so she's left with nothing but a small knife, which she pulls on them when they try to stop her. Just let me go, she pleads. Oh, and be careful, she warns … the Governor is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs. And she's off, running down the street outside Woodbury, on her way to warn Rick and the others.
The producers and cast discuss "Prey":
Tyrese and Sasha rush to tell the Governor that Andrea ran off, and outside his meeting with them, Milton tells him to let Andrea go, that she just wants to be with her people. "Phillip" shoves him against a wall, demanding to know if he told Andrea about the deal, about Michonne. When he realizes Milton did, and that's why Andrea fled, he stomps off.