The Walking Dead S03E14 ‘Prey’ episode review

Our review of The Walking Dead Season 3 episode 14 ‘Prey’. Spoilers ahead…

This episode, Andrea (Laurie Holden) became the ‘final girl’. But for how long?

Prey played out like a mini horror movie when our divisive heroine fled Woodbury, armed with just a knife. She’s been in worse situations – like the time she was trapped in the RV loo with only a screwdriver and a walker who really couldn’t hold it – but this time the Governor (David Morrissey) was after her. The scenes where they crept around an abandoned warehouse while Andrea made plenty of LOUD NOISES were pretty tense but even with a show as unpredictable as The Walking Dead, you knew they were going to both make it out alive and it took away some of the dread.

Milton (Dallas Roberts), on the other hand, seems like his days are numbered. He’s clearly the one who poured gasoline over Woodbury’s walkers and lit the match, and the Governor knows it. (Special nod to the effects team that made those molten zombies so disgustingly realistic.) The Gov has successfully turned two of his closest allies against him, and we loved the hints at how depraved he’s become. The part where he assembles his torture room for Michonne (Danai Gurira), – fitted with chains and gouging implements and a recording of him whistling – was deliciously sinister.

Speaking of Michonne, the flashback to her and Andrea sharing a “girl’s night” by the fire left us wanting to know more about what happened between Seasons 2 and 3. When Andrea asks who the chained-up walkers really are, Michonne’s reply came as a surprise to comic book readers (“They deserved what they got. They weren’t human to begin with.”). This doesn’t sound like the doomed boyfriend and his best friend of the Robert Kirkman’s series and if this is what she does to her enemies, the Gov got off lightly.

walking-dead-laurie-holden-prey-andrea-season-3-amcWe also learned a little more about Tyreese (Chad L Coleman) and his bothersome gang of canon fodder. And after this episode, we’ve decided Allen (Daniel Thomas May) can go first. It seems that Allen’s dead wife had developed feelings for Tyreese after he saved her life. Is this a bit of foreshadowing for Tyreese becoming more like his lady’s man comic book alter ego? The tensions we didn’t realise were there came to a head when Tyreese held Allen struggling over a zombie pit, but this chunk of exposition dialogue was hard to swallow without a flashback.

Essentially, it was more stalling until the final episodes (only two more left!). The ending where an exhausted Andrea comes so close to reaching the prison before being snatched by the Governor is sudden and cruel. Just think how much better it could have been if he had killed her there and then, but the writers have other plans. We just hope they involve more Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Hershel (Scott Wilson) next time.

The Walking Dead episode 15 ‘This Sorrowful Life’ airs Friday 29 March 2013 at 10pm on FOX. Watch a sneak peek below…