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2/25/13

The Walking Dead: Ain't a Judas


Some limited spoilers below - you have been warned!

A bit of a set-up episode last night, focusing mostly on Andrea and her awkward visit back to the prison.



Disappointingly, we didn't get to see Rick, Daryl and Merle fight their way through the overrun yard back to the prison--they were safely inside at the beginning of the episode, arguing about what to do next.

I'm with the group member's in favor of bugging out. While the prison does have some virtues to it, it's also not really worth getting slaughtered over. Resources are apparently running low anyways--Glenn mentioned that they were low on food, ammo--and they've got a large, hostile force that wants them dead. They've got enough gas and vehicles to lend Andrea a spare car for the ride back to Woodbury, so it seems like they have the means to evac elsewhere.

But, alas, they're entrenched in the prison and have taken the "we ain't runnin'" viewpoint, which I can understand, but can also get you killed. 'cuz it's a TV show, they've gotta make the dramatic decisions, and we know sticking it out at the prison will eventually lead to an epic showdown with the Governor and his rag-tag force of soldiers.

At the end of the episode, it seemed like Rick had started to pull it together and take charge again, planning a scouting mission that will inevitably go poorly for next week's episode. Anyone else get the vibe that maybe Rick was checking back into reality?

How about the Governor's choice to enlist anyone over--what was it, 14?--in the Woodbury Defense Force? Practical or just another indicator of an evil nutjob? Around what age would you hand those kinds of responsibilities to someone?

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  1. So what did you think about Andrea's "Vaginal warfare"? LOL Too bad she chickened out!

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  2. Yeah, I thought she was going to chicken out. That governor is one helluva liar.

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  3. They should bug out, wait fpr the governor to empty all his able bodied people from Woodbury to attack the prison, then take Woodbury. That's what I would do.:)

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  4. Good god, other than Lori, I've never wanted a character on this show to die more right now than I want Andrea to be put out of her misery. She's completed her full transformation into female Dale. This whole angle they're playing about her being so conflicted about her friends at the prison and her place at Woodbury is getting pretty old. I am annoyed at seeing her in any scene. If the next episode doesn't end with an excruciating and ironic death for her, I'll be sad.

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  5. I think--especially given the circumstances--arming those 14 and up makes perfect sense. The Governor made a point when he said adolescence was an invention of the 20th century. A typical 14 year old in our society is fairly useless in all matter of things. In the old days 14 year olds were expected to work 12 hour days of hard manual labor; they knew how to farm, hunt, trap, ride a horse, shoot a gun, and many would even get married at that age. They were essentially considered adults and were treated as such not coddled like infants as in our day. If the situation warrants it 14 year old an be just as mature as anyone else. Look at Carl--that guy is one bad mother now a days.

    Problem though isn't whether they are armed and learn how to fight--the problem is if the Governor just wants to use them as cannon fodder in a pointless war. Again, guns or training isn't the problem, its government and in this case the Governor is the sole government around.

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    1. Well put Kinghoju , Historian put Mary the mother of Jesus around 13 . I think historians will look back on the way we created " adult children " as a pure anomaly.

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  6. Andrea is going to need to get off the fence on this one ASAP.

    In their shoes the legitimate options are to leave in search of greener pastures or conduct an attack aimed at a Woodburry regime change a la shooting the Governor in the face. Ricks group only has a few real fighters left and they can't trust one of them very much. The odds in a full on attack are not great. Unless they can catch the Governor out in the open I see little realistic chance of success (though of course it is a TV show). Knowing the Governor is training up for war pushes the need to make a decision.

    I would probably hit them back with a spoiling attack. My goals would be to breach their fences in multiple locations and kill a few of their real shooters. The purpose of this would be to disrupt their planning/ training and remind them home needs to be guarded. Also it would be to keep them occupied for a few days while I seek out greener pastures.

    As to the Governors adolescent and elderly militia. Personally I would run a split setup with an A team of our better fighters and a home guard of the young, old and infirm. 14 year old Johnny and 65 year old Betty can fight in an emergency and man the walls during low probability of attack times (during the day) freeing up others to do different things.

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    1. Forgot about Rick. He seems to be starting to check back into reality. However it may not be fast enough to matter. The groups willingness to follow him may be declining as this continues. However their lack of a readily apparent alternative is problematic. Daryl is the only option for another head honcho but he has Merl to deal with and folks are justifiably concerned about that. Glenn is a good dude but less than tactically capable.

      The old guy is missing a leg and thus can't lead in a fight. Also they were stuck living under his say so at the farm and none of them are going back to that.

      A committee type approach might be an option but their unanimous decision period awhile back and all of its problems makes that unlikely to return.

      From a show angle I suspect Rick gets it together over the next episode or two.

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  7. I wish I had read the books, b/c I'm so ready for Merle and Andrea to be gone. Yes, arm the 14 year olds, but I'm of the opinion (same as KingHoju above) that he's just using them to slow the fight and they'll be killed. Rick does appear to be checking back in now, but will they trust him and follow him?

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  8. 14 year old can shoot just as good as grown man(look Mali and african countries, boys using AK)
    and "Vaginal Warfare" was invented long time ago(look geishas and female ninjas dressing as prostitutes) as my grandma used to say... ships have sunk into that place and countries burned ;D (to bad she spared his life)

    In place of Rick team i would use prison as trap to lure other guys in, and put that place on fire or use explosives or zombies in cells or something to kill / occupy other combatants and use that time to take over or severely damage woodburry (they got wood houses, few molotovs would take care of the problem)

    4-5 snipers can hold most of prison down, that field is just death waiting to happen. BTW why no sniper on prison roof on team Rick? cant they get there?

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  9. I think Rick and crew should bug. The prison doesn't seen to be all that anymore when anyone can just walk in through the hole(s) out back.

    And never knew why the Woodbury teens weren't practicing marksmanship with .22s or bb guns. They all live in zombieland. It's time to wake up and prepare, kiddies.

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  10. This was really a character development episode for Merle. We've established that he has a military background, and more dangerously, he has some intelligence and "book-learnin'" behind him. They've added a couple more layers so he's more than just meth-redneck-racist-asshole.

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  11. Still waiting for Team Rick to get into the Warden's office and find of the location of the prison's "off site armory" that was mentioned before they took the prison.

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    1. In the comics, the group ends up scavenging a National Guard depot and arming up. The show has of course deviated substantially from the comics (for the best, IMO), but that might be the destination for this week's scouting mission.

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  12. Does anyone know what the pack Daryl carries around is?

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