This week brings us a less action-oriented, more character-focused installment.

Title: “I Ain’t A Judas”

Cast and Crew

Directed by Gregory Nicotero
Written by Angela Kang

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Danai Gurira as Michonne
Laurie Holden as Andrea
David Morrissey as the Governor
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene
Norman Reedus as Darryl Dixon
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
Scott Wilson as Herschel Greene
Melissa Suzanne McBride as Carol Peletier
Emily Kinney as Beth Greene
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Vincent Ward as Oscar
Lew Temple as Axel
Dallas Roberts as Milton
Chad Coleman as Chase Tyreese
Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha

Additional cast and crew information may be found here.

Premise

The two camps prepare for war, and Andrea makes a fateful decision as past actions return to haunt our heroes.

High Point

This episode gives us some interesting perspective on character. The group’s willingness to let Rick lead when he is no longer fit has dire consequences that serve the governor’s purposes far too well. The meeting between Andrea and her former friends shows us how much both have changed, and how difficult choices can be in an apocalyptic scenario.

And how critical. Andrea could stop a war with one act. We’re going to see the consequences of her decision very soon.

Low Point

I’ll accept Andrea’s conflicted and monumentally stupid decisions because of her circumstances. Herschell, however, seems a little too accepting of Merle.

On another note, do pet walkers work as zombie repellent, or not?

The Scores

Originality: 4/6 We’re seeing group dynamics and character decisions that, while generally understandable in context, take the show in some different directions.

Effects: 6/6

Story: 5/6 I buy Andrea and Tyreese’s choices. Andrea has blinded herself, willfully, for some time now, and the group she meets back at the prison aren’t the people she once knew. Tyreese clearly has some discomfort with the Governor’s plan but, given what happened back at the prison, I understand why he would put in his lot with Woodbury. Although a very different character than Merle he, like Merle, remains a strong wild card.

Acting: 5/6

Emotional Response: 5/6

Production: 6/6

Overall: 5/6 I’ll give them the music montage, even though it feels really out of place on this show. Everyone else does it, and it sort of worked. I suspect some other viewers hold very different opinions, however.

In total, “I’m Not A Judas” receives 36/42