March 18th, 2013
02:21 PM ET
[Note: This post contains spoilers for the March 17 episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead."]
This week's "Walking Dead" was exhilarating.
We spent the bulk of the hour watching Milton's growing disillusion with the Governor, and Andrea's rough-and-tumble escape out of Woodbury.
In an episode nearly bereft of scenes at the prison, "Prey" treated us to old and new sets at Woodbury and beyond. Let's take a look at the places that set the stage for this week's episode:
1. The Governor's new toy: The dentist's chair
If the image of a dentist's chair doesn't bring about enough anxiety for you, try one that's surrounded by knives, scalpels, fish hooks and a plethora of other improvised torture devices.
It was disturbing to see the Governor pace around and indulge in the fantasies of his demented psyche as Milton and Andrea witnessed it all hiding from a floor above.
Having learned from Milton that the Governor wants Rick to turn over Michonne, Andrea was horrified that the chair and all the sharp accoutrements surrounding it could be used against her once-BFF.
It was enough to drive her to make an escape run out of Woodbury. While Milton wasn't ready to flee the place he calls home - or outright turn on the Governor - Andrea's plea to stop "looking the other way" seemed to strike a chord.
2. Main street and the wall
Woodbury was in full swing in preparation for the prison siege. Its residents did their part by turning over all weapons and ammunition to the Governor's army. Even Andrea, while secretly executing her escape, was stripped of her firearms when she came across Martinez on Main street.
Meanwhile, doing his best to defend his new home, Tyreese took some much-needed practice shots as his sister Sasha egged him on. They were serving as lookouts on a side-street perimeter wall, and it was there that Andrea tried to lure them away for long enough to make her escape.
But at their refusal, Andrea let on that the Governor is not to be trusted and that she's had enough of Woodbury, where things aren't as they seem.
3. Zombie Georgia
After he confronts and manhandles Milton for confiding in Andrea, the Governor jumped on one of the all-terrain trucks he has on hand and raced away, doing everything in his power to keep Andrea from reaching the prison.
And what a ride!
Pine forests, grasslands and the open road served as the background to one of the best chase sequences this show has put on. It was a welcome sight to see the landscape outside of the prison's fences and Woodbury's walls, where this show has spent most of its time this season.
4. A dark scary place
Time and again we've been treated to the dark, winding, blood-splattered interiors where the heroes of this show battle horde after horde of zombies in exhilarating close combat. But this time, the zombies were a side dish to the real threat.
In this episode, it was the Governor's turn to ramp-up the thrill while he whistled, crashed windows and paced around an abandoned building, killing any zombie that came between him and his prize: Andrea.
This scene is what horror movies are made of.
5. Woodbury's zombie pit
Martinez, plus a crew that included Tyreese and his three pals, headed out to Woodbury's zombie pit, where the Governor keeps a stash of zombies at the ready for Milton's research (and any other gruesome uses the Governor dreams up).
They were tasked with rounding up zombies to sic on Ric and the others. There, while hashing out old conflicts with his friend Allen, Tyreese makes it clear that he's not happy with the Governor's methods. His encounter with Andrea seems to have left more than a sneaking suspicion.
That evening, a mysterious crusader arrived at the zombie pit on what appeared to be a truck from Woodbury, and proceeded to douse and set fire to every last zombie on site.
While Milton's beginning to see the Governor for the monster he is, we're left to wonder: How far will Milton go to sabotage the attack on the prison? And how will the Governor react to a fissure in their allegiance?
Did we miss anything? Tell us what your favorite scene and stage was this episode. What do you think will happen with Andrea? Will Rick and Michonne come to her rescue?
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