“If you stay, you can’t keep looking the other way.”
After a couple Andrea-free episodes, the golden girl returns with what seems like a sound head on her shoulders again… until she runs away from Woodbury on foot.
The episode opens with a flashback to Andrea and Michonne on the road. “If only we had some Cab,” Andrea jokes, as though a bottle of wine would be all it takes to make eating from cans in the woods the “girls’ night” Michonne scoffs about. When she asks about Michonne’s ‘pet’ walkers Michonne gets sniffly, but adds, “They deserve what they got. They weren’t human to begin with.” It’s an interesting hint that doesn’t get explored when the episode returns to its current timeline.
The Governor is working on something, like he’s filming This Old Roman Polanski’s House. As Woodbury prepares for war, GOV looks like he’s preparing for surgery, with gleaming silver tools (was that a speculum?) and a creepy chair in his “workshop.” Milton confronts him. “This was supposed to be a new start, a way out. What about everything we talked about?” Philip challenges that if Milton still believes the biters have a ‘spark’ of humanity, that means Penny was still his daughter when Michonne killed her. By extension, his revenge on Michonne is “all that matters.”
Milton goes for Andrea, though he doesn’t think she can stop this all, and shows her the workshop. Andrea decides she has to kill Philip because he is sick and she can’t just stand by. Below, GOV whistles a tune into a recorder and plays it back for himself. Andrea draws a gun but Milton stops her from shooting; he knew Philip before he was the Governor, and realizes that having 2nd in command Martinez in charge wouldn’t be an improvement.
Martinez collects Andrea’s gun and she plays dumb when GOV says he wants to “keep her separate from this. Safe.” Tyreese and Sasha are on the wall. Apparently Sasha is a good shot and her brother is not, but this adorable banter is cut short by Andrea’s arrival. Tyreese is interested in Andrea’s reasons behind leaving, and clearly takes them to heart even though he tells GOV about her leaving. “This isn’t a prison camp, is it?”
GOV tries to spin it like Andrea is crazy from spending all winter alone with the walkers, then fishes for what she said as she left. Tyreese says nothing other than hoping it doesn’t complicate their stay. GOV tells Milton he’s going after her, realizing Milton knew she was leaving, and that Andrea knows about ‘the deal.’ Tyreese gets into it with (Allen?) the jerk from his group; apparently his friend feels like less of a man because Tyreese stepped in and saved his wife’s life, “shaming” him in front of his boy. Loser friend wants to stay, because Woodbury obviously appeals to his heartlessness. “Shit’s going down, and you’re making waves.” Tyreese sees clearly, though. “This ain’t got nothing to do with you or me.” The apocalypse isn’t a personal thing, and it’s more important than petty grievances and egos. Martinez takes Tyreese to the walker pit, explaining to Sasha, “Honey, we got a use for everything.” Tyreese balks at feeding people to biters and tries to leave, which brings his issues with Ben’s dad to a head again.
Andrea hides off the road when GOV’s truck pursues her. She gets into a bad spot with several walkers but kills them with the knife Martinez wasn’t smart enough to frisk her for. She runs on into the night, hiding from GOV in an abandoned warehouse. He pursues, whistling the same tune he recorded earlier, and with the way the noise echoes it seems like he’s trying to fake her out on where he is while he hunts her. GOV kills several walkers to pass the time before ultimately cornering Andrea.
She escapes him by unleashing a stairwell full of walkers and escaping in spite of the Philip’s sounds of struggle; she’s so willing to see him dead that she doesn’t even stick around to see if he needs help. Finally. Back at Woodbury a mysterious figure drenches the pit walkers with gasoline and torches them.
Daytime again. Andrea reaches the prison, waving with giddy relief and a look on her face that says she’s home at last. Before she can call out to Rick on watch, GOV grabs her. Rick is attracted by the motion and watches through his rifle scope for a long moment before convincing himself it was nothing. In Woodbury the burnt walkers aren’t all dead, and GOV lies to Martinez and says he didn’t find Andrea.
Tyreese protests the walkers. “You got a beef with Rick, that’s fair enough. But you can’t be feeding his kids to biters.” The Governor insists the walkers are just for show, but gets a little hung up when Tyreese asks why Martinez didn’t just say so. Still, Tyreese says they want to stay and he won’t shoot his mouth off again. GOV asks where he got the gasoline, and Tyreese is confused.
This is followed by a stilted exchange between Milton and Philip:
Milton: Are you okay?
GOV: Never been better.
Milton: It’s a real shame about the pits.
GOV: You heard about that?
Milton: I hope you find out who did it.
GOV: Already have.
It suggests that Milton set the fires and the Governor knows about it, but as the camera weaves through corrugated metal hallways to the Governor’s newly appointed torture shack, the final shot is of Andrea bound and gagged in the chair.
This episode was pretty straightforward overall; the biggest questions it leaves behind are whether people are saying what they mean. Is Tyreese’s interest in staying just lip-service to throw off suspicion? Just because GOV suspects Milton’s arson, is he going to out Milton? Or is he going to use that as an excuse for why he’s torturing Andrea, since he can’t very well be honest about that.
Summary: Andrea finally tries to make good, and fails horribly. With two episodes left in the season, we can expect a dedicated episode of the Prison preparing, and the final showdown. Also, can we talk about how great Tyreese and Sasha are?