Typically I cast my vote right after I see the episode. This time I've waiting until the morning after. And the score dropped from what I would have given it.
The Governor gave a great explanation for the use of biters, one that has seemingly placated Tyrese's group. And this works for the Gov how when he does unleash them on the prison? (I do like how it's only taking a couple episodes for Tyrese to glimpse the truth, whereas Andrea has taken the whole season.)
For as long as Laurie was around, all the negative attention was drawn to her and her lack of parenting and simple logic skills. Well, she's dead now (thankfully) but the spirit of Laurie's idiocy has been moved into Andrea.
I used to like Andrea and I looked forward to her (possible) evolution into the character we know today in the books. Not anymore. And that's why last night's episode rings sour for me.
Because I just don't care about her anymore. Last night's 'hunt' was just too artificial and predictable. I knew the moment she (eventually) went off road she'd be attacked by zombies. That she clung close enough to a road for Gov to spot her was silly. That she just stood there like a deer in headlights when she did spot the truck was dumb. That the Gov with only one eye could spot her and tell the difference from Andrea and zombie was too convenient. That the trees were just so perfectly reachable the moment the truck got close was comical. She gets to the building just scant seconds before he does
Once inside she does her best to be as quiet as a mouse, until she walks into a bucket of metal and literally wakes the dead with the racket
The intensity of the hide and seek game just didn't work for me as it was missing a key ingredient - I have to care for the cat or the mouse (or in this case the stereotyped one-eyed devil vs the innocent blonde girl) Anyway, by this point I figured she was going to be caught so the whole hide and seek was pointless as it's outcome was an eventual certainty. This was made more evident when she finally got away leaving the Gov to a 'certain' death. Her complete brainlessless in not stabbing the truck's tires has already been scorned enough in this thread).
Now on Kirkman's Earth, they may not have had George Romero movies, but on this one we've all had a buttload of Halloweens and others where the bad guy is dead, until he's not. And for him to return the NANOSECOND before she's going to call out to Rick was roll on the floor funny.
Not funny but actually well done was Milton's stand-off with the Gov. About time he stood up and got noticed. However this just makes the final scene with Andrea in the torture chair all the more predictable as Milton knows about the room (and just as the Gov knows Milton was lying about how torched the zombies, Milton knows Phil was lying about Andrea getting away).
In summation, there is story and there is story-telling. Imo, last night's ep was severely lacking on the latter. The show was written and directed so that viewers were supposed to be scared because 'they're supposed to be', not because they actually were.
This was a very generic hour of TV. The only thing missing was the song as the credits closed on yet another episode where somebody tries to escape Woodbury...
So join us here each week my friends,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded survivors,
Here on "Andrea's Isle."