Yet again The Walking Dead is plagued by a batch of uneven episodes. I realize that normally people don't binge on shows when they're coming out, and maybe if I was to watch "Clear," "Arrow On the Doorpost," and "Prey" over the course of three weeks I might think differently about the pacing, but the show has sandwiched some bad episodes between two good ones. That's what happens with "Arrow On the Doorpost," an annoyingly sparse episode that's nestled between stories that are emotional, tense, and riveting.
Our thirteenth episode of season 3 finds Rick and the Governor having a little rendezvous out at an abandoned building. It's a perfect meeting of the minds, giving both of these leaders a chance to mull over their choices while their cohorts (or henchmen if you prefer) exchange words and find common ground at the same time. It's a nice thought that an interesting dialogue could be derived between the two; in execution, however, "Arrow On the Doorpost" is more stagnant than a gaggle of zombies rotting in the hot sun.
It's not a failure of an episode, and it's interesting to see how both leaders resemble war generals meeting to figure out a pact. That neither of them plan on backing down is probably the best showcase of international politics that the show has given us so far; it's clear no one is willing to lose what they've fought for, and through all of the treatises and mutual feelings, their headstrong stances still remain.
Once we get to "Prey," though, there's another turnaround. We're back in glorious bloodletting territory, as though we're draining the bad blood from the previous episode. Andrea, who figures out that the Governor is actually planning to murder everyone at the prison instead of cutting a deal, sets out on her own, attempting to influence some of the others in the process.
Andrea, to my chagrin, is also a lot more likable in this episode because she too is making some better decisions. Her choice to leave Woodbury is something we've all been screaming at the TV from the get-go, and her skills at zombie-killing are inarguably bad-ass. It's the first time I've really thought of her as a person instead of that annoying chick who whines about things.
It's obvious the show is kicking it into high gear for its season finale, and I'll tell you what makes me excited for the last episodes - I'm not sure how everything's going down. If I were to choose, I'd like the Governor's arc to end, but I'm almost thinking this isn't the case. But "Prey" does exactly what it's supposed to do: it keeps the viewer pursuing The Walking Dead, hoping to catch what comes next.