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The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 11 – “I Ain’t A Judas” Analysis *Spoiler Alert*

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This is a review and analysis of this week’s episode of the Walking Dead  Season 3, Episode 11 – “I Ain’t A Judas”.

If you have not seen the show or do not want spoilers, stop reading here.

*SPOILER ALERT*

This week’s episode of The Walking Dead starts off with young Carl confronting Rick about his ability to maintain and lead the group. As we’ve seen in episodes leading up to this one, Rick has just about come off his rocker hallucinating and imagining receiving phone calls. But it seems as though, for this week at least, that he has regained a piece of his sanity in order to create a plan for the group’s future. The Governor’s attack on the prison has awakened Rick to the real dangers that Woodbury poses on their survival and well being. And of course the return of Merle, who had been cooperating with the Governor up until this point, has everyone on their toes since they don’t really know whose side he is on. It’s a risk that the group has to take if they want to keep Daryl around and since he is such a strong player in their overall survival and defenses, they can’t afford to let Daryl go once again.


How the Governor survives to see another week, is beyond me. Last week, he was literally shooting the prison from out in the open and no one managed to shoot him even though they are able to clear out a whole prison and are pros at headshots. But, of course, the main villain can’t die too easily otherwise it wouldn’t be much of a story. For now, the Governor is still sort of a flat character. All we really know about him is that he tried to reform his zombie daughter, before Michonne plunged a Japanese samurai sword through her head, and that he likes to keep a fish tank full of zombie and human heads. Oh and that his real name is Phillip. For those of you who didn’t catch that the first time, Andrea refers to the Governor as Phillip, which in turn shows her true feelings for the man. Michonne was right when she said that Andrea suffered from a Messiah complex. It’s funny she mentions this because the title of the episode is, “I Ain’t A Judas” which can be taken to mean that Andrea will not “betray” the “Messiah” which would be the Governor.


Another biblical reference during this episode would be when Hershel goes to Merle with the Bible so that he may talk to him. The original passage is from Matthew 5:29-30 and says, “If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell”. Hershel starts with the passage but Merle is able to recite the last of it because he too knows the Bible. This may be the turning point for Merle but this passage can also be seen as a reference to the Governor himself. Hershel has lost his leg, but not to any real evil that he has caused. Merle has cut his own hand and thrown it away but the Governor has lost his eye but the difference is that he has not gouged it himself. Not being a religious man, this passage could possibly foretell the very downfall of the Governor himself. We’ll have to see as the season goes on, but it’s definitely something to think about.


On a different note, it’s funny too that Andrea copies what Michonne has done with the zombies to make them safe to use as a distraction. Andrea goes back to the prison but for what? It seems as though she just went to pity them and to try and recruit them to join Woodbury, where in reality she should know well enough that that isn’t possible. Everyone at the prison tries to reason with Andrea so that she knows what has really been going on with the Governor but by this point, she is too blinded by the lies and the charm to see the difference. These people that she has lived with, protected and gone through hell and back with now mean so little to her. They trust her enough to give her a car to take back and even tools to finish the job, but she is no Judas to her Messiah.


Who else is disgusted by Tyrese’s group ratting out Rick’s prison group? In the comic, Tyrese is part of Rick’s group and maybe it’ll turn out like that in the long run but it’s hard to see good people get mixed up with the Governor. The other man and his son have nothing but bad intentions and can do what they want but I’m hoping that Tyrese will come join the group again.


The episode ends with Beth, Maggie’s sister, singing Tom Wait’s “Hold On” which is important because the refrain in the song is, “Oh you got to / Hold on, hold on / You got to hold on / Take my hand, I’m standing right here, you got to /just hold on”. Rick’s group has to hold on if they want to survive.

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I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that

We were supposed to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey so we could discuss it in class today and I really enjoyed the movie.

I know it came out in 1968 and is listed as one of those MUST SEE movies but I had never gotten around to it till yesterday.

A shame, I know.

But I’m glad I was finally able to watch it.

It’s just funny to think that I’ve seen so many parodies and spoofs of the HAL 9000 without even knowing what it was referencing back to.

And of course I had to share the classic scene where HAL is being deactivated which represents not only his regression back to a state of childhood or otherwise primitive state but also the “murder” that Dave is committing which reflects the “Dawn of Man” scene where one ape is seen murdering another in order to gain control of the watering hole. When HAL begins to sing Daisy it shows a different side to him, one that isn’t completely emotionless when speaking, he is taken back to a simple entity.

But I couldn’t end this without posting some of my favorite parodies of HAL.

When Bender falls in love with the ship:

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I can’t find the Ultrahouse 3000 Simpsons clip on Youtube so I guess a picture of it will have to do.

But before I go, one more thing.

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So my teacher stopped the film at this point and asked everyone what they thought that this exact moment with the monolith meant.

Of course there are a million different explanations that people will explore but the most common would be that this not only signifies the “dawn” of man because of the sun seeming to appear from one side of the monolith, but also the path that the apes will take to become human and then eventually travel to the next frontier which is the moon. Where, of course, there will be yet another monolith to guide the next step of the journey of man.

But all this aside, this old lady that we have in our class always tends to give answers that are either: a) irrelevant, b) far from the point, or c) blatantly obvious, and today was no different.

When the teacher stopped the film at this point she says that only someone with the same immense knowledge of religion would be able to decipher that this exact moment is not only the 3rd day in Genesis but also connected to the ideas of the Cold War.

Needless to say, we all couldn’t help but burst out laughing. At least she didn’t cry in class today. That’s some sort of a win right?

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Yet Another Gordon Ramsay Show

I don’t think I could even count the number of shows that Gordon Ramsay has been in charge of both in the US and the UK.

Not like I’m complaining or anything but Gordon Ramsay has yet another new show coming out. New for the US, half a year old for the UK.

What is his gimmick this time?

“Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars”

He is teaching prisoners how to cook so they can make a new life for themselves. Fun concept and interested to see how things turn out in the process.

Oh Gordon Ramsay~ what are you possibly going to get yourself into next…

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NBA commercial of the day

Made me laugh.

And for once it has an NBA player I don’t hate.

Surprise, Surprise.

Enjoy.

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Merry Christmas! Santa left another Blake Griffin commercial under the tree!

And once again Blake Griffin travels back in time, this time to 1999.

I kind of look forward to these commercials.

Funny how the first young Blake kind of looked like him with the curly hair and whiter face but the other ones don’t look like him.

Am I the only one who thinks so?

Haha. It was funny none the less.

Enjoy.

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Contract the Rainbow

So we were watching the Timberwolves vs Thunder game yesterday when this commercial came on.

Contract the Rainbow, Taste the Rainbow!

Pretty cute right? Which got us talking about other priceless Skittles commercials when Mark showed me one I had never seen before.

You HAVE TO WATCH IT! IT IS HILARIOUS!

which reminded me of this moment from The Office:

Ah~ just priceless TV.

And just because I was talking about Christmas, I’ll leave with this;

Enjoy!

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Time traveling hamsters? Really?

Time traveling hamsters really?

If I wasn’t embarrassed before I sure as hell am now.

I rather lie and say that I eat dog rather than admit to being from a race that created this kind of monstrosity.

Gross.

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