The Walking Dead (2010– )
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The Governor hunts down Andrea when she flees Woodbury. Meanwhile, tensions arise within Tyreese's group, and The Governor's plan for Rick's group is sabotaged.


Stefan Schwartz


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes (credit only)
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee (credit only)
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes (credit only)
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Michael Rooker ... Merle Dixon (credit only)
David Morrissey ... Philip 'The Governor' Blake
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Dallas Roberts ... Milton Mamet
Jose Pablo Cantillo ... Caesar Martinez
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams


In Woodbury, the Governor is preparing to go to war. He tells his senior men that anyone who comes to the meeting in two days time from Rick's camp is to be killed. Everyone except Michonne and he's prepared a special room just for her. He doesn't tell Andrea the truth but Milton, disgusted by the Governor's plan to slaughter Rick's group, tells her the truth and she sets off to the prison to warn her friends. When he hears what's happened, the Governor sets off after her. Meanwhile Tyreese begins to wonder what they've got themselves into when he sees the pit full of walkers. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Official Sites:

Official iTunes Season 3





Release Date:

17 March 2013 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When the Governor is fighting off the walkers that Andrea forced on him after she has left the stairwell, you can briefly see her still peering out at him from behind the door even though she is actually on the other side of the building making her way out. See more »


The Walking Dead (Main Theme)
Written by Bear McCreary
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The tense hunt
6 August 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

Season 3, as far as previous episodes go, has been very solid. "Prey" is another very good, to me, episode to Season 3, after a hugely promising start to the season. Not as good as some other episodes and perhaps one of the lesser ones but there is a lot to love. Can totally understand if people dislike it though. It is yet again a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect, at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

"Prey" is a little too heavy on the talk and other episodes do better at advancement and providing new information, can understand the filler episode complaint. Pacing could have been tighter in an episode that is action-light and more reliant on characterisation, an approach that the show actually did very well at this stage actually.

Faring weakest in "Prey" though was the opening, what an odd note to start on and had no relevance to the rest of the episode, none of the previous 'The Walking Dead' episodes had an opening this misplaced and barely interesting.

Like all the episodes of the show, "Prey" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing generally is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and shows signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more action-oriented ending is creepy and exciting and the walkers are pretty terrifying.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story, without being confused or over-stuffed, and character building, which the episode has a bigger emphasis on. And that the pace is rarely dull or rushed, if not as taut or edge of your seat as most of the previous episodes. The character writing and the character interactions are what is particularly great here. Am really appreciating the season continuing to give stronger development to Andrea regardless of whether people like her or not. What holds "Prey" together though is the whole cat and mouse with Andrea and the Governor, which drips with tension and dread. Really nice to see more of Tyresse as well.

The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted. Andrew Lincoln is excellent as ever, as are Laurie Holden and David Morrisey, at his most sinister of the season up to this point.

Overall, very well done but is not going to be for all tastes. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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