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‘The Walking Dead’ recap ‘Hounded’: season 3, episode 6: no guts, no Lori

After his psychotic/grief/rage moment, Rick cleans himself up and makes a discovery. CREDIT: AMC

After his psychotic/grief/rage moment, Rick cleans himself up and makes a discovery. CREDIT: AMC

The most intriguing characters this season are the newbies: the Governor and Michonne. A close third: Merle. And we get plenty of all three this hour.

Plus (SPOILER ALERT), we find out that Carol is alive. This isn’t all that shocking despite the presumption on the part of Daryl & Co. that she didn’t make it. We did not see her die, plus the actress Melissa McBride who plays Carol was not carted out to the press the way IronE Singleton (T-Dog) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) were last week.

It’s apropos that Daryl, who first notices Carol’s knife in a zombie’s head, finds her. They were close. She’s hiding in a closet, weak from lack of food and water. So weak, that she couldn’t even yell out. (Given the time line, it’s been almost a day since she disappeared.) He picks her up and takes her to safety, evoking the image of Richard Gere does Debra Winger at the end of “An Officer and a Gentleman.”

And this is the first time people from Woodbury and the prison intersect, setting up a inevitable clash in future episodes between Rick and the Governor and a reunion between brothers Daryl and Merle.

Let’s get to the action near Woodbury:

Michonne walked away from Woodbury in the last episode, but the Governor decided to send four minions (including Merle) to chase her down and kill her. This is done behind Andrea’s back. We cut to Merle’s crew in the woods trying to goad Michonne and her “little pig sticker” out of hiding. It works. She jumps out and quickly cuts one of Merle’s men in half and guts another. Merle pulls out a handgun and starts shooting at her, grazing her thigh at one point, slowing her down. Later, they reunite for more fighting but walkers come along (gunfire attracts them, as we know) so they have to kill them off. The guts of one walker fall all over Michonne. Blecch. She escapes again.

Merle has one surviving dude left, a newbie whose first name is Neil and last name a bit more complicated Gargulio. The guy knifed a walker that was going after Merle. Merle is grateful – momentarily.

Merle thinks that Michonne, given her injury and the direction she’s going, is all but dead, and decides to go back to Woodbury. Merle plans to tell the Governor that Michonne is dead to prop himself up as a hero. Newbie Neil says they should just tell the truth and better yet, continue to chase after her and really kill her. Instead, Merle just kills the dude. That shows Merle isn’t always the most logical thinker. Or maybe he is sort of scared of Michonne and was just wishful thinking about Michonne. (Message: do not under-estimate Michonne!)

Back at Woodbury, Andrea and the Governor are getting cozier. She offers to help and he places her on wall duty. Andrea shoots the breeze with a regular, who sees a walker and tries to kill it with arrows. Andrea gets impatient, jumps off the wall and knifes the walker, looking oddly exhilarated. She complains to the Governor about how barbaric the gladiator games were but later admits she kind of got into the violence herself. He likes it, too. They bond. They kiss. They go to bed together. Since this is basic cable, not premium, we get a hint of the Governor’s posterior and a bit of Andrea’s leg but no more.

Glenn and Maggie, our lovey-dovey prison couple, go for another baby formula run and break into a store that has plenty. Michonne sees them, hears them talking about the prison. Then she remains hidden as Merle “reunites” with Glenn. Glenn and Maggie pull guns on him and even after Glenn recognizes Merle, he keeps his gun trained on him. He instinctively knows Merle is not to be trusted. Merle asks about his brother Daryl. Glenn confirms Daryl is alive. Merle wants to see him. Glenn said they could get him if he just stays and waits. Merle isn’t too pleased with that. He doesn’t like to be questioned.

So he shoots out the back window of their vehicle, then sticks a gun on Maggie’s head. He figured correctly that she and Glenn are a couple because Glenn quickly accedes and drives to Woodbury as a hostage.

We don’t see where Glenn and Maggie are taken once in Woodbury, but we see Merle tell a twisted version of what happened to the Governor. Merle’s take: Michonne killed Tim and the other two, then he claimed ot kill Michonne. They plan a cover story for the regulars. He asks where is Michonne’s sword, which would have been good proof that she IS dead. The Governor is a little suspicious (understandably) of Merle’s story. Naturally, Merle also leaves out that he killed Gargulio. Of course. But he also mentions the two hostages and promises to find out where they are based, without mentioning his brother’s status.

Back at the prison, we learn that Oscar likes slippers, Axel is oddly absent, Hershel still feels his missing leg and is grateful Rick saved him, Daryl’s mom died in a house fire likely caused by a lit cigarette in bed, and Rick is hallucinating big time.

He keeps thinking the phone is ringing and that some group is trying to find folks. But they won’t say who they are. Later, they seem to know his name. Eventually, “Lori” is heard on the phone. He, at least in his mind, is able to bring closure with Lori by telling the ghost over the phone how much he loves her. Lori, ghost edition, tells him to take care of Carl and the baby.

Rick comes back to the group, revived, if not exactly cured, resolved to be the leader again. He holds the baby while Beth (sorry, no dialogue this hour!), Hershel and Carl follow him into the courtyard outside.  Soon after, he notices someone who isn’t as zombie-like as the others: Michonne! Yes, Michonne figured out the zombies don’t even notice her because she’s camouflaged by zombie gook. So she stares at him through the fence surrounded by walkers. He stares back in bewilderment.

And scene.

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26 comments Add your comment

Tap Out

November 18th, 2012
11:25 pm

Michonne is sooo hot….I love tough women who can do the fighting for me.

aj

November 19th, 2012
12:20 am

I love and hate the way the episodes end though, I always want more!
This episode was particularly excellent. Im eager to learn more about what’s going on in Woodbury and how its going to affect the group!

vaporland

November 19th, 2012
12:23 am

The guy that Rick was talking to on the phone was Shane…

BiteMe

November 19th, 2012
1:11 am

Awesome show can’t get any better!!

4wheelingfiend

November 19th, 2012
1:13 am

No, it wasn’t Shane, it was T-Dogg. It was a black guys voice. Hes hallucinating all the people that he knows are dead

Twd

November 19th, 2012
1:37 am

So sad about Rick hallucinating feel soooo bad for him it only gets worse from now almost everyone will die according to comic book and Rick loses his hand I hope they switch a lot of stuff and keep the characters longer.

nikki

November 19th, 2012
1:49 am

it’s Jim…Lori says that it was Amy, Jim, and Jacquie

Justin Engel

November 19th, 2012
2:12 am

I know Lori’s not anyone’s favorite, but I was getting a bit choked up watching Rick say goodbye in tonight’s episode. Can’t wait till next week. There’s already a short clip on MLive’s Walking Dead Blog. Here’s the link: http://www.mlive.com/tv/index.ssf/2012/11/the_walking_dead_blog_rick_zom.html

Cujo

November 19th, 2012
8:28 am

Rick is on Obama’s phone. The liberal is brainwashing him; telling him things that are untrue and trying to get Rick’s vote.

class of 2010

November 19th, 2012
9:20 am

I dont understand why Michonne left one group and is now walking to another group is it because she got shot or does she know the guy took them back to the other place like why would she care anyways

nypeach

November 19th, 2012
9:35 am

I think Michonne went to the prison because she realizes that Glen and Maggie are good guys, so they must be part of a good group. she knows merle is scum and sees that Glen doesn’t trust him, so that tells her that Glen and Maggie are alright. Also, she notices the baby formula and realizes they have an infant in their group. Maybe, and I am just guessing here, she knows she needs medical attention, they need the formula and they will want to know where Glen and Maggie are.

G

November 19th, 2012
10:04 am

@nypeach. Perfect finish to Roho’s recap.

For people who are fans of The Wire: Michonne is the “Omar” of the show.

Glad the Governor and Andrea finally hooked up, and got “it” out of the way. Andrea is a “fine” lady and also flirtatious, so it’s only a matter of time before any hetorosexual male in Woodbury would have “pleasured” her. ijs

BTW, I believe this thing with Glenn and Maggie being held hostage is going to turn ugly, especially for Maggie. For some reason, it seems that Michonne was held hostage and something happens to her. But I definitely think the sadistic mind games are going to turn up in Woodbury.

G

November 19th, 2012
10:07 am

Sorry, my reference above to Michonne being held hostage was something I thought was an a original from the comic. Not sure…..

nypeach

November 19th, 2012
10:39 am

I know in the comics that the governor raped Michonne, but not on the tv show. so I wonder if he will rape Maggie as part of her torture.

Kat

November 19th, 2012
11:05 am

When Lori died, I asked, “Who am I going to hate now?” It was surprisingly sad, because her character was the one everybody loved to hate, at least in my viewing group. Well I have the answer now: Andrea. What an idiot. The character is both gullible and self-important, a bad combination, but the actress who plays her has the emotional depth of a teaspoon. She has two facial expressions, blank, and smirk/nod. They can’t kill her off fast enough for me.

Richie

November 19th, 2012
11:40 am

@Twd: How about keeping plot secrets to yourself. Some people have not read the comic books. JFC.

Rob Zombie

November 19th, 2012
12:20 pm

Richie…….Don’t read the blog if you’re all that concerned about spoilers. People are always going to complain about the show’s storylines vs the comic-book version and talk about how the show isn’t keeping true to the original story. I hear the same crap in the audience every time I go to a movie about comic book superheroes…….and believe me, this show and the comic book have parted company more than once already. And will keep on doing it.

Rob Zombie

November 19th, 2012
12:23 pm

Better yet, just read the comic or read the overview on Wiki.

Brit

November 19th, 2012
1:49 pm

What really urks me are these “writers” who dont know what the hell they are talking about. This one is minor so its not really a huge deal but if you are going to write/blog about a TV show, get your facts straight. The guys name wasnt “Neil”, that is what Merle called him because he couldnt pronounce his real name. His actual name was Gargulio.

r

November 19th, 2012
4:34 pm

uh brit you do realize kirkman is an exec producer of the show….the writers change things on purpose

Tanya

November 19th, 2012
4:52 pm

I really wish Andreas charchter was better. I’m tired of her going after the crazy guy and being that female. I really wish they made the episodes longer or come on more often. One hour once a week just isn’t enough.

0bama=Feces

November 19th, 2012
10:55 pm

Since the show is set in Georgia, will we get to see Honey Boo Boo as a Walker?

DeadManWalking

November 20th, 2012
7:49 am

Great show.

Rodney, you’re doing better with your titles and not giving all spoilers within them. However, you still slipped with “Camps Meet”. Why not just have a title: “What Happened Last Night on AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’?” And like I said previously, you spoiled that Carol wasn’t dead by mentioning T-Dog and Lori weren’t on set in a later episode. #FAIL Though it is funny that she’s so weak and “malnourished” after one day, but let’s chaulk it up to shock and fear of having to defend herself. After all, she has consistently been the weakest character (not counting Herschell’s youngest daughter as she’s a background character).

At Tanya, I completely agree. Andrea is such a stronger character in the comics. I feel like she’s living the life of a trite socialite on this show. I do wonder whether she’ll get so dillussional by the governor and so jaded that she “was left” by the camp that she’d side against Rick and others when it all hits the fan. Doubtful, but I am curious to see how these next two episodes play out.

Here’s something though though it won’t happen. Why should Rick believe Michonne? She shows up with a bullet wound and Glenn and Maggie’s goods. If I were Rick, I would think this: Isn’t it more likely that Glenn or Maggie shot Michonne and that Michonne is part of a camp who has obviously captured Glenn and Maggie and has returned with a concocted story that Andrea has been captured as well. And now, she wants to draw them out of the prison so that her friends can take over the prison. Of course this is all make believe and did not happen in the comic and will not happen in the show, but that would be my mindset given all that has happened since the madness began…

Graphic Novel followers: Please stop giving commentary.

Mr. Obvious

November 20th, 2012
9:36 am

Daryl Dixon will likely wind up having to kill his brother Merle (or be killed by him) when Rick & Michonne go to Woodbury to try to liberate Maggie, Glenn & Andrea The Easy.

Mr. Obvious

November 20th, 2012
9:42 am

As she announced to the ladies in the group in Season 1, Andrea REALLY misses her vibrator.

DeadManWalking

November 20th, 2012
12:32 pm

I’m thinking Daryl will kill Merle. Daryl is such a pivotal person of the show. Second to Rick, he has the most the speaking lines. They do need to pick up the tempo though. We’re nearly halfway through this season. And yeah, Andrea is hot in the pants; remember how she got Shane? Very aggressive…