The Walking Dead 306: ‘Hounded’
“Biter-Gram” is My New Favorite Means of Communication
This week’s episode of The Walking Dead gave us a few answers – what happened to (ugh) Carol, will Rick get over his case of the Sads and try raising his new daughter, and will Andrea ever stop being a dumb ass that only thinks with her vaginals?
After Michonne left Woodbury and struck out on her own, Merle and several of the Governor’s men set out after her. They uncover an interesting message from her. Using a Walker’s limbs she forms the word “Go” beside its torso laying chest down.
The new guy with a name I’m not going to bother to learn or pronounce because 1) he dies soon and 2) it’s crazy-hard to say, figures out it forms the words “Go back.” Clever. Merle comes up with the term “Biter-gram” and that’s pretty awesome. Before they can pen an appropriate reply Michonne jumps out from the trees and cuts their numbers in half, taking a shot in the leg from Merle the process.
I’m going to call whoever is on the other line with Rick a “Safety Cock Tease” because she dangles her own supposed safety in front of him but won’t let him join them just yet. Is she even real? I have doubts she is, but I’ll save those for later.
I will give some credit to the Governor tonight. At least he allowed Andrea to volunteer to be on the wall, unlike Lori who seemed to think her place was washing clothes and cooking food. But when she does eventually get on the wall she pisses her tutor off by not being able to wait for that snotty bitch to actually make the shot. Andrea clears the wall and stabs the walker in the head, which pisses Miss McBraggypants off, probably because she is an idiot and couldn’t do it herself.
When Rick takes another call later, it is a man this time. And he is totally creepy. He asks Rick personal questions about how many people he has killed and how his wife died. When Rick refuses to answer the last question the man on the other line hangs up, sending Rick into another rage spiral.
Just a quick note for all my Reedus-Heads out there, The Walking Dead show tidbit in between the commercial break featured his zombie apocalypse playlist and I have to say it is a fairly decent selection. Actually I’m pretty impressed by his musical taste.
Hershel attempts to have a heart to heart with Rick in the machine room but he isn’t listening. Rick tells Hershel about the phone call. It is interesting to note that when Hershel picks up the phone himself there is no dial tone. Could the phone calls be in Rick’s head? Hershel volunteers to wait with him but Rick send him away. Could Hershel have been trying to stick around to verify the phone calls were actually happening?
Merle continues to search for Michonne in the woods. She attempts to get the jump on him and the other dude that Merle calls “Neal” but isn’t able to do anything more then cut Neal in the side before Walkers show up. In the confusion she is able to slip away.
Daryl, Oscar and Carl set about the cellblock to clear the rest of the Walkers out. Daryl tells Carl about how he lost his own mother and the two have a moment of shared grief. They notice that there could be some Walkers behind a door, but if so they are very weakly pushing at the armored door. Daryl shrugs them off and says they will come back to them later and I hope that his decision doesn’t come back to literally bite them in the ass.
Andrea goes to the Governor and he takes her off the wall for her little stunt earlier. They flirt a little bit and I think I threw up a little in my mouth. I just can’t get over my disgust for Andrea this season. She had like, what? Three good episodes? Now she is back to being a complete twat that I just want to slap in the mouth a few times. Oh, that Andrea!
Merle is ready to call it a day and head back to Woodbury. But Neil refuses to leave and wants to continue the hunt, so Merle unceremoniously shoots him in the head. Cold blooded! I like it!
Michonne’s able to escape Walker detection since she is covered in Walker guts. She stumbles over to the store that Glenn and Maggie have just pulled up to forage for baby supplies. They stop to make out for a second, and I start getting the feeling that some serious shit is about to go down.
Michonne hides as she watches them collect formula and toys for the baby. But before they can leave Merle catches them by surprise. Here’s another example of why I’m a brutal asshole. If I were Glenn I would have shot Merle on sight and sworn Maggie to secrecy. No questions, no chances for fuckery.
I see someone walking towards me with a bloody face, a gun in their hand, and a weird blade thing on their arm and I’ve got two guns on them? Done. Shoot that mother fucker down. Explain it away later. Problem solved.
But of course that doesn’t happen, because at his heart, Glenn is still kind of a bitch. So Merle is able to get close enough to take Maggie hostage and force them into the truck to take them to Woodbury. Kind of peeved that Michonne didn’t step up and help them out. It would have been a great way for her to get into the group’s good side and hitch a ride back with them to the prison.
She could’ve slowly crept up behind Merle while he had Maggie and was facing Glenn, motioned to Glenn to keep quiet and stall him, then use her katana to slice off Merle’s other hand. Instead she just stands there and watches while Merle takes them captive.
While Daryl, Oscar and Carl are searching the prison, Oscar comes across some slippers which he is happy to grab. That little moment made me giggle until a Walker gets the jump on them and all three of them take it out. One observation: if all three of them had fired on that Walker in that little cell the way they did, they would have blown Daryl’s eardrum out. Anyway, when Daryl moves to recover his arrow he notices that Carol’s knife is embedded in its neck. Ugh. Carol.
This time when the mystery phone rings Rick realizes that it’s Lori on the other line. She talks him through the loss of her and he is able to get back up on his feet and return to his daughter.
The Governor and Andrea are doing the nasty when Merle shows up to let him know he has Glenn and Maggie. He tells him that the other three on the crew are gone and that he managed to kill Michonne, coming up with a story to explain why he doesn’t have her head and sword. I really hope that comes back to haunt him, because Merle is a douche.
The Governor doesn’t tell Andrea about her friends being there, choosing instead to get back to sexy time, and I can’t blame him. Andrea’s really little more than a hole to put a dick in at this point.
Daryl is angry over the loss of Carol and decides to finally take out the Walker that is weakly hitting the door in the hall from earlier. When he throws the door open he is surprised to see a weak but unchanged Carol sitting there in front of him giving him some kind of Kewpie Doll face with her lips that weirded me out.
Rick finally appears in the cafeteria and holds his daughter for the first time. They go out to the yard to get some sun and Rick spies something in the distance. He gives the baby to Carl and heads out to the fence, and who is there with the basket of formula but Michonne! Yay! Do you think they will accept her into the group? I hope so. She belongs with them, anyway.
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