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The Walking Dead: Hounded Review

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  • Episode: Hounded (Season 3, Episode 6)
  • Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira
  • Written By: Frank Darabont (developer), Robert Kirkman (series of graphic novels)
  • Directed By: Daniel Attias
  • Network: AMC
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The Walking Dead: Hounded Review

The education of Gargulio

By Joel Rickenbach     November 19, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Initially this episode felt like another transitional tale, but once it was over it definitely felt like the quiet before the storm. There is some distant thunder rumbling its way towards us, and tonight we saw some of the pieces that will make things go "boom".
In Merle we trust. As in "In Merle we trust to be completely untrustworthy". I'm really curious what his endgame is. So far we assume he really wants to see his brother again, but obviously not enough to wait for him in town, so he assaults Glen and Maggie, and takes them back to Woodbury. It's fairly obvious he is going to torture them to find out the location of the prison, but wasn't there any easier way? Or is his brother really his motivation? In a bit that's even more odd, Merle lies to the Governor about killing Michonne. "Red Zone" or not, it's a pretty sloppy lie to tell. How in the world would Merle believe that won't come back to haunt him? One could assume the Governor would punish Merle for not completing his task, but they've never set that precedent. Maybe that's part of his plan, or maybe big bad Merle is just plain afraid of Michonne after that last tussle, it's hard to say just yet, but he is definitely playing his own dangerous game.
Andrea likes a taste of the ultraviolence. This feels much more true to what they've established for Andrea in season's past. Her admission of actually liking the gladiator games, and her bloodlust filled leap over the wall, must have made her irresistible to a dark soul like the Governor. He finally makes his move with a little whiskey; all that's missing is Al Green, or does the Gov prefer Barry White? It's clear Andrea getting personally involved with him will create all sorts of situations and drama in the coming weeks. One thing that did strike an odd chord was the Governor saying “We don’t need you on the wall.” Who do they need on the wall then? The weird chick who can’t hit the broad side of an aircraft carrier with her daddy’s bow and arrow?
Big brother Daryl. Seeing Daryl slowly morph into the role of big brother to Carl is yet another dimension to the character once labeled “The Boba Fett of The Walking Dead”. It’s another smart juxtaposition as we see Merle get even more rabid while Daryl is trying to help Carl cope by sharing a very personal story. It gives us insight to how their upbringing has affected both Dixon brothers in different ways. It’s sad to think what Daryl would be like if he never got out from under his brother’s thumb, a cycle he clearly does not want to repeat with Carl.
Rick sees his child for the first time, and it’s about time. The ringing phone idea turned out to be essentially the same as it was in the comics. Whether or not it will be a constant in the show will be interesting. I can definitely envision Rick being hounded by a ringing phone in some tense situations. It seems Hershel will be keeping a weathered eye on Rick for a while, he definitely got the vibe Rick is not playing with a full deck. It’s nice to see Rick finally connect with his newborn daughter. His expression when he holds her for the first time, and the gentle kiss, keep us rooting for Rick to be the good man we know he is.
Carol is alive. Sorry conspiracy theorists, Carol and Lori are not hiding out in the woods stitching each other up and braiding a walker’s hair. As I’ve mentioned before- there was no way in HOTlanta they were going to kill Carol off camera, and bury her without us seeing proof. And revealing that Carol somehow saved Lori would be a betrayal to writing itself. Daryl’s inner (and outer) turmoil with facing the possibility of having to dispatch a Carol zombie was yet another moment of progression for the crossbow-ed one. 
Michonne makes it to the prison. It was a long hard road out of hell, but we finally have a through line between Woodbury and the prison. Michonne is apparently a love all, decapitate all kinda gal. If I’m not mistaken, this episode probably had the first ‘human dispatched like a walker’ scene in the show’s tenure. It’s not the rotting flesh that makes it so easy to make julienne fries, but the kick ass gal wielding the blade. I would say Merle is lucky he didn’t lose his other hand after that tussle. Lucky for the einhander they both fell down in an awkward way, which was either odd choreography, or odd editing. It was cool that they brought back the zombie gut camouflage from the first season, now Michonne has another trick up her sleeve. And for all of you who thought she could only express her feelings through anger, let’s not forget she sends the loveliest of Biter-grams. 

 

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RedHood2010 11/19/2012 10:03:20 AM

I agree with the review.  My real complaint with this episode was the fact 2 people with some serious experience with firearms, was unable to put a slug in Merle at that distance?  If Glen was going to be so dead against not telling Merle about their camp, then he should have sent Maggie off in the truck and stayed there with Merle, keeping the pressure on Merle.  Of course I could be just confusing my anger for this with dread for next week.   I am not ready to lose another member of this group or having something bad happen to them.

As for Rick, I think this may be it for the phone calls.  The way it played out, it seemed the 'fading of the voice on the phone' was him coming back to reality and realizing where he was at.  It was done very well.

Darly, what more can they do, how much more can they bring out of him?  This character is what gives me hope for mankind and how we can treat each other during a time like this.  Talk about being real.  If we lose Daryl, it will be hard to keep watching. 

violator14 11/19/2012 11:04:29 AM

Great.... Carol's back........ yay......

Redhood-i was thinking the same thing, as I'm sure everyone did, as to how the hell does Merle get the drop on 2 people who already have their guns drawn on him and very focused on his every move. U two suck! Ya you Glenn and Maggie...... they must have been too busy having their thumbs up each others' asses.. haha

invisioner 11/19/2012 11:48:09 AM

I admit, I was starting to rationalize Lori being saved, but it is for the best that she wasn't. whew! I'll triple the feeling that Maggie and Glen getting the drop on them was a little far fetched, I think that was a little awkwardly played.

As a correction though, "Nebraska" brought us the first humans killed zombie style (Heeeeeyyyyy, sexy layydeay!) when Rick delivered the execution-style headshots on the two guys in the bar. No one knew at the time why he did it that way, but  now they do.

 

I am really glad they didn't drag on the phone call, and isolated it to one episode. So far, they aren't dragging things too long, and I hope next week we finally get to see how bad the Governor is...I am just afraid they are going to trade Maggie for Michonne in the torture realm...

momitchell7 11/19/2012 12:01:54 PM

As an episode I really thought this deserved no more than a "C" grade... It was average - Nothing great happened, nothing (too) dumb happened. It was another "transition" episode, which seems to be a pattern now. Great episode, transition episode. Great episode, transition episode.

That being said, it was still far above just about anything delivered in Season 2.

ultrazilla2000 11/19/2012 12:20:23 PM

violator...what do you have against Carol?  She's actually become interesting this season.

wish 11/19/2012 12:35:26 PM

Somebody go and re-watch the Michonne disembowling scene and tell me that walker WASN'T Charlie Sheen!!  Looked exactly like him, and wasn't he supposed to do a cameo?

violator14 11/19/2012 1:19:17 PM

 I dont really have anything against Carol. I just find her boring and blahh....... ya she was gonna do the C-Section and whatevers, but she ended up being lost and trapped herself in a room for days..... ( as Bugs Bunny would say) "what a maroooon."

i'd be fine with them replacing her with some hot chick tho. The show definitely needs more hot chicks....

lazarus 11/19/2012 1:44:48 PM

Rick is flippen nuts. That is all.

hanso 11/19/2012 2:23:02 PM

 Carol sucks balls, the question isn't what do you have against Carol, its when should Carol die?  I say soon.

millean 11/19/2012 3:04:22 PM

Carol should have died a long time ago.  But she didn't, and now she won't for a little while at least.  The more puzzling question I have had regarding Carol is the same one Sara Silverman had.  When the hell is her hair going to grow out?

I agree with invisioner.  I bet bad things that should have happened to Michonne are about to happen to good ol' Mags.  That makes me sad.  :(

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