Maggie and Glenn were taken back to Woodbury against their will by Merle. And Michonne found her way to the prison with the baby formula. Forgot something from last week? Here’s a review of “Hounded.”
Due to internet connections and offline committments I was unable to review last week’s episode “When the Dead Come Knocking.” In short Maggie and Glenn were taken back to Woodbury and interrogated. There was a wicked scene where Merle shoves a walker at Glenn and locks him in a room with it. Glenn wins of course proving he’s not the same kid from season one. You go Glenn. In other news Michonne goes to the prison and tells Rick et al that the Governor have Glenn and Maggie. Rick leaves with Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne to bring back Maggie and Glenn. That’s about sums it up. “When the Dead Come Knocking” is the precursor to next week’s mid-season finale. To say I’m going to miss my zombies is understatement. I hate mid-season hiatuses. Anyone else?
The first thing one of my co-workers asked me today was if I had seen last Sunday’s episode. Uh duh. I don’t miss an episode if I can help it. I just happened to watch it late due to my connection issues. He’s a huge fan and it’s one of the things we talk about most. That and what’d we do if the zombie apocalypse were upon us. He and I don’t share the same tactical plans. So after work he was off to his DVR and me off to my laptop and hopefully a solid connection. And guess what? It worked.
This episode, “Made to Suffer,” seemed to go by extremely fast. Before I knew it my hour was up and I was left wondering just exactly what’s going to happen next. The episode opens with a whole new group of people. They are in the woods just outside the prison running away from walkers. Of course one of them gets bitten. They find their way into the part of the prison where the wall is down. And wouldn’t you know it those dang walkers follow them in.
Meanwhile inside Woodbury Andrea and the Governor share a moment before Andrea’s off to help cremate the old man that Milton experimented on. Just outside Woodbury our heroes are making their plan on how to enter the city. In some basement Glenn and Maggie talk. Suddenly he gets up and rips the arm off the walker he defeated and tears out the bone and hands it to Maggie. Smart one that Glenn. And they use the bone to, but it doesn’t really help them in escaping. It only helps Glenn get hurt. As their being escorted out to the “Scream Pit” Rick and the others rescue them. That’s when all hell breaks loose.
The group eventually gets out, but not before Daryl gets caught, Oscar gets shot, and Michonne has a show down with the Governor in his apartment. While Michonne is waiting she finds his zombified daughter in his creepy zombie head keeping room. Just as she’s about to kill it the Governor comes in and they have an epic battle in which he loses an eye. I swear it must be one of the requisite options for villains to have an eye patch. I’d also like to take a moment and mention that when put in water a zombie’s head appears in a sort of stasis. Once removed from water they return to their biting.
The Governor calls a town meeting regarding the gun fight. He calls Rick and the others terrorists and incites the town. The shock of the episode comes when the Governor sells out Merle and tells everyone that Merle is a traitor. Andrea is shocked when the Governor further reveals that they have captured Daryl, Merle’s brother. “You wanted your brother, now got him.” The Governor tells Merle. Best line the Governor has had all season and it wasn’t the words, but his delivery. Finally he might just turn into the villain I’ve been waiting for.
The Walking Dead will return in February with episode 9, “The Suicide King.”