Last night’s sixth episode of the third season, “Hounded” perhaps spent a little too much time focusing on Rick dealing with his grief, and maybe Daryl/Carl/Axel’s long walk through the prison had echoes of season two’s long walks through the forest, but unlike earlier seasons, there was an excellent payoff. There was lots of movement in last night’s episode, setting the series up for a great big showdown in the fall finale.
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1. Merle Loves a Good Pun — The Governor was quick to release the redneck on Michonne as soon as she left the premises, on account of The Governor not appreciating any kind of civilized world that he can’t control outside of Woodbury. Also, he really wanted that damn sword. Michonne knew it was coming, and was nice enough to leave a Biter-Gram telling Merle and the Gang to go back.
They refused. Two of The Governor’s henchman were immediately disposed of because that’s the way Michonne rolls.
BOOM! You’re headless.
Unfortunately, she was shot in the leg trying to escape. At least she got a crotch shot in on Merle.
2. It’s a White Lie Because Merle is a Racist Dickhead, and That’s The Only Kind of Lie He Tells — A third henchman — poor skittish Neal — was taken out by Merle because Neal wasn’t willing to go along with Merle’s lie. He was going to tell The Governor that they’d also taken out Michonne, because she was as good as dead anyway. R.I.P. Neal, which wasn’t even his real name. We hardly knew you, bro.
“You hear that bird” is always how I like to distract my victims before I shoot them in the head.