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The Walking Dead Review: Call Rick, Maybe

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It's hard to believe there are only two more episodes of The Walking Dead before the first break, and it seems more and more likely that Rick and the Governor's groups are headed on a collision course to confrontation.

And we all know how Rick and the Governor handle anyone that gets in their way.

Merle with a Gun

"Hounded" was more or less the calm before that inevitable storm, focusing on some quieter moments despite Merle's inability to ever keep his trap shut. Then again, that's what makes his character fun to watch: his spot-on comments about "biter-grams" and trying to remember people's names.

Rick was still obsessed with the telephone and the voices on the other end, who turned out to be dead members of his group. I guess you could say he got Rick Roll'd.

Kudos if you were able to recognize Amy, Jim and Jacqui, but the one that stuck out right away, and was probably the most important in sending Rick back to some semblance of a reality, was Lori. Hopefully, this version of telling Rick what to do in protecting Carl and the baby will all work out.

I do question Rick's sanity still, even though he did recognize who was on the line. As sad as it has been seeing Rick fall into the deep end, it's been a fantastic development for his character - and Andrew Lincoln continues to wow with his performances. I hope he's pulling it together for the right reasons obviously, but I also hope that those hanging strings of a broken mental state are still waiting to be pulled again.

And I'm glad that the whole telephone revelation wasn't dragged out, much like Carol being alive wasn't held out for even longer. I was starting to worry that Carol's situation would turn into an echo of Sophia leaving her discovery less impactful. Plus, I'm really enjoying her character this season.

Certainly, getting to see Daryl carry her out of the cell was a great moment. It had such a heroic vibe and it's been plain to see that he has come so far from when he was just the angry redneck brother of Merle. Beneath his quips, blunt observations, and quick kills, he has a heart.

Did he have to tell Carl his story about his mom's death? No, he could have easily ignored Carl and said "not my problem." Except, he tried to ease Carl's mind over the death, despite Carl's honest assessment that he was in fact the one who shot his mom and that it was real. Poor kid. Talk about growing up in a dark world.

As for Daryl's brother Merle, he's learned to reserve some of thoughts, but he's still the murderous sociopath that Rick had left up on the roof. He could have easily agreed to Glenn's terms and his brother would have been there in no time, but Merle would rather kidnap Glenn and Maggie for the Governor.

Does he really think that Rick and company won't retaliate, especially since Michonne was able to find her way to the prison?

I love that Michonne was able to utilize Rick and Glenn's strategy in "Guts," passing through the walkers unnoticed because of the bloody mess that covered her. And with that final shot of wrapping her fingers through the fence, carrying the baby formula back, and providing a sincere look in her eyes, I've got no doubt Rick will accept her into the group.

But man, oh man, was I hoping Andrea would be able to redeem herself.

She just seemed so relaxed and calm like nothing was the matter. And then she said she enjoyed the gruesome games the Governor put on (even though, if she really did, I couldn't sense her enthusiasm). Everything she talked about felt listless and then when she saw the walker on the other side of the wall, she became overly excited.

What is her character doing?

To make matters worse, she decides to have sex with the Governor, who - let's not forget - she barely knows and just met. At least when she was shacking up with Shane, they had been around each other for a better period of time.

Sure, maybe it had been a really long time and she just wanted to fool around, but I'm getting a vibe that she's more in love with the Governor than looking for a one night stand.

We all know that when she meets the group again, let alone learns that Maggie and Glenn are captured there, she's going to agree with it all without a care in the world. You're killing me, Andrea!

I guess the hour was a necessary breather from all of the shock and bloody surprises, but it was probably one of the weaker episodes of The Walking Dead Season 3. There were moments where I was waiting for things to pick up or even hoping to see more of the mystery behind Woodbury, but I guess that will all be coming soon enough.

That said, even with the misgivings, The Walking Dead hasn't failed to keep me interested, and with the way the season is progressing, I'm excited to see what happens when Rick and the Governor finally come face to face.

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Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (126 Votes)

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Neejan

This was absolutely not one of 'the weaker episodes'. On the contrary, it laid out the foundations for the struggle between Rick's and the Governor's group. I don't think an episode should be called good or strong if it only has some zombie fights. We also learned more about the characters' mental state (e.g. Rick, but also Andrea). So I'm giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, the half deduced because I didn't like Carol's storyline that much. She and Daryll suddenly found each other.. oh come on. I'd expected something better.

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Stop bashing Andrea...She is just a woman who just want calm. She is tied...she found a kind of "Eden". I can understand her even if it make me sick that she didn't care about Michonne's opinion. Glad to see Karol ^^

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This was definitely one of the weaker episodes so far this season, it was really just a "filler" episode or a "bridge" episode. I'm glad I'm not the only one on here that is getting disgusted with the way Andrea's character is being written this season, it's quite a divergence from the comic book and all her actions seem out of character, it's like they don't know what to do with her this season, she seems to be a different character each season.
This whole governor/Woodbury angle is dragging on waaay too long, he is not nearly as brutal as in the comic, we need to get to the "secret" behind Woodbury or the confrontation already because it is getting very anti-climactic and the whole Andrea/Governor scenes seem awkward , out of place, and a downright bore, as others have stated.

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I thought it was a wonderful expisode. There were many things happening and its moving things right along to the final 2 until Feb. You never know quite what's going to happen and so will give Andrea some more time to see what happens, either she Is as it looks like or she is trying to get close to the Mayor to see what he is doing. Would think she would find out about the ones there and how she will react to that.
Have thought its been a winner with each episode.

Snakethecritic

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Great episode. I am so glad Carol has been found and by Darryl. I had hopes for Andrea this season but she is the town slut. She flirted with every man she met in Mayberry. Her and the gov made me ill. So SO happy Michonne found her way to the prison, it was funny her standing there with the basket of formula. I hope they all kick ass at the governor's. Can't wait for next week!!

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"To make matters worse, she decides to have sex with the Governor, who - let's not forget - she barely knows and just met." Yeah because no woman has ever had sex with a guy she has just met.

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I thought this was a terrific episode. It's too bad Rick wouldn't let Hershel hang around long enough for the next "phone call" because I'm sure Hershel's reaction would have been priceless. Michonne got to display more badass sword-work; she has no qualms about using it, for sure. I'd almost forgot what a sociopath Merle is, and it seems that he's gotten worse since he's been at Woodbury, while Daryl has become fiercely protective of his group, especially Carol (I would love to see a mature romance between those two). Speaking of sociopaths, the Governor sure has Andrea snowed... I hope she finally discovers how creepy and brutal he is.

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I enjoyed Hounded. I'd like to point out the sort-of irony of how no one seemed to even wonder if MAYBE Rick could've been talking to actual ghosts on a show about zombies. I know its sci-fi that looks like horror but it did seem like it was a possibility. I know it's not but I had to mention it.
I've loved Andrea all along so I'm on her side so far. In that world Woodbury AND the Governor seem pretty par for the course to me. Why WOULDN'T Micchone want to take at least a week off and stay there? Anyway, I hope that Andrea does come to her senses once it's more obvious that there's real badness in Woodbury. Right now I don't think it's obvious to her.
The reunion between Daryl and Merle was destined to be awkward at the very least; now it can only go BADLY. I hope Merle doesn't make things worse by killing Glenn, Maggie or Carol. Or the worst scenario which would be him killing Daryl, himself. After all, no one's safe on TWD. And that's the way it should be.

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Bom espero que até o break as coisas tenham avançado um pouco mais. Este último episódio me deixou muito satisfeita com o Daryl, ele já vinha se mostrando, que não todo insensível, e blá blá, blá, mas um cara bom, o jeito que ele pegou a nenenzinha, não tinha como não notar seu grande coração, e ele teve a sensibilidade de achar a Carol, foi ótimo e o Rick, hã o Rick, Rick, ele não é o máximo? eu tinha certeza que ele ia se aprumar e ficou lindo todo limpinho. Cada dia mais nos mostram como "despistar" os zumbis, e mocinha dos drad's que o diga, quase vomitei quando caiu as tripas do zumbi que ela matou, credo que nojo. Vamos ver, foi um episódio onde se construiu os problemas que virão e que não serão poucos. Beijos a todos.