When last we saw our not-so-merry band of survivors; Rick had been pushed off the sanity cliff but still found time to take a call. Michonne abandonned Woodbury. Andrea put on her blinders about the dangers of her safe haven. Carol’s final fate was left unanswered. The Governor, Phillip, likes brushing his ZOMBIE daughter’s hair and Little Ass-Kicker needed food. So where does that lead us now? The Walking Dead’s episode 305 left a lot of unanswered questions and a few teases of upcoming events, the outcomes of which will have extreme ramifications on both camps.
I’ve compiled here some teasers, spoilers and speculations of what will happen during Episode 306 , “Hounded,” airing November 18th here in the USA.
FINAL WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!
At the end of Episode 5, Rick picked answered the phone in the mechanical room Lori was gutted in and politely said “Hello.” According to one source, Rick gets three phone calls that are just hallucinations from his grief. The first call is from Amy (Andrea’s sister, who turned into a walker on Season 1) and the second is from Jim (who was left to turn into a walker after the campsite attack in Season 1).
Elaborated, during the first call, Rick talks to a young woman (Amy) who tells him that she is in a safe place away from the walkers. He asks her where exactly she is but she doesn’t tell him and ends the conversation. Later, a man rings (Jim) and Rick tells him that he is with a group of survivors and that he has a son and a new-born. Rick nearly breaks down when he tells the man that his wife died. The man asks him how she died but Rick doesn’t want to answer and the man cuts the conversation.The third call is from Lori, who tells Rick that she loves him and that he needs to move on. I find the conversations with Amy and Jim strange, not because they’re dead but because Rick barely new either of them, Amy less than Jim.
Daryl Dixon decides to take it apon himself and search the prison for his occasional flirtmate Carol, not believing that she’s dead. He encounters nothing but walkers on the way, and finds one with a knife in it’s head. The walker is still alive because whoever stabbed it only stabbed it through the cheek and not the brain. Daryl realizes it’s Carol’s knife and that means she no longer has a weapon with her. Desperate and believing she is dead, he falls to the ground, shaking on the floor. He then notices a door in front of him that something was trying to open. Daryl takes it to mean a walker was trying to get in but failed. At the end of the episode he opens the door and there Carol lays on the ground, alive but shaken.
Meanwhile, back in Woodbury, the Governor and Andrea get closer and reportedly have sex. *gasp!* Andrea was showing some doubts about Woodbury at the end of Say The Word, but the Governor is one slippery snake. During “Hounded” Phillip offers Andrea some whiskey and proposes a toast. She accepts, as he asks her how long it’s been since she’s had such luxurious whiskey. It’s been so long that she can’t remember, she responds. There’s flirting and a caress by the Governor, followed by a kiss that seals the deal as they take their action to bed.
A group lead by Merle is sent to find and kill Michonne. Knowing that she’s being hunted, Michonne leaves a cryptogram of walker body parts, warning Merle’s hunting party to stay away but they continue their search. Merle eventually finds Michonne, they fight and michonne manages to kill two of Merle’s men. Walkers then attack her and the others and she cuts open the stomach of one of the walkers, covering herself in its blood during the fight. The other walkers pass her by and she realizes that it’s the walkers own blood that fools them. This was found out during the season 1’s episode, “Guts”. Merle’s group fleas and, after killing Phil who was one of the group, Merle reaches another deserted town.
Meanwhile Maggie and Glenn are out scavenging for some supplies for “little ass-kicker”. Having gotten everything they needed in a shopping cart, they’re about to leave when they see a visitor who was in the neighborhood, Merle Dixon, who seems just as surprised to see Glenn. Merle asks them if Daryl is alive and about their camp but Glenn and Maggie hold him at gunpoint. Merle puts his gun down and tells Maggie and Glenn that he isn’t upset about being left on the roof and that he found a camp himself. What they don’t see is that he has another gun behind him, which he pulls out when they let their guard down. Maggie is taken hostage by Merle and Glenn is told to go back to the prison. Merle, remembering Andrea, changes his mind and tells Glenn to follow them back to Woodbury. Unknown to everyone, Michonne watches everything unfold while hiding behind a car out of sight.
Merle reaches Woodbury with his captives and The Governor and Andrea get a knock on the door, interrupting their alone time. Andrea jokes that maybe she should hide under the bed so that the Govenor’s men don’t see her there, but alas there time has come to an end because it was Merle knocking with the news of two captives, one that Andrea knows.
Michonne wanders further away from Woodbury and reaches the prison. There she is met by Rick who had just gone outside in the yard after having hallucinations of Lori talking to him on a dead phone.
Lauren “Maggie Greene” Cohan told EW Maggie will play a big part in the prison group’s clash with Woodbury, which is coming later. “The body count is not done. That’s pretty much all I can say, but we’re not just going to see death. There’s going to be a whole host of challenges now that we’ve got the human threat. Woodbury is up to no good. The Governor is up to no good; it’s really scary. We’ve got some scary stuff ahead.”
Michonne saw a list of names and other details in the Governor’s journal, during “Say The Word”. . Robert Kirkman told THR, “That’s definitely going to be a mystery for now, so we’ll just have to see. There’s definitely something going on there. The guy is keeping a notebook for some reason, and what that reason is right now remains to be seen.” All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
But seriously, the guy went batshit crazy long before we were introduced to him. And what about Phillip’s walker daughter? “That’s really the answer as to why he puts so much stock in Milton (Dallas Roberts),” Kirkman told THR. “The Governor is certainly hopeful that there will be some kind of thing discovered that tells them that that is in fact still his daughter and he hasn’t lost her. But who knows where that’ll go or what his reaction will be when he gets the news.” Kirkman also explains that Daryl will step up and take on a leadership role while Rick continues down his mental rabbit hole. Being a fan favorite, this is no shock. Daryl can do the job, but “whether or not that’s something that he wants to do, we’ll see. We’ve seen that Daryl is a character who, while he is very capable, is someone who is not exactly looking for a lot of responsibility. So I don’t necessarily see it going that way, but Daryl is an extremely versatile character, and there’s a lot of depth to that guy.”
Michael “Merle Dixon” Rooker spoke with AMC about the gladiator scene we saw at the end of 305. “Well, I can tell you this: That was an amazing turning point. Goodness, that’s a big deal, that scene.” Did anyone else notice that not all of those walkers had their teeth pulled?
But the speculations don’t stop there. While the mid-season finale is only a few weeks away, the cast and crew are currently filming the season finale near Newnan, Georgia and have been in and around that area for about a month now. During the filming of 312, Danai, Chandler and Andy were all seen on set in Kings County, Georgia with the baby and a few dozen walkers. The big spoiler comes from who else was seen on set. Lennie James! Morgan returns, also driven to the brink of madness, with his walker wife, Jenny, in tow. Morgan has booby trapped his neighborhood and Rick, Michonne, Carl and the baby find themselves in a bit of trouble. As to whether or not the four prison survivors find Morgan, that’s up in the air. It could be Grimes’ hometown or somewhere else. How long their reunion lasts though, that’s left in question also.
What about the final fate of Glenn and Maggie? Rumor has it, and set photos seem to confirm that Glenn is tortured and beaten by the Governor’s men while Maggie is forced to listen from a side room. How does Daryl fit into the equation? Is he the one who heads to Woodbury to rescue the star-crossed lovers? Only time will tell but Laurie “Andrea” Holden was also spied filming in Senoia “Woodbury”, Georgia at the same time.
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