The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 6 | Watch The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 6
For the past few weeks, The Walking Dead‘s writers and producers have managed two distinct story lines without letting either one overtake the show. We had prison-heavy episodes and Woodbury-heavy episodes, but each had enough fights with walkers and visceral, meaningful tension to keep us interested. With the exception of last week’s campy Ultimate Fighting Championship-style brawl in the zombie pit, the action has provided a nice counterbalance to emotional subplots of death and loss. But as interesting as these two stories have been on their own, we always knew they would eventually collide.
Last night’s episode, “Hounded,” was the beginning of the end of a divided narrative and a big step towards what promises to be a nasty showdown. But first there was the mystery of who was on the other end of the phone. Last week left us with Rick answering a phone call, and for the first half hour or so of last night’s episode, it looked like we were headed towards a subplot where the group discovers a new piece of civilization. Woodbury is interesting because right now, other than the prison, it’s the only game in town for anyone who wants to have some semblance of a normal life.
One character who isn’t willing to play along with Woodbury’s rules is Michonne, and when we caught up with her, Merle and a few henchmen were hunting her through the woods. During the zombie ambush, when Michonne slices open a walker who spills his guts all over her, we saw a the defining rules in The Walking Dead universe in action. If a human is covered with zombie blood, they’re invisible—or at least uninteresting—to other zombies. If you’ll remember back in Season 1, Rick and Glenn put this technique to great use in Atlanta, picking their way through a zombie horde wearing trench coats splattered with zombie blood and guts. That was one of the more exciting set pieces that season, but Michonne’s discovery of the bloody invisibility cloak allowed her to move to the prison and unite with what’s left of Rick’s clan.