What a terrifying tale! I never watched the episode, The Hunter, as I don't like that kind of violence. Judging from the episode summary, it was full of it.
But your story, Cowgirl, is very interesting. I'm glad Joe got home all right, but what about his arm? And Beth? I sure hope he gets a chance to go back and see her.
I'm glad you liked it! Yes, "The Hunter" is a traumatic episode. I wrote this mostly because I felt Joe needed time to rest, heal, and get back to being himself after his awful ordeal.
There will be a sequel coming soon, I hope, which will answer the questions about Joe's broken arm and about Beth! :)