‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Actors Talk Merle & Daryl’s Reunion

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 31st, 2012 at 11:35 am,

The Walking Dead Rooker and Reedus on Reunion The Walking Dead Season 3 Actors Talk Merle & Daryls Reunion

It’s no secret that The Walking Dead season 3 will mark the return of Merle Dixon, the racist zombie-killing redneck, played by Michael Rooker. His return has been teased in several clips for the show, and on magazine covers, but we’ve yet to see how the reunion between him and the group that abandoned him will go down.

Obviously the most important connection Merle has with the group rests with his brother Daryl – the arrow-slinging renegade of Rick’s band of survivors – but how he’ll react, and more importantly how the group will react, is unknown. While we don’t know exactly how that reunion will take place, it has been revealed Merle is holed up with the Governor in Woodbury, and stars Michael Rooker (Merle) and Norman Reedus (Daryl) give their guesses as to how the meeting might play out.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reedus hypothesizes that Merle is going to be “pretty pissed off” when he sees the group that left him for dead, but Rooker blows that assertion off saying, “I’m always pissed off.” Last Walking Dead viewers saw, the elder Dixon brother had his hand…er, handcuffed to a pipe with no hope of escape. But Merle’s new weapon gives viewers some hints as to how he got free.

It’s fair to say that after having to remove one’s own hand, that Merle has every right to be “pissed off,” and we’d expect nothing less from any character played by Rooker. Whether or not we’ll learn how, exactly, Dixon transitioned from being trapped in Atlanta to residing comfortably in Woodbury has yet to be revealed, but eager fans can surely fill in the blanks.

The presence of Merle also signals a major departure from The Walking Dead comic books, something creator Robert Kirkman has already mused on extensively. While the unresolved nature of Rooker’s storyline suggested it wasn’t the last audiences had seen of Merle, his return is going to make for some juicy plot points in the forthcoming third season.

The Walking Dead Merle Handcuffed to Pipe The Walking Dead Season 3 Actors Talk Merle & Daryls Reunion

To add a little more fun to the proceedings, both Rooker and Reedus discussed how they’re real-life selves would deal with a zombie apocalypse. Reedus surprisingly revealed that he would most likely be hiding, to which Rooker replied, “And I’d come find you.” Brothers only by onscreen blood, the two have clearly formed a bond on The Walking Dead set.

How would you like to see the group encounter Merle in The Walking Dead season 3? What do you think of the Merle’s weapon of choice?


Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Season 2 wasnt that great and most of the “character” stuff seemed awfully forced so we’ll just see.

    • Not sure if you are looking for a reaction so you can go into a debate, or if you are serious…

  2. Dont really like how their going away from the comics but i for one cant wait to see merle return. And after reading issue 101 i hate kirkman now >.> y would he do such a thing

  3. Actually they didn’t really abandon him, at the time they had to do a strategic withdrawal and retreat.

    Later they went back to get him only to find just his hand.

    Although I suppose you could argue that the real reason for going back was the bag of guns.

    But I think Darryl’s hallucination’s in season 2 are an interesting foretelling of how things might go.

    I don’t think Merle will be pissed off with Darryl as much as he is with the group, Darryl was off hunting at the time so Merle wouldn’t have a grudge to bear against him I’d say, but I think there’s not going to be any love lost between him and Rick, and being a racist, well he’s definitely going to have issue’s with T-Dog for losing the key.

    In all, expect fireworks.

    • From Merle’s perspective they sure as hell did abandon him and left to be mauled by zombies. Of course at that stage it was either try and help Merle (and end up lunch) or leave.

      • Yes, I would definitely feel abandoned as well if I were Merle.

        We know it’s not exactly true but he doesn’t know that.

  4. Now all they have to do is reintroduce Morgan and we are golden.

  5. i liked it how he was loyal to rick and helped him in guiding and holding the group together. i am so hyped for season 3,can´t wait ? i also find that part 12 and 13 are now one of the best zombie movies ever,the zombie-walk was really creepy. it was also a little bit from the view of the zombies how they walked from the city to – herschells´farm-,that was so cool.

  6. a little correction:…, can´t wait !

  7. Merle’s going to kill T-Dog…

  8. I think Merle is going to cut off Rick’s hand..

    Hand for a Hand…

    • Good Call, Ocram!!! I had questions on how that went down as the Governor gets introduced to us differently in the tv series than he did in the comic. I would bet that this is how Rick loses his hand.

  9. Actually unread where the producer said that he may leave Rick with both of his hands.