The Walking Dead is the hottest series on TV today! The season three premiere episode garnered 10.9 million viewers, breaking all sorts of records including the highest viewership for a cable TV series. Next Sunday, a familiar face is returning, and just in case you haven’t heard about this yet we’re hiding all the spoilers below this picture promoting more positive zombie/human relations.
The character of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) is one of the most popular new characters (as in “didn’t appear in Robert Kirkman’s comics”) from the TV series. Having only appeared in one episode (he also appeared in a dream sequence in a later episode), Merle Dixon has grown as one of the most mysterious and intriguing characters of the zombie series. In the clip below, the return of Merle Dixon is a bit fuzzy:
Next week’s episode is titled “Walk With Me” and will catch us up on the exploits of Andrea and Michonne, but there’s no telling how Merle fits into this picture. It looks like Andrea is still ill, so perhaps Merle comes across the pair and brings them to Woodbury to meet The Governor. As we see in the clip, Andrea is a bit dazed and we see her point-of-view of Merle calming her down.
The last time we saw Merle was in his younger brother Daryl’s dream sequence from episode five of season two, “Chupacabra.” In that episode, the vision of Merle teased Daryl to toughen up. The first (and only actual) appearance of Merle Dixon was in the series’ second episode, “Guts.” In the episode, Merle was introduced as a racist cocaine addict who was on a building rooftop picking off “walkers” with a sniper rifle. His confrontation with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) ended with him getting handcuffed to a pipe and, as the threat of zombies were closing in on the group, Merle was forced to saw his own hand off to get free after T-Dog (IronE Singleton) dropped the only key to the handcuffs.
The Walking Dead “Walk With Me” will air on October 28th on AMC.