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Michael Rooker Returning to The Walking Dead in Season 3

by on 03/19/2012
 

The Walking Dead Season 2 finale aired last night and although it might be quite a while before Season 3 is back on TV, we already have some news about it. Michael Rooker, who plays Merle Dixon, said he will be returning to The Walking Dead in season 3 in which had to loose 20 pounds in weight for the role.

Rooker announced he would be returning when he was on the panel for ‘Lollipop Chainsaw’, a video game in which his voice is being put into. The return of Merle will be highly anticipated and it will be interesting to see not only his reaction when he sees the group, but also for characters such as T-Dog and Rick. The reaction of Daryl (Norman Reedus) should be interesting to see when he finds out his brother alive. Will Daryl follow the path he’s been on or will we see him revert back to his old ways and stick with brother Merle? Season 3 will be 16 episodes long and begins filming in May.

The last time we seen Merle, He was handcuffed on top of a roof in Atlanta. The group returned to retrieve Merle but all they found on the roof was a bloody sawed off hand but no sign of him. Merle returned in season 2 but only as a hallucination in Merle’s brother Daryl’s mind. Fans have been speculated that Merle would return as the Governor in season 3 but when David Morrissey was cast for the role, fans began to wonder if Merle would ever return. No one knows the whereabouts of Merle other then AMC and the actor himself, Michael Rooker.

If you want to see what Michael has been up to you can check out his website.

So what do you guys think of Merle’s return? Good or Bad?

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  • Danheath91
    03/19/2012 at 6:12 pm

    good

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  • Danemantis
    03/19/2012 at 6:21 pm

    I think we all know who they are grooming him to be….

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  • Samdyha
    03/19/2012 at 6:28 pm

    wonder if this makes him the govener? And this is why Rick looses a hand possably? would be a gret twist! Bring it on!

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  • Brayan_okazaki
    03/19/2012 at 6:39 pm

    That will be so good!!!
    hahaha 
    I’m waitng for the season 3 now!!!!!
    ^w^

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  • D Pascoe 77
    03/20/2012 at 10:53 pm

    They are so far away from Atlanta now that it seems impossible that an alive Merle will be seen. unless he met up with the governor when he too was stuck in Atlanta. Who knows? We could be getting all excited over nothing. But if he is alive do you think Daryl will side with him or with his beloved group?

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  • nyifancentral
    03/21/2012 at 5:22 am

    Are they that far from Atlanta?

    Right now we have no idea where they are or if there will be a winter segment for a show that will be filmed in Atlanta in summer?

    I cannot see another hallucination scene for Darryl. It’s either a flashback or a full return.

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  • Natethegreat619
    03/21/2012 at 8:08 pm

    Season 3 is going to be great  i love the walking dead and its hard to wait till it comes back on in May

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    • j_scheffs
      03/28/2012 at 1:21 am

       lol its not coming back in May. Its coming back in October! uhg! filming starts in May… Its going to be insanely hard to wait till October…

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    • Sideburns Bus Zombie
      03/30/2012 at 8:32 pm

      Unfortunately they are going to begin filming in May.  I wish new episodes were going to begin airing then.  

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  • 03/22/2012 at 2:50 am

    I dont think Merle is going to be the governor.  the director in Talking Dead already said the name of the governor and it isnt Merle, but I do like the connection.  I think Merle is going to be somehow connected to the governor though.

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  • Gabe1122
    03/22/2012 at 1:13 pm

    I think that Helicopter from the beginning of the finale save Merle and it was piloted by the people at the prison (The Governor)

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  • Loopy_karen
    03/23/2012 at 8:23 pm

    I think merle will be back as one of the goveners mates, I think he will bully daryl but hopefully not to badly becasue I love him. I dont think Daryl will go back to his aggresive and short fused ways but I reckon merle will try to make him go bad again….
    I think Daryl has growen and will have more sence now… during the merle visits earlier he was going against what merle said so I have hope….

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  • j_scheffs
    03/28/2012 at 1:24 am

    I would love to see a winter segment, the idea of what would happen would be epic. But Merl is a cool and interesting character, I dont like him, but he will bring some good conflict to the show for sure. I cant wait to see the hooded lady and the governor. This next season will be insane! Have to wait for 7 fricken months tho…

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  • Matthewopendoor
    04/03/2012 at 9:53 am

    BRING MERLE BACK IN SEASON 3 WILL BE AWESOME I CARNT WAIT TO SEE THE REACTIONS ON EVERYONES FACES ESPECIALLY T’ DOGS AND RICK WHEN THEY HAD TO LEAVE HIM CUFFED TO A RAIL IN ATLANTA.
    IT WILL ALSO BE INTERESTING TO SEE MERLE AND DARYL REUNITE AND MERC SOME ZOMBIES ..

    SEASON 3 SET IN A PRISON LETS HOPE LINCOLN AND MICHEAL BURROWS ARNT IN THE PRISON PLOTTING AN ESCAPE….LOL

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  • Zebra
    04/03/2012 at 3:27 pm

    I think Merle is going to be the Governor’s right-hand man..  or is that left-hand man?  LoL!

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  • Praetorian1971
    04/10/2012 at 3:19 pm

    That helicopter was in season one as well, remember Rick looking up at it on the horse?

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  • Scoop
    05/05/2012 at 4:03 pm

    I cannot wait then to see Daryl’s interaction with Merle!!  Daryl has transformed into a different man because of the people he is now surrounded with and that they have gone through. We are lead to believe that this is the first time Daryl has been show true friendship, acceptance and even love. It is obvious Daryl’s life and life choices were overshadowed by his wacked out brother. So I will be tuning if not just for this portion of the story!  Also, Daryl’s action figures are sold out everywhere- and are being auctioned off on Ebay for anywhere from $40-60 dollars!  That to me says a lot about the characters audience draw 😉  Love Norman Reedus now!

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  • Macie
    05/09/2012 at 1:50 am

    I would love to see Dayl’s reaction. I’m loving his character. He turned into being a sweet guy. 😀

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