Michael Rooker Returns as Merle Dixon in ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3

The actor behind this long-lost fan favorite reveals he’s lost over 20 pounds to return for the AMC zombie series.

Michael Rooker returns as Merle in The Walking Dead Season 3
Michael Rooker returns as Merle in The Walking Dead Season 3
We are just hours away from The Walking Dead wrapping up Season 2 tonight with Episode 2.13: Beside the Dying Fire at 9 PM ET on AMC. While there will be more bloodshed before this run of episodes calls itself closed, and we may lose a beloved character or two in the process, rest assured, a familiar face will be resurrected when the series returns in October for Season 3.

Michael Rooker has confirmed that he will be back as Merle Dixon.

Merle, the brother of Norman Reedus' Daryl, was handcuffed to a pipe in Season 1 and left for dead. He was forced to cut off his own hand to escape a horde of zombies on a roof, and we never saw him again...Though, Merle did pop up again this season in Episode 2.05: Chupacabra, when Daryl started to hallucinate after being badly injured.

Michael Rooker has also revealed that he lost 20 pounds to return as Merle. It isn't known if this means we may see him as a decrepit zombie. There is also speculation that Merle may join forces with The Governor, who we reported last month will be played by David Morrissey. The Governor is the leader of a survivor settlement entitled Woodbury, so perhaps Merle found his way to Woodbury and was given life-saving treatment for his missing hand.

Production begins on The Walking Dead Season 3 this May in Atlanta. The extended 16-episode season will likely debut sometime in October, during AMC's annual FearFest programming.

Sources: The Daily Dead

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  1. EroticDesktops

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  2. Ghostman

    @ejk1 If you're not able to buy each volume separably at 15 dollars a piece, you can buy the Compendium which contains the first 8 volumes (48 issues) on amazon for around 30 bucks http://www.amazon.com/The-Walking-Dead-Compendium-One/dp/1607060760/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1332205474&sr=8-2

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  3. Ghostman

    @ejk1 Do you like it so far?

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  4. ejk1

    @ghostman I've read up to Shane's death. I haven't been able to buy other volumes.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Dan

    @eddie584 Kill his own brother after all that time? Ballsy, but I like it.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  6. supermanvenom

    @bane5000 Nah its okay man. I guess i do kinda want to know what happens lol. :)

    3 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  7. Eddie584

    @dan1 Nah i think what they'll do is make it look like daryl is gonna join merle and instead he kills him. thats my guess.

    3 years agoby @eddie584Flag

  8. Ghostman

    @ejk1 Read the comics, I highly recommend it :) The show is now radically different from the comics, that if you read them, you'll still be surprised with the show.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  9. Ghostman

    @bane5000 Regarding Rick and his *hand* I'm not sure they'll do that since Merle already lost his hand. Having two people without a hand would be awkward, plus the amount of CG used to edit it out would cost twice as much money so Rick might not lose his hand since Merle took his place.

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  10. Space101

    Season 2 finished yesterday and I'm already craving for Season 3 to start!

    3 years agoby @space101Flag

  11. Bane5000

    @ejk1@supermanvenom...sorry bout that, thought u guys wouldve known by now

    @azador...Yeah that wouldve been more of a surprise that Merle actually became the Governor and give more of a reason why he does wat he does to the group, but im sure Merle is gonna be shown as like a main henchman of the Governors and hes gonna allow Merle to seek his revenge with no one to hold him back

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  12. ParkWilliams

    I'll be honest, I was actually kind of hoping they were grooming his character to actually be the Governor in the show. He's the right kind of character, and he already has the motivation to be out for the group's blood. With all the time he's been gone from the show, it seemed like a possibility. Oh well, it was a long shot anyway.

    3 years agoby @azadorFlag

  13. supermanvenom

    @ejk1 yeah i agree don't spoil it for us.

    3 years agoby @supermanvenomFlag

  14. ejk1

    @bane5000 spoiler alert please :P
    I'd rather not know stuff from the comics...yet.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  15. Kara Pendergrass

    yes!!! been waiting forever for him to come back. now that theyve killed shane off, theyre gonna need a trouble maker.

    3 years agoby @Kara-PendergrassFlag

  16. Bane5000

    Maybe Merle is the reason why Rick gets his own hand cut off in the show like in the comics, sort of a payback from Merle with the Governors blessing when they capture Rick in Woodbury

    3 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  17. Equialuv

    yay!!! can't wait to see whats been up with him!!!!

    3 years agoby @equialuvFlag


    News just keeps getting better today.

    3 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  19. ROFLitschristian

    Ugh, HATE Merle!

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  20. Ghostman

    Nice! So excited for tonight's finale!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  21. Dan

    Sweet. Figured that would happen. Expect Daryl to switch sides, too. And prob Andrea.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. ejk1

    I bet he'll be happy to see Rick.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. K.Guy

    I knew he had to be alive. But I thought that episode was trying to make the audience think that he's dead. Are you spoiling me? lol

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  24. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Bout damn time

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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