Michael Rooker recently reflected on Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead and opened up about AMC’s handling of the character.
The Walking Dead series on AMC began back in 2010 and is now approaching its eleventh season. In season one, we were introduced to Michael Rooker’s Merle Dixon, the brother of Daryl. Merle was infamously left on a rooftop handcuffed by Rick and appeared as a hallucination before returning in season three as the Governor’s right-hand man and coming to his end.
Before his appearance at GalaxyCon Live over the weekend, Michael Rooker talked to SyFy Wire about all the iconic roles he has played over the years. At one point in the interview, Rooker opened up about playing Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead and said the following:
“It’s basically three years of work, and they held off on the second season. I’m not sure AMC knew what to do with the character. They held off and they held off, and the moment I came back in the sequence when Norman’s character has fallen down into the ravine and I end up being his guardian angel who comes to him and antagonizes him enough to force him to get up and climb. It was just a gorgeous way to bring the character back.”
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Here is the official synopsis for The Walking Dead season ten:
A few months after the end of Season 9, the collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new border imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Callan McAuliffe, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Lauren Ridloff, Cailey Fleming, Cassady McClincy, Ryan Hurst, and Samantha Morton as Alpha.
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Source: SyFy Wire