Michael Rooker reflected on the behind-the-scenes reason for Merle’s death on AMC’s The Walking Dead.
After making a relatively brief but memorable appearance in the first season of The Walking Walking, Michael Rooker’s Merle Dixon did not resurface until the third season of the AMC season. While Michael Rooker’s Merle Dixon initially served as the right-hand man of the villainous Governor for most of The Walking Dead’s third season, Merle was ultimately killed by the villain after turning on the Woodbury leader.
During a recent appearance as Wales Comic-Con, Michael Rooker was asked if he preferred Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, in which he portrayed Yondu, or AMC’s The Walking Dead. While Michael Rooker did not choose between the two, The Walking Dead alum did not that he made more money on the Marvel Studios’ film and revealed that he suspects Merle was killed off because AMC was too “cheap” to pay him for an additional season:
“I don’t prefer either. I made more money on Guardians. Walking Dead, they were cheap. AMC was very cheap. That’s probably why they killed me off, because they knew I was gonna get more money the next season.”
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Here is the official synopsis for The Walking Dead season 10:
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.
The Walking Dead season 10 will resume on February 23, 2020, on AMC.