‘The Walking Dead’: Will Merle and Daryl Reunite?

by | October 26, 2012 at 10:03 AM | Fall TV Preview 2012, Interviews, The Walking Dead

"The Walking Dead": Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) - (Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)

When “The Walking Dead” airs on Sunday night, Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) are introduced to a new community of survivors after witnessing an accident and seeing a plume of smoke in the distance.

Whether or not it is Woodbury remains to be seen, but David Morrissey, who plays the Governor, told us he makes his entrance into the story in the third episode, and he is the man in charge of Woodbury.

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It also isn’t a secret that Merle (Michael Rooker) is returning this season. The when and where of it remain to be told, but Morrissey gave us an inkling when he talked about the two henchmen who help him rule his town.

“He has Merle,” Morrissey says. “That is one of his main men. And he has a guy named Milton, played by Dallas Roberts, who is much more of a geeky, nerdy guy who does all the day-to-day that is how Woodbury runs.”

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Since the disappearance of Merle in Season 1 — after Rick (Andrew Lincoln) chained him on a rooftop, his brother Daryl (Norman Reedus) has become a valued member of the team and, one could say, a member of that family. So what will happen when the two Dixon siblings reunite?

“That is the central question in the show,” says executive producer Glen Mazzara in an exclusive interview with XfinityTV.com. “When Daryl and Merle are together — if they come together — I am sure that Merle will have expectations like: ‘Great, the Dixon brothers ride together again.’”

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But for Daryl, it will be a much more divisive moment. We have come to find out that Daryl — a character that does not exist in the graphic novels — isn’t like his brother, who is a racist and a druggy. And in the time he has spent away from Merle, he has become his own man.

“He doesn’t want to be his big brother. Merle is kind of like your drunk uncle at a Christmas party. You’re, ‘Shut up, man. Shut up,’” Reedus says. “A lot of the moments in the Season 3 storyline between Merle and Daryl is Daryl telling Merle he is not his big brother. There is conflict with Merle and other people in our group and Daryl is in the middle of it. He is trying to put out fires.”

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Mazzara agrees with that assessment saying, “Daryl is going to have to make a choice at some point. Which family is important to him, or how does he bring these two families together?”

The popularity of Daryl has taken off and, according to Reedus, it began with the “Cherokee Rose” episode in which Daryl risked his life going off on his own to search for Carol’s (Melissa McBride) missing daughter Sophia (Madison Lintz).

“I really saw a shift with that episode,” Reedus says. “I always explain Daryl. He is like an animal in an alley in the rain.

“You see him, you want to go touch him and he snaps at you and he will bite you, but if you feed him and take him in, in a day or two, he will follow you forever. He is kind of like that. Merle is not like that. Daryl doesn’t hate T-Dog (IronE Singleton). Daryl doesn’t hate anyone in the group. He will fight to keep everyone alive. He is not really looking out for himself because he has no internal plan that he is going to f–k you over. He is exactly what you see.”

“The Walking Dead” airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.