Actor Michael Rooker had the Twitter-verse talking when he joined AMC’s “Talking Dead” Sunday as a guest. It’s not that “The Walking Dead” alum provided some deep insight into the latest episode of Season 6, but that he appeared to be speaking as his former character, Merle Dixon.
For those that don’t remember, Merle was the older, drug-addicted, brother of Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus). After causing problems while on a run in Atlanta, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) handcuffed Merle to the roof of a store. They were forced to leave him behind after T-Dog (IronE Singleton) accidentally dropped the handcuff key down a drain, but Rick later returned with Daryl to rescue him. The only thing left of Merle was his hand, as he was forced to amputate it in order to get out of his handcuffs and away from walkers.
Merle made his big return in Season 3 as one of The Governor’s (David Morrissey) men. However, an unfortunate lie about killing Michonne (Danai Gurira) turned Merle into an enemy of the villain. He eventually put his life on the line to attempt to kill the Governor and protect his brother and the other prison survivors. Merle successfully took out a group of the Governor’s men, but the Governor got to him before he could finish the job. The Governor tortured Merle, biting off two of his fingers before shooting him in the chest. Daryl was forced to stab his brother in the head after he turned into a walker.
Rooker has been missing in action ever since getting killed off the show, but joined “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick as a fan to break down the latest episode of “The Walking Dead.” The 60-year-old actor, who was a guest alongside “Grandfathered” actress Paget Brewster and comedian Doug Benson, was asked a handful of questions about how he thought his character would respond to certain situations. He proceeded to answer as if he was Merle, repeatedly saying things like, “my brother,” while referring to the character of Daryl.
“Talking Dead” viewers took notice and tweeted about the bizarre guest spot:
— shane mcqueen (@McqueenShane) November 16, 2015
— Peter Dunn (@metalpeter) November 16, 2015
Was Michael Rooker even acting when he played Merle?! #TheTalkingDead
— Ed Bottomley (@EdBottomley) November 16, 2015
When it's hard to differentiate between michael rooker and merle
— gracelord solo (@deadcooI) November 16, 2015
Rooker is so funny...can't answer as himself...he IS Merle!! #TalkingDead
— Lynda Daneliuk (@FolkloreORama) November 16, 2015
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