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'Walking Dead' star talks shocking twist: "I was relieved"

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The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker has admitted that he was "relieved" to have his character Merle Dixon killed off.

Merle was murdered by The Governor in the latest Walking Dead episode 'This Sorrowful Life' while trying to sneak attack the Woodbury contingent.

The Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 7: Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)

© Gene Page/AMC



Rooker reacted to his shocking exit in affable fashion by telling TV Guide that he was initially pleased he will never have to wear Merle's knife attachment on his hand again.

"About two weeks before the episode, I was actually quite relieved because I wouldn't have to wear the arm again," he recalled.

The actor continued: "Honest to God, that was my first thought. Thank you, thank you! I don't have to put the goddamn thing on ever again. But then I thought, "Oh s**t, I'm out of a job!'"

Rooker went on to admit he's disappointed that Merle's return to The Walking Dead this season was not as eventful as some fans had hoped.

"That's kind of a shame. I thought it was unfortunate, and I did not necessarily agree with the choice to do this," he explained. "It was a big build up and you really didn't get the true payoff."

Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) in The Walking Dead S03E14: 'Prey'

© AMC / Gene Page

Merle in The Walking Dead S03E14



Rooker continued: "We had a great through line for this season, but the fans want more. They're not very happy. I don't think a lot of the true Walking Dead fans are happy with this.

"But, as you know, as actors, we don't have a choice in the matter. It's cliché, I know, but it's so true - when one door closes, another door opens."

The character of Merle Dixon appeared in The Walking Dead's early episodes in season one, ultimately making a return as part of the Woodbury storyline in 2012.

AMC will air The Walking Dead's third season finale on Sunday (March 31). The series airs on FOX in the UK.

Watch a preview for The Walking Dead's season finale 'Welcome to the Tombs' below:

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