There is only one more episode to go before Season 3 of The Walking Dead comes to an end. I am sure we have all come to hate and love Merle Dixon in the series. I remember him in the first season where I am certain the audience did not like who he was, American guy who was just racist and thought of himself superior to everyone else.
Well Season 3 has been kind of funny but we have seen that he cares a lot about his brother and it effects Merle how Daryl perceives him. In the episode that aired on the 24th-25th we see that Merle does have emotions and cares what others think of him, he states to his brother that the whole group see him as some sort of devil because he is someone in the World who has to do the dirty work that others won’t.
That is the last scene between the brothers where they are both emotional and trying to patch up. After Daryl says he just wants his brother back and walks out the room we see Merle pack a bag with a rifle and a telephone. There is a lot that happens afterwards with Merle in the centre of it but I won’t go into detail, watch it yourself it’s a good episode of The Walking Dead.
I loved Merle in this episode sitting in the car outside some booze store drinking away with the music on which suited his bad ass attitude. Was just amazing. The car is surrounded by ‘walkers’ while he is drinking and you can see he doesn’t care and isn’t worried. You can see he has a final stage of redemption planned. I loved the idea of him turning up the music and slowly driving and stopping to make sure the ‘walkers’ kept up with the car. Merle then leads the pack of ‘walkers’ to the Governor’s town and jumps out the car to hide in a building. Merle picks off men one by one without the Governor’s people knowing they are being shot at, they all just assume it’s the ‘walkers’ that came close bit them. Merle has a clear shot at the Governor but a ‘walker’ approaches Merle just after he shoots one of the Governor’s man who was blocking the shot. I wish he had caused total destruction and killed the Governor.
Merle is exposed into the open when he kills the ‘walker’ and falls out of the building door. I felt really sad when I saw the Governor beat up Merle and shoot him. The screen when black after it and Rick and the prison were the next segment. What was heartbreaking was Daryl seeing his brother turned into a ‘walker’ when he died from the shot.
Daryl sees Merle eating some dead bodies meat and you see Daryl burst out in tears. There is something different to the other ‘walkers’ before, Merle’s eyes are shown in a realistic way and seeing his whole face makes you feel a lot of emotions because you see what he has turned into.
I think he had good in him and he proved it with what he did in this episode because he was trying to be the good guy for once and take out the threat. Daryl pushes Merle away many times while crying but finally in anger of what his brother has become he stabs him many times in the face and it becomes disfigured. I don’t think anyone would wish that on their worst enemy.
Now I know it’s just a show but it makes you think like no other show ever has on TV that “What would you do in them circumstances”. What I mean is what would you do if the world had become like The Walking Dead and it was hard to trust survivors because they want to survive and could kill the people you are protecting or steal your supplies. There are many emotional effects you would have to suffer when deciding who to save and basically where to stay and survive. Making these choices is the worst thing ever when I thought about it. Some of us are good people but in events even we could be forced to not care about others except the people we trying to protect, might ignore others and let them die for instance.
I like how even in a World like that there are a group of people who are good people. Rick Grimes and his group of people believe in good.
I realised what someone would go through and what Rick Grimes goes through in The Walking Dead when I played the 5 episodes of The Walking Dead game from Telltale Games. Decision you make in that game directly affect your feelings because you see the aftermath.
Just think though what you would do to survive!