Merle Dixon: The Apocalyptic Anti-Hero

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Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon

Merle Dixon was put in his place, handcuffed to the pipes of an Atlanta department store’s rooftop. After attempting to assume authority, drawing the undead towards his fellow group members, possessing a loud mouth personality with unpredictable ways, he was left abandoned to face his own demise.

Michael Rooker, who played the ruthless, racist, bigot, Merle Dixon, created a character known for embracing his own evil. Crafting the practical bad guy, who could get the dirty work done, even his brother Daryl Dixon, said it himself, “Toughest asshole I ever met my brother. Feed him a hammer, he’d crap out nails.” He’s the character on AMC’S drama The Walking Dead fans loved to hate, but whom Rooker said, “Was a misunderstood character.” Continue reading