SPOILERS. This is one of the things I love about The Walking Dead – I never know what’s coming next . It’s simply nothing like other series I’ve watched in the past. Most shows “telegraph” what’s coming up next, and more often than not I know where the plot is going long before it gets there. Not with Walking Dead however. I expected Merle to continue being the show’s anti-protagonist for quite awhile, and I was wrong. DEAD wrong.
Merle went out as something of a reluctant hero. His original intent was to deliver Michonne to the governor (after he figured out – as we all knew – that Rick would change his mind about giving her up). I believe Merle thought it would be the easiest way for him to get close enough to take out the governor, without risking Rick’s group (and his brother Darryl, of course).
Michonne, while she was Merle’s captive, was able to get Merle to do a bit of soul-searching by pointing out that he was experiencing some regret and remorse about his past indiscretions. She also helped him realize that most (perhaps all?) of the men he had killed were killed for no other purpose than “pleasing” the governor.
And, that realization came soon after he had condemned Darryl for blindly following Rick as his leader. Talk about ironic.
So, Merle decides to release Michonne, and do everything he can to kill as many of the governor’s men as possible, and hopefully get a shot at the governor himself. Too bad. Seems like everyone so far (including Rick) has had an opportunity to take the governor out, and nobody seems to get it done.
Sadly, after the governor kills Merle (without the mercy of a head shot), Darryl has to dispatch Merle’s zombie.
Definitely looking forward to the season 3 finale next week.
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