On The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 9, “The Suicide King,” Merle and Daryl Dixon drove off into a non-sunset while Rick, Glenn, Maggie and Michonne (whom Rick is against at this point) went back to the prison. Glenn is in full Angry Young Man mode and wants revenge on The Governor and Merle. He was adamant against Merle coming to the prison. Everyone wants Daryl back — he’s part of that prison family — but Daryl won't return without his brother. So is there any way for Merle to return to the prison group or have a future as anything other than a jerk?
Can Merle be redeemed after all he’s done?
“That’s one of the core aspects of the Walking Dead,” comic book writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly. “Are you going to lose your humanity? And, once you lose your humanity, can you be pulled back? I think Daryl is a big part of that. Is he going to be able to make his brother a productive member of society? Or are they going to go off into the woods and is he going to spiral out of control like Merle has? That’s a great question to ask and I can’t wait to see where we go with that. As if I don’t already know.”
Bah! What’s next for the Dixon Bros? Kirkman told Vulture, “Michael Rooker is so much fun to work with. He’s such a wild card. You want that guy in the middle of the action screwing things up. What you’re going to see next is Daryl falling into an old pattern of behavior he’s had his entire life, which is something people do when they’re under stressful conditions. Think of all the history he’s had with his brother. He’ll fall back upon that and become the little brother again after we’ve seen him grow into a leader in Rick’s group. Now Daryl has choices: does he remain loyal to his blood? Does he remain loyal to Rick, who is now cracking under the pressure?”
A sneak peek of Episode 10, “Home” showed Merle and Daryl in the woods, disagreeing on what to do next. Daryl wants to return to the prison, but Merle says those guys are already dead, since The Governor is coming for them.
A promo for Episode 10 also showed Glenn trying to get everyone (especially Michonne) rallied to go after The Gov in Woodbury. Some folks want to leave the prison, which might make sense, but Glenn said they can’t run. As Kirkman told EW, "I think you’re going to see a very different Glenn in this half of the season and I think that’s a really exciting thing. I can’t wait for the audience to get to those moments and see the phenomenal work that Steven Yeun has done. Every character on the show is transforming, they’re growing, they’re changing, and I think Glenn is a character who’s going to have an awful lot of growth by the end of this season."
Glenn is a badass and it’s good to see him stepping up in a leadership role, but he does need to slow down on the idea of getting revenge on Maggie’s behalf. If she doesn’t want to talk about what happened, or go after The Gov, he should listen to her instead of just his own pride.
Head here for more spoilers on next week’s Episode 10.
Sources: Entertainment Weekly, Vulture