The Walking Dead/Merle Dixon

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Merle Dixon
The Walking Dead
Actor Michael Rooker
First Appearance 1x02 - Guts
Last Appearance 3x15 - This Sorrowful Life
Series Billing Season 1 - Season 2: Guest Star
Season 3: Main
Episode Count 14

Merle Dixon, portrayed by Michael Rooker, is a main character in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.


Basic Information

Merle Dixon is the big brother to Daryl. While he is abrasive and racist, he is also protective of his young brother.

Character History

Memorable Moments


  • Norman Reedus, who plays Merle's brother Daryl, originally auditioned for the part.
  • The killing off of the character was not originally planned and was a last minute decision, as Merle was intended to be a recurring character for Season 4.