“When one door closes, another door opens.”

TVGuide.com caught up with Michael Rooker to find out what was going through Merle Dixon’s head during Season 3’s penultimate episode.

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I never played Merle as a despicable racist guy. I’ve always played Merle as a straight forward guy living in a zombie f—ing apocalypse. There’s no more political correct bulls— out there. It’s survival of the fittest, and you better know how to survive in this world. If you don’t, you’re going to perish, plain and simple. Fans are judging this character on how you’d live in your everyday world, but you’ve got to remember that these people are living in a world that has changed. Everyone in this show is still grieving over losing every family member that they’ve ever had. That makes people react and act differently…

Read the full article from TV Guide here.

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