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Have you watched last week's shocking episode of The Walking Dead yet? No? Well, you're certainly brave to have clicked on this article. It'll be discussing some serious spoilers from season 3's penultimate episode, so if you haven't seen it yet, it might be best to slam your eyes close and desperately fumble for the back button.

OK, so now those guys are gone we can talk about last Sunday's episode called This Sorrowful Life. It ended with a pretty heart-wrenching scene of Daryl having to kill his recently zombiefied brother Merle. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Norman Reedus who plays fan-favorite Daryl, explained he wouldn't be holding any grudges (except against the Governor obviously). He said:

I've heard people question if Daryl blames Rick for letting this happen and starting this plan and getting Merle riled up and sending him out, but Daryl knows Merle and Merle does what ever he wants to do. I don't think he blames Rick, Michonne or anyone else for that. His brother always made on-the-spot decisions, he never asked for permission to do anything. Merle, in the scene with Beth singing, inched his way into the room; he was like a lion, announced he was here and wanted to come into the warm room but he wasn't a threat and had his paws up in the air. Carol, Rick and Michonne eventually saw the goodness in Merle - Glenn probably doesn't think there is but some of the prison group saw and knew it. In a world with so few people around you, you hope everybody has it in them to be able to change and not be the same person they were.

But if Lori has proven one thing, it's that the dead can sometimes come back in other forms (other than flesh eating ghouls). Last week's episode also saw the return of Lori's 'ghost', showing that Rick still has some way to go before he's completely sane again. Reedus also responded to suggestions Daryl will go through a similar ordeal with Merle:

It would be fun wouldn't it?! I don’t know if that's going to happen. Certain things will definitely remind Daryl of Merle all the time — he has his bike, too. It's almost like losing a father figure: There are so many questions you wanted to ask and you don’t quite get there. I'm sure he'll be haunted by the death of his brother. I don’t know if we'll see the ghost of Merle come back but it would be fun.

Well, it wouldn't be first time Daryl had hallucinated his brothers presence. Remember the episode in season 2 where Daryl went feral in the woods? Personally though, I don't think Merle coming back as a 'ghost' is such a great idea. What do you think though? Would you like to see him again in apparition form? Let me know below.


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