Rick And Merle Undergo Emotional Shifts On 'The Walking Dead'

The AMC show's cast and producers teased Sunday's episode while kicking off PaleyFest 2013 in Beverly Hills on Friday.

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AMC's The Walking Dead brought fans and press to Paleyfest 2013 and spilled some hints as to what will happen on Sunday's episode.

Last Sunday's episode did spectacularly in the ratings. Even the Oscars couldn't keep TWD from being the highest rated non-awards ceremony program on television.

Judging from the scoop shared during PaleyFest 2013 in Beverly Hills on Friday, the series isn't resting on its laurels.

Note: Spoilers ahead. 

A major awakening for Rick? If you've been keeping up with the show you know that Rick (Andrew Lincoln) is straddling the line between reality and fantasy. His hallucinations of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) are effecting his leadership skills and the group is beginning to question his sanity. Well, Lincoln told the audience at Paleyfest that Rick gets a mirror held up to himself on the next episode.

This could mean that we will see Rick come to some serious realizations and possibly move on from his hallucinations. But does it mean that we will see him actually consider stepping down as the group's leader? Since season one it's pretty much been a Rick-tatorship and if he decides to step back someone else has to step up.

Merle gets emo? And the prison's newest resident, Merle (Michael Rooker), might experience a little change as well. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, said that Episode 12 will showcase a more sensitive side of Merle. We find it a little hard to believe that he has a sensitive bone in his body but we're excited to see a different side of the character.

Merle hasn't exactly been everyone's favorite prison-mate and those distrusting of him have warned Daryl to be cautious. A softer side could possibly humanize Merle in the eyes of the group and convince them to let him stay. And with his brother pegged as a favorite for the new leader position that might open up, Merle could benefit from some sensitivity -- maybe even shedding a tear or two.

With an war on the horizon, the group at the prison might want to get their act together if they hope to stand a chance against the Governor (David Morrissey) and the citizens of Woodbury.

Flip through some shots of TWD at PaleyFest 2013 above.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9PM on AMC.

What do you want to see happen with Rick and Merle on this next episode?

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