‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3: Meet the Cast
Merle Dixon, played by Michael Rooker
Merle is Daryl's older brother and was once an Atlanta survivor. In Season 1, the group abandons him in Atlanta after chaining him to a roof. In order to survive, Merle cuts his hand off to escape the incoming zombie herd, stealing the group's escape vehicle.
Since separating from the others, Merle has found his way to Woodbury, Georgia and is currently under The Governor's regime.