I want me some mo Merle and I want him BAD! Merle just adds some perfect color to the show. He doesn't just effect himself. Merle throws a wrench in everyone's chain. Daryl has a devotion to Merle, but has bonded with the people Merle hates. That's an insta-conflict there!
Merle is easy to love. A man doesn't become that hard and that angry overnight. Merle had a rough life. Bear with me, I'm going to give you what I think is Merle and Daryl's back story.
In my first Merle centric post, I gave Merle a wife and a kid. I'm going to expand on that. Once again, this is from my own ideas and not from any secret insider info. (If someone reading this can get secret insider info, contact me. We need to be friends!) This is just to show what I think could have lead Merle to be the man that he is.
Daddy Dixon and Momma Dixon fell in love young. Daddy was a Senior in high school, Momma was a Junior. They got married as soon as Daddy graduated and Momma dropped out of school. Soon, Merle was on the way. When Merle was little, Daddy was killed. Maybe it was an accident, maybe it was a murder, but either way, Daddy is gone.
Now, Momma works hard. Long days as a secretary, long nights waitressing. Merle is left to entertain himself after school. He's probably known as the "angry kid" at school. He might have played in the woods by himself or bullied other kids.
(As for the racism? It's common. You sit there and think. I bet you can name at least three people you know who hate another race for no real reason at all. I'm thinking of five people I know right off the top of my head.)
Momma meets a man one night at the diner. The two date for a couple of years, He'd come home late at night, reeking of booze beating Merle for some senseless reason. Suddenly, Daryl is on the way. Daryl's daddy stuck around for a short time. Didn't marry Momma because he said he wanted to "Keep his options open." He soon left momma for another woman. (Later, Daryl got to know his Daddy. Daryl learned his father was a womanizing drunk, leaving him to spend a lot of time being looked after by Merle.)
Momma Dixon got sick. Maybe she had cancer. Merle ended up in juvenile detention. Daryl took care of Momma until Merle got out. (Lot of responsibility for a young kid, and it made Daryl an outcast among his peers. He was very quiet and didn't have any friends because he was so awkward.) Momma ended up dying, leaving a young Daryl in the care of Merle.
Merle and Daryl become close. Daryl idolizes his big brother for working long hours to keep food on the table and Daryl in school. To deal with the stress of working that hard, Merle turns to loose women and hard drugs.
Eventually, Merle went to rehab, met a woman, had a kid. He had a happy little life. Then, one day an accident took away his family. Merle turned back to loose women and hard drugs, until the dead started walking.
I need a Dixon brothers reunion soon. I imagine Merle turning up, with Daryl tearing up when he sees him. The tears are quickly stopped when Daryl and Merle get in a fight because Daryl stops Merle from attacking T Dog or Rick. (My bet is T Dog.)
Daryl is torn between his brother and what he knows is the right thing. Merle is hurt because his brother is defending the very people who locked him on the roof.
I've probably put too much thought into the character of Merle, but since him and Daryl are not in the comics, I am free to think as I wish with them. I know Rick and Lori's back story. Andrea, Amy and Dale, I am familiar with. There's even a explanation on Glenn, and a nice frame up for Carol and Sophia. I've often said that I love Shane and his decent into madness The Dixon boys don't have any history I've seen before, so my mind tends to wander.
I hope you enjoy my theories, because I enjoy them. But instead of just making up my own little stories, I want to know what AMC's The Walking Dead has in store for Merle Dixon. Please, bring us back Merle.
I'm begging you, don't let this be the only Dixon Brother Reunion I get to see!
Disclaimer: Michael Rooker, Norman Reedus, The Walking Dead, AMC, Dixon's Vixens or any person/character mentioned in this post did not in any way, shape, or form, ask me to write this or gave me any compensation to write this. I jacked all images from Google image search, and just assumed they fell under the Public Domain Usage thingy. Please don't sue, I'm broke anyways. I just wanted to share my mo Merle Love with Bloggywood! While I was not offered anything to write this, I will be more than happy to receive any swag you may want to send my way.
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