At the Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, actor Michael Rooker, who plays Merle, talked about scene where he was mutilated by Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl. Michael Rooker said, "He probably threw his shoulder out killing me."
As the audience laughed, Michael Rooker added, "It was very pleasurable to see him sweat and huff and puff and get really tired and not want to do the scene again because he's so tired and emotionally just wrought."
However, Michael Rooker insisted all ended well for his character. Rooker said, "I know a lot of people were really sad when Merle bit the dust, but I've got to tell you, Merle's in a better place."