The Walking Dead: Michael Rooker Say Merle Will Not Be Brought Back

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Michael Rooker's portrayal of Merle Dixon—the volatile redneck with a soft-spot for his younger brother, Daryl (Norman Reedus)—left a lasting impression upon fans of The Walking Dead. Even though he was killed off in Season 3, some fans have hoped to see him make a reappearance in a flashback or dream sequence—like he did in Season 2.

On Satuday, at Wizard World Cleveland Comic Con, Rooker was asked during his 45-minute panel ("Michael Rooker vs. The Audience") if there was any chance Merle might make another appearance on AMC's hit television series. "No," the 60-year-old actor replied (via cleveland.com). He then jokingly added, "They can't afford me."

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At one point he appeared to imply that he clashed with other actors on the set of "The Walking Dead."

A member of the crowd asked him how well he got along with other cast members.

"In real life?" he asked, and then made a noise that sounded suspiciously like "bleh."

He then smiled and added, "Very well."

He did not elaborate.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9PM ET on AMC.