The Walking Dead Season 3 mid-season finale left dedicated fans on the edge of their seats on Sunday evening. It is going to be a long winter for those eager to find out Daryl and Merle’s fates. The final episode of The Walking Dead before the break marked the end of Oscar and the introduction for four new characters from the comic series.
Producers Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to offer a little glimpse into what The Walking Dead fans can expect when the AMC hit series comes back on the air in February. Kirkman is also the author the popular comic book series the zombie apocalypse series is based upon.
While Kirkman joked about a slight jump in time featuring Rick’s group mourning the death of Daryl at his brother Merle’s hand, Mazzara offered a few more concrete tidbits for anxious fans. The producer claims that viewers will be very satisfied with the how the first episode of The Walking Dead Season 3 answers looming questions after the winter break.
Kirkman had this to say about the potential for the deaths of the Dixon brothers:
“It certainly seems like an inescapable situation, right? There are people all around them; they’re facing each other; the Governor is calling for their death. I’m really happy that we’re ending the mid-season finale with that. It’s going to be very difficult for viewers to stop biting their nails over the course of Christmas and New Year’s leading to what’s coming back in February but we wanted Daryl and Merle to interact and to see what their relationship is. This is the most intense, interesting way to go about that.”
Although powers that be never seem to shy away from making main characters zombie bait, a full-out fan revolt would likely occur if Daryl (played by Norman Reedus) met an untimely demise. Once the brothers make it out of The Governor’s clutches, the real drama is likely to unfold.
Will Merle be allowed to rejoin the group, or will reluctance to accept the dastardly Dixon cause a rift between Rick and his trusted assistant leader?