Official Pic of Michael Rooker in The Walking Dead Season 3

Well, the cat’s out of the bag now, right? No need to keep hiding it anymore. After all, AMC has now released an official image of Michael Rooker from the third season of “The Walking Dead”. Rooker is reprising his Season 1 role of Merle Dixon, redneck racist douche bag extraordinaire. Last we saw ol Merle, he was handcuffed up on a roof with zombies pounding at a door to get at him. (Merle appeared as a hallucination in Season 2.)

From the looks of previously posted set images, it looks like Merle has found some new friends and allies, or at least, people willing to put up with his charming ways. The problem, of course, will be when Merle and his little brother Daryl (Norman Reedus) meet up again. Little bro has changed a bit, and has even grudgingly accepted Rick and company as his new family. That’s going to get a little dicey with Merle back.

Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” returns this October on AMC.

Michael Rooker in THE WALKING DEAD Season 3