Mourning The Walking Dead’s Merle with Replacement Dixons?

Merle and Daryl Dixon ForeverWe don't know what to do with ourselves since losing half of one of the most kick-ass love-hate teams on TV. (Check out all our recaps and provocative commentary here.)  Sure, brothers Merle and Daryl Dixon suspected, undermined, infuriated, and disappointed each other, but that's what partnership and family is all about, right? When the offal hit the rotating blades, each knew where the other stood. Sigh. But done is done, and we're trying our best to move on and find solace and bromance elsehwere. Still, we're not sure that any of our desperate attempts to fill the Dixon void are exactly working.

1) Because of the shorter haircut and worse attitude, Castle's Detective Javier Esposito would give Merle a go, but Detective Kevin Ryan isn't outlaw enough for Daryl's poncho, and makes even the ratty look natty. As replacement Dixons, FAIL.

 

2) Merle was crazy, but not for 80s  eurosynth and toys collectibles like Shawn of Psych. Gus's blood-sugar issues would leave him woozy walker bait, he'd lose his voice screaming, and the Super Sniffer couldn't handle all that decomp. These new Dixons are a worse fit than our first try. We must be deranged with grief.

 

Raylan and Boyd as replacement Dixons3) Okay—at least Justified's Raylan and Boyd have southern-fried flavor. And TWD has long, empty stretches for the elaborate dialogue between frenemies. But are we allowing mere geography to seduce us away from more offbeat but powerful new Dixons?

 

Bert as Merle with Ernie

4) No, no we're not.

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe our big problem is that none of our new Dixons play brothers. But frankly, when entering the churning waters concerning brotherly characters, well… let's just say online fandom tends to postulate the, um, closeness of those sibling relationships beyond just sharing bunk beds, if-you-know-what-we-mean-and-we-think-you-do.

We've never seen anyone 'shipping Merle and Daryl that way, but then again, our retinas didn't want to know. If such mourning fans are out there, we do sympathize with their loss, not to mention respecting the challenges of fan-fic choreography around Merle's tooled-up arm. And should those bereft fans just need a new set of brothers to ship, if The Avengers' Thor-ki won't do the trick, as far as we know, the Winchesters of Supernatural are still taking all comers.

 

But if there's just no substitute for the original recipe, we're giving away a set of the collected comic volumes. Between the two books, it's over two thousand pages that take you from issue #1 through #96, into the events of Season 3 and well beyond!

 

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Comments

  1. Lauren O'Brien

    I’ve been nervous about tonight all day long. Excited, but the wait for next season already feels interminable.

    Lookout, Gov!

  2. Emmet Matheson

    Just not the same without wildcard Merle.

  3. Jody Darden

    Painful to watch what Daryl had to do to Merle. One of those characters you love to hate.

  4. Max Cage

    Wow, that is a sweet prize!

    Merle was a good character. So easy to hate, which made his “redemption” that much more poignant. Good writing! Which is something you can say about TWD only sometimes.

  5. Gordon Bingham

    been meaning to read these…

  6. L L

    Fun post

  7. Keith Wright

    Win Win

  8. Amy Brewer

    I am seriously hoping for a chance to win this…My family have to be some of the biggest Walking Dead fans. We never miss an episode…

  9. Julie Breed

    I LOVE the walking dead! Cannot wait for next season and would love to win

  10. Dwayne Berry

    I freakin’ LOVE the Walking Dead series on AMC!!! Daryl’s my favorite.

  11. Anastasia

    YES! This would be fantastic 🙂 Thanks for the chance 🙂

  12. David Lale

    Good luck to all

  13. Jeff Leiboff

    I got my picture with Rooker at a season 3 premier party at T-Dog’s house.

  14. Mike Lynn

    Yeah buddy! Hook me up.

  15. Jessica Shallbetter

    I read volumes 1-13 a few years ago and LOVED tbem, I would absolutely love to win the compendiums to finish where I left off!! Such a great prize 🙂

  16. George Thompson

    This contest is amazing.

  17. sam owens

    count me in!

  18. Christen Sales

    I’ll never get enough of the comics.

  19. Lincoln Crisler

    Merle went out like a champ. No matter how long he survived, I don’t think fans of the show would have ever come around to accepting him as a “good guy,” but I’d say he acheived as much redemption by the end of his last episode as he ever could.

  20. sam mccanna

    Just finished the season…what a stressful show…. but definitely the GOOD kind of stressful :-p

  21. Aaron Godlewski

    Awesome show! Awesome prize! Thanks.

  22. tony lastomirsky

    I feel Merl’s redemption and sad death would have made for a wayyyy more intense season finale. As much as we all loved to hate Merle, He was still a much better character than andrea. I would be the most appreciative person in the world if I won this. I used to own Compendium One until someone Stole it. I was devastated. Much love to your site. I love it.

  23. eve bodovsky

    definitely interested to see what happens with daryls character after merle

  24. Val Selby

    I’ve been addicted to Supernatural now. It’s on netflix streaming and I only started it a year ago so I have tons of episodes to watch while waiting forever for TWD to come back on.

  25. charlie dorman

    Love this!! I have not had the chance to read any yet!

  26. Hughie Boyle

    I’m going with the Winchesters for the new Dixons. There’s already been a few seasons where Sam didn’t have a soul or had demon blood in him.
    Plus I’m pretty sure the Dixons probably listen to the same music as Dean.

  27. Steven Hatchell

    Waiting for the next episode is going to be torture! Would love to see the guy who plays Raylan from Justified in The Walking Dead. Replacing the chaos monster of Merle will be difficult to say the least!

  28. Kristinia Carter

    I haven’t read any of the graphic novels yet, I want to soon! I love the show!

  29. Cassine Weaver

    Can’t wait for 4th season!

  30. Declan Kenny

    Great prize

  31. Robin Lloyd

    There is NO replacement for Merle. But, lucky for us , Daryl and The Walking Dead go on. I can’t wait to read the graphic novels!!!

  32. Nick Reynolds

    I felt very dissapointed in the finale =\

  33. connie

    My entire family loves this show! Can not wait till season 4!

  34. James McAndrew

    Unless Kirkman puts these guys into the comic there are no replacements.

  35. Samantha Ross

    The site rawks!!! Glad to be here…!!!

  36. Jonathan Sheaffer

    I want in!

  37. Geoffrey Borders

    You can’t beat merle.

  38. Robert Fite

    Love TWD. Bummed that the season is over and I can’t beleive they killed off Andrea.

  39. Alyssa Dawn

    Awesome giveaway.

    I nominate strapping a blade to Herschel’s missing leg to soften the blow of losing Merle. Bad. Ass.

  40. Ruben Carbajal

    I would’ve loved to see Merle around a bit longer–maybe a scene where Governor cuts off his arm and Merle plucks out his remaing eye.

  41. Jason Stewart

    Love TWD!

  42. iamlongbeard

    At least Merle went out in an epic way. I was starting to like his character & wondered how he’d redeem himself & blend into the group. Now I know his contribution to their survival efforts. 🙂

  43. Dylan Gebhart

    I’ve been a fan of this book and show ever since they both began, i’ve followed Robert Kirkmans work in Marvel Zombies as well and bought the $125 “zomnibus” and it was well worth the collection and the money paid, it would be nice to add on to the comic book collection i’ve finally started making recently.

  44. iamlongbeard

    At least Merle went out in an epic way. I was starting to like his character & wondered how he’d redeem himself & blend into the group. Now I know his contribution to their survival efforts. 🙂

  45. Cody Wollenslegel

    Daryl rules

  46. Kris Mitchell

    show is good, comic is better. love both

  47. Richard Perez

    Walking Dead Best show… i have read the first Compendium. i would love to read the second…

  48. Lalena Hernandez

    Sometimes I love the differences between the comics and the show and sometimes it just boggles my mind.

  49. Amanda Buescher

    Who will I marry now

  50. Rochelle Helms

    There simply is not a substitute for the brothers Dixon 😉

  51. Scott Storey

    I think Daryl was doing just fine, before he found merle at woodbury. I think he will be just fine still. Of course, he will be a little rocky at first but I think he’ll re-gain his ground and continue to be a huge part of the story line.

  52. Charles Dodd

    I volunteer to take his place,

    plus i believe the baby has the cure

  53. myrick albright

    They gave him a hero ending, then let Daryl give he’s peace

  54. adam honsinger

    Read them all but would love to own the compendiums!!! The Walking Dead is the best ever!!!!

  55. Guillermo Garcia

    With what I know about the books, the Merle and Darryl relationship is nothing compared to the tyrese and Rick relationship. I hope they do the relationship justice on the show

  56. Joanna Bailey

    I loved Merle. I thought he went out in a blaze of glory and redeemed himself. Seeing the pain on Daryl’s face was unbearable though. You could see that despite the hardships and differences between them, they both loved one another a great deal. Brothers forever.

  57. Casey Barnes

    I love this actor. Love him in Mallrats & Slither too.

  58. Eric Fiske

    Not sure how I feel about the TV show’s plot departure from the graphic novels. I understand changes need to be made…but at what point to you stray too far from the authors’ orignal intent?

  59. Eric Fiske

    Not sure how I feel about the TV show’s plot departure from the graphic novels. I understand changes need to be made…but at what point to you stray too far from the authors’ orignal intent?

  60. Misty McElroy

    I can’t wait to see how this show goes since its divert away from the comic this oughta be interesting to see how this next season goes!!!

  61. Rich Wyderko Sr

    While the show has diverted from the graphic novel, I trust Robert enough to keep the spirit of it alive in the show.

  62. Matt Oh

    I was sort of disappointed with the season finale. Although I do enjoy the unpredictability afforded to us by Mr. Kirkman. Either way I am still looking forward to season 4.

  63. Jean Pickard

    Kinda sad about Merle…. He will be missed in the show. Side note, I’ve never read the graphic novels and this contest would provide the perfect opportunity to do so, seeing as I never have the money to purchase them when I see them in stores. 🙂

  64. Emilee Rubio

    I had been rooting for Merle while everyone was hating him! He will be missed and I am glad he redeemed himself before he went out. On the brightside, we still have Daryl fighting the good fight!

  65. Michelle Thompson

    I love the comics and the novels. Although they would have been better with the Dixon brothers in them! The finale was a complete let-down. I was upset that they killed Merle but it would have made a better finale.

  66. Virginia Hall

    Glad the show sent Merle out a hero. So Sad that Darryl had to find him that way.

  67. Jacob Lollar

    Love Daryl and Merle’s contributions to the show. One of the best additions from the comics.

  68. Kim Hawker

    I was pretty disappointed in the finale. Especially with how and why Andrea died. But the writers got lazy with her character, wrote her into a corner, and wanted to take an easy way out.

  69. ginger dunbar

    kind of disappointed with the finale, and was sad to see Merle go-just when he became somewhat likeable. Cant wait to see whats in store next season!

  70. João Lucas

    OMG I want it so badly! 😀

    Best comics out there!

  71. Corey Gill

    Very disappointed with the Finale. The talking dead Phone Bomb howeve much more interesting. I would love to see Sean and Gus deal with the Z apocalypse. Not so much the others. The show will never be better then the comic..

  72. edq143

    fantastic prize. A compliment to the season ender!

  73. Pedro Juarez

    I was expecting a lot more for the finale didn’t like how the built up the governor to be a badass only for him to run when the prison fought back but I know it’s all one big storyline that will eventually tie itself together

  74. Robert Hudman

    Real let down by the season finale. Would love the prize to read the series up to date again!

  75. Tyler Coney

    I enjoyed the Raylan / Boyd idea very much.

  76. cesar sierra

    This was a good article. Haven’t read one in a while. Now I really hope i win.

  77. Josh Baker

    Great show and comic, can’t wait for the next installment of both 😀

  78. Timothy McClelland

    Merle was so hated and then he was given a fantastic final redemption. It gave the audience a chance to feel sad for him and to have our hearts break for Daryl. It was truly beautiful.

  79. Alannah Murphy

    lol i really hope i win this contest…
    my parents bought my boyfriend the second compendium for christmas, which was actually more of like a present for the both of us to share because we love the walking dead and at the time we were inseperable. but when he finished, he lent the compendium to his friend, then eventually i had to break up with him because i was so fed up about how he stopped putting in the effort to see me and wouldnt communicate anything/wouldnt respond to my confrontation about it. im perfectly fine we are broken up, but it kills me that i didnt get the chance to read the second compendium :'(

    EDIT: I also just want to say how much i started to warm up to Merle in the show as well! i was so upset with what happened to him and i almost cried when daryl showed up.. and the look on his face!! ahhhhhhh!!! so sad!

  80. jacqueline parker

    Man, I love this show! Would love to win the contest!

  81. Elisha braswell

    I just hope this show is around for along time.

  82. Ken Deemer

    AMC’s The Walking Dead Finale was OK. It’s still a Great Show! Ilove that it’s similar to the Comic Books & yet just different enough to keep us (Long Time Readers) guessing too. I’ve hooked Everyone at my Work & we have our own Talking Dead on Monday Mornings!
    The Story has been getting better & the Ratings are proving it! This is a Great Prize & The Only thing that could make it better was if it was Mine!

  83. jbrock

    Those books are the only script they really need. Just add more side adventures into the show & bam!

  84. Jon Coleman

    I loved to hate merle now that he’s gone I think it could really change part of the shows dynamic

  85. Jason Brock

    Okay

  86. Kelly Shumaker

    There will NEVER be another Merle and Daryl….Norman Reedus cant be on EVERY show on TV!

  87. Damian Genthner

    gonna miss Merle, if anyone here is watching the show but hasn’t read the books, DO IT!

  88. Jason Bloom

    This show truly needs to do more to seperate itself from its’ source material (i.e. these insanely amazing graphic novels) or do a better job with integrating the excellent content into the show. Either way, the show is truly lacking, and it is a shame to see such a great story go to waste. C’mon Kirkman, we all have seen so much better from you!

  89. Neil Krohmalnik

    I’ll miss merle!

  90. Darrin Gordon

    I actually enjoy how the show remains loosely based on the novels. It gives the viewers familiar with the novels a sense of nostalgia without spoiling the show’s plot line. With that being said, is somebody going to lose their head during season 4? I’d hate to see it be Tyreese, and Daryl is probably the most unkillable character outside of Rick.

  91. ayceeoh

    Merle, you weren’t so bad, man…

  92. Tiffany Lucas

    Ahhhhhh. I’m a little upset with the direction they are taking the show but I will never stop watching. Honestly the walking dead is the best show on tv. I’ve read all the comics and even with the drastic differences I will always be a fan!

  93. anna Anderson-Katz

    So excited to see what the future holds….anxious…don’t know if I can wait 6 months!!!

  94. Brian Davis

    I love the show, but recently have got into tthe comics and novels. Great giveaway!!

  95. Robin Peters

    I would love to win these, comics are so much better than the TV show. Disappointed with the ending of season 3.

  96. Joanne Mielczarski

    I’m ready to win!

  97. Scarllet Veras

    I really love this show. It’s not just because of the zombies – it’s a very real view of how society would survive and how they would act. I really want to win these comics; I’m so excited!!

  98. Joseph Palacios

    Damn I could really use this. I’ve already got volumes 1-10

  99. brian Mills

    I love this show! The walking dead are not the zombies. It’s the people still alive that all know it’s just a matter of time.

  100. Borut Hollan

    cool prize!

    i know that the dixons were close, but in all honesty, they weren’t THAT close. I never really thought about them as a team…

  101. Shaunterria Owens

    The Dixons were never really a team, but they were an impressive duo nonetheless. RIP (and I hope I win)

  102. Phoenix Vie

    There are no replacements for the Dixon brothers!

  103. Kris Kaminski

    Finally! action!

  104. Mike Holyoak

    I’m posting with my eyes squinty, becuase I haven’t watched it yet, and don’t want too many spoilers. Can’t wait to come back and fully read this page later!

  105. gargaroth

    woohooo i’d like to win it.

  106. missmeigs

    love this show

  107. Linda Kujaca

    Can I vote for Bert & Ernie?

  108. Deborah Dumm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!!!

  109. erin f

    I love, love, love this TV show! I would love to read the graphic novels! Thanks for the giveaway!

  110. Tatiana deCarillion

    Raylan and Boyd..>I love these two on-screen…they really do like each other…really….

  111. Jim Hayes

    I would love to win this, as I’m a super huge fan of the snow. I’ve never had a chance yet to read the comic series, so this would be fantastic to win and compare along with the show.

  112. Makayla Goodson

    Supernatural’s the Winchester brothers is definitely the only route to go for a remotely close replacement. But who are we all kidding??? There is absolutely no replacement for a Dixon.

  113. Deb Mosora

    Love the Walking Dead! I vote for Raylan and Boyd as replacement Dixons with their love/hate relationship.

  114. mosaix

    Mosaix is the one! Yes!

  115. caite fitzgerald

    how cool would it be to win? way cool!

  116. Larisa LaBrant

    would be awesome to read and share the compendiums with my sister who is an avid twd fan.

  117. Madeline Bolin

    No team can replace the Dixon brothers! Sad to see Merle go right when they started making him likeable. Love TWD and would love to share the compendiums with my mother and brothers. We gather every Sunday to tune in!

  118. Cheryl English

    Out with the old and in with the New! I’m so excited for Season 4.

  119. Jeremy Henry

    I just hope the end of the brother storyline doesn’t give TWD license to off Daryl. Love that character too much to lose him.

    Gotta say though, that sure was a way for Merle to totally redeem himself!

    Also…Last comment. They should totally introduce these characters into TWD comic book universe. Since they’re playing with timelines, from what I’ve read, adding them in now wouldn’t be that crazy.

  120. Kai Tate

    Merle was definitely an interesting character. I was glad he had a sort of redemption in the end, but I wish they would have focused on that more in the finale rather than Andrea’s footsie fumbles. Cannot say I’ll miss her or that her complete disregard to the governor’s awfulness was made okay in the end. Feels like the writers knew everyone hated her and thought her death by walker and saying she “just wanted everyone to live ” would gloss over it.

  121. cheryl wong

    would love to read this

  122. Hattie Fogerty

    I am a huge fan of the Walking Dead!

    It is hard to see Merle go shortly after beginning to not completely hate him. However, I just hope that Daryl was able to sense what his brother was up to before he became a walker. I’d really like to think Daryl understood that Merle was out there trying to fight for them and ultimately kill the governor. Merle died a hero (surprisingly enough!).

    What I love so much about this show is that it so accuaretly displays human nature; the best and the worst. Merle was a victim of circumstance and surivial. He went from indulging his natural instict to live, to ultimately regaining part of his humanity back.

    It’s easy to hate him, intill you think about what you would and wouldn’t do if you were on the brink of death, by zombies, or the hand of the Governor, each and every day.

    This show is more than zombie killing fun, it’s essence is about the scariest parts that lie in each and every one of us; and also, the compassion we are capable of. Thanks for a great season Walking Dead!

  123. Mark Corrigan

    Awwww I want em! October cant come soon enough!!!

  124. Eric reid

    I was recently watching “The Road” and I believe it would be great to cast Viggo Mortensen as a new character into The Walking Dead series as a companion for Daryl. It may be a bit strange seeing him from LOTR, but who else is more badass than Aragorn? He’s taken on legions of mindless creatures in hand-to-hand combat, and he can do so once again. Well, that’s my vote for Daryl’s new bromance, and hey, if that doesn’t work they could always try Andy Dick; just kidding on that one, sorry Andy.

  125. runner

    Groovy!

  126. runner

    Groovy!

  127. Richard Epstein

    I’ll miss Merle. Didn’t really care about him at first, but Michael Rooker is such a great actor his character grew on me.

  128. Shannon Jensen

    I can’t stand that we now have to wait until October. I wasn’t a big fan
    of Merle the character, but love Michael Rooker. He’ll be missed.

    I would love to win these compendiums. Just to see what the fuss is over
    the comics versus the show. I haven’t read any of the comics so I don’t
    know better, but as a librarian, I’d like to.

  129. James Church

    I have to admit I will miss Merle and that sick smile of his and that slow drawl and the viscous way he did things. The man was an individual that tried to fit in no matter the circumstances and took it upon himself to do what had to be done even though he fell short of the job.

  130. Tina Radzavich

    I have no love lost for Merle and will not miss him. His act of valor for Team Prison ultimately made no difference in the end. Darryl reference many times in the three seasons how his life was improved without Merle yet loyaly chained him to his brother. RIP dude. You kicked serious ass with one arm.

  131. Becky LAMPKIN

    I read the comics a while ago, but I had to borrow them and gie them back quickly. Dear lord, were they awesome!

  132. Karl Stenger

    I love the series and would love the compendiums

  133. Vernon Luckert

    Zombies & walking dead? Well they seem to have more going for them then all the politicians in DC.

  134. Denise Bacher

    Is it wrong I never hated Merle? He was just too amusing to hate. Yes I did get upset when he did what he did to Glen, but I still just saw it as him trying to fit in at that town. Trying to make himself indispensible to the Governor.

  135. Kayla McKay

    This is awesome, I’ve been dying to get my hands on these. I loved Merle, even if he was a racist jerk.

  136. Mike Rogers

    What a great giveaway! I’d love to read the comic.

  137. Maureen Wynn

    I would love to read the comics! Maybe they hold a little more backstory on Merle, the bad-boy cracker you just love to hate!

  138. Donald Hornbaker

    Would love to win this!!

  139. susan beamon

    Glad to see Merle finally off the roof and back where we know where he is. Having him a ghost who could turn up at any time to mess with our group’s cool was annoying. He did go out in a blaze of glory, trying to gut the Govenor, who will now become our ghost who could turn up, etc. I wouldn’t mind winning the comics, because I have not read them. For me, the show and the comic are two different things that happen to share a title and a couple of characters.

  140. Stacey Matula

    LOVE Daryl and would love to read this! I was actually sad to see Merle go, a little…

  141. Tia Dalley

    I don’t have cable so I am anxiously awaiting the dvd of season 3. I have read the first compendium, although I had to borrow it and return it. Daryl is my favorite character. I would LOVE to win these so my son and I can read them. Thank you for such an Awesome Giveaway!

  142. Kyle Quandt

    Awsome prize, hope i win!

  143. davidson sigethi

    I was sad, that MERL died, in the end he was a really good and strong characgter. Daryl could be produ of him, that what he did in his last day. The dixon brothers are now half dead. I hope that Daryl will take are of himself after his brother died. He is a strong chatacter, but really sensetive and hartfull, he is a really big Milk Men

  144. Philippe Joron

    Kinda sad that they killed merle but atleast we got tyreese now

  145. Elisha braswell

    I cried on the season 3 finale and the season 2 finale, actually cried on a few of the episodes lol, my husband thinks it’s sick.

  146. Tari Lawson

    I would love to win this. A guy I work with is always saying how much better the comic is and I would love to read it to see.

  147. Gregory Sparks

    People die or disappear in the real world. Characters in TV shows do the same. It allows for a freshening up of the story. How many leads have been written out on Law & Order? Yeah, some of them I missed but there were some great replacements, too.

  148. Jack Kilfeather

    Daryl Rules!

  149. Trisha Doyle

    Im so excited! xD Daryl is hot but Norman has always been so. BDS for Life!

  150. Jacob Matthew

    I really hated to see Merle go just as he was turning himself around. At least he went out on his own terms, though. BTW – I would like to see a Michael Westen/Sax Axe version of the brothers. Be some cool weapon improvisations going on!

  151. Steven Wilber

    entered

  152. John Bays

    I have to admit, I’m pretty upset that Merle died. I can’t help but wonder what else they could have done with his character. I hate that Daryl has been chasing him for the entire show, and they finally get together then Merle sacrifices himself. ugh -mourn-

  153. Alicia Ahlvers

    I think the Winchesters would be an acceptable (and rather hot) replacement for a bro team. Super excited to see Tyreese finally make an appearance. …And I have to admit I would have never believed I would get a little teary over Merle’s passing.

  154. Pete Tass

    I wanna Gus and Shawn battle some walkers.

  155. angelarcher

    I can’t remember ever being hooked on a show I thought that I would never watch, and then counting down the hours for the season finale! I wanted the Governor to be taken out so badly, and just about any of the Team Prison characters would have had a good reason (Rick, Michonne, Andrea, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie…even Milton). After the Gov’s psycho display against his own people, I think his two surviving men should take care of it themselves. Also, I’m glad they didn’t kill off Daryl, Rick or Michonne, or I probably would have quit watching. The only sad thing is…just when a character starts to be happy or redeem themselves (Axel, Lori, Merle, Andrea), you can count on them getting the axe. It’s going to be a looong summer. Let the Walker Withdrawal begin! There are always reruns on Netflix until then! Looking forward to Season 4!

  156. Delaney Hernandez

    Amazing prize!! This would be a prize to share with the family we are all HUGE Walking Dead fans! 😀
    It was so sad when Daryl had to kill Merle :'( I was excited to see that the producers of the show let him go out with a bang at least and that he tried to do something good for the group. I can’t wait for what the next season will bring!

  157. Joan Boose

    Yes to comic books and undead characters 🙂 Please and thank you!

  158. Desmond Warzel

    Count me in, please!

  159. Robert Benezette

    I still can’t believe Merle is gone… and now, the SHOW is gone for MONTHS… Can’t wait!!! I need some reading material to hold me over until then… If only there were something to read…

  160. Gina Sutton

    This show is just amazing. I hate to wait and now I have to wait for six months! Winning these comic books would be just awesome. I can dream, can’t I ? 😉

  161. brian manis

    very cool, very cool.

  162. Nancy Krueger

    joinging the typing dead

  163. Sally Guillen

    This is an awesome prize and love comic books.

  164. Michael Faux

    I’d like to see how Batman and Robin would hold up in the zombie take over. I’m sure they’ll do almost as well as the Dixon bros.

  165. Michael Papagermanos

    Without Daryl, I wouldn’t be caught “dead” in the Apocalypse (Zombie or otherwise)…!

    Count me in!

  166. Sallee Ellen Glickler

    Oh, this would be awesome to hold me through the long, long, off-season.

  167. damien

    Cant wait for new season this will hold me over until then. Thanks for doing this.

  168. Joshua Atkins

    What a fantastic giveaway! Thanks CE!

    The Walking Dead TV show was my wife’s doorway into the horror genre, and my comic collection is woefully incomplete. I’d love to win and get her to read them.

  169. kathy dunaway

    I knew Merle had a little bit of good in him. I will miss him.

  170. Thomas Walker

    The Walking Dead is the best show on TV! Merle was a great character. He will be missed.
    The conpendiums would be fun to have.

  171. becky wollenslegel

    RIP Merle

  172. Dan Sampeck

    Great books!

  173. Dan Sampeck

    Cool Books!

  174. Tim Hughes

    My kids got me hooked on the tv series. Really sucks tat Merle is gone.

  175. Timothy S Chalfant

    Awesome prize!!!!!!!!!!!

  176. shawn manning

    Not sure that Merle was entirely redeemed, but he was on the right path.

  177. Leslie Flynn

    From the moment I saw this post, I thought, “Where is Sam & Dean?!” They are the closest thing to a Dixon replacement I could think of on current television, but they aren’t as rough around the edges as Merle and Daryl.

    Not sad to see Merle gone, but still devestated for Daryl.

  178. Steve Reichert

    RIP Merle

  179. Joe Hauser

    Very nice!

  180. Diane Pollock

    Very cool…

  181. kathy knutson

    is it worth my while to watch

  182. ELIZABETH CURSON

    Absolutely LOVE the show! Cant seem to get enough.

  183. Randy Hilton

    Best Show on TV!!

  184. Joanna Hernandez

    I would love to win this!

  185. Cary Gordon

    Merle’s apparent change of heart when he went out really helped redeem and add a little extra depth to the character, despite the fact that no opne of the core cast saw it happen.

  186. Kelley Tackett

    No Dixon Scabs!

  187. Melissa Keith

    Really? Number 4 is such an excellent choice. lol!
    I’m so ready to move forward. But it will be slowly. After all….this is THE WALKING DEAD!

  188. John Maline

    lots of reading here to win!

  189. Trevor Richards

    I never would have thought Merle would have redeemed himself like that! I love this show!

  190. Dan Roberts

    I loved to hate Merle and was happy how he came around in the end to do the right thing. Michael Rooker is the perfect choice for such a character! BRILLIANT actor!

  191. Megan Mariner

    What an amazing series! That Gov is almost scarier than the walkers! Love this prize opportunity.:)

  192. Vicky Boackle

    looks interesting.

  193. Veronica Jarvis

    I love Daryl…..had a love/hate relationship for Merle, but that’s the way it is. Life goes on, or it doesn’t. Either way I am looking forward to these books. Perfect for this series!

  194. Anthony DeMarino

    My favorite show! I love the comics as well. Good luck everyone.

  195. Derek Peake

    Winning this would definitely end my procrastination in reading the comic

  196. Katie Contests

    I need this.

  197. deadmaster

    where is the governor and his friends in the last chapter?
    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exINkBU4law]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exINkBU4law[/url]
    jajaaajajajajaa

  198. D Kline

    Merle would have done the same for Daryl….RIP Merle…

  199. Anna Duch

    RIP Merle. Hoping to get the full set — I hate watching a show without reading the books first!

  200. Heather Swarthout

    I would love to win this, I LOVE the Walking Dead show and it will be a rough half a year waiting for the next season to return!

  201. Earle Isibue

    Please… this would make my wife so happy and by extension Me.

  202. Rhonda McElveen

    Who will make me laugh like Merle did? He made some really serious situations funny.

  203. Bob Keck

    I haven’t read any of these so this would be a complete coup. Thanks for the opportunity.

  204. julie hawkins

    I love the show!

  205. Jason Nickolay

    I was just starting to like Merle again! Can’t wiat for October!

  206. Holly Kennedy

    Best Show Ever!

  207. Gena Merrell

    Really disappointed Merle died. Seems like he was just on the cusp of turning his ways around and then died (although I do understand that was a way of redeeming himself)

  208. Rebecca Schindler

    love the walking dead and would love to have
    these 🙂

  209. Daniel Morrell

    they look great!

  210. MsMeg22

    LOVE Walking Dead … Daryll better not go anywhere but I don’t miss Merle at all 🙂

  211. Brenda Elsner

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! Would love to have these!!

  212. kathy pease

    Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in 🙂

  213. Pauline Mendes

    I LOVE this show! And yes, I was a little sad about Merle, but I can’t wait to see what happens next!

  214. Sumer Blaker

    Awesome prize, thanks for the giveaway!

  215. Ed Nemmers

    I would love to read these two graphic novels!

  216. Susan Smith

    Sounds great

  217. Susan Smith

    Sounds great

  218. Susan Smoaks

    i would love to win, this looks super funny!

  219. michael baker

    Would love to win this, huge walking dead fan!

  220. Tim Moss

    The Walking Dead rules man!

  221. Vikkilyn

    I love Walking Dead and the last few episodes were awesome! RIP – Merel and Andrea

  222. Daniel Vice

    This looks great

  223. Shannon Parker

    I’d love to read these and see how they compare to the show

  224. l holmes

    Love this show! Just wish that a zombie movie/show would feature someone who’s glad that the world blew up for once. You know there has to be one somewhere. I’m tired of hearing everyone whine that their life was so great before.

  225. Cassandra Marquez

    i love the comics and read them way before the show. i really hate the show actually but the comments are awesome!

  226. barbara stenby

    Not only am I an avid graphic novel reader & collector but I am the biggest walking dead fan. I waited on line for 12 hrs to get in to a panel discussion at NYCC this past year! It was crazy amazing! Thanks for the chance to win this great prize.

  227. Tanyell Palumbo

    At this moment, I’m not sure if I’m insanely attracted to the Governor or if I hate him .. I’m pretty sure that I hate him and that’s what makes me attracted to him.
    In the end, what he did to Merle was just plain wrong. Poor Merle.

  228. Edward Vandenberg

    These would be great. My kid got me watching season one of the show and we will watch season two soon.

  229. Richard Edmundson

    I love the show.

  230. Heather Cowley

    I am FREAKING OUT! I am having withdrawal symptoms here and these will calm me down a bit, I think.

  231. kathy taylor

    I love this show !!

  232. Timothy Anderson

    Thank god, these would definitely help hold me over

  233. Debra Kidle

    Love the show, love the prize!

  234. David Kidle

    I need this! Best show ever!

  235. Lauren Harmon

    My absolute favorite show!

  236. Roxann Trexel

    I really liked Merle. I can’t stand the governor. I hope he gets what’s coming to him next season.

  237. Kelley Costa

    My son loves these books, I so hope I win for him!

  238. Tamara Burks

    I would love to win this. The Walking Dead is my favorite.

  239. Peter Tomaszewicz

    So Much Death… So Little Time

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