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(Entertainment Weekly)   An interview with the wonderful Michael Rooker, who talks about what we can expect from Merle this season on The Walking Dead   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 49
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2012-10-21 10:17:52 PM  
Has anyone seen Carl?
 
2012-10-21 10:40:08 PM  
"F*ck the Bears."
 
2012-10-22 12:12:10 AM  

Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?


He's having breakfast with Walter Jr.
 
2012-10-22 12:16:35 AM  
Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready
 
2012-10-22 12:41:24 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready


Carl can't be killed. He's a god who toys with the lives of the other survivors for his amusement.
 
2012-10-22 12:44:06 AM  

Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?


He's not in the house?
 
2012-10-22 01:56:11 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready


It may not be entirely evident yet, but The Walking Dead is Carl's story. Trust me though- he gets plenty interesting.
 
2012-10-22 05:52:58 AM  

shanrick: Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?

He's having breakfast with Walter Jr.


well played.
 
2012-10-22 05:57:58 AM  
the only reason anyone is even talking about walking dead is because breaking bad and season 3 of game of thrones havent started up yet.

although, i did enjoy the premiere more than any single episode of last season.
 
2012-10-22 06:43:34 AM  
"Brothers to the bone, right McMasters?"

i258.photobucket.com

"Not after that stinkpalm."
 
2012-10-22 06:54:59 AM  
TL;dl
 
2012-10-22 07:27:30 AM  

Father_Jack: the only reason anyone is even talking about walking dead is because breaking bad and season 3 of game of thrones havent started up yet.

although, i did enjoy the premiere more than any single episode of last season.


Might want to compare ratings there, chief.

Breaking Bad is a good show, better than Walking Dead, IMO, but it's lucky if an episode pushes up against the 3 million viewer mark. The lowest rated Walking Dead episode had 4.71 million viewers, and this season premiere broke 10 million.

So the reality is a few people talk about Breaking Bad these days because it's what's on in between seasons of TWD.
 
2012-10-22 07:28:40 AM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready


Carl was bad ass tonight. He killed two walkers on his own, brought back much needed medical supplies and when he's not spilling zombie guts, he's got his mind wrapped around getting up into Hershel's daughter's. This season, it's "Where's Carl? Doin' sumpin' awesome, ya dig?"
 
2012-10-22 07:31:10 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?

He's not in the house?


He's in the big house.

/they still don't know where he is
 
2012-10-22 07:34:55 AM  
www.tvgasm.com

R.I.P. Merle's Hand
 
2012-10-22 07:50:28 AM  
Should have killed all five prisoners. More food, less worry.
 
2012-10-22 07:55:14 AM  

Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?


Ask Will Wheaton
 
2012-10-22 08:28:04 AM  

MagSeven: Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready

Carl was bad ass tonight. He killed two walkers on his own, brought back much needed medical supplies and when he's not spilling zombie guts, he's got his mind wrapped around getting up into Hershel's daughter's. This season, it's "Where's Carl? Doin' sumpin' awesome, ya dig?"


This right here, I see more awesome things to come from Carl. The off screen time between seasons did something to Carl. Season opener he was willing to eat cans of Dog Food. Newest Episode he walks off to get medical supplies hoping for some positive reinforcement from his mom, and only gets yelled at like he's a normal kid......not for long.
 
2012-10-22 08:29:23 AM  

unyon: Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready

It may not be entirely evident yet, but The Walking Dead is Carl's story. Trust me though- he gets plenty interesting.


I like how they are transforming him from stupid little kid that does stupid and dangerous things into a stone cold killer. His acting is getting better too. I like how he was ready to put Herschel down. You have to admit he sold it pretty good. Kids going to be a badass before its all over.
 
2012-10-22 08:31:38 AM  

Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand


Too bad severed body parts can't become zombified ( eg. Ash's hand in Evil Dead II).

/ we did see a zombie head last season, IIRC
 
2012-10-22 09:09:37 AM  

Forbidden Doughnut: Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand

Too bad severed body parts can't become zombified ( eg. Ash's hand in Evil Dead II).

/ we did see a zombie head last season, IIRC


We saw a zombie head last week after it got lopped off by Michonne.
 
2012-10-22 09:15:07 AM  

rudemix: Should have killed all five prisoners. More food, less worry.


That would be a waste. By the time they got through eating Tiny, the rest would have spoiled.
 
2012-10-22 09:16:15 AM  
I'm surprised anybody will even remember Merle. He was in what, 3 or 4 episodes in the first season?
 
2012-10-22 09:19:53 AM  
Carl has become pretty bad ass this season, we'll see what comes of it.

What are the odds it's gonna be Merle that was spying on the prison at the end there?
 
2012-10-22 09:26:04 AM  

SkepticalBeliever: I'm surprised anybody will even remember Merle. He was in what, 3 or 4 episodes in the first season?


I've wondered about the Merle love myself. Seems to me that he is revered because he had such a short time on the show. There wasn't enough time for him to build up the hate base. That and well, he did saw off his own hand to escape. That does increase the badass level just a bit.
 
2012-10-22 09:28:40 AM  

BizarreMan: SkepticalBeliever: I'm surprised anybody will even remember Merle. He was in what, 3 or 4 episodes in the first season?

I've wondered about the Merle love myself. Seems to me that he is revered because he had such a short time on the show. There wasn't enough time for him to build up the hate base. That and well, he did saw off his own hand to escape. That does increase the badass level just a bit.


I think a lot of it can be rationalized by the actor himself. Michael Rooker is hand-down the most accomplished actor among the cast, starring in the then-controversial "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," and having co-starring roles in countless films, including "Eight Men Out." His resume alone stands him out among the cast, so the notion that he was going to have one scene in the first episode and then go away forever never really held water.
 
2012-10-22 09:33:18 AM  

EyeballKid: BizarreMan: SkepticalBeliever: I'm surprised anybody will even remember Merle. He was in what, 3 or 4 episodes in the first season?

I've wondered about the Merle love myself. Seems to me that he is revered because he had such a short time on the show. There wasn't enough time for him to build up the hate base. That and well, he did saw off his own hand to escape. That does increase the badass level just a bit.

I think a lot of it can be rationalized by the actor himself. Michael Rooker is hand-down the most accomplished actor among the cast, starring in the then-controversial "Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer," and having co-starring roles in countless films, including "Eight Men Out." His resume alone stands him out among the cast, so the notion that he was going to have one scene in the first episode and then go away forever never really held water.


This.

It was like they only had him for a few eps in case the series didn't work they didn't spend too much money on him. He probably cost as much to have on the show as half the rest of the cast. He was scary. I trust he will be again.
 
2012-10-22 09:45:24 AM  

fatkidinabeenie: Newest Episode he walks off to get medical supplies hoping for some positive reinforcement from his mom, and only gets yelled at like he's a normal kid......not for long


I was dumbfounded that there were only 2 zombies in the infirmary..... Umm aint that were you usually take injured and sick people.... that place should have been crawling.
 
2012-10-22 09:48:09 AM  

Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?


He's off doing...whatever it is he does these days.
 
2012-10-22 09:49:06 AM  

fatkidinabeenie: MagSeven: Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready

Carl was bad ass tonight. He killed two walkers on his own, brought back much needed medical supplies and when he's not spilling zombie guts, he's got his mind wrapped around getting up into Hershel's daughter's. This season, it's "Where's Carl? Doin' sumpin' awesome, ya dig?"

This right here, I see more awesome things to come from Carl. The off screen time between seasons did something to Carl. Season opener he was willing to eat cans of Dog Food. Newest Episode he walks off to get medical supplies hoping for some positive reinforcement from his mom, and only gets yelled at like he's a normal kid......not for long.


Puberty?
 
2012-10-22 10:05:23 AM  

GameSprocket: rudemix: Should have killed all five prisoners. More food, less worry.

That would be a waste. By the time they got through eating Tiny, the rest would have spoiled.


Could have made him into pemmican in the courtyard.
 
2012-10-22 10:12:56 AM  

DisplacedTexan: fatkidinabeenie: MagSeven: Benevolent Misanthrope: Please tell me that Carl gets taken. Seriously. That kid is quite possibly the most annoying child character since Wesley Crusher, and far more trouble than he's worth. #killcarlalready

Carl was bad ass tonight. He killed two walkers on his own, brought back much needed medical supplies and when he's not spilling zombie guts, he's got his mind wrapped around getting up into Hershel's daughter's. This season, it's "Where's Carl? Doin' sumpin' awesome, ya dig?"

This right here, I see more awesome things to come from Carl. The off screen time between seasons did something to Carl. Season opener he was willing to eat cans of Dog Food. Newest Episode he walks off to get medical supplies hoping for some positive reinforcement from his mom, and only gets yelled at like he's a normal kid......not for long.

Puberty?


He is trying to hook up with Herschel's younger daughter...
 
2012-10-22 10:22:26 AM  
Carl has gotten interesting this season. So has Lori, sort of. It's like these people and the writers paid attention to Fark threads in the off season or something.
 
2012-10-22 10:43:57 AM  
Michael Rooker?

Someone give the man a glass of water!

/voice is like nails on a chalkboard
 
2012-10-22 10:48:41 AM  

Big Beef Burrito: Mentat: Has anyone seen Carl?

He's off doing...whatever it is he does these days.


That was the most Lori line ever.
 
2012-10-22 10:59:32 AM  

Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand


Surprisingly alive after losing his hand and probably a buttload of blood.
 
2012-10-22 12:05:21 PM  

PsyLord: Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand

Surprisingly alive after losing his hand and probably a buttload of blood.


Well, the blood would have been easy to handle. He had a tool box right there, make a tourniquet from some kind of wire (toolbox), elastic (underwear, sock), cloth (shirt). I mean a real tourniquet though like the kind they SHOULD have put on Hershel, where you use something rigid (like a wrench or screwdriver from said toolbox) to really crank it down.

If you let it sit long enough the limb would go numb from bloodloss anyway and besides the mental facilities necessary to saw off your own hand you could manage it without losing a life-threatening amount of blood.

Infection is what probably would have done him in though. No one has showered in weeks means you are a dirty, dirty bird. Old metal saw, looked a bit rusty, means severe threat from tetanus if he hasn't had a vaccine. No soap to clean the wound immediately with. No clean bandages to keep it so (all your clothes are soiled so they wouldn't help but to keep mass particulate out).
 
2012-10-22 03:54:20 PM  

Wicked Chinchilla: PsyLord: Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand

Surprisingly alive after losing his hand and probably a buttload of blood.

Well, the blood would have been easy to handle. He had a tool box right there, make a tourniquet from some kind of wire (toolbox), elastic (underwear, sock), cloth (shirt). I mean a real tourniquet though like the kind they SHOULD have put on Hershel, where you use something rigid (like a wrench or screwdriver from said toolbox) to really crank it down.

If you let it sit long enough the limb would go numb from bloodloss anyway and besides the mental facilities necessary to saw off your own hand you could manage it without losing a life-threatening amount of blood.

Infection is what probably would have done him in though. No one has showered in weeks means you are a dirty, dirty bird. Old metal saw, looked a bit rusty, means severe threat from tetanus if he hasn't had a vaccine. No soap to clean the wound immediately with. No clean bandages to keep it so (all your clothes are soiled so they wouldn't help but to keep mass particulate out).


Wasn't there a scene where, after the group discovered that Merle escaped, they realized that he cauterized his wound with a stove or some kind of fire tool? I vaguely remember this.
 
2012-10-22 03:55:01 PM  
I haven't even seen Henry, and Rooker is still the one actor who legitimately creeps the hell out of me. In the few things of his I've seen he's always been so thoroughly, convincingly nasty that I wouldn't be able to distinguish between the man and the role if I were to run across him in real life.
 
2012-10-22 04:09:18 PM  

Richard Roma: I haven't even seen Henry, and Rooker is still the one actor who legitimately creeps the hell out of me. In the few things of his I've seen he's always been so thoroughly, convincingly nasty that I wouldn't be able to distinguish between the man and the role if I were to run across him in real life.


I always remember him from Cliffhanger.
 
2012-10-22 04:23:54 PM  

The Banana Thug: Wicked Chinchilla: PsyLord: Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand

Surprisingly alive after losing his hand and probably a buttload of blood.

Well, the blood would have been easy to handle. He had a tool box right there, make a tourniquet from some kind of wire (toolbox), elastic (underwear, sock), cloth (shirt). I mean a real tourniquet though like the kind they SHOULD have put on Hershel, where you use something rigid (like a wrench or screwdriver from said toolbox) to really crank it down.

If you let it sit long enough the limb would go numb from bloodloss anyway and besides the mental facilities necessary to saw off your own hand you could manage it without losing a life-threatening amount of blood.

Infection is what probably would have done him in though. No one has showered in weeks means you are a dirty, dirty bird. Old metal saw, looked a bit rusty, means severe threat from tetanus if he hasn't had a vaccine. No soap to clean the wound immediately with. No clean bandages to keep it so (all your clothes are soiled so they wouldn't help but to keep mass particulate out).

Wasn't there a scene where, after the group discovered that Merle escaped, they realized that he cauterized his wound with a stove or some kind of fire tool? I vaguely remember this.


Yeah that happened. Ouch
 
2012-10-22 04:26:10 PM  

Wicked Chinchilla: PsyLord: Sybarite: [www.tvgasm.com image 300x169]

R.I.P. Merle's Hand

Surprisingly alive after losing his hand and probably a buttload of blood.

Well, the blood would have been easy to handle. He had a tool box right there, make a tourniquet from some kind of wire (toolbox), elastic (underwear, sock), cloth (shirt). I mean a real tourniquet though like the kind they SHOULD have put on Hershel, where you use something rigid (like a wrench or screwdriver from said toolbox) to really crank it down.

If you let it sit long enough the limb would go numb from bloodloss anyway and besides the mental facilities necessary to saw off your own hand you could manage it without losing a life-threatening amount of blood.

Infection is what probably would have done him in though. No one has showered in weeks means you are a dirty, dirty bird. Old metal saw, looked a bit rusty, means severe threat from tetanus if he hasn't had a vaccine. No soap to clean the wound immediately with. No clean bandages to keep it so (all your clothes are soiled so they wouldn't help but to keep mass particulate out).


Nobody dies from amputation on this show. Merle, the kid who they sent to the Gtmo barn, and now Herschel. Sooner or later, somebody better die from infection. What's the point of having a show set in a post-apocalyptic hellscape if nobody dies slowly from a normally curable infection?
 
2012-10-22 05:32:38 PM  
Pfft. Merle.

Yet another character who doesn't exist.
 
2012-10-22 06:47:48 PM  
Upon Merle and Ricks first meeting since season one, this is what I would like to see,

Rick: hey Merle, would you like a chocolate covered pretzel?
 
2012-10-22 07:54:00 PM  

Richard Roma: I haven't even seen Henry, and Rooker is still the one actor who legitimately creeps the hell out of me. In the few things of his I've seen he's always been so thoroughly, convincingly nasty that I wouldn't be able to distinguish between the man and the role if I were to run across him in real life.


Funny thing is he's a really nice guy. He's quite funny too.

Possibly NSFW Rooker singing
I don't find this man scary at all. LOL
 
2012-10-22 11:20:27 PM  
Motherfarking Rooker. The guy is insane but a hell of an actor. I loved his little manerisms in "Super"
 
2012-10-23 12:20:49 AM  

someonelse: Nobody dies from amputation on this show. Merle, the kid who they sent to the Gtmo barn, and now Herschel. Sooner or later, somebody better die from infection. What's the point of having a show set in a post-apocalyptic hellscape if nobody dies slowly from a normally curable infection?


To be fair, they did at least provide lip service to "needing antibiotics" in the infirmary regarding Herschel, and T-Dog had a pretty nasty infection in Season 2 that needed antibiotics to save his life. I think amputation will kill someone sooner rather than later....
 
2012-10-23 12:20:55 AM  

mjones73: What are the odds it's gonna be Merle that was spying on the prison at the end there?


I was kind of hoping that would be them bringing in the Tyrese character from the comics.

Tyrese was several different kinds of awesome. We have Michonne, we need Tyrese.

mimg.ugo.com 

/hot
 
2012-10-23 12:18:23 PM  
T-Dog is going to turn out to be Tyrese.
 
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