THE WALKING DEAD Star Michael Rooker Teases His Season Three Return

During the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (April 27-29), actor Michael Rooker -- who plays the infamous Merle Dixon on AMC's The Walking Dead -- confirmed that he will be back for a third season and that he may have more than just a stump after losing a hand in season one.

The Walking Dead tells the story of the weeks and months that follow a pandemic zombie apocalypse. County Sheriff Rick Grimes travels with his family and a small group of survivors, constantly in search of a safe and secure home. But the constant pressure of fighting off death on a daily basis takes a heavy toll, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he will discover that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth.

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Michael Rooker's last appearance on the Walking Dead TV series was during a hallucination sequence early in season two where his on-screen brother Daryl (Norman Reedus) envisioned Merle delivering some prep talk in the woods. After joking with the audience during his panel about possibly strapping a bazooka or some ridiculous weapon to his arm in place of his missing hand, he did get serious by hinting that his character is likely to utilize something in place of a hand simply because of his resourcefulness.

"Thinking of how Merle is written and how I've played him so far I find it hard to believe that Merle would walk around with just a stump. Whatever happens.... You're gonna be surprised."

He went on to say that he ended up buying all of the graphic novels before he was officially cast and said that even if he didn't end up getting the part that he'd continue to read them. "I really loved them I couldn't put them down."

AMC's Emmy Award-winning series The Walking Dead is directed by Glen Mazzara and based on the acclaimed comic book series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The upcoming season will star Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, David Morrissey, Michael Rooker, Danai Gurira and Norman Reedus and is slated to begin production on May 31st, 2012.