Michael Rooker On Merle's 'The Walking Dead' Death

03/27/2013 10:18 am ET

Michael Rooker isn't exactly happy with what happened to his "The Walking Dead" character Merle Dixon. Warning, some spoilers ahead.

In "The Sorrowful Life," the penultimate episode of "The Walking Dead" Season 3, Rooker's character was killed and left to become a zombie after standing up to the Governor. Rooker told TV Guide it was a shame to see his character's time on the show cut short, especially after he had just reunited with this brother Daryl, played by Norman Reedus.

"I thought it was unfortunate, and I did not necessarily agree with the choice to do this," Rooker said. "It was a big build up and you really didn't get the true payoff ... I don't think a lot of the true 'Walking Dead' fans are happy with this. But, as you know, as actors, we don't have a choice in the matter."

Rooker also told TV Guide that he didn't exactly like the way the scene between Merle and The Governor wound up. "The way it was edited, it looked like Merle actually missed The Governor, which is kind of dumb. But that's my own opinion," the actor explained. "There's no reason why he would've missed except for the zombie hitting him and causing him to miss."

With Daryl having to put down the zombie version of Merle in the episode, Reedus said he was bummed to say goodbye to Rooker and the character.

"He’s such a strong character and such a good actor," Reedus told EW. "He brought so much to the show so I was bummed to see him leave. I would have liked to have explored that relationship a bit more. And he’s always fun to play scenes with so I was bummed about that. I’m bummed every time someone leaves the show, to be honest."

"The Walking Dead" Season 3 finale airs Sunday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

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