Melissa McBride on "The Walking Dead"

Melissa McBride on “The Walking Dead”

The Third Season of The Walking Dead is being released on Blu-ray by Anchor Bay Entertainment on August 27th, 2013, and AMC is celebrating by offering a sneak peek into the deleted scenes of the Third Season. The highly successful zombie show from AMC took on the daunting task of translating the equally renowned graphic novel by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard into a compelling and teeth-grindingly tense television series. The Blu-ray release includes a 5-disc set containing the complete sixteen episode third season as well as myriad bonus features such as exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, featurettes, audio commentary, as well as deleted scenes.  

The deleted scene, presented below, depicts an interaction between Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) in the prison-turned-safe-house that is the presiding setting for most of the Third Season. Merle, who has been presumed dead for the last two seasons, was reintroduced in the company of The Governor, the militant antagonist of the season. Merle, after a series of bloody escapades on both the part of Rick and the Governor, has reunited with the group and with his brother, Daryl (Norman Reedus).

In this scene, Carol brings Merle some dinner and gently tells him that if he poses a threat to the group, that she’ll take retribution. This is a powerful scene that adds a whole new layer to Carol’s character, who has been historically very meek and matronly. This is a moment where the steel in her shines through and we realize why she has survived all this time, and why we want her to keep surviving. It’s a shame it wasn’t included in the aired episode, as it would have given not only a more dynamic aspect to Carol, but would have also added one more coil of tensions around any scene with Merle.

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– By David Calbert

David Calbert, a recent graduate from Sarah Lawrence College, is a writer of fiction and essays. A long time lover of the horror and science fiction genre, he has been writing for Diabolique since 2012. He was recently part of a collaborative novel called “Naked Came the Post-Postmodernist” which will be coming out in November 2013. He is currently looking for writing work anywhere he can find it while he continues to pursue his own fiction.