Back in March, we reported that The Walking Dead will bring back Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon in Season 3 of the hit AMC zombie series, returning to the airwaves in October. Today we have the proof, new photos from the Atlanta set.

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Our report from March didn't reveal what sort of condition Merle would be in. We didn't know if he would be alive, a "walker," or another hallucinogenic vision only seen by Norman Reedus's Daryl Dixon. As you can see in the above photo, Merle is still alive and kicking, most likely in the Woodbury survival camp lead by David Morrissey's The Governor.

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The Walking Dead returns with Season 3 on AMC sometime in October.