A lot of people say to me your black why is Merle one of your favorite characters. My answer is this. I have a very warped sense of humor and I am very politically incorrect. I grew up in Edmonton Alberta surrounded by white people and heard some very offensive jokes but at the same time the gist of the jokes are funny. This show is so serious and Merle provides some comedic relief. Merle was certainly an a****** but he did redeem himself in the end and I thought that was very powerful. It was sad for me to see Merle leave the show but he had to because that allowed Daryl character to evolve and turn from boy to man period anybody agree with me?