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- "Lock your daughters up, y'all. Dixon boys just rolled into town."
Prior to the outbreak, Merle was in juvenile detention for half of his life for many different offences. One time it was for mauling a drug dealer for cheating him and embarrassing him. He had a brother called Daryl and he was the leader of a motorcycle gang called the Savage Sons Motorcycle Club.
While he was in jail for drugs, sometime during the outbreak's onset, Merle escaped his cell and took camp on the roof of the Fontana Police Station. When he found a group of people who he believed to be military (because they were dressed in uniforms)—in reality it was scavengers led by Anna Turner—he shot at them, believing they wanted to take him back to jail. He killed many of them and injured some, specifically Noah Cruz and the survivors that hid in the buildings. He shot car alarms to lure the walkers toward the survivors. This, however, caused trouble for his brother Daryl, who came looking for him.
After figuring out the sniper is Merle, Daryl heads there. When Daryl finds Merle, he opens fire on Daryl (despite hearing his voice, thinking it is a ruse to let his guard down). When he lets Daryl in, he finds Merle is burnt red by the sun and drunk. It is discovered that he has a fever and requires medicine.
During the travelling segments of the game, Daryl and Merle discuss their family, short term plans for survival and next location. They decide to travel to Merle's old clubhouse—a bar named 'Jakes'. Merle mentions to Daryl that he has something special for him there. However, they find their way blocked by a horde. After miraculously finding fireworks, Merle guides Daryl to the church where Daryl blows it up with fireworks to distract the walkers. While Daryl blows up the church, Merle blows up the gas station where he hid as another distraction. Such an occasion causes the two to successfully make it to the bar. When Daryl arrives, he finds Merle gathering drugs and killing his former gang members, blaming them for putting him in jail. When more bikers arrive, Merle escapes and Daryl is knocked out. Luckily Daryl managed to escape the walker infested town with his crossbow (Merle's surprise), but was unable to find Merle.
While escaping a giant horde at a train yard, Daryl hears Merle talking to him. When Daryl talks to Anna about it, she tells him that it was all in his head, as his walkie-talkie was broken, much to Daryl's disbelief.
In the end of the game, Merle appears in a Humvee to help Daryl fight the undead herds in a survivor camp in a stadium. When all the walkers are dead, Merle stops Daryl from going in a chopper. When the chopper leaves them Daryl yells at Merle, but Merle announces that the pilot was bitten. The two get in the Humvee and drive off, with Merle telling Daryl that he is the only one he could ever count on.
Merle's story continues here.
This list shows the victims Merle has killed:
- Merle was incarcerated at the onset of the outbreak.
- He was a former member of the "Savage Sons Motorcycle Club", a biker gang.
- The stash of drugs that Merle had with the Motorcycle Club is the same stash which appears in "Bloodletting", when Daryl is searching antibiotics for T-Dog.
Survival Instinct Characters
|Dixon Family||Daryl • Merle • Will|
|Cabot Ridge Survivors||Jess • Buck|
|Sedalia Survivors||Kessler • Warren • Jimmy • Lester|
|Pemberton Sheriff's Department||John • Albert|
|Fontana Survivors||Anna • Mia • Noah|
|Oakview Survivors||Kennedy • Mike|
|Taggart Survivors||Charlene • Satchmo|
|Archer Creek Survivors||Chris • Sheila|
|Cleburne Hospital Survivors||Dowdle • Todd|
|Sherwood Survivors||Aiden • Jane • Terry • Mrs. Harrison|
|Miscellaneous Survivors||Sarah • Ahmad • Holly • Shelley • Gloria • Ash|
|Alive characters appear in green. Unknown characters appear in blue. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Undead characters appear in grey and italics. Determinant characters appear in purple. With italics, determinant characters either die or turn undead. Without italics, determinant characters either die, stay alive or are left with unknown status.|