• Something has always bothered me about Season 1 of the show.

    Merle obviously couldn't survive long with half his arm cut off. He'd bleed out and die. So my theory is during the events of season 1, The Governor, Milton (Milton says he knows him before the apocalypse), Martinez (cus why not), and some other randoms were in Atlanta. After Rick, Glenn, Morales, etc leave the city for the first time, The Gov, etc find Merle. Milton patches him up since as a kinda scientist he probably has some medical training. So then the group finds the vatos gang. They decide to use their base and since xdxd Gov is insane he orders his men to kill all the gang members (which would explain why some of the dead vatos members in the deleted scene looked like they've been killed by humans). During the attack the random vatos member that was played  by the same actor as Shumpert begs to spared and joins the Governor (basically it's revealed that guy was Shumpert). After they kill most of the vatos members the Gov and everyone realize that the base can't be used anymore because zombies have broken in. So they all leave and then we get the season 2 deleted scene that shows all the dead vatos members.

    If you liked the theory and  have your own theory about Merle's survival, leave them below in the comments.

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    • Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.

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    • Colourful Walker wrote:
      Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.

      Well the Gov, etc were probably in Atlanta and there's no fucking way Merle could've patched himself up.

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    • Pigpen077 wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.
      Well the Gov, etc were probably in Atlanta and there's no fucking way Merle could've patched himself up.

      He pressed a hot iron to his stump. He could've. But why was the Gov in Atlanta?

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    • Colourful Walker wrote:
      Pigpen077 wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.
      Well the Gov, etc were probably in Atlanta and there's no fucking way Merle could've patched himself up.
      He pressed a hot iron to his stump. He could've. But why was the Gov in Atlanta?

      Catourising after an amputation doesn't instantly mean you'll be a-okay, it stops the bleeding to a degree and when we see Merle take off his gauntlet you can see he did a REALLY shitty job at doing it. Even after the catourising there's still the off chance of sudden shock from the loss of it after the adrenaline's stopped kicking in and let's not forget good ol' Phantom Pain (not a Metal Gear reference, it's a legit thing) some people actually lose it because of classic Phantom Pain because in some cases it lasts a lot longer than expected and actually gets pretty painful for them and it's hard to even treat it because it's more or less a mentality thing.

      In regard to the theory, Merle didn't lose half his arm, c'mon Pig. Still, the actual chances of him surviving in that situation, pretty fucking slim but ayy AMC.

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    • Riley Heligo wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Pigpen077 wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.
      Well the Gov, etc were probably in Atlanta and there's no fucking way Merle could've patched himself up.
      He pressed a hot iron to his stump. He could've. But why was the Gov in Atlanta?
      Catourising after an amputation doesn't instantly mean you'll be a-okay, it stops the bleeding to a degree and when we see Merle take off his gauntlet you can see he did a REALLY shitty job at doing it. Even after the catourising there's still the off chance of sudden shock from the loss of it after the adrenaline's stopped kicking in and let's not forget good ol' Phantom Pain (not a Metal Gear reference, it's a legit thing) some people actually lose it because of classic Phantom Pain because in some cases it lasts a lot longer than expected and actually gets pretty painful for them and it's hard to even treat it because it's more or less a mentality thing.

      In regard to the theory, Merle didn't lose half his arm, c'mon Pig. Still, the actual chances of him surviving in that situation, pretty fucking slim but ayy AMC.

      soro Riwee. And it's said his page "Philip and nine other survivors holed themselves up in apartment for an unspecified amount of time, before moving out, picking up new group members along the way, and eventually coming upon the abandoned Woodbury." Since they say an apartment, it's possible this apartment was in Atlanta cus big city and such.

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    • nice theory but the vatos only died in the deleted scnese of season 2 so they might still be alive. merle probably patched himself up after being alone for a while and was taken to woodbury.

      god i miss that bastard on the show :/

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    • Riley Heligo wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Pigpen077 wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.
      Well the Gov, etc were probably in Atlanta and there's no fucking way Merle could've patched himself up.
      He pressed a hot iron to his stump. He could've. But why was the Gov in Atlanta?
      Catourising after an amputation doesn't instantly mean you'll be a-okay, it stops the bleeding to a degree and when we see Merle take off his gauntlet you can see he did a REALLY shitty job at doing it. Even after the catourising there's still the off chance of sudden shock from the loss of it after the adrenaline's stopped kicking in and let's not forget good ol' Phantom Pain (not a Metal Gear reference, it's a legit thing) some people actually lose it because of classic Phantom Pain because in some cases it lasts a lot longer than expected and actually gets pretty painful for them and it's hard to even treat it because it's more or less a mentality thing.

      In regard to the theory, Merle didn't lose half his arm, c'mon Pig. Still, the actual chances of him surviving in that situation, pretty fucking slim but ayy AMC.

      One thing about the phantom limb deal, it's not really mental as it is neurological. Them completely losing their mind because of it is possible, but not really that common. Depression and other emotional instabilities are the most common results.

      The actual chances of survival would be slim, but wasn't he also on drugs? Forgive me if I'm wrong, but that'd honestly be my best bet about his survival. Otherwise shock would very likely have taken him.

      For the Governor in Atlanta, your guess is as good as mine since the Governor's story was pretty butchered.

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    • SethMacMillan wrote:
      Riley Heligo wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Pigpen077 wrote:
      Colourful Walker wrote:
      Nice theory. Though there was evidence Merle patched himself up, and I don't know why The Gov would go to Atlanta.
      Well the Gov, etc were probably in Atlanta and there's no fucking way Merle could've patched himself up.
      He pressed a hot iron to his stump. He could've. But why was the Gov in Atlanta?
      Catourising after an amputation doesn't instantly mean you'll be a-okay, it stops the bleeding to a degree and when we see Merle take off his gauntlet you can see he did a REALLY shitty job at doing it. Even after the catourising there's still the off chance of sudden shock from the loss of it after the adrenaline's stopped kicking in and let's not forget good ol' Phantom Pain (not a Metal Gear reference, it's a legit thing) some people actually lose it because of classic Phantom Pain because in some cases it lasts a lot longer than expected and actually gets pretty painful for them and it's hard to even treat it because it's more or less a mentality thing.

      In regard to the theory, Merle didn't lose half his arm, c'mon Pig. Still, the actual chances of him surviving in that situation, pretty fucking slim but ayy AMC.

      One thing about the phantom limb deal, it's not really mental as it is neurological. Them completely losing their mind because of it is possible, but not really that common. .


      Yeah, I figured as such. I wasn't entirely sure if it was actually a mental issue but ayy learning something everyday.

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    • It can become one, it's a traumatizing situation. You weren't totally wrong in your thoughts and statement. If I lost my hand, I'd probably go a little crazy myself. You do make good points though, Merle did kind of adjust a little too well to not having it

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    • This is a great theory, and I have even more evidence to it. In an early episode of season 1 Rick and some others went to save Merle but he was gone. So the governor and his men must have already gotten him. There's no way he would have been able to survive on the roof for that long. Even if he somehow patched himself up after cutting off his arm off the zombies who were trying to break the door would've gott to him soon, and he would've been too weak to fight them. Not only that but the building was surrounded with walkers so he couldn't really climb down (and again he'd probably be too weak anyway) so it's very likely that Rick and his group showed up right after the governor and his men came and saved Merle.

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    • well we know that after he cut off his hand he cauterized it and broke out of the building. he even says that we was starving and bled out when the governor found him so maybe he was out there for a while. one thing though who the fuck stole their truck while they were talking to the vatos

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