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06 September 2013 - 02:54 PM
Which shows that neither one was really good for the group. Both were for themselves. For Shane, that meant the survival of Lori, Carl, and the baby. For Merle that meant the survival of Daryl. Basically, they protected those who they perceived as family.
That being said, once Daryl perceived the whole group as family and Merle saw that they felt the same way (i.e. Carol threatening Merle to protect Daryl in the deleted scene), Merle saw the value in protecting the whole group. Also, Merle had demonstrated that he could follow someone else's lead. He followed TG and was willing to follow Rick once he saw the value in it. Merle didn't go against Rick in giving up Michonne. In fact, Rick told Merle that is what they should do. Merle just felt Rick would waiver and Rick did. Merle just did what TG had him doing, which was the dirty work. In the end, Merle couldn't do it anymore than Rick could have showing he was redeemable and would sacrifice himself for others--a different type of tough job. Shane killed Randall showing that he wasn't redeemable. So, my final analysis is that Shane was worse for the group in the end.
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13 September 2013 - 10:15 AM
As far as i'm concerned, Merle was not a danger to the group... in the beginning he was obviously a bit... rough... but to this day i'm not sure why they took him on that run to Atlanta in the first place if he was so "untrustworthy"... but his character wasn't the person we saw on that roof, it was the person we saw drive that car, music on full blast straight into a field of killers in order to try and save his brother and the group...
And I have to say I think if Glen and Maggie had taken Merle to Daryl when he asked, that's all that would have happened... his loyalty was always with his brother, he was only with the Governor in order to survive.
Merle was actually my favorite character... he was a misunderstood lone wolf who would do anything for his brother - and he did... underneath the mask he put on, he had a big heart... but when you grow up having to be tough and you learn at a young age to defend only yourself and that you can't trust anyone outside of yourself and your brother, you're going to come off as being a villain... and that just wasn't the case with Merle... he felt alienated, he didn't know how to trust others because he was never given a reason to trust anyone... quite the opposite actually. And still in his final moments he showed that he really did care for not only his brother, but for the group... he knew he would more than likely pay the ultimate price for it, and he did it anyway... to protect his brother and the group... and if nothing else, THAT shows how big of a heart he hid...
So yeah, I wanna say more but I can't say enough about 'em... Merle was extremely misunderstood... and I miss him a lot. I will stop typing about him before I begin to cry lol.
As for Shane? he lost it and couldn't control his emotions, and almost killed his best friend on multiple occasions... Shane was good when thinking tactically, but that was it... and as much as you need that in a zombie apocalypse, you also need to be able to trust everyone in your group to be there for each other and help each other rather than having to constantly worry that one will turn on you... there are so many reasons as to why he was more of a danger to the group than an asset.
15 September 2013 - 05:27 PM