Midway through the episode, I note to my wife that there have been quite a bit of scene with Merle. She subsequently replied that this may follow my theory a character who unexpectedly gets much more screen time is making a bloody departure from the show. While it absolutely was my theory, I did not believe this could be the swan song of Merle rather yet.
Rick tells Merle the strategy of turning around Michonne to the Governor. Merle answers by making it clear he does not believe Rick can go through with such an action. In this situation, Merle ends up being right, although I’d not taunt season 3 Rick who sets machetes in between the eyes of those that cross him. He does not stick around to find that fact out because he does the kidnapping title by himself.