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Exclusive 'Walking Dead' photos: Daryl and Merle prepare to fight to the death

Feb. 7, 2013 at 1:15 PM ET

"Kill him!" "Kill them!" Boy howdy, those folks in Woodbury on "The Walking Dead" sure were bloodthirsty when The Governor offered up "terrorist" Daryl Dixon and "traitor" Merle Dixon for a fight to the death.

The mid-season finale left off with the two stunned siblings facing each other, and judging from four behind-the-scenes photos that AMC is sharing exclusively with The Clicker, it appears that when the show makes its highly anticipated return Sunday night, the fight to the death will commence.

Now, we know the folks in Woodbury want to see some blood, but let's hope they make it at least a somewhat fair fight and cut those ropes around Daryl's (Norman Reedus) wrists! 

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Norman Reedus (Daryl) and Michael Rooker (Merle) on the set of "Walking Dead."

Another photo shows that Merle (Michael Rooker) perhaps sustains a minor injury to his umm ... shorter arm. During the fight? After? Against someone who isn't his little brother? Who knows? (What we do know is that Rooker believes the siblings are survivors and will find a way out of the mess together.)

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Michael Rooker on the set of "The Walking Dead."

As a "Walking Dead" trailer has already shown, at the very least, Daryl will survive the sticky predicament. One of the photos AMC shared with us reveals that he escapes the situation relatively unharmed. According to the trailer, the crossbow-wielding hero races back to the prison to warn Rick's gang of The Gov's (David Morrisey) impending attack, but we hope Daryl takes a minute to sing to his "lil' ass kicker" afterward.

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Daryl with his trusty crossbow.

It appears that at some point in the episode, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) head back to Woodbury. (Why, Maggie?! The gang just helped you and your beloved Glenn escape in the mid-season finale!) Check out this photo of the sheriff and the farmer's daughter. That makeshift barricade behind them -- and the truck -- look awfully familiar, don't they? (Check out the photo of Merle above.) Wonder what they're up to ...

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The crew of "Walking Dead" film a scene featuring Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan.

"The Walking Dead" kicks off the second half of season three on Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC.

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