Weaponized arm rig used by Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon on the television series, The Walking Dead

Weaponized arm rig used by Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon on the television series, The Walking Dead

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Description (Brief)
Metal prosthetic arm, with a knife at the end, attaches to the arm with leather straps. In season one, episode three of the television series The Walking Dead, Merle Dixon, played by Michael Rooker, is forced to cut his own arm off to free himself from handcuffs before the 'walkers' could reach him. It wasn't revealed until season three, episode three that Merle had survived his ordeal and created the self-made prosthetic with a knife attached for killing 'walkers' and assorted enemies. Based on the comic books by Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead deals with a post-apocalyptic society overrun with “walkers.” The show follows Rick Grimes, a sheriff who awakes from a coma to find only a handful of people alive and a lot of decaying undead who want to eat him. Played by Andrew Lincoln, Rick eventually finds his wife and son living with a group of survivors near Atlanta, Georgia. It is here the group must learn to survive in a fallen society, among the undead and roving bands of survivors who prove to be more dangerous than the famished walkers.
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Object Name
Weaponized arm rig
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
leather (overall material)
overall: 28 1/2 in x 4 in x 6 in; 72.39 cm x 10.16 cm x 15.24 cm
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National Museum of American History
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