That's what frustrates me the most about it. There's been about 3 episodes this season that I could have done without completely. They could have ran with the 1st episode, the episode where they go to the school, and an entire episode of Daryl wandering around the woods killing hanging zombies and squirrels, and it would have been awesome.
Speaking of Merle, they have a lifelike wax sculpture of him in the AMC building here with him handcuffed to a potted plant in the lobby. Amazing.