I believe that Ben was the ashtmatic kid that The Governor recruited when shoring up the defenses for Woodbury. I liked the concept of Merle trying to do right by his brother but I wish the setup had been different as the whole 'give up Michonne' concept has always strained credibility for me. Regardless of that small criticism the sequences with Merle and Michonne were excellent and the goodbye of the brothers was heartfelt. Great work by Rooker and Reedus.As was pointed out on Talking Dead, the first rule of the zombie apocalypse is you never leave a person in a condition where they can turn; you put them down. Shane did it to Otis last season and The Governor did it to Merle this season and in both cases it is a dick move. (Well, re-reading that I'm not sure that there was anything left of Otis to turn, but I hope that others get the point. )- Walter.