This piece was written during the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Without the labor of the writers and actors currently on strike, the series being covered here wouldn’t exist.
Episodes Watched: 6 of 6
The Walking Dead continues to expand its lineup with the addition of another new edition, The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon. This spin-off revolves around Daryl Dixon himself in a unique environment, different from both him and us. The creators have already renewed the show for a second season, making it the fifth spin-off in The Walking Dead universe, with more exciting spin-offs on the horizon.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon follows the titular character as he finds himself stranded in France, not knowing how he ended up there. He comes across new characters as he tries to find his way back to America and his friends over back at the Commonwealth.
This show introduces several factors that improve upon previous spin-offs, such as Dead City which concluded airing in July. One notable aspect is the exploration of a new country as the setting, with Daryl Dixon finding himself in France. Initially, the mystery surrounding his arrival in France piques interest, but as the season progresses, it becomes one of the less captivating plot points. The utilization of France’s setting in the show provides a refreshing viewing experience, with scenes shifting from the countryside to the catacombs, and even to the iconic Eiffel Tower. All these locations seamlessly integrate into the overarching storyline.
One thing that fans of The Walking Dead have been waiting some time for is different variants of the walkers. We’ve received teases of this in the finale for The Walking Dead and sadly didn’t really dive deeper into it during Dead City. Thankfully Daryl Dixon touches a lot on the variant walkers as we end up seeing Walkers who have mutated to the point where their skin burns you upon touch.
It adds a whole new depth to the universe and makes it more interesting than just having the regular walkers we’ve been dealing with for more than a decade. This seems to be the start of a new age of terrifying walkers that we could see in the future and if we’re to see any more new frightening walkers, it will most likely be when we next see Rick and Michonne next year in The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live.
The one thing that stands out greatly in this show is the performances and the chemistry that characters such as Daryl Dixon and Laurent have. Watching these two on screen is reminiscent of another Zombie franchise that many are familiar with. It is something that Daryl Dixon needed; seeing him go on this journey with this kid, trying to get him to his destination while also trying to find his way back home, we get to learn a lot more about Daryl than we ever did in the previous seasons. Daryl was never a favorite character of mine, but Norman Rhedus’s performance has made his character rise up in the ranks for me. There are a lot of dialogue-heavy scenes with the exposition that is dropped, but while it can seem to drag, it is necessary for the show to tell the story it’s trying to convey.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon adds a magnificent touch to the The Walking Dead universe. Whether you are a fan of Daryl Dixon or not, this show has something for everyone with its sprinkling of easter eggs and special surprises. The show expertly explores the world’s lore and develops Daryl Dixon’s character, making it impossible not to fall in love with him by the end. Whether you have been keeping up with The Walking Dead Universe or are unsure about continuing, don’t miss out on this show. It will certainly reignite your interest in The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon premieres September 10 on AMC and AMC+