There’s no shortage of spinoffs that have emerged from the hugely popular The Walking Dead series. The next one to premiere is The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, which is set to debut in just a few weeks on AMC.
Here’s what fans need to know about the upcoming series featuring the fan-favorite character, played by Norman Reedus. But be warned, there may be spoilers from the other Walking Dead shows for fans not caught up.
A Spinoff from The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is one of the most anticipated spinoffs from the zombie-infested show. This marks the fifth spinoff from The Walking Dead, following Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: Dead City.
The trailer for the upcoming show was first revealed during Comic-Con. Another trailer teasing what to expect from the show was also revealed on August 11, showing more about how Daryl Dixon ended up in France.
A clip from the show was also released on August 14, which introduced the “killer nun” called Isabelle. On August 17, another teaser featuring the titular character was shown.
David Zabel is the showrunner for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, replacing Angela Kang, who stepped down during pre-production. Despite stepping down from showrunner duties, Kang is still attached to the series as an executive producer. Zabel is known for serving as the showrunner of the long-running medical series ER as well as Mercy Street.
Also attached as executive producers are Norman Reedus, Greg Nicotero, Brian Bockrath, Daniel Percival, and Scott Gimple.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Plot
The upcoming Walking Dead spinoff follows Daryl Dixon, who ends up in France, far from where fans last saw him in Season 11 of the main show. As Daryl initially looks to make his way back to the Commonwealth, he gets involved in the lives and struggles of the people he meets. Daryl has even agreed to protect and accompany a young boy named Laurent to safety.
How important Laurent is remains to be seen. But Isabelle insists that the young boy is meant to “lead the revival of humanity.”
Additionally important to note, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is known to be connected to the mid-credits scene in The Walking Dead: World Beyond finale.
The official synopsis was also released for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.
“In The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Daryl washes ashore in France and struggles to piece together how he got there and why. The series tracks his journey across a broken but resilient France as he hopes to find a way back home. As he makes the journey, though, the connections he forms along the way complicate his ultimate plan.”
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Cast
Norman Reedus, who played Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead, will be reprising his role for the spinoff.
French actress Clemence Poesy will also be starring in the spinoff. Poesy plays Isabelle, a religious woman with a mysterious past who also works with Daryl on his journey. Adam Nagaitis plays Quinn, a club owner who rose to prominence in post-apocalyptic France.
Louis Puech Scigliuzzi plays Laurent, the boy Daryl watches over and travels with. Other stars confirmed to be part of the cast include Anne Charrier as Genet, Laika Blanc Francard as Sylvie, Romain Levi as Codron, and Eriq Ebouaney as Fallou. Gilbert Glenn Brown is also joining the show as Jones.
Even though Reedus’ Dixon is a familiar face in the show, a leaked behind-the-scenes image showed Melissa McBride in France while the show was in production.
Could Carol make an appearance or two in the show? It’s anyone’s guess. But it’s likely that Carol may appear in a flashback or so since she might not be able to get to Paris. McBride was previously speculated to reprise her role for this spinoff, but could not commit because of scheduling conflicts.
Footage at Comic-Con saw Cailey Fleming reprising her role as Judith Grimes in a hallucination in the upcoming spinoff. Reedus previously hinted that fans will see more familiar characters make an appearance in some form.
What Else to Expect
Gimple also hyped up the upcoming Walking Dead spinoff in a statement. He teased, “Daryl Dixon in France, a loner who cannot move through this new dangerous world alone, facing vicious enemies and never-before-seen threats of the undead.”
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Reedu, said the show isn’t just a continuation but also a “reset.”
Reedus said after doing 12 years of doing the show, “You learn a lot of things… and there are certain paths that you inevitably have to go down” as the series has a big cast.”
“We don’t really have that over here,” said Reedus, referring to the spinoff. “It’s kind of a fresh start for us with all the things that we loved doing, and just a whole bunch more,” said Reedus.
France’s Influence on the Series
While The Walking Dead series mainly takes place in the US, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon takes place in France.
“There’s history in the story; there’s history in the walls around us. There’s history in the sound of it all. It’s a very different feel. It has the stuff that you want from the show, but it’s just picked up and put in a whole other dimension,” said Reedus.
“I feel like we’re not cranking it out for numbers on a Sunday night. We’re making art, and there’s moving dialogue,” said the actor, ahead of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. “It’s a different animal and it’s beautiful, it’s touching, and it’s sort of amazing to look at and listen to and watch and feel.”
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Release Date
The upcoming Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff premieres on September 10. The show has six episodes for its first season to be released weekly through October 15 on AMC. The show will also be on AMC+ with early access that starts on September 7. For Prime Video subscribers, AMC+ can be an add-on to the streaming platform.
If you’re wondering if there will be a The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Season 2, there’s good news. The spinoff is renewed for a second season. Production on new episodes was set to begin this summer in Paris. However, the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes have paused production. Once the strikes end, filming is expected to start back up.
For now, you can rewatch The Walking Dead and its spinoffs on AMC to get you excited!