The Walking Dead universe has come to a pivotal point in the timeline. The flagship series is ending and will air its final episode on November 20. But the universe is about to expand significantly, with three more spinoffs in the making. One of which will be set in France.
A recent Andrew Lincoln spotting has fans speculating on whether or not his character Rick Grimes will be featured in Daryl’s (Norman Reedus) spinoff. It has been announced that Rick and his wife Michonne (Danai Gurira) will have a series of their own, but Lincoln was recently seen in France, which has set the fandom into full-on detective mode.
Could we see Rick in Daryl’s spinoff?
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Many have speculated that Daryl goes to France because he is searching for his brother Rick. But, recently, Reedus revealed that Daryl arrives in France “not of his own free will.” This doesn’t completely squash the idea he is still searching for Rick, but it does make it seem less likely.
Fans spotted Reedus’ return to France on October 19, one day after Lincoln was photographed with a fan in France. What does this mean for Daryl’s spinoff? Maybe nothing. Perhaps Lincoln is visiting his dear friend Reedus as he has shared that they are actively seeking filming locations in and around France.
But could it be that Rick will appear in Daryl’s spinoff that may set off events for the Rick and Michonne series? Unless a new mega group is introduced in the spinoffs, the CR (Civic Republic) is likely involved in both stories. We know Rick was traded to the CR as Jadis’ (Pollyanna McIntosh) ticket inside this organization. And what other group has the means to even fathom travel to an overseas country?
It is interesting to speculate on what will come with the spinoff series. The Walking Dead: Dead City, which will see Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) team up, has been announced to release in April 2023. This will begin the off-shoot stories of two fan-favorite characters.