Variant forms of the undead have often been a hot topic of discussion within The Walking Dead universe. Season one of the main series saw many walkers who could turn door knobs, pick up rocks, and scale fences. The final season of the series also featured these types of walkers. The spinoff series could feature types of variants, with The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon being the most likely. In an interview with TV Insider, SFX guru and director Greg Nicotero addresses walkers in the upcoming series.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will premiere on AMC on September 10 at 9 p.m. ET. Subscribers to AMC+ have already viewed the first ten minutes of the first episode, which features something interesting.
In season 1 of The Walking Dead, Dr. Jenner (Noah Emmerich) talks of the French being the last holdouts regarding testing on the undead. In the coda scene of The Walking Dead: World Beyond series finale, viewers would see a sampling of variants in France.
Daryl Dixon is set in France, so this series is the most likely to feature some alternate forms of walkers.
Below, this article will touch on an event from the first 10 minutes of the first episode of Daryl Dixon, so click away if you don’t want to know this information until viewing the episode.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon variants
The first minutes of season 1, episode 1 of Daryl Dixon shows Daryl in France where he encounters some walkers in an abandoned store. He makes light work of most of them, but then a walker grabs his arm, which is burnt by the touch.
In the interview with TV Insider, Greg Nicotero states, “Dixon takes us back to the beginning of what the DNA of The Walking Dead started as, which is a man on a mission.” Daryl is completely out of his element in France; he doesn’t speak the language and doesn’t know a soul.
These “burner” walkers, according to Nicotero, “have mutated to a point where if they touch or bite you or their blood gets on you, it burns you significantly. It changes all the rules.”
This is exciting news as the spinoffs of The Walking Dead need to feature unique elements to set them apart from the flagship series. Dead City did this with the Walker King and Manhattan setting.
Don’t miss The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon when it premieres on AMC and AMC+.