In September, AMC will premiere the fifth spinoff of The Walking Dead. This series focuses on the character Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), introduced in season 1, and his journey to France. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is set after the events of the series finale of the main series, and viewers have questions.
One of the most asked questions is how in the world Daryl travels across the ocean.
How and why does Daryl arrive in France?
AMC has released several teasers and promos, slowly revealing some details about the series. One thing that isn’t clear is how Daryl arrives on the shores of France. One clip looks as if Daryl could be on a cargo ship that blows up. If that is the case, it would explain how he got to France but not the why or who sent them there.
The only known organization with enough resources to allow travel across the ocean would be the CRM (Civic Republic Military). The same group was seen recapturing Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). Daryl was last seen leaving the communities searching for Rick and Michonne (Danai Gurira). Could he have gotten too close to finding Rick, and the CRM put him on a ship to be rid of him?
The coda scene that aired after the series finale of The Walking Dead: World Beyond revealed vital information about France.
Did the French create variant walkers?
The code scene featured a woman viewing old videos with a familiar face. Dr. Jenner (Noah Emmerich), who Rick and the gang met at the CDC in The Walking Dead’s season 1 finale, was seen in this video as he relayed progress in America after the outbreak. He told Rick’s group that the French were the last holdouts in developing a cure for the virus. The coda scene seems to imply that while conducting their experiments, they created something worse.
In an interview, executive producer for Daryl Dixon, Greg Nicotero, discussed a new type of mutant walkers known as burners. If these members of the undead touch or bite you or their blood gets on someone, they will be significantly burned. Could there be more variants in France? It will be exciting to find out.
Below is the post-credit scene from The Walking Dead: World Beyond.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’s bad decisions
What bad decisions led Daryl to France?
In two promo videos, Isabelle asks Daryl how he came to be in France. His reply was, “A bunch of bad decisions.” The hope is for the series to expound on this comment and explain what has happened with Daryl since the final episode of The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead: Dead City did a great job filling in some of the blanks of Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan timeline since the end of the main series. Hopefully, the Daryl Dixon creators will do the same with his story.
These questions and more will be answered in season 1 of Daryl’s spinoff.
Another question that likely will be answered in season 2 is how does Carol (Melissa McBride) get to France? She will have to be privy to some intell learning his location, and then she has to navigate the ocean to get to him.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will premiere on AMC on September 10 at 9 p.m. AMC+