Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon episode 2 recap, the good, bad & what’s next

Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1, Episode 2 - Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC /

The second episode of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon has aired on AMC and AMC+. Titled  “Alouette” (Lark) and written by showrunner David Zabel and Jason Richman, the episode is directed by Daniel Percival. The episode has a run time of an hour and expands on the story that began in episode one as Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) set aside his own plans to help others.

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon season 1, episode 2,  “Alouette” (Lark). 

The recap below is sectioned into good and bad, what’s to come, and standout characters from episode 2.

The Good: 

  • The flashback to Paris before the outbreak is breathtaking.
  • Isabelle is featured as a woman dealing with heavy emotions in a lifestyle much different than the nun introduced in episode 1.
  • Seeing the undead attacking on the Métro was an incredible sight.
  • Isabelle tells Daryl what’s what as far as the safest route, and he looks none too pleased.
  • Daryl getting attacked by “The Lost Boys” was an exciting twist.
  • They say that children are the future, and in France, it is evident that this is true. The group Daryl and his companions encounter know how to survive.
  • “Father” Daryl praying at the dinner table showed his vulnerable side, as he isn’t accustomed to praying.
  • As always, the children flock to Daryl.
  • The episode of Mork from Ork was terrific. It was so cute that the children knew the episode word for word.
  • It is interesting that Daryl is honest with Isabelle. He is more open with her than most others he has encountered.
  • “You can’t miss what you never had” is a great line.
  • The title “Alloutte” comes from the French song/nursery rhyme about plucking feathers from a lark.
  • Luckily for Daryl, that moat full of walkers wasn’t burners, and the kids came to the rescue as they saved him.
  • It is so touching at the funeral from Madame DuBois when they all say Na-nu Na-nu (from Mork from Ork, that is an Orkan greeting).
  • Laurent is Isabelle’s nephew! This explains why she treats him as she does. He is named after St. Laurent, the patron saint of schoolchildren, poor people, cooks, comedians, and others.

The Bad: 

  • Quinn gives off a bad vibe.
  • Why didn’t Isabelle make sure Amiee returned to her house? She saw people being attacked.
  • Daryl was wise to let the mule go to attract the walkers, but fans knew this animal wouldn’t make it out alive as TWDU doesn’t let horses/mules live.
  • Isabelle betraying Quinn makes one wonder why didn’t trust him.
  • It is sad that the children treat Laurent as an outsider, which he is, but these are likely some of the first children he encounters. It would have been good for him to have a better experience.
  • Poor Laurent had to find the dead mule, a favorite of his.
  • Codron (Romain Levi) is seen walking at the Abbey among his fellow soldiers, now dead. He finds Daryl’s recording and the map of their route to Paris. He will cause trouble for Daryl in upcoming episodes.
  • It wasn’t a surprise that Isabelle’s sister Lily (Faustine Surmont) got bit. It is sad to watch Isabelle experience the loss of her sister.

What’s Next? 

  • The promo for the upcoming episodes reveals that Daryl gets fed up with someone, likely Isabelle, and takes matters into his own hands.
  • Daryl also tells Isabelle that she needs to be truthful with Laurent.
  • The next episode: Episode 103:  “Paris sera toujours Paris” (Paris Will Always Be Paris) premieres on September 24 at 3 a.m. ET on AMC+ and 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon characters

Standout characters: 

Quinn (Adam Nagaitis) is a character we will see more of in a future episode. He appears to care for Isabelle before the outbreak, but her betrayal will likely return to haunt her.

Lou (Kim Higelin) is a tough girl with a tougher job. She learned well from her teacher, and the kids admired her. Daryl tells her to keep doing what she is doing to give the kids the best life possible.

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