The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon episode 3 had a fantastic homage to the Doors. The band’s song “People Are Strange” was featured and sung in French, as it should be in this series. While walking through Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, where several famous people are buried, Daryl (Norman Reedus) noticed the grave marker of The Door’s lead singer Jim Morrison. While the scene plays out, the cover of “People Are Strange” plays.
Daryl and the group arrive in Paris, and the episode features fantastic scenes of the destruction of the Ville-Lumière (City of Light), which still holds the romantic feel always associated with the city.
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris (110 acres), with 3.5 million visitors annually due to the notable people buried there. The list of noteworthy names includes Colette, Michel Ney, Frédéric Chopin, Émile Waldteufel, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Georges Méliès, Marcel Marceau, Olivia de Havilland, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, J. R. D. Tata, Gertrude Stein, Georges Bizet, Sir Richard Wallace and as Daryl notes, Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors.
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Jim Morrison homage
Jim Morrison’s premature death occurred in Paris, two years to the day after Brian Jones, guitarist of the Rolling Stones, and nine months after Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, all members of the 27 Club urban legend, which came to prominence after the death of Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994. No autopsy was done on Morrison’s body, leaving his death unknown.
The mention of Morrison in the Daryl Dixon episode inspired fan artist John Curtin (@johnney5alive) to create the fan art below.
The image of Morrison used in the fan art is one of the most recognizable portraits of the singer. Taken in 1967 by Joel Brodsky the entire collection of images from that shoot are known as “The Young Lion” photo session. He took images of The Doors and Morrison with this iconc image being featured on in the inside sleeve of The Doors Greatest hits album.
The song has also been covered by Echo & the Bunnymen on the soundtrack to The Lost Boys movie, and Swedish singer Stina Nordenstam also covered the song on her 1998 cover album.
This is an outstanding mention in the third episode of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.