In episode 3 of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Daryl (Norman Reedus) and his traveling companions arrive in Angers with the promise of a radio Daryl desperately seeks. Instead, they are met by a madman, The Conductor (Eric Frey), who reveals an orchestra of the undead unlike anything seen within The Walking Dead universe before. It brings to mind Luke (Dan Fogler), another music lover who believed the love of music was necessary to maintain humanity, especially in the apocalypse.
Isabelle (Clémence Poésy) explains that her musician friend has lived in the abandoned theater for years. Upon their arrival, The Conductor, excited to show Daryl he speaks English, leads him to the promised radio, which has been stripped of parts he explains have been used for amplification.
The eccentric musician plays a record of the classic “Bolero” by French composer Maurice Ravel. The Conductor then leads Isabelle and Daryl into the theater, where on the stage is a sight unlike anything seen in TWDU. He has rigged several of the undead to instruments and proceeds to conduct them as they “play” them while “Bolero” blasts through his rigged-up sound system.
While this whole scene is irrelevant to the plot, it is tied to the episode title, “Paris Sera Toujours Paris” (Paris will be Paris). Paris is known for its culture, and, for whatever reason, the madness that has overcome The Conductor has led him to continue providing some sort of that culture, although in a twisted manner.
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The music aspect brought to mind Luke, but this is also reminiscent of Princess (Paola Lázaro) and her staged walkers in various everyday tasks. She posed them, dressed extravagantly as if they were enjoying their undead lives. One was posed as a police officer issuing a ticket to a walker in the driver’s seat of a car, while others enjoyed a tea party and more.
For Princess, it was a way to cope after not seeing another living soul for over a year. We don’t know what possessed The Conductor to create his undead orchestra, but obviously, something traumatic which also caused him to lose his mind.
By this time, Daryl is completely over everyone’s actions, which are taking him away from his primary goal of returning home, and takes matters into his own hands, telling Isabelle, ” We did it your way. Now we’re gonna do it mine. We’re going to Paris.”
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon airs new episodes on Sundays on AMC and AMC+.