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The world is ours, now. So today, we will make our enemies pay! We have all felt the anguish. We have all suffered loss. Loss blinds us! Loss gives us power! They gave us this disease! But I want you to see today the power our future holds. Because their disease can also be our cure. Power to the living!
―Genet to the people of Paris.[src]

Marion Genet is a main character and an antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon. She is the leader of Pouvoir, a growing nationalist movement in France. She serves as the primary antagonist of Season 1.

Overview[]

Marion is a highly political person, as well as a strong leader to Pouvoir. She has a firm belief that loss, suffering, and conflict gives people power, which explains the name of her movement. She had been after Daryl because he destroyed most of her test subjects. Marion and her Guerriers had been doing research and experiments on the Wildfire Virus, which had ended pretty successfully, with new types of variants being created. She is shown to care about her people, and when she finds out that Stéphane killed three of her Guerriers, she had him be taken into custody and most likely brutally punished.

Pre-Apocalypse[]

France[]

Before the the outbreak, Genet worked as a museum security guard, and her father used to be a captain of a small boat that had a small crew.

Post-Apocalypse[]

Paris, Île-de-France[]

At some point following the outbreak, Marion became the leader of a political movement called Power of the Living, which has reclaimed the majority of the pre-pandemic national territories, leading Genet to proclaim the 6th French Republic. During her speech, she criticizes the so-called "pharmaceutical elites" and the "old state" that was alleged to have created the virus.

Season 1[]

Content
"L'âme Perdue"

At Le Havre, a ship's captain explains to Guerriers that they were in the Gulf of Cadiz when the prisoners escaped, and it was beyond their control. Marion joins them, asking the captain who is in control of his ship if not him. The man insists that a captain is only as good as his crew, and Marion recalls that her father fished these waters for days at a time in a small trawler, knowing only one thing no matter how hard it got: the crew is only as good as their captain. The doctor reports that their research is largely destroyed, but some of the test subjects may still be of use to them as five chained up walkers are led onto the dock. Whoever did this made a real mess of things for them, and Genet is angered that after three years to get this ship seaworthy, things have been messed up because of one American. The captain states that they did manage to stop the mutiny while the American went overboard and is presumed dead by him. Genet is obviously doubtful that the man is dead and the captain reveals that the American responsible is Daryl Dixon. Calling it a start, Marion orders one of her men to find Daryl if he's not dead and leaves.

"Paris Sera Toujours Paris"

At Maison Mère, Stéphane meets with Marion, introducing himself and revealing that he's from Marseille. Stéphane explains that a few years before, a traveler had come through the village and spoken of a movement in Paris that would make the world right again. The man gave Stéphane the tattoo and told him that he was now a warrior for Marion. Stéphane tells Genet that she can thank him later for getting her what she wants, the American, which she has already been told about. Stéphane plays Daryl's recorded message that he had recovered from the abbey for Marion. Stéphane promises to find Daryl for her and to prove his usefulness to her here at Maison Mère. Stéphane swears to not stop, having promised his parents when they died to look after his brother, only to have Daryl make him a liar. Marion officially hires Stéphane and leads him to the Doctor's lab to observe his progress after two other scientists injected the test subject with something. The Doctor starts a timer and the group watches as the test subject - who is a cohort variant with pure black eyes - rips its chains out of the concrete walls that they are anchored to, charges the glass, and suddenly has blood explode out of its head and chest before collapsing. Once the walker stops growling, the Doctor reports to Genet that it took 18 seconds, and she orders the Doctor to continue his experiments.

"La Dame de Fer"

Marion will appear in this episode.

"Deux Amours"

Isabelle and Quinn arrive at Maison Mère where numerous people are gathering for Marion's celebration. In the crowd, Isabelle notices Emile, Sylvie, and Fallou who discreetly nod at her as Isabelle passes by her friends. Guerriers lead Quinn and Isabelle to Marion as a man is dragged into a cell and beaten to death by two other Guerriers. Quinn introduces Isabelle to Marion who explains that the man was one of her Guerriers charged with securing the city, but he accepted a bribe to let out people that the Power of the Living had wanted to keep in. Marion leads them to a cell area where Anna and Stéphane are waiting and Daryl is locked up, revealing that Anna had betrayed them to Marion. Quinn warns Anna that she's got no idea what she's done, but Anna just kisses him on the cheek and leaves without a word. Marion locks Quinn in with Daryl and leads Isabelle away as Daryl apologizes to her.

In Marion's office, Laurent greets his aunt and Marion explains that they've been getting to know each other and she sees why people fall for a special child, born from a walker, life from death, comparing it to Mother Mary and a Phoenix from the ashes. Marion wants for Laurent to make an appearance before her people, stating that he only has to smile. Some people think that the Union of Hope is against her, but they must show them the truth, that they are all one French people which Marion has been trying to make clear to Laurent. Isabelle tries to convince her nephew to do what Marion wants, but Laurent refuses as he knows that it's a lie. Marion tells Laurent that he's making her angry which isn't a good idea, but Laurent states that Marion isn't angry, instead, her heart is broken. Upset, Marion tells Laurent that he'll do as she asks as there's no other choice before she storms out of the room.

In the present, Guerriers take Daryl from his cell while Marion leads Laurent and Isabelle into the gallery of a fighting pit, telling the boy that there will be a few words and a show, but it won't last long and then Laurent will come out and meet everyone. Marion makes a speech before the gathered crowd who sing an anthem during part of it: "Welcome brave friends. Brave, because you have ventured out. From Saint Denis to the Rive Gauche, Montmartre to la Chapelle. Today we celebrate our rebirth and the rise of the 6th Republic. Today, and ever after we will be free, and strong, and unafraid! We have all felt lost at times, far from the life we knew. Deprived of the people we loved. In a hopeless world, it would have been so easy to give up. But we did not give up. In the name of all those we loved. In the name of all those we lost. As we must continue to do... Not for ourselves. But for the future. Years from now, you will tell your grandchildren that you were here. Now. The day we ushered in a new France! A France free of the tyranny of the elite, that welcomes in all friends. With hope for a future... Because, yes, the world is simple now, there are friends. And there are enemies. The enemies want to go back to the way things were, when the few controlled the many. They took everything, bringing pain and suffering down on those who could least bear it, profiting all the while. Finally, out of greed and hubris, they unleashed this plague on the world. They made up pay for being poor, vulnerable, meek. But remember what the Bible says about the meek. We're not meek anymore! The world is ours, now. So today, we will make our enemies pay! We have all felt the anguish. We have all suffered loss. Loss blinds us! Loss gives us power! They gave us this disease! But I want you to see today the power our future holds. Because their disease can also be our cure. Power to the living!"

In the present, Daryl is led into the fighting pit during Marion's speech and untied. Seeing Daryl, Isabelle and Laurent exchange concerned looks. As the crowd chants Pouvoir at the end of Marion's speech, a man tosses an axe at Daryl's feet and a walker is led into the pit. A Guerrier shoots the walker in the neck with a dart which causes the walker to mutate, developing black eyes and the veins of a burner. The crowd cheers, a horrified Isabelle tells Laurent not to look and Stéphane yells at Daryl that he dies today for his brother. Daryl raises his axe as the walker breaks free of its restraints and charges at him.

"Coming Home"

In the present, the walker test subject mutates into a hybrid variant while Stéphane Codron yells at Daryl that he's going to die today for Stéphane's brother. Daryl dodges the hybrid's first charge, sending it into the wall, and knocks its feet out from under it with his axe when it charges the second time, but the hybrid gets back up both times. The third time it charges, Daryl impales it with his axe and traps it against a pillar, but he is forced to let go as the hybrid's acidic blood burns his hands. Genet is pleased with these events while Isabelle prays for Daryl while she holds Laurent. Laurent reassures his aunt that Daryl will win, having confidence in his friend's skills. The hybrid is able to pull itself off the axe and charges Daryl again who grabs a French flag while dodging the hybrid's attacks. Using the flag as a makeshift spear, Daryl impales the hybrid mid-charge, flips it to the ground and finally finishes it off by planting the flagpole in the hybrid variant's head.

Genet is furious at Daryl's victory while a pleased Laurent tells Isabelle that he was right that Daryl could it. Dr. Lafleur reassures Genet that that's not the best that he has, just the first. Men enter and remove the corpse and the axe, placing the flag back where it belongs before a shackled Quinn is led in. The two men are shackled together at the wrist with a chain of a few feet between them and a new axe and a weapon for Quinn are brought in. The two men initially believe that they are being pitted in a battle to the death against each other before the lights go out for a moment and, when they come back on, spotlights illuminate four chained walkers around the fighting pit and Laurent begins desperately praying for Daryl's safety. Genet orders Dr. Lafleur to give the Power of the Living crowd a show and, on his signal, all four walkers are darted with his mutation solution. However, while three successfully mutate into hybrid variants, the head of the fourth explodes, just like one of the doctor's previous experiments. In the gallery, Fallou orders Sylvie and Emile to go around while Fallou stays in his current position and Isabelle notices her friends moving through the crowd.

Daryl orders Quinn to follow his lead as one of the hybrids breaks free only, much to the shock of everyone, another hybrid to rush in and rip apart its head. Dr. Lafleur nervously reassures an increasingly angry Genet that there are still two left. The final hybrid breaks free and charges, but Daryl and Quinn use their chain to clothesline it to the ground and do the exact same thing to the second hybrid as it breaks away from the one that it had killed and attacks as well. Daryl chops off the leg of one of the hybrids, but their attempts to take out the other one are deflected by the metal headband that it's still wearing. Daryl's efforts to finish off the downed hybrid are interrupted by Quinn's fight with the one that's still standing and the chain that's connecting the two men and giving them a limited reach from each other. The hybrid tackles Daryl to the ground and he uses his chain in its mouth to hold it at bay as Quinn tries unsuccessfully to strike its brain with his weapon. The other hybrid drags Quinn away, inadvertently pulling both Daryl and the hybrid that he was fighting along by the chain. Knocking the hybrid off of him, Quinn manages to bash its head in which is unprotected, unlike the other hybrid. As the surviving hybrid attempts to kill Quinn, Daryl wraps the chain around its neck and, working together, the two men use the chain to decapitate it, winning the fight.

Excited by the victory, the crowd turns from chanting "Pouvoir" to chanting "Dixon," cheering Daryl on. Furious, Genet reminds Dr. Lafleur that the whole point of the fight was to win these people over their cause, and he admits that there's still some work to be done. Holding the zombified head up to the cheering crowd, Daryl tosses it at Genet, landing near the feet of her chair, although Genet quickly moves out of the way of any danger. As men enter the pit to remove the bodies, Genet orders Capo to get this over with. Capo signals one of his men to kill Daryl and Quinn, but Fallou shoots him in the head before the Guerrier can open fire. The crowd panics and flees while Genet, Isabelle and Laurent are escorted out by the Guerriers. Seeing that the fleeing men in the pit had left the door open, Daryl and Quinn grab their weapons and make their escape.

A furious Genet orders Capo to find out how many of the Union of Hope people there are, how they got in, and how they got weapons past the guards. Genet asserts her authority over Capo, warning the man that she's the one giving the orders while he's the one following them. If Capo can't, she'll give the orders to someone who can. After confirming that Daryl killed Stéphane's brother, Genet orders Capo to find and kill Daryl and to take Stéphane with him as he's motivated to kill Daryl. "You want your revenge? Go get it," Genet orders him. Hiding from searching Guerriers, Daryl notices a wound in the back of Quinn's left shoulder which Quinn insists is just a burn from the hybrid and he's fine and doesn't even feel it, but Daryl is unconvinced.

Isabelle and Laurent are led back to the cells where Isabelle tries to get answers about what's going to happen to them next, but Genet tells her that all that she knows for sure is that God is not coming for them. Laurent tries to escape, but is recaptured and forced back into the cell. Once they're locked up, Genet scoffs at the idea that Laurent is the Messiah and leaves. Isabelle demands to know what her nephew was thinking as he could've been killed, but Laurent explains that he was thinking about what Daryl would do. Laurent mournfully suggests that Genet is right, and God has abandoned them. Telling Laurent that now is when they need faith the most, Isabelle reveals that she had used her skills as a thief to pickpocket the cell key from a Guerrier while she was struggling with him to help Laurent. After checking that they are alone, Isabelle unlocks the cell and she and Laurent escape.

At Maison Mère, Stéphane claims to Genet that it was a lack of vigilance on Stéphane and his men's part that allowed Daryl's group to get away, that they were too confident, and the group came out of nowhere and outnumbered the Guerriers in an ambush. Genet gives Stéphane a cigarette that she's just hand rolled and notes that Stéphane has returned completely unharmed. Stéphane claims that Laurent escaped and he went after him, going back too late to help after he heard the gunshots. Stating that Stéphane did his best, Genet reveals that, before the world ended, she worked nights in a museum, night after night just her and the art, thousands of eyes following Genet from room to room. It taught Genet how to tell which eyes tell the truth and which eyes lie. Genet realizes that Stéphane killed her men himself and, after taking a drag on his cigarette, Stéphane explains that they had told him to kill the boy which is a line that he couldn't cross. Genet tells Stéphane that it means that he's not the man that she thought that he was, and the Union offers fairy tales. Every person who joins the Union makes her group weaker which is why they must be snuffed out, because the Power of the Living is building the future, not for themselves but for who comes after them. They have to do the hard, unspeakable things so that those who come after them won't have to. Genet asks where the Nest is, but Stéphane just shrugs. The two Guerriers in the room with them knock Stéphane to the ground and disarm him. Genet warns Stéphane that it's only going to get more painful and the Guerriers drag him away.

Season 2[]

Content

Marion will appear in this season.

Killed Victims[]

This list shows the victims Marion has killed:

Relationships[]

Allies[]

Enemies[]

Quotes[]

The following is a list of some of Marion's most memorable quotes.

Season 1

"Welcome brave friends. Brave, because you have ventured out. From Saint Denis to the Rive Gauche, Montmartre to la Chapelle. Today we celebrate our rebirth and the rise of the Sixth Republic. Today, and ever after we will be free, and strong, and unafraid! We have all felt lost at times, far from the life we knew. Deprived of the people we loved. In a hopeless world, it would have been so easy to give up. But we did not give up. In the name of all those we loved. In the name of all those we lost. As we must continue to do... Not for ourselves. But for the future. Years from now, you will tell your grandchildren that you were here. Now. The day we ushered in a new France! A France free of the tyranny of the elite, that welcomes in all friends. With hope for a future... Because, yes, the world is simple now, there are friends. And there are enemies. The enemies want to go back to the way things were, when the few controlled the many. They took everything, bringing pain and suffering down on those who could least bear it, profiting all the while. Finally, out of greed and hubris, they unleashed this plague on the world. They made up pay for being poor, vulnerable, meek. But remember what the Bible says about the meek. We're not meek anymore! The world is ours, now. So today, we will make our enemies pay! We have all felt the anguish. We have all suffered loss. Loss blinds us! Loss gives us power! They gave us this disease! But I want you to see today the power our future holds. Because their disease can also be our cure. Power to the living!"
- Genet to the people of Paris, "Deux Amours"


"The American? Find the man and kill him."
- Genet to Stéphane, "Coming Home".


Appearances[]

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6
Season 1
Season 2
Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
Appears as a walker 🖼 Appears in a photograph/video
Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream

References[]

  1. The term Madame usually refers to a married woman. Similar to the English "Missus".
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