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This article is about the Daryl Series. For other pages with the same name, see: The Walking Dead Television Universe

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, or simply Daryl Dixon, is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Scott Gimple and David Zabel for AMC, based on The Walking Dead character of the same name. It is the fifth spin-off and overall sixth television series in The Walking Dead television universe, sharing continuity with the other series and set after the conclusion of the original The Walking Dead television series.

In Daryl Dixon, Norman Reedus reprises his role as Daryl Dixon from the original The Walking Dead series. Reedus stars alongside Clémence Poésy, Louis Puech Scigliuzzi, Laïka Blanc-Francard, Anne Charrier, Romain Levi and Adam Nagaitis, all of whom portray new characters. Development of the series began in September 2020, and its title was announced in October 2022. Filming began in Paris that month, with additional casting taking place starting in November. The first season was planned to feature the character Carol Peletier under the series name The Walking Dead: Daryl & Carol, but Carol was written out of the series due to logistical issues involving actress Melissa McBride.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon premiered on September 10, 2023. Its first season consists of six episodes. In July 2023, ahead of the first season's release, the series was renewed for a second season. McBride appeared as Carol in the first season finale. The second season of the series will be titled The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon – The Book of Carol, and will feature McBride as a series regular in a return to the show's original concept. A third season is also in development.

Premise[]

Daryl washes ashore in France (the origin of the zombie virus[1]) and struggles to piece together how he got there and why. The series tracks his journey across a broken but resilient France as he hopes to find a way back home. As he makes the journey, though, the connections he forms along the way complicate his ultimate plan.

Series Overview[]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 6 September 10, 2023 October 15, 2023

Episodes[]

As of October 15, 2023, 6 episodes of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon have aired.

Title Writer(s) Director(s) Original Air Date U.S. Viewers
1. "L'âme Perdue" David Zabel Daniel Percival September 10, 2023 0.63 million
2. "Alouette" David Zabel
Jason Richman
Daniel Percival September 17, 2023 0.56 million
3. "Paris Sera Toujours Paris" Coline Abert Tim Southam September 24, 2023 0.65 million
4. "La Dame de Fer" Shannon Goss Tim Southam October 1, 2023 0.72 million
5. "Deux Amours" David Zabel
Jason Richman
Daniel Percival October 8, 2023 0.63 million
6. "Coming Home" Jason Richman
Laura Snow
Daniel Percival October 15, 2023 0.69 million

Title Screen[]

Main article: Title Screens (Daryl Series)

Cast and Characters[]

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon
Actor Character Appeared Seasons Status Background
Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon 1, 2 Alive A skilled hunter and former recruiter for the Alexandria Safe-Zone who was once a part of Rick Grimes' group on The Walking Dead. After departing the Commonwealth, he is captured and taken across the Atlantic Ocean before arriving on the coast of France.[2]
Clémence Poésy Isabelle Carriere 1, 2 Alive A headstrong nun and member of a progressive religious group who encounters Daryl.[3]
Louis Puech Scigliuzzi Laurent Carriere 1, 2 Alive A highly intelligent young boy who is viewed by a religious group as the future Messiah destined to lead humanity to a renewal. It's later revealed that he is Lily and Quinn's son as well as Isabelle's nephew.
Laïka Blanc-Francard Sylvie 1, 2 Alive A soft-spoken nun and friend of Isabelle. Flashbacks reveal that Sylvie was a student at the abbey when the apocalypse began and she was raised by the nuns after her parents had died in the initial outbreak.
Anne Charrier Marion Genet 1, 2 Alive The leader of Pouvoir des Vivants (Power of the Living), a paramilitary group of survivors in France.
Romain Levi Stéphane Codron 1, 2 Alive A high-ranking guerrier (warrior) for Pouvoir who develops a personal grudge against Daryl.
Adam Nagaitis Quinn 1 Dead The British owner of an underground nightclub in Paris called the Demimonde who has become a powerful figure during the apocalypse.[3] He is also Laurent's biological father.
Melissa McBride Carol Peletier 1, 2 Alive A hardened survivor and former member of Rick Grimes' group on The Walking Dead who begins searching for Daryl in America after losing contact with him.[4]

Production[]

Development[]

The series was announced in September 2020 by Angela Kang and Scott Gimple. Reedus and McBride signed on to reprise their respective roles from the television series.[5]

In April 2022, McBride exited the series due to logistical reasons as the show was set to film in mid-2022 in Europe and it wasn't possible for McBride to be with the show with this setup. The series was reworked as a sole Daryl project.[6] Days later, Kang had left the role of showrunner and was replaced by David Zabel. The deal had reportedly been sealed in recent weeks before McBride's exit from the show.[7] In October, the series was given the title Daryl Dixon.[8] In January 2023, it was announced that the series would be titled The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon and premiere later in 2023.[9] In July 2023, ahead of the first season's release, the series was renewed for a second season.[10] The second season has the subtitle of The Book of Carol.[4] A third season was in development by February 2024.[11][12]

Writing[]

In September 2020, Kang was hired as showrunner after she had helmed the final three seasons of The Walking Dead.[5]

In April 2022, Kang stepped down due to other commitments and Zabel took the role. Scripts were already being written by this time but needed to be reworked following McBride's departure.[6] In September, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reedus explained that the series would be going an opposite direction from the main series having it being a completely different story from what we have already seen with Daryl.[2] The following month, Reedus said that there would be familiar faces from the main series in the spin-off.[13]

Casting[]

In November 2022, Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis were added to the main cast.[3] In February 2023, Anne Charrier, Eriq Ebouaney, Laïka Blanc-Francard, Romain Levi and Louis Puech Scigliuzzi were announced as additional cast members.[14] In June 2023, The Walking Dead alum Jeffrey Dean Morgan indicated in a tweet that Melissa McBride would reprise her role as Carol Peletier in some capacity.[15] In October 2023, at New York Comic Con, McBride was confirmed to return for the second season, as well as guest starring in the first season finale.[4]

In November 2023, Manish Dayal was confirmed to recur in the second season.[16]

Filming[]

Principal photography began on October 24, 2022, in Paris, France.[17] Filming on the second season had begun in Europe, continuing during the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike due to an agreement between AMC and SAG-AFTRA to continue filming on the series.[18] Filming for the second season wrapped on December 21, 2023.[19]

Release[]

The series premiered on September 10, 2023, on AMC and AMC+.[20] The second season, subtitled The Book of Carol, will premiere in 2024.[4]

Reception[]

Critical Reception[]

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon has received positive reviews from critics, with several calling it the best Walking Dead content in years, although some noted its similarities to The Last of Us television series.[21] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 71% based on 38 reviews with an average rating of 8.2/10. The website's critics consensus is, "Centering Norman Reedus' fan favorite character in a fresh setting, Daryl Dixon can be a wobbly shot across the crossbow but still gives The Walking Dead faithful plenty more to chew on."[22] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 68 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[23]

David Opie of Digital Spy gave it a 4/5 rating and called it "The best Walking Dead has been in ages".[24] Chase Hutchinson of Collider gave it a "B" rating and applauded Norman Reedus' "stoic performance" that has a "renewed energy to the character and making the spin-off worth watching" and that the series "focuses more on character and emotion rather than empty spectacle, giving the story a greater sense of depth."[25] Aaron Pruner of TheWrap gave it a positive review and noted Clémence Poésy's "standout performance" and concluded that it "is a surprisingly gorgeous, soul-stirring, and riveting watch. Norman Reedus said they were making art with this show. And you know what? He wasn't lying."[26]

Promotional Material[]

Images[]

Videos[]

Trivia[]

References[]

  1. The Walking Dead’s Zombie Outbreak Virus Origin Explained on screenrant.com
  2. 2.0 2.1 Norman Reedus says his Walking Dead spin-off will be 'f---ing epic' on EW.com
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ‘Walking Dead’s’ Daryl Dixon Spinoff Casts Clémence Poésy, Adam Nagaitis on variety.com
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Melissa McBride Rejoins ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff ‘Daryl Dixon’ on hollywoodreporter.com
  5. 5.0 5.1 Fourth Walking Dead Series Starring Norman Reedus & Melissa McBride Announced on skybound.com
  6. 6.0 6.1 Walking Dead Shocker: Melissa McBride Exits Daryl and Carol-Centric Spinoff on tvline.com
  7. Norman Reedus ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff Adds David Zabel As New Showrunner; Angela Kang To Remain As EP on deadline.com
  8. The Walking Dead's Daryl Spinoff Gets Official Title on screenrant.com
  9. AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES PREMIERE TIMING FOR NEW SERIES IN THE WALKING DEAD UNIVERSE AND REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT FEAR THE WALKING DEAD’S EIGHTH AND FINAL SEASON on amcnetworks.com
  10. ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoffs ‘Dead City,’ ‘Daryl Dixon’ Renewed at AMC on hollywoodreporter.com
  11. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Season 3 Set; "The Ones Who Live" Teaser on bleedingcool.com
  12. The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple, Norman Reedus and Danai Gurira at The 51st Saturn Awards on YouTube (at 1:38)
  13. Daryl Dixon: Norman Reedus Teases "Familiar Faces" on TWD Spinoff on comicbook.com
  14. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon: AMC Unveils Spinoff’s Full Cast tvline.com
  15. Melissa McBride May Appear in “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” After All on bloody-disgusting.com
  16. ‘Daryl Dixon’: Manish Dayal Joins Season 2 Cast Of Norman Reedus’ ‘Walking Dead’ Spinoff on deadline.com
  17. TWD: Daryl Dixon Begins Filming in France on comicbook.com
  18. ‘The Walking Dead’ Spinoffs & ‘Interview With The Vampire’ To Resume Production As AMC Networks Strikes Significant Agreements With SAG-AFTRA on deadline.com
  19. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon wraps season 2, cast post images on undeadwalking.com
  20. ‘Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’ Sets September Premiere Date at AMC on variety.com
  21. ‘Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’ Critic Reviews Strong Despite ‘Last of Us’ Comparisons on hollywoodreporter.com
  22. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Season 1 on rottentomatoes.com
  23. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon Season 1 on metacritic.com
  24. Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon spinoff review: The best Walking Dead has been in ages on digitalspy.com
  25. 'The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon' Review: Norman Reedus Gets His Own 'The Last of Us' on collider.com
  26. ‘The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon’ Review: AMC Spin-Off Could Revive the Stale Franchise on thewrap.com
  27. "The Last Light"
  28. Sun Journal pages to be featured in ‘Walking Dead’ spinoff on sunjournal.com
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