Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead series finale, “Rest in Peace.” “Sometimes I think we just survive one fight after another,” Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) once told best friend Carol (Melissa McBride) on The living Dead. When Carol suggested they take Daryl’s bike and “go west,” Daryl suggested New Mexico. What happens in the post-apocalyptic land of enchantment? It was about what is not. “No more fighting,” Daryl explained. ‘Just get on the bike and go. See who’s left.’ In the end, Daryl may have done just that on Sunday night’s series finale The living Dead.
The series’ conclusion, titled “Rest in Peace”, ended with Daryl and Carol surviving another battle, this time to take back the Commonwealth from corrupt elitist Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). When a time jump caught up with the survivors a year later, a conversation with Connie (Lauren Ridloff) revealed where Daryl ended up: “What’s up cowboy? What’s the limit?” Connie asked in sign language. “Quiet,” Daryl signed back. “For now.”
It seems that Daryl has left for the west, but without Carol. That’s because Carol has become deputy governor of the Commonwealth and is working as part of a new government with ex-husband Ezekiel (Khary Payton) as governor.
Daryl also learned the truth that Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) has been keeping a secret since Season 10 is the real reason Mother Michonne (Danai Gurira) has been gone so long: Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is alive and Michonne is trying to find him.
“When I’m out there, if I hear anything, see,” Daryl told Judith, “I’ll find them both and take them home.” With that, Daryl rode off into the near-sunset. When we last saw Daryl, he was driving down a road that leads to…Paris, France?!
The crossbow-wielding survivor of the zombie apocalypse returns in AMCs Daryl Dixon spinoff, which will “follow Daryl as he wakes up and finds himself somewhere on the European continent trying to figure out what happened,” according to AMC president Dan McDermott. ‘How did he get here? How’s he going home?’ Originally developed as the Daryl & Carol spin-off, the reworked series now focuses on Reedus’ character after McBride was unable to move to Europe.
“I don’t want to say too much. I just think it’s really kind of embracing Stranger in a strange land kind of screenplay, exploring post-apocalyptic Europe through the eyes of Daryl Dixon,” executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed The living Dead series finale, narrated exclusively Comic of the new series.
Nicotero and Reedus have been in France to produce the six-episode first season, which began filming in October with Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis in the cast of the Walking dead spinoff.
“I have to say, we had a great time. It’s really just a different animal,” said Nicotero. “And I was even a little surprised, myself, standing on set and saying, ‘I’ve been busy Walking dead for 12 years and here we are.’ But it feels fresh and it feels new. And David Zabel, our showrunner, was an absolute pleasure to work with. And it’s been really fun.”
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is scheduled to premiere in 2023 on AMC and AMC+, along with The Walking Dead: Dead City and The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne.
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