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BySara Century/Jan. 8, 2023 1:15 am EST
The comic book and TV show versions of "The Walking Dead” diverge significantly from one another, but perhaps one of the most glaring differences is the inclusion of Daryl Dixon in the show, a character who isn't in the comics. Fortunately, our crossbow-wielding hero gets enough screen time that it's hard to feel as though he's underrepresented in the franchise, even without any comic appearances to his name. That's about to increase with "Daryl Dixon," a France-set spinoff series that promises to follow him on a solo adventure into the still mostly unexplored wider world of the zombie apocalypse.
When we first met Daryl, he was living in the shadow of his brother Merle, a bigoted man who ultimately caused his own demise through his short-sighted, dog-eat-dog mentality. In contrast, Daryl has long been one of the most community-minded members of the Alexandria crew. Though he admittedly dips out when he feels claustrophobic and certainly enjoys his alone time, there's no denying how much care he puts into protecting those he's come to consider family. It's hard to imagine him outside of the friendships he's formed over the show's run, but the upcoming series has a lot of potential and could very well answer some of our nagging queries about Daryl. Here are some questions about the character we would love to see answered in his solo show.
Spoilers for "The Walking Dead" ahead.
What will happen when he finally reunites with Rick and Michonne?
Perhaps the most obvious question of all is: Will Daryl find Michonne and Rick? This feels more like a "when" rather than an "if," as Daryl discovers in the last episode of "The Walking Dead" that Judith knows Michonne is alive and searching for Rick. This knowledge may very well be all that it takes for Daryl to track the two lovebirds down, but what is he going to do when he finds them? Or will Michonne or Rick find Daryl first? And what have Rick and Michonne even been up to? While we got a glimpse of things in the finale, that left just as many questions as it answered, making this one of the biggest puzzles for the pending spinoffs to tackle.
More importantly, how is Daryl going to respond? He spends much of the final season in the Commonwealth caring for Rick's daughter Judith, and he nearly loses her in the finale after she suffers a gunshot wound from Pamela Milton. Daryl's commitment to his family is always at the forefront of his mind, leaving us to wonder how he's going to react when he sees his long-time friends again after so much has occurred. It seems that both Michonne and Rick have reasons for not staying in touch, but they've missed a lot in their time away. This reunion may not occur in the Daryl spinoff, but we have hopes that the gang will get together for some good old-fashioned zombie fighting again soon.
Are we going to see Connie, Carol, or Judith?
Daryl is going off on his own, so it's unlikely that we're going to be seeing much of the Commonwealth's citizenry in the mix, but that doesn't mean there won't be flashback sequences with some of the people that mean the most to Daryl. The finale of the main series saw Daryl saying temporary goodbyes to three very important people in his life. First up, of course, is Carol, who opts to stay behind, but gives a tearful farewell to Daryl. When he laughs that the goodbye won't be forever, she tells him in no uncertain terms that he's her best friend and she's going to miss him regardless.
Meanwhile, he and Connie have a quick but lighthearted chat about his activities outside of the Commonwealth, while his farewell to Judith is perhaps the most difficult as he's stepped into a surrogate big brother role for her. Though Daryl has relationships with most of the characters on the show due to his continued presence and authority, these three are perhaps the most important to him in the present, all for completely different reasons. While they may not make real-time appearances, it doesn't totally eliminate their potential to drop in via memory or dream sequences. They're all fan-favorite characters who mean a lot to Daryl, so if it occurs, we'll be happy to see it.
Does he still have Beth's knife?
When looking back over the most impactful moments of Daryl's life after he joined the main crew, his relationship with Beth Greene remains one of the most vital, and likewise easily among the most heartbreaking. Though it's difficult to say how their relationship might have evolved had she lived, the way it stands, the two of them had a deeply-felt affection for each other that ranks them at the top of the list when it comes to great friendships of the franchise. Beth was never going to go out as anything less than a hero, but the fallout of her death in the fifth season episode "Coda" absolutely wrecks Daryl and her sister Maggie.
Dying in an altercation with the villainous Dawn at Grady Memorial Hospital, Beth's death remains iconic but also somewhat bizarre, as there is essentially no follow-up on the hospital. We have no idea what happens to the place or the shady group of people that hole up in there. Likewise, we don't know if Daryl still carries Beth's knife, which is a major detail indicating his long-term mourning of her before it falls off the map entirely. It appears to have been stolen by Dwight in the sixth season finale "Last Day on Earth." In the turmoil of the seventh season, we never confirm whether Daryl reclaims Beth's knife. Likewise, it's a bit odd that there was never any follow-up on the GMH plot, considering how devastating it was for the central cast.
How does he get to France?
After years of teasers around what may have initially caused the zombie apocalypse, the finale of the main series appears to have confirmed that the outbreak originated in a laboratory in France, though the details around this have yet to be fleshed out. This could be a major indicator for what Daryl is going to be doing while he's overseas. It seems he will be uncovering one of the greatest long-running mysteries of the series by investigating the circumstances that caused so much global chaos and devastation. The main series thrived by keeping such details close to the vest, but with new spinoffs on the horizon, the franchise is primed to explore its larger mythos in new ways.
We have lots of questions about Daryl's sudden appearance in Europe, and it appears that the character himself will have just as many. AMC president Dan McDermott has indicated that Daryl is caught by surprise when he awakens to find himself in France without any explanation. Even pre-apocalypse it's a fairly long trip to make while unconscious, so that only adds to our growing pile of questions around what exactly this series is going to be about. Even if we don't find out any new information on the outbreak, we're still dying to find out how exactly Daryl just pops up in Paris one day, and what he's going to do to get home.
Will we learn more about his childhood?
One thing we know about Daryl is that his childhood was pretty awful. Though the series thankfully has avoided showing much of the abuse he suffered as a boy, it's very clear in the text that his father was a mean alcoholic and his mother was negligent, leaving his brother Merle as his primary role model. That's not great, because Merle is not a nice guy, and he spent a lot of his youth in juvenile detention as a result. When their mother died in a fire, Daryl wandered the woods alone for over a week, only to return home to a father that didn't even notice he was gone. Merle joins the military, leaving Daryl to bear the full brunt of his father's abuse until the brothers are reunited in adulthood.
However, Merle isn't exactly a knight in shining armor when he returns. In fact, his cruelty toward Daryl is similar to that of their parents, just more subtle. He instills in Daryl a belief that he is worthless and will never amount to anything in life. This mindset continues into the zombie apocalypse until Daryl begins to find a sense of purpose as a part of the group. Though Merle dies at a time when it is still devastating to Daryl, it's easy to get the sense that their truce as brothers was rapidly coming to an end. Still, Daryl references his brother even in the finale, noting that he used to send him out to donate blood when they were younger. What we know of Daryl's childhood is rough stuff, leaving us to wonder if the series will tap back into it. Will we see young Daryl in flashbacks? Or will the spinoff be too occupied with present-day concerns to open up old wounds? Time will tell.
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Is there something we don't know about Leah?
When it comes to tragically misguided characters, "The Walking Dead" has no shortage, but one of its most flawed yet somehow likable antagonists is Daryl's kind-of ex, Leah Shaw. They first encounter one another when Daryl encroaches on Leah's space, and it's a rocky start — she pulls a shotgun on him right off the bat. With Daryl's camp and Leah's cabin fairly near to each other, they have a handful of interactions. The two loners very gradually develop a fondness and a romantic relationship blossoms. However, these two deeply traumatized characters are a little too much alike for their own good, and Leah ultimately leaves when she becomes frustrated with Daryl's attachment to his found family, something she just cannot understand.
The next time we see Leah, she has joined up with the militaristic, paranoid man known as Pope, and her life continues to spiral. Despite running into Daryl once more, she refuses to hear him out, and when he seems to betray Pope, she allows him to take the madman out — only to promptly turn on him, as well. This kicks off a chain of events that leads to her death, but it all feels like it escalates pretty quickly, and the resolution leaves lots of questions with very little time to address any of them. Was there something we missed in Leah's story? Even if she doesn't pop up in a flashback in "Daryl Dixon," we'd love to learn a little more about the circumstances that drove her to join up with a man like Pope, even if it's just a few lines of dialogue. She's one of the pivotal figures in Daryl's post-apocalypse journey, after all.
Why did he lose his faith?
With Rick gone in the ninth season and Michonne in the tenth, the eleventh season of "The Walking Dead" was free to shine the spotlight on Daryl and others. This meant that fans got to learn a handful of surprising new details about several long-time characters, including Daryl's confession that he once believed in God but has since lost his faith. This all came to light in the episode "Rendition." This episode is a rough one for Daryl as he reunites with Leah under terrible circumstances. She has joined a group called the Reapers, led by the religious and clearly unstable Pope. This leads to Daryl being tortured at length only for Leah to eventually opt to vouch for him, despite her distrust.
This all goes terribly wrong over the next several episodes, of course, but in the meantime, Daryl's confession around prior religious beliefs presents its own line of questions. How his family interacted with religion in his childhood doesn't come up in the context of the series, nor do the specific circumstances of his loss of faith. It's hard to imagine Daryl with any kind of strict religious structure, although he appears to have access to some form of spirituality due to his ability to find peace amid so much death and destruction. Will we find out more in his standalone series, or is this another thing that will be left open-ended? We're hoping that "Daryl Dixon" lifts the lid on the titular character's faith — or his lack thereof.
What was he up to during the time jump?
The finale of "The Walking Dead" sees the group go through so much loss and reconciliation that it's hard to gauge what everyone was up to, but one major question centers around — you guessed it — Daryl. The episode opens on him struggling to save Judith's life after she is shot by Pamela. Once she stabilizes, he knows he has to stay on his feet and move on to the next altercation. After reading Pamela the riot act and playing a key role in removing her from power, one would think that our scruffy but loveable loner might take the opportunity to rest up a bit. Yet, as fans of the show know all too well by this point, that is simply not Daryl's way.
The one-year-later time jump of the finale shows him chat briefly with Connie, who asks him how things are going outside the community, indicating that he has spent more time away from the Commonwealth than inside it. Though Judith's revelation that Rick and Michonne are both likely still alive may have spurred him on to search for them, that doesn't really make sense, as they would likely not be anywhere close by. So, what exactly was Daryl up to during this time jump, and what new clue makes him choose to leave in search of his long lost friends? We're guessing that this is going to come up in his solo series, and we can't wait to find out what went down in those 12 months.
What did he do for money pre-apocalypse, anyway?
As noted, most of the details of Daryl's past seem rough enough that we're more than happy to leave them in the rearview mirror, but we certainly have questions regarding what he did for money in his pre-apocalypse life. We get the sense that, whatever it was, it wasn't particularly lucrative, as the tidbit that Merle sent him out to donate blood in exchange for cash regularly paints a pretty clear picture of poverty and despair. However, another thing that comes up time and again throughout the series is Daryl's incredible resourcefulness and his ability to survive seemingly insurmountable odds through fast thinking and ingenuity.
Due to this, as well as Merle's general shadiness, we have some further questions about what exactly Daryl did for money in the years before the zombies caused planet-wide devastation. Donating blood is, after all, not something that pays a lot, nor is it something that one can do every day. Though we get the sense that Daryl's on-paper education is pretty sparse, his street smarts are second to none, and his ability to work keenly and efficiently either with a group or on his own remains unmatched. Did he ever have a solid job before he met up with Rick's crew, and, if so, what was it? This may seem like a minor detail, but every little bit helps when it comes to understanding the enigma that is Daryl Dixon.
The show already has had three spinoff series, Fear the Walking Dead, Tales of the Walking Dead, and The Walking Dead: World BeyondOpens in new tab, on TV. That number is continuing to grow with shows to look forward to in the nearby future.What are the two spin offs of The Walking Dead? ›
The Walking Dead universe has several spinoffs in the works in addition to the already-released series. Fear the Walking Dead premiered its eighth and final season in 2023 and was the first spinoff, followed by the limited series The Walking Dead: World Beyond and the anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead.Who is in the walking dead spin off? ›
The Walking Dead: Dead City– the Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) spinoff will take these two characters to the island of Manhattan. Cut off from the mainland; the island is inhabited by residents, undead and alive, full of anarchy, danger, beauty, and terror.What are the 6 spin offs of The Walking Dead? ›
Here's your guide to every Walking Dead spinoff show, including The Walking Dead: Dead City, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Tales of the Walking Dead and the as-yet-untitled Rick and Michonne Walking Dead spinoff.What is the Daryl spin-off called? ›
In October, the series was given the title Daryl Dixon. In January 2023, it was announced that the series would be titled The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon and premiere later in 2023.Who will be in The Walking Dead spin-off 2023? ›
The series, known as Summit, working title, will see the return of Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) as they make their way back to one another. Described as an epic love story, this series began filming in February 2023 but won't be released until 2024.Is Rick in a spin-off? ›
The new series will tell the epic love story of Rick and Michonne, two of the original series' most beloved characters. The two, kept apart by distance and their own pasts, will find themselves thrown into another world, where they fight an unending war against the dead.Will Norman Reedus be in the spin-off of The Walking Dead? ›
In the spinoff, Daryl (Reedus) washes ashore in France 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.How long was Rick in a coma? ›
At the end of the first season, a flashback reveals that Shane (Jon Bernthal) left Rick behind as chaos erupted in the hospital. About a month later, Rick came out of his coma and found himself alone. Surviving that long without food and water is unlikely, especially in his state.How many spinoffs will The Walking Dead have? ›
The fate of many popular Walking Dead characters was never likely to end badly, with three major spin-off shows being announced prior to the final episode of The Walking Dead airing in 2022.
The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiered in 2020 and ended after two seasons. There are also two more upcoming spinoffs in the pipeline: Tales of the Walking Dead dropped in August 2022, while The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon (obviously starring Norman Reedus) is still to come.Will Judith be in Rick and Michonne series? ›
Casting details for TWD: Rick & Michonne spinoff
Of course, Rick's quest to reunite with his family could see him finally back with his daughter Judith, who he has not seen in years.
The series, titled The Walking Dead: Dead City, is set to arrive on AMC later this year in June 2023.Will Judith be in the spinoff? ›
The Walking Dead's main series has ended, but the franchise will continue with its main characters getting spinoff shows — except for Judith Grimes.Does Daryl get a girl? ›
Yes, Daryl and Leah got together over a period of years, in-story.What will Daryl's spin off be about? ›
The official logline for the series, which is currently titled “The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon,” states that “Daryl (Reedus) washes ashore in France 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.What does Daryl call the Walkers? ›
In the TV Series, Daryl Dixon, Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas, Shane Walsh, and Glenn Rhee have been known to call zombies "geeks." This name is also used by Molly from the Telltale Series. She says she calls them geeks because, just like carnival geeks, they will eat anything. This name is not used in the Comic Series.Who is the new Rick in The Walking Dead? ›
Andrew Lincoln is officially returning as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead Spin-off, and it was previously reported that the series had already started filming. Aside from Lincoln, Danai Gurira will also be reprising her role as Michonne.Does Maggie forgive Negan? ›
Maggie Finally Forgiving Negan Works (Despite Walking Dead's Spinoff) The Walking Dead slipped a crucial scene in the midst of a larger battle, but Maggie finally forgiving Negan was done right - despite the spinoff.Is Fear the Walking Dead over? ›
Fear the Walking Dead premiered on August 23, 2015. Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg serve as the showrunners since the fourth season, succeeding Erickson from the first three. In December 2021, the series was renewed for an eighth season, which was later revealed to be the final season and premiered on May 14, 2023.
The love story between Rick and Michonne, changed by a world that is constantly changing, will they find themselves in a war against the living or will they discover that they too are The Wa... Read all.Will Rick get his own series? ›
The Walking Dead's Rick and Michonne spinoff series will debut on AMC in 2023.Does Rick start going crazy? ›
Rick loses his sanity after learning of the death of Lori and begins to have hallucinations: having conversations with deceased people over the phone, seeing Shane as one of the Woodbury guards, and seeing hallucinations of Lori in her wedding dress and her previous clothing before her death.Will Daryl get his own spin-off? ›
'The Walking Dead': Daryl Dixon Spin-Off Series Sets 2023 Premiere. The series will bring back Norman Reedus as the fan-favorite zombie slayer. During the Television Critics Association's 2023 Winter Press Tour, AMC confirmed The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is premiering in the second half of 2023.Why do they call Daryl Dixon? ›
Norman Reedus has revealed that his new Walking Dead spin-off series will be titled Daryl Dixon. Named after the iconic character played by Reedus, the upcoming series will see him (and his crossbow) venture off to France.Will Daryl and Rick reunite? ›
Rick and Daryl did not reunite in The Walking Dead finale because Rick is a prisoner at Civic Republic Military and is still presumed dead by his group.What caused The Walking Dead virus? ›
In a tweet that has also since been deleted, Kirkman declared “space spores” as responsible for starting the zombie apocalypse.Who was the first walker? ›
Addy Miller has the distinction of being the very First Walker(as the show refers to zombies) in the long-running The Walking Dead franchise.How did the virus start in walking dead? ›
Now creator Robert Kirkman has revealed how that happened. The writer of the comic of The Walking Dead and longtime producer of the AMC TV show said the zombie outbreak occurred because of a "space spore" when asked on Twitter, which is likely another homage to the godfather of the zombie-horror genre George A. Romero.Will Rick and Michonne have their own spin off? ›
The Walking Dead Rick/Michonne spinoff premieres sometime in 2024. Check out the series synopsis below. This series presents an epic love story of two characters changed by a changed world.
3 Daryl Is Taken To France By The CRM
The organization in The Walking Dead universe in the best position to pull that off is the CRM, who has its fingers in several pies all over the country.
The Walking Dead universe is adding new series as quickly as the old ones are concluding. The main series aired its final episode in November 2022, and the first spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, will premiere its eighth and final season in May 2023.How much is Daryl worth? ›
10 Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) - $18 million
He also hosts his own reality series on AMC called Ride with Norman Reedus where he explores different parts of the world on his motorcycle, often accompanied by other celebrity guests.
Rick Grimes makes his return to The Walking Dead in the series finale (season 11 episode 24) “Rest In Peace”.Why are Negan and Maggie going to New York? ›
But as it turns out, the reason the two characters end up in New York is anything but fun. As revealed in new footage shown to the panel Tuesday at TCA 23, Dead City sees Maggie turning to her old enemy Negan for help when her son Hershel is kidnapped by some new bad guys (via Kristen Acuna).Who takes care of Judith when Rick dies? ›
Despite not being her biological father, Rick Grimes adopted her as his own, caring for and protecting her until his disappearance. Six years later, Judith is now the adopted daughter of Michonne Grimes and resides with her at the Alexandria Safe-Zone with her adoptive brother, R.J. Grimes.Is Rick In Love With Michonne? ›
The two became rather close and have generally showed a great deal of care for each other. In The Next World they kiss, and are later seen naked in bed together, signifying they made love. The next morning, in Knots Untie, Rick tells Carl "This is different" in regards to his love for Michonne.Who is the current Judith in The Walking Dead? ›
Cailey Fleming portrays Judith Grimes in the television adaptation.Is Negan In Love With Maggie? ›
There were way too many moments in the final season of The Walking Dead that appeared to set up a Maggie and Negan romance. Though their interactions occasionally turned somewhat hostile, beneath it all was a palpable sexual tension. Fortunately, The Walking Dead series finale put an end to that idea once and for all.Does Negan become part of the group? ›
After his defeat at the hands of the allied communities led by Rick, he is incarcerated for years until Carol recruits him as a reluctant ally against the Whisperers. After Negan kills the Whisperers' leaders Alpha and later Beta, the other survivors reluctantly accept him as an official member of their community.
Sunday night's episode "Knots Untie" revealed that our new friend Jesus is not, in fact, one of Negan's henchmen, but rather a member of a separate community - that trades with other organized communities!Why was Walking Dead cancelled? ›
The decision to end the series is seemingly down to the creative team feeling that the time was right for it to bow out.Is the baby Shane's or Rick's? ›
Robert Kirkman revealed in an AMA that Judith is indeed Shane's daughter. Judith was the only baby in the Comic Series who was born after the outbreak, until the birth of Hershel some time after All Out War: Part Two.Does Daryl leave with Merle? ›
Rick's group decides not to include Merle because of his attitude and his transgressions against Maggie and Glenn, but Daryl opts to leave the group to join Merle, refusing to leave his brother behind again. Merle and Daryl spend time fending for themselves in the woods.Who raises Judith Grimes? ›
Judith was one of the first children born during the apocalypse, and her birth was controversial — with Rick Grimes confirming that Shane Walsh is her biological father in season 7. But Rick has always raised Judith as his own, and Michonne became her adoptive mother during the show's six-year time jump.How many Walking Dead spinoffs are there? ›
'The Walking Dead' now has 6 spin-off shows.In what order should I watch The Walking Dead spin offs? ›
- The Walking Dead season 1.
- The Walking Dead season 2.
- The Walking Dead season 3.
- The Walking Dead season 4.
- The Walking Dead season 5.
- Fear the Walking Dead season 1.
- The Walking Dead season 6.
- Fear the Walking Dead season 2.
The series, titled The Walking Dead: Dead City, is set to arrive on AMC later this year in June 2023.Is there a Rick and Michonne spin-off? ›
Gimple and Danai Gurira. It is a spin-off of The Walking Dead, and the seventh installment in The Walking Dead franchise, with Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira and Pollyanna McIntosh reprising their roles from the series. It is scheduled to premiere in 2024 on AMC and AMC+.Is Rick in Fear the Walking Dead? ›
Rick Grimes was a minor character in the fourth season. He is portrayed by Andrew Lincoln. This page is based on the TWD wiki page for the same character.
According to “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” season two finale, the virus originated at a biomedical facility in France. Robert Kirkman purposefully withheld the origins of the TWD zombies when he wrote his comic book series, and he never even comes close to unraveling the mystery throughout the entire narrative.What year is The Walking Dead set in? ›
Tales of The Walking Dead, being an anthology series, takes place at different times, ranging from 2010 to 2025. The Walking Dead: Dead City will begin in 2025. The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will begin in 2023. The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne will begin in 2023.Is Maggie In Love With Negan? ›
There were way too many moments in the final season of The Walking Dead that appeared to set up a Maggie and Negan romance. Though their interactions occasionally turned somewhat hostile, beneath it all was a palpable sexual tension. Fortunately, The Walking Dead series finale put an end to that idea once and for all.Will Negan marry Maggie? ›
"They're Not Getting Married": Maggie & Negan's Relationship Teased By Dead City Star.Has Maggie forgiven Negan? ›
The Walking Dead slipped a crucial scene in the midst of a larger battle, but Maggie finally forgiving Negan was done right - despite the spinoff. The long-awaited moment Maggie finally forgives Negan might've been understated, but The Walking Dead's all-important scene succeeded...Do Michonne and Rick have a baby? ›
Though he was carried away on a mysterious helicopter, Michonne, Daryl, Carol, and the rest of his family and friends were left to believe he perished saving their lives. Shortly afterward, we learned Rick and Michonne had a child together, Rick Jr.Do Rick and Michonne get married? ›
The couple would eventually get married before being split apart by Rick's supposed death. In the final season of the main show, we find out Rick was saved from his explosive death. Michonne also finds evidence of Rick still being alive and decides to go alone on a journey to find him.What is CRM Walking Dead? ›
The Civic Republic Military (CRM) serves as military and law enforcement within the CR. The CR is the leader of the Alliance of the Three, comprised initially of the CR, Portland, and Omaha, with its satellite location, Campus Colony.