Daryl Dixon Takes The Walking Dead to France, and Fans Can’t Get Enough
The “Walking Dead” universe has been on a rollercoaster, but Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, has remained a constant force, redefining what it means to be a hero in a post-apocalyptic world. If you thought zombies were terrifying, wait till you see what France has in store for our bow-and-arrow-wielding hero. After a temporary halt due to the WGA strike, season 2 is officially back on track.
“We’re prepping. We’re getting ready to shoot. We’ve got a bunch to film, but we’re in pretty good shape,” said David Zabel, the showrunner of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, in an interview with ComicBook.com.
What the WGA Strike Meant for Daryl Dixon and Other AMC Shows
This past year has been anything but smooth sailing for Hollywood, with strikes causing uncertainty around several major productions. One of these was Daryl Dixon’s second season, which had already begun production before the Writers Guild of America strike brought it to a grinding halt. But with the resolution of the strike, Daryl Dixon is all set to resume filming in France on October 20th. David Zabel confirmed that although the actors’ strike remains ongoing, an interim agreement with SAG allows the series to continue its production.
The Renaissance of The Walking Dead Universe in 2023
The original “The Walking Dead” series might have wrapped up its 11th season, but that doesn’t mean the undead have gone quiet. If anything, the franchise is experiencing a renaissance thanks to a new pair of entries in 2023. One is the New York-based, action-packed “Dead City,” which rekindled the Maggie-Negan dynamic in fascinating ways.
And then there’s Daryl Dixon’s series, which, despite some formulaic elements, has managed to keep the undead saga fresh and engaging. The series takes an approach similar to “Lone Wolf and Cub,” delivering an intriguing blend of storytelling that makes TWD feel fresher and more vital than it has in a long time.
“It’s true that The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon sometimes still relies on formulaic zombie action, and some of its storytelling has been too derivative of better works like The Last of Us. But the new twists unleashed along the way have helped the show make TWD feel fresher and more vital than it has in a very long time,” notes the show’s assessment of its own new direction.
Why Daryl Dixon Season 2 Is Worth the Wait
If the first season taught us anything, it’s that Daryl Dixon isn’t just a background character. His standalone series has brought something new to the zombie apocalypse genre: a storyline set in France with scarier zombies, and a lone hero tasked with protecting a young boy fated for something greater. The next chapter promises higher stakes, terrifying creatures, and, of course, more Norman Reedus.
So, mark your calendars for October 20th, because Daryl Dixon is back in action, even as the SAG-AFTRA strike continues. It seems like nothing can stop this hero or the renewed momentum of The Walking Dead universe.