Warning: This story contains spoilers for The Walking Dead series finale, “Rep.” “Sometimes I think we just survive one fight after the next,” Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) once told his best friend Carol (Melissa McBride). the Walking Dead. When Carol suggested taking Daryl’s bike and “hitting the road, going west,” Daryl suggested New Mexico. What’s in the post-apocalyptic Land of Enchantment? It was about what is Not. “No more fighting,” Daryl declared. “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 of the Walking Dead.
The series conclusion, titled “Rest in Peace,” ended with Daryl and Carol surviving yet another battle, this time to take back the Commonwealth from corrupt, elite governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins). When a time warp 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?” asked Connie in sign language. “Calm,” Daryl reported back. “For now.”
It seems Daryl went west but without Carol. That’s because Carol has become deputy governor of the Commonwealth and is working as part of a new government that also includes ex-husband Ezekiel (Khary Payton) as governor.
Daryl also learned the truth that Judith Grimes (Cailey Fleming) has been keeping secret since Season 10, the real reason Mama Michonne (Danai Gurira) has been gone for so long: Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is alive, and Michonne is trying to find him him.
“If I’m out there and hear or see anything,” Daryl said to Judith, “I’ll find them both and bring them home.” With that, Daryl rode off into the near-sunset. The last time we saw Daryl, he was driving down a road that led to… Paris, France?!
The crossbow-wielding zombie apocalypse survivor will return in AMC’s Daryl Dixon The spin-off, which “will follow Daryl as he wakes up and finds himself somewhere across the European continent trying to piece together what happened,” according to AMC President Dan McDermott. “How did he get here? How will he get home?” Originally developed as Daryl & Carol Spin-off, the revamped 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 hugging Stranger in a strange land sort of a scenario where we explore post-apocalyptic Europe through the eyes of Daryl Dixon,” was executive producer Greg Nicotero, who directed the Walking Dead Series finale, told exclusively comic book the new series.
Nicotero and Reedus were in France for production of the six-episode first season, which began filming in October, with Clémence Poésy and Adam Nagaitis joining the cast Living Dead spin off.
“I have to say we had a great time. It’s really just a different animal,” Nicotero said. “And I was even a little surprised myself when I stood on set and said, ‘I was there Living Dead 12 years and here we are.’ But it feels fresh and it feels new. And David Zabel, our showrunner, was an absolute delight to work with. And it was really fun.”
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is set to premiere in 2023 along with AMC and AMC+ The Walking Dead: Dead City and The Walking Dead: Rick & Michonne.