It was a big night for zombies fans on Sunday (June 18), as AMC not only aired the premiere of the Maggie and Negan spin-off Dead City and the midseason finale of Fear of the Walking Deadbut they gave viewers their first glimpse of the future Daryl Dixon series.
In the 20-second trailer for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon (below), we rise from underwater to reveal an apparently unconscious Daryl (Norman Reedus) sitting atop an overturned lifeboat floating across the ocean. The clip also confirms that the series will premiere this fall.
According to the show’s official synopsis, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon will follow Daryl as he washes ashore in France and struggles to piece together how he got there and why. The series follows his journey through a broken but resilient France as he hopes to find a way back home. As he makes the journey, however, the connections he forms along the way complicate his ultimate plan.
Daryl is about to be a fish out of water…
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“It will be a lot different. The story is different. The characters are very different. There is a different tone, there is a different light, there is a different sound. It’s a completely different atmosphere,” Reedus previously said Entertainment Weekly about the long-awaited spin-off.
In addition to Reedus, the cast also includes Clémence Poésy (In Bruges) as Isabelle, Anne Charrier (The last deadly mission) as Genet, Eriq Ebanouey (Fox hunting) as Fallou, Laika Blanc Francard (my night) as Sylvie, Romain Levi (tunnel) as Codron, and Louis Puech Scigliuzzi as Laurent.
The spin-off was originally supposed to feature Reedus Walking dead co-star Melissa McBride, who played Daryl, Carol. However, McBride left the project in April 2022.
At the time, an AMC spokesperson said the decision was a logistical one based on the series filming in France. “Moving to Europe has become logistically untenable for Melissa at this time,” the AMC representative said. “We know fans will be disappointed by this news, but zombies The universe continues to grow and expand in exciting ways, and we hope to see Carol again in the near future.”
The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, Series premiere, fall 2023, AMC