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‘Daryl Dixon’ drops jaws with season finale

Character, Daryl Dixon, riding a motor cycle away from “walkers” during “The Walking Dead.”

“The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” season finale is a force to be reckoned with, and a phenomenal end to an action-packed, brooding and bloody season. 

The spinoff to the fan-favorite AMC original “The Walking Dead” took fans by storm, wrapping up six episodes worth of plot lines into one last success and a monumental cliffhanger. It began airing on AMC+ Oct. 15.

The series started with main character Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, washing ashore on the coast of France. He is severely injured and is trying to piece together how he got there and why. 

The show only gets to this in the last two episodes, however, which kept the audiences waiting a little too long for any sort of answer. 

Dixon is found by a group of nuns in the “Abbey of Saint Bernadette,” who are also a part of a union called “l’Union de l’Espoir,” or “The Union of Hope.”

Sister Isabelle, played by Clémence Poésy, reveals to Dixon that a boy at the abbey, Laurent, played by Louis Puech Scigliuzzi, was born to revive humanity, due to his immunity to the walker virus. Isabella tells Dixon that he is the man to help Laurent on his journey to the Union in Paris. 

The penultimate episode ends with Laurent and Dixon captured, with Dixon in a gladiator fight with one of the scientist’s “enhanced” walkers.

This action sequence had me on the edge of my seat, waiting for something to go wrong. Dixon escapes the pit, running through the dungeons trying to find Isabella and Laurent. 

By the time Dixon finds the duo, they’re separated by iron bars, with Dixon scrambling trying to find a solution on getting them out. A walker appears from behind Isabelle, later revealed as Laurent’s father.

In the most gut-wrenching scene, the walker attacks Isabelle, pinning her against a wall. Dixon is still behind the iron bars, helpless, trying to get Laurent to save her. Laurent reluctantly strikes his walker father across the head, saving Isabelle. This scene was powerful and shows the beautiful development of Laurent’s character. Once a timid boy who only honored God’s wishes, he is now a brave young man who is able to protect the people he loves.

The group makes it to “The Nest,” a wonderful and serene community that was made for children like Laurent.

Isabella wants Dixon to stay, but he needs to get back home to his family. In a heated argument, Dixon leaves for his boat without saying goodbye to Laurent.

The finale ends on a nail-biting cliffhanger, leaving audience members, myself included, on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately, Dixon and Laurent enthusiasts will have to wait until next year for season two.

Showrunner David Zabel carries over the themes from the original show to the spin-off effortlessly: loyalty and found family.

In a post-apocalyptic world, it’s hard to find people to trust, even more so when you don’t know them. Dixon’s character is known for being incredibly loyal, even to people he doesn’t know.

This is a common theme with Dixon in the original show and in the spin-off. He finds people that need his help and he graciously offers them help, and always feels guilty leaving them.

He created a special connection with Isabelle, and I almost felt her frustration when Dixon left them, almost acting like nothing happened and he didn’t risk his life for her or Laurent, time and time again. 

Laurent and Dixon have one thing in common: they both grew up without a prominent father figure in their life, the two characters figuring out how similar they are to each other in the final act, before it’s too late.

This finale was a whirlwind and a perfect ending for a perfect season. I cannot wait to see what season two has in store for Dixon, and whether his future lies in America with his family, or in France with his new family.

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Casey Wells, Staff Writer | she/her
Casey is a sophomore broadcast journalism major from Worcester, Mass. When she isn't in the Journal office, you can find her in the Performing Arts Office or any place near campus that has coffee. In addition to the Journal, she is a dancer and on the e-board of Suffolk's dance crew, Wicked. In her free time, she loves to read, write, dance, listen to Hozier and play guitar.

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    Tim LevitonOct 26, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    Not enough sex in these shows, not interested lol

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    Michael MassaroOct 26, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    I’ve watched the entire walking dead series and the Daryl Dixon spin off as well as Fear of the Walking Dead and Dead City just today I was reading one of the actors someone that played a doctor in season 4 has stage 4 cancer Collorectal Cancer sorry to hear that sad news I love the Series Daryl’s probably my Favorite Characters even moreso than Rick Down to earth good guy Daryl comes through in the clutch he’s a survivor and a hero

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    MichelleOct 26, 2023 at 12:59 pm

    I always love Daryl in both shows .he is perfect for this world .and the end with Carol looking for him was the best icing on the cake.

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    RussOct 26, 2023 at 9:40 am

    I was not impressed with the show as far as the journal suffolk journal that’s fine. Sorry if you thought I was talking about your journal

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    RussOct 26, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Not impressed hardly any action

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      KellyOct 26, 2023 at 7:50 pm

      I agree I thought there would be more, but happy to see it going.. what’s next can’t wait!! Love my B
      Neegan though!!!

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    Angela Robyn ScrogginOct 26, 2023 at 9:29 am

    I belive that Carol will find Daryl and they will start their own community or at least add the one called the nest!

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    Joshua Harris FitzgeraldOct 26, 2023 at 9:22 am

    Awesome first season wish there were more episodes very short.