In the upcoming spinoff of “The Walking Dead” focused on Daryl Dixon, executive producer Greg Nicotero has given fans a sneak peek into the chilling new challenges Daryl will face during his adventure in France. After the events of the original series, Daryl finds himself stranded in France, desperately trying to unravel the mysteries of what has occurred and find his way back to Virginia. His journey, however, is fraught with peril as he encounters a unique breed of zombie called “burners,” distinct for their acidic qualities.
Greg Nicotero, speaking with TV Insider, shed light on these “burners,” the newly emerged zombie variants dominating the French landscape. These acid-infused zombies pose a grave threat to Daryl as they can harm him without resorting to biting. Even mere contact with these burners can cause serious injuries, illustrating the heightened danger of the zombie apocalypse in France.
In a preview of the show, it’s revealed that Daryl’s initial confrontation with a zombie in France involves encountering one of these acid variants. Unfamiliar with fighting walkers that can harm him without direct bites, Daryl is injured by this new menace. The show promises further spine-chilling developments as Daryl and a young companion, Laurent, embark on a journey across the country. Alongside the burners, viewers might witness the emergence of another variant known as “runners.”
Moreover, the series hints at the presence of yet more zombie variants as it progresses. A post-credits scene in “The Walking Dead: World Beyond” introduced the concept of fast zombies in France. Given the implication that France could be the origin of the zombie virus, it’s plausible that a range of diverse walkers could emerge in the region.
“The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon” not only introduces us to these perilous new zombie types but also explores the bond between Daryl and Laurent as they navigate the treacherous landscape. As the trailer teases, the spinoff appears to usher in a new, even more dangerous phase in the franchise’s narrative, promising a level of danger and suspense that surpasses anything witnessed before.