The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon – Season 1 Episode 2 Recap & Review

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Episode 2 of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon begins with a flashback involving Isabelle in her home city of Paris before the zombie outbreak. We see her partying in the city, taking drugs and dancing the night away, and getting attention from a number of men. 

Isabelle takes in the stunning Paris backdrop of the Eiffel Tower lit up at night, when she sees something kicking off across the street from her. It’s revealed to be the start of the zombie apocalypse, with walkers everywhere. She is rescued by a man in a car, who is revealed to be Quinn. This character is someone she knows and who loves her, though we are left unsure of the exact nature of their relationship. 

The title credits appear, and we are back in the present day, as Daryl and Isabelle study a map and plan their journey to the north of France with the rest of the group. They encounter a herd of walkers, which they manage to fight off, with Daryl smartly releasing a horse to distract them. The walkers follow the animal as it runs away. 

Daryl and some of the others in the group get caught by some survivors, who take them to a guy called Lou, who appears to be their leader. It’s soon made known to Lou that Daryl and the group mean no harm, and he provides them with a place to stay and some refreshments. 

Daryl and Lou head off to La Tarasque’s castle to find a replacement horse for the rest of their journey. Daryl frees one of Lou’s companions, who has been imprisoned at the location, and a gunfight ensues as Daryl teaches the prisoner to use a gun to save himself as he heads off.

The man firing at them is RJ Gaines, a fellow American who has dreams of returning to his home. Daryl informs him that the United States is just as destroyed as France is. A fight breaks out, and Daryl wins. Having killed the man, Daryl continues his journey with the rest of the group, consisting of Isabelle, Laurent and Sylvie.

The Episode Review

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon continues to follow its own path away from the parent series with another excellent, action-packed episode. It features some memorable Daryl action moments, but the highlight of the episode is an interesting flashback arc for Isabelle.

The series seems intent on giving these new characters just as much focus as Daryl, which totally works for it moving forward. Daryl is very much the protagonist of this show, with some glimpses of there being more to this complex character than meets the eye. However, the supporting characters show signs of being just as important to the story.

There is a standout shot in this episode that shows pre-apocalyptic Paris, with the Eiffel Tower lit up at night as Isabelle looks on. The beauty of Paris lit up like this provides an even bleaker feeling for the audience, as they know what’s to come from any future visit to the capital. 

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