Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the new spinoff, Reedus teases a unique experience for viewers of The Walking Dead. Reedus admitted that ideas for the spinoff « changed directions multiple times » during production, in large part to ensure a new experience for the audience. He emphasized just how distinct Daryl’s adventures in Europe would be compared to what viewers may be used to in The Walking Dead:
We knew we wanted to make a show that went in the opposite direction, just because we didn’t want to do the same thing. And it’s going to be way different. The story’s way different. The characters are way different. There’s a different tone, there’s different light, there’s a different sound. It’s a whole different vibe. This is going to be f***ing epic.
Reedus’ excitement for the uniqueness of Daryl’s Walking Dead spinoff bodes well for waiting audiences. This includes viewers who may be watching out for the other two Walking Dead spinoffs AMC has planned for next year, including the recently retitled The Walking Dead: Dead City starring Lauren Cohan as Maggie Rhee and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan. While McBride’s absence from the spinoff is saddening, Reedus seems pleased with the direction the series is heading. Underscoring the show as « different » opens up the possibility that other incoming spinoffs will have their own look and feel unique to the series’ parent show and to one another. As some have begun to worry about audience fatigue surrounding the series, keeping things fresh going forward will be key.