The second episode of "The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon" takes an unexpected turn by shifting its focus from its titular character to Isabelle, the nun who played a crucial role in rescuing Daryl in the series premiere. In this episode, viewers gain insight into Isabelle's backstory, particularly during the early days of the zombie outbreak in Paris, where chaos reigns supreme.scroll down to watch
The episode opens with Isabelle in a stark departure from her usual conservative nun attire, dressed glamorously as she unwinds at a nightclub in Paris. Here, she engages in a daring act of pickpocketing strangers after indulging in some cocaine and drinks to boost her confidence. As the night unfolds, Isabelle witnesses disturbing violent encounters on the city's streets, initially dismissing them as typical instances of crime. However, her perception shifts drastically when she reaches the subway, where people are viciously attacking each other on both the train and the platform, marking her first encounter with walkers. Amid the chaos, Isabelle joins a group of terrified bystanders fleeing the scene and is ultimately saved by her British boyfriend, Quinn.
In the present timeline of the series, Daryl is informed by a group leader that they can find a valuable horse in a nearby castle. However, the castle is occupied by a formidable and ruthless figure known as the "monster," who has pillaged neighboring villages and shows no mercy to anyone in his path. Although the children had a harrowing encounter with this man earlier, Daryl persuades their teacher, Isabelle, that the castle may contain the medicine they desperately need. As a brief respite from their grim situation, the students enjoy an episode of "Mork & Mindy," and to everyone's surprise, Daryl genuinely finds himself enjoying the show. He later shares a personal connection with Isabelle, revealing that he and his brother Merle used to watch it as children.
In a series of flashbacks, we see Isabelle, accompanied by Lily and Quinn, making a stop at a gas station. Lily, who has been concealing an early pregnancy, falls ill. Suspicion and tension mount as Quinn discreetly arms himself with a hidden gun, prepared for any potential threats. In a shocking turn of events, Quinn implores Isabelle to abandon Lily. However, Isabelle takes matters into her own hands by stealing Quinn's keys and making a daring escape with Lily while he is engrossed in a phone call. Their journey leads them to an abandoned ambulance, where they encounter a group of walkers.
Back at the preschool, Laurent, one of the children, shares a story about his father being a hero who fought the "hungry ones" after his mother's passing. The children find amusement in this tale, unaware that it's a fable crafted by the nuns to shield them from the grim reality. However, Laurent's trust in Isabelle shatters when he discovers the mule being devoured by a stray dog, branding her a liar in his eyes.
This episode of "The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon" masterfully weaves together past and present narratives, shedding light on Isabelle's complex character while exposing the harsh realities of survival in a world overrun by walkers.