The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon spinoff series highlights the popularity of Daryl as a protagonist, but also emphasizes that he is not the main character. The return of Rick Grimes in 2024 is expected to have a huge impact on the overall franchise. The spinoff makes sure to reference Rick and his importance to the wider narrative, maintaining his significance. Daryl's search for Rick remains a priority, as shown in a dream sequence. The reminders of Rick in the spinoff indicate that he is still the main figure of The Walking Dead.