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The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon’s Laurent Twist Raises a Big Question About the Zombie Virus


There might be something to the “Chosen One” narrative featuring young Laurent on The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.

Louis Puech Scigliuzzi as Laurent - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1, Episode 1.
Photo: Stéphanie Branchu | AMC

This article contains spoilers for The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon episode 2 and The Last of Us season 1.

Something about the post-apocalyptic genre really lends itself to the “Lone Wolf and Cub” trope. Dubbed after a manga of the same name, the Lone Wolf and Cub concept sees a gruff old warrior shepherding an innocent child on a harrowing journey a la Din Djarin and the wee baby Grogu in The Mandalorian.

On the post-apocalyptic side of things, we’ve seen it before with the film Children of Men, in which grizzled freedom fighter Theo Faron (Clive Owen) guides young pregnant woman Kee across a hopeless wasteland. We’ve also seen it in the HBO adaptation of classic game The Last of Us, in which the broken down Joel (Pedro Pascal) leads humanity’s last best hope Ellie (Bella Ramsey) on an important mission. Now we’re seeing it again in the most famous post-apocalyptic franchise going today with Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) taking charge of the wunderkind Laurent (Louis Puech Scigliuzzi) in his pilgrimage to Northern France on The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon.

At first glance, Daryl adopting a paternal role to yet another child appears to merely be The Walking Dead playing the hits once again. As we’ve seen previously with Daryl + Carl, Daryl + Beth, Daryl + Henry, and Daryl + Judith, having Reedus act alongside a precocious kid usually yields results. With the release of episode 2 “Alouette,” however, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon has revealed that there might be more purpose to Laurent than him merely playing off of Daryl’s gruff energy.

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