Why The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon isn’t a redo of The Last of Us

Louis Puech Scigliuzzi as Laurent - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1 - Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC
Louis Puech Scigliuzzi as Laurent - The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon _ Season 1 - Photo Credit: Emmanuel Guimier/AMC /

The first episode of The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon premiered on AMC and AMC+ on September 10. This episode began with Daryl washing ashore in France after a lengthy ocean journey tied to an upturned lifeboat. More details will be revealed about how and why he finds himself in France as the series progresses. One hot-button topic is the comparisons of Daryl Dixon to The Last of Us series. Both feature a young child being accompanied on a journey to fulfill their life’s destiny during an apocalypse, but that is where the similarities stop.

While fans, critics, and the like will also find ways to compare series set in an apocalypse, there are always striking differences that set them apart from one another. When The Last of Us was released, people immediately compared it to The Walking Dead, as Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Rick (Andrew Lincoln) share similarities in the fact that they are both strong leads who experienced personal tragedies, and both men quickly discover that humans are oftentimes more of a threat than the undead.

Now, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is being compared to The Last of Us because the strong male lead is tasked with accompanying a child across the country for a specific purpose.

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The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon – Daryl’s misson

In The Last of Us, Ellie (Bella Ramsey) is thought to be immune to the Cordyceps because she sustained a bite and didn’t turn. This makes the people who are working nonstop to discover a cure very interested in this girl. She could be the one who alters the apoclaypse in this world.

The Waking Dead: Daryl Dixon’s child, Laurent (Louis Puech Scigliuzzi) has a mission to live out his destiny, but this has nothing to do with a cure.

The Union of Hope, a sect of nuns who reside at Abbey of St. Bernadette, have raised the boy for since he was orphaned. Isabelle (Clémence Poésy) reveals to Daryl that she believes he has been sent to them as a messanger to deliever Laurent to lead the revival of humanity. When viewers learned this information in the teasers and trailers they immediately believe he is an answer to a  cure.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon gives apocalypse a surprising twist by taking a spiritual direction in its story. Isabelle reveals that they believe that God is testing he human race with the apoclaypse. They are a faith based goup

The spiritual leader is a Buddhist monk saw something special in Laurent, an answer to a prophesy.

Laurent is a brilliant child and is able to read people and feel things that other children his age wouldn’t be aware of. He even drew a photo of a man with long hair on a beach weeks before Daryl’s arrival.

There is a base in northern France that will raise him to fulfill his destiny as the new messiah. Isabelle believes Daryl is the messanger to safely accompany Laurent. Daryl isn’t buying into everything but Isabelle tells him that if they are wrong at least he helps Laurent get where he needs to be but if they are right, it could alater everything. She asks him to bet on hope.

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon airs on Sunday on AMC+ beginning at 3 a.m. ET and AMC at 9 p.m. ET.

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