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'The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon' and the 10 Best Reluctant Dad Movies and TV Shows

The new 'Walking Dead' spinoff is in the 'Last of Us' and 'True Grit' league of lone wolf and cub stories.

Everyone's favorite crossbow killer is back in The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, the latest spinoff series in AMC's long-running Walking Dead franchise. This time around, Norman Reedus' titular survivor of the zombie apocalypse takes center stage: After washing ashore in France, Daryl Dixon—looking truly biblical with a cloak and staff—is charged with ferrying a young French boy who may or may not be the Chosen One to safety. Sound familiar? The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon is the latest in a long line of movies and TV shows about gruff, damaged men tasked with caring for a special, magical, humanity's-last-best-hope child. Yes, it's pretty much The Last of Us. And, yes, it rules nonetheless.

We seriously cannot get enough of this subgenre, dubbed the lone wolf and cub story. Pedro Pascal is, of course, the father of the reluctant dad resurgence, which hit the big leagues with 2019's The Mandalorian but really began with 2017's Logan and, for our purposes, extends back to 1969's True Grit. Since then, we've seen a slew of great, often heartbreaking movies and TV shows about grizzled men tapping into their paternal instincts. These guys are hardened, lonely non-believers or outlaws traversing desolate landscapes. (It's no wonder the trope pops up so often in dystopian sci-fi and Westerns.) By becoming a surrogate father to some usually annoying but always endearing young cargo, the reluctant dad finds redemption.

We've rounded up 10 of the most touching, devastating father-son and father-daughter duos across film and TV, with an emphasis on more recent pairings. There are apocalyptic thrillers, dramas about a stranger in a strange land and a couple offbeat comedies, in no particular order. (But we're totally starting with Pedro Pascal's greatest hits.) However you package him, the reluctant dad is bound to make your heart burst. Forget the hard-nosed antihero. It's time to get daddin'.

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