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Red Dead Redemption:

Undead Nightmare Side-mission Paternal Pride

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Start MacFarlane's Ranch
End MacFarlane's Ranch
Given by Bonnie MacFarlane
Location Hennigan's Stead
Rewards Winchester Repeater
Unlocked by Unlocks
Undead Nightmare mission strand:

"Curious Tales from Blackwater"

Undead Nightmare mission:

"American Imperialism"

Paternal Pride is a side-mission in the Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare DLC pack.


Once John Marston has cleared MacFarlane's Ranch of the undead, he will be greeted with open arms by Bonnie MacFarlane, who is relieved to see him considering the current crisis.

She explains to Marston that her father, Drew MacFarlane, was trying to keep the undead locked in the barn, but she hasn't heard from him in at least a day.

Marston agrees to check on Drew for her.


Mission Prerequisites

Before this mission becomes available the player must complete:

Mission Objectives

To complete this mission, the player must:

Mission Details

After the player has cleansed MacFarlane's Ranch, the player will be able to start this side-mission given by Bonnie MacFarlane.

She tells John she hasn't seen her father, Drew MacFarlane, who was last seen in the barn trying to keep the undead under control. However, she hasn't seen him for a day and asks John to go look for him inside the barn.

When the player arrives at the barn, the main entrance is unable to be opened, so the player needs to find another entrance. Go left of the main entrance and there will be a ladder near the base of the windmill. Climb up and there should be a bar that John can jump and grab onto. Shimmy left so that John can pull himself up onto the walkway and go around the side of the barn to find an entrance near the top of the barn. Another way is to jump on one of the side roofs in front of the barn and climb into the window. 

Once entered, there will be Undead on the ground floor. The player can shoot them from above or go down to the lower levels and kill them from there. However, fighting the undead on the ground floor can be dangerous, as the close quarters can cause the player lose track of where each undead is located, leading to surprise attacks from behind or from the side.

After the player has killed all of the undead, John will proceed in his search for Drew. Drew bursts out from under some bales of hay, now undead, prompting John to grab a Winchester Repeater leaning against a stable. There is no way to hogtie or save Drew, similarly to Uncle, so you are forced to kill Drew. Be careful, as Drew is a Bruiser, and can knock down John with his tackle. Once killed, the player can leave through the barn doors, back to Bonnie on the porch of her house.

In a cutscene, Marston walks up to her. He doesn't say anything about Drew as Bonnie knows enough, seeing as how he's not walking alongside John. After sarcastically saying that John always does "bring sunshine to her life", John sits down with her, saying he's sorry about her father. She says that he died protecting those he loved, with John agreeing and telling her to take care of herself. Bonnie tells John the same, and walks into her house. This is the last time the player sees Bonnie in the game.

Mission Failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Leaves the barn before dealing with Drew MacFarlane.
  • Attacks Bonnie before speaking with her.
  • Dies.

Mission Complete Unlockables


  • This mission appears to be a reference to Issue 10 of the popular zombie comic "The Walking Dead", where the character Hershel Greene attempts to keep zombies in his barn, in hopes of helping them and keeping them under control, much like Drew MacFarlane.
    • Drew also shares similarities with Sophia Peletier from the same series, due to the fact they were both bit and turned, and were in a barn. Both of them were also forced to be put down by one of their friends.
  • Sometimes, after killing Drew, he can be heared saying "thank you". This is odd, as the player must shoot him in the head.
  • When John enters the barn, a cutscene shows a Winchester repeater on John's back. John then picks up another Winchester to kill Drew with it.
  • This is the first and only time John calls Bonnie by her first name. He never does this in the main game.
  • Drew does not seem to have been fed upon by the undead in the barn, meaning that after being bitten, he hid behind the hay bales and waited to turn, rather than shoot himself. This is reinforced by the fact that Drew and Bonnie are religious, and suicide is a sin.


Video Walkthrough


Red Dead Redemption- Undead Nightmare - Survivor Mission - Paternal Pride


Completing this side-mission contributes to the acquisition of the following achievement/trophy:

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40 gamerscoregamerscore
Silver silversilver
Attain 100% Game Completion statistic in Undead Nightmare.

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