Here we are again, ladies and gentlemen, with the second to last episode of this epic Telltale saga. Since actually Telltale is no more, I want to also give a heads up … again … to Skybound for picking this title and seeing it to its end, because quite frankly I, as someone who has played this title back since season 1 released, would have been really saddened to see it left like this on a cliffhanger. And to be honest, I think Skybound did a really good job with this game.
So, in the previous episode we ended up fending from Lilly and her raiders only to have Violet (Louis, depending on choices), Omar and Aasim kidnapped. Mitch died, and good riddance to him. Okay, he was fine in the end, but he pissed me off too many times with his bullsh*t. We are left licking our wounds and plotting revenge. Spoiler alert from here on out.
We do end up doing just that and here is how it happened. Abel … the guy I keep mentioning, who pisses me off so much, he was wounded during the assault and left for dead, so he turned out our hostage now. And I love how confident he was but cuz we had the option to actually torture him, he finally notices that he messed with the wrong Clementine. This really got me thinking like how far Clem has reached from this scared little girl in season 1, to someone who is a proficient survivor and … in a way … efficiently raising a child. And you know what? A lot of characters in the game try to scold me and teach me morale about what I do with AJ, but I personally believe that what they fail to realize is that the morals of the old world are no more. They live in an entirely different world now and if you don’t have it in you … well, you just end up dead. I actually will elaborate more on this a bit later on.
Anyways, Abel tells us what we wanna know and we have the choice to either give him a merciful death, cuz he gonna die anyways, to prevent him from turning or just leave him to turn. He was a d*ck, but in the end, I caved and didn’t let him turn. Next up we go spying on the raiders, at the location which Abel gave us, and we make up a plan on how to strike. However, on the way back we meet … *gasp* Minerva … one of the twins, given away to the raiders by Marlon in exchange for “peace”. I know he is a kid, but as a leader to the group, he should have seen through this so-called peace. So, I kind of ended up guilt-tripping her, but she already looked beyond salvation. Back in the school, we make preparations to attack, I had a date with Louis … lol … it was kinda nice, but short-lived, and then we went to a party of sorts, to bond with the kids one last time, before everything nasty hits the fan and … honestly I don’t expect anything particularly positive happening, from here on, since, well, it’s nearing the end of the episode and then the finale, which has to be dramatic, so … ye.
We are then off to execute our plan. This first requires us to persuade James into leading some walkers as a distraction towards the raiders’ front door. This sequence was actually very cool and tranquil, when he was reluctant and started explaining how he doesn’t wanna see the walkers get hurt and tells us that he genuinely believes that when a human dies and turns, a part of him or her is preserved. I decided to be understanding of him, partially due to me wanting to actually persuade him to do what I wanted, but something deep inside of me got intrigued by his worldview. Honestly, he is such an interesting character. James is definitely different. When I went into the walkers’ shed and touched the chime. Man, that moment was … 10/10.
After this, we go and invade the raiders. Everything goes as planned … actually, even if I died so many times here, I kind of enjoyed the gameplay sequence, where you had to hide behind the walkers, in order to avoid a bullet through your skull, because the plan was for Clem, Louis and AJ to sneak to the entrance close enough, using the walkers as a disguise. Everything was going well, until we saw Minerva again and I tried to be nice you know … I was like, maybe she will come to her senses, alas she turned out to be a treacherous b*tch in the end. Not only that, but we later on find out that she killed her own sister, because of God knows what stupid reason.
Anyways, we end up trapped and apparently Violet is angry at me for not saving her, but honestly, I called this back from when I got the decision, because it always turns out like this. They give you a choice to save 2 people and, heaven forbid, the one you didn’t save ends up alive, they will make sure you regret the decision for the rest of your life. So, Violet is unhappy with me, yeah sure, whatever, and Lilly comes to try and force me (Clem) to join the raiders. As you know, things don’t go well, as usual and of course I refuse, but Lilly threatened Louis. I had to save my hubby, so I didn’t stop AJ from biting Dorian’s ear off … damn AJ is savage. I love how Clem is raising this kid. Lilly takes AJ, things get even more tense, Clem manages to break out of her cell and we get in a fight with Minerva. Violet helped Minerva … to which I was totally done with her. I’m kind of unpleased that I didn’t get the choice to kill Minerva, but oh well … guess a couple of punches to the face will have to do. But, then…
We go on the upper level of the ship, only to engage Lilly, herself, in a fight. Tenn tried to do stuff with a gun, but that was an epic fail. Me versus Lilly was so satisfying and, in the end, when AJ got the gun, her expression switch was priceless. This is the moment I was referring to earlier. The way I raised AJ, even someone like Lilly, recognized the decisiveness in him. Because when Tenn picked up the gun, Lilly was all like “pshhh, look at you … you don’t have the guts to shoot me, go on try it”, but when AJ picked up the gun, she immediately realized that she is indeed effed and she started begging for her life. And you know what? I have 0 regrets that I told AJ to shoot that b*tch. She deserved it in season 1, she deserves it now. And people will probably bitch about it in episode 4, but guess what? If you don’t kill Lilly, she kills James, so if anything, you should be grateful that I saved your life James … mhm. But what I loved is how chaotic things got in the end. Super well made!
This episode was very emotional for me … like emotional not in the soppy crying kind of way, but it managed to steer all sorts of emotions in me from happiness, to doubt, to serenity, to anger … a clusterf*ck of emotions. And this is a good thing. I feel ready for the finale now. On one hand I’m super excited for March to see how this game will end, on the other hand, since I’m expecting Clementine to die, I’ll be sad this journey to end. But let’s see how it goes.