Editor's Note: I wrote this about six months ago and just now realized I never posted it. Keep in mind that this was before "400 Days" was announced, so you wont find any speculation on that here.But here it is!
WARNING: This Post is LOADED with Spoilers. If you have not yet played through all of The Walking Dead please bypass this article.
This is not this first list of this nature concerning the first season of TellTale’s episodic epic: The Walking Dead, but I just completed it and decided to make my own list of expectations. Like most players, I went into the game not expecting much, and came out with my heart torn to shreds by the impressive narrative and the awful things constantly happening to characters I had grown fond of. While the grief of the events that took place are still fresh in my heart, (or my throat, which has a lump in it… a lump of grief) I’ve decided to jot down what I’m expecting to see in the next Season.
This is all speculation, mind you. TellTale has done nothing more than confirm that Season 2 is in the works.
Side Note: If you have not played The Walking Dead and you’re just reading this for the sake of reading it, don’t expect it to make much sense.
1. We Will Be Playing Clementine’s New Caretaker
As popular as the idea of Playing Clementine in the next season is, it just doesn’t seem plausible. TellTale has done a good job of making the player’s decision matter, and to be honest, a child probably wouldn’t be given huge decisions to make by a group of adult survivors. Regardless of who will take the reins as the protagonist in Season 2, TellTale has quite the challenge on their hands. Lee (the protagonist of Season 1) acted as Clementine’s guardian, and later acted as a father figure for her, this made players feel a closeness to Clementine that is unrivaled by any relationship in any game. If Clementine has a new caretaker, we’ll feel close to Clementine while the person we’re controlling has little-to-no connection with her. It’s a tough situation, but for now the only thing fans of the series can do is hope TellTale knows what they’re doing.
On the other hand, there is the slight chance Clementine wont be in the second season. But given the after-credits cliffhanger that acted as a finale for Season 1, I’m fairly confident she will play a big part in the seasons to come.
2. Clementine Will Act Less Like A Child and More Like A Survivor
Poor Clementine has had a rough life thus far. She made a good number of mistakes in season 1, and no doubt blames herself for Lee’s, and many of the other survivor’s deaths. On top of that she saw her parents reanimated. After all of the traumatic events, Clementine has lost her child-like innocence. As was showcased near the dramatic climax of season 1, she’s capable of taking care of herself thanks to Lee’s guidance.
3. Molly Will Make A Return
Molly was a sort of strange character players were introduced to in episode 4 of Season 1. She has thoroughly adapted to the apocalyptic lifestyle, and is more than capable of taking care of herself. While the reasons for her mysterious behavior can be discovered in episode 4 (if the player makes an effort to look for some clues hidden around the hospital), I feel there’s a lot more Molly could do for the story. She more than likely saw Clementine drag Lee into the Jeweler’s, and I have a feeling she’s resourceful enough to be able to track Clementine down… Maybe even act as her new guardian?
4. If Christa Is Alive, We’ll Discover She’s Pregnant
There were signs pointing to it throughout the Season, the random vomiting, her crying in a hospital after seeing a sonogram, it all points to her being pregnant. If she does end up being in Season 2 (with or without her finance Omid) this will definitely be a plot point. There is a point of concern though… At one point in Episode 5 of Season 1, she does – reluctantly at first – take a long swig of whiskey. That could definitely spell trouble for the unborn child, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
5. We’ll Have The Same Protagonist For More Than One Season
While the television show and Comic may be able to get away with killing people who could be considered “protagonists” as much as they’d like, it’s a different situation with a videogame (or interactive storybook, whatever you want to call it) series. A videogame usually focuses on a single character being the protagonist while a comic of tv show can get away with having several. In Season 2 TellTale is going to have to get players comfortable in the shoes of another character after already growing to relate to Lee. This will be no easy feat, but I have a feeling they’ll pull it off somehow.
6. It Will Be As (if not more) Shocking/Sad Than The Last Season
So far, The Walking Dead has been a rather torturous experience. I don’t enjoy watching awful things happen to characters I care about, but I care about them enough to watch the awful things that happen to them. If Season 1 was any indication, TellTale knows how to tug on the heartstrings of The Walking Dead’s players. Awful things will happen… And we’ll pay them and watch in terror. They’ve done an amazing job telling their story so far, and I can’t wait to watch its continuation.