Telltale Games have become quite infamous in the interactive story-driven game genre with their unique take on popular franchises such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Borderlands, Minecraft and more. Although many fans are eagerly awaiting details on Telltale’s take on Batman, long-time fans of Telltale’s The Walking Dead were recently treated to the news of the announcement that season 3 will be coming at some point this year. Though no release date has been confirmed, the episodic series will be available some time later this year.
Although details are thin, Telltale’s CEO, Kevin Bruner has hinted at some things to come in a recent interview with Mashable where Bruner provided some hints.
“How do we go back and make sure all Walking Dead fans can get in while still keeping all of our storylines going? I think where we’re landing with the story for Season 3 does a really good job of both of those things. It allows people who maybe haven’t played [the first two seasons] to come in and get up to speed really quickly. But it definitely respects, honors and facilitates all of the various end points that Season 2 had.”
While Telltale games and also games similar to it are known for their ‘tough’ choices, season 2 of Telltale’s The Walking Dead really went above and beyond when it came to meaningful and impactful choices by the end of the last episode. The success of the ending scenario of The Walking Dead Season 2 can be seen in the sheer number of online discussions and arguments that have centered around it and the different endings. For a quick recap, here are all the possible endings:
- Wellington Ending: Choose Kenny and leave Wellington with him
- Wellington Ending: Choose Kenny and stay at Wellington with AJ
- Clementine Alone Ending: Choose Kenny then leave him and go off on your own
- Clementine Alone Ending: Choose Kenny, then shoot him after he kills Jane
- Clementine Alone Ending: Choose Jane then leave her and go off on your own
- Howe’s Ending: Choose Jane, get to Howe’s and let the family in
- Howe’s Ending: Choose Jane, get to Howe’s and turn the family away
Personally, I ended my game the first time round where I saved Kenny over Jane and left Wellington with him when it was said that there simply wasn’t enough room for him. This was more a testament to how well Telltale had done at forging a connection between Kenny between Season 1 and Season 2 and the player that made it genuinely difficult for me to even consider letting Jane kill him. However, in typical Telltale fashion, I have multiple saves just in case I change my mind later on. However, I feel like most endings round off the story quite fittingly so I’m interested in seeing where Telltale will take us next.
Even Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner admits that this open-ended ending caused a few problems for Telltale and they had to ensure they were prepared for it:
“We had a plan in the back of our minds of how we would make all these endings keep those threads going forward
“From a role-playing, interactive storytelling point of view, it is not from the bag of tricks that we’ve ever shown anybody before.”
Bruner also added that even those who haven’t played the first two seasons should be able to pick season 3 up and get familiar with things pretty easily. He said that “It allows people who maybe haven’t … played [the first two seasons] to come in and get up to speed really quickly. But it definitely respects, honors and facilitates all of the various end points that Season 2 had.”
This makes me feel as if Season 3 may be a bit of a departure from Season 2 and whether that means we’ll see a whole new cast of characters or whether there’ll be a time gap is yet to be seen but from the sound of things, Season 3 might not pick up straight after the events of Season 2. Considering the multi-faceted endings in Season 2, it always seemed unlikely that Season 3 would pick off straight after one of these endings since this could tick off people who didn’t pick a certain ending. If I had to guess, I’d say there will be some form of time gap and things will pick up some months or even years after the events of Season 2. Alternatively, Telltale might do a complete refresh and introduce us to a whole new cast of characters.
A rather more wildcard theory that I would love to see is a cross-over between the Michonne mini-series and Season 3 of The Walking Dead. Telltale’s Michonne mini-series got off to a good start when the first episode released in February and with the second episode set to release the upcoming Tuesday. While we’re not entirely sure where the Michonne mini-series will end, I would absolutely love some sort of cross-over between this mini-series and the main series whereby a set-up to Season 3 is introduced.
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