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Why didnt Larry reveal Lee's past to the group?

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Was he wanting to blackmail Lee in the future or something?

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  • Larry wasn't stupid. He knew how desperate the situation was in the world. Lee was a younger, physically fit man in a group that definitely needed him. Larry was just essentially marking his territory, for lack of better phrasing. He wanted Lee to know that he didn't like him, he knew who he was and if he did anything to step out of line in Larry's eyes or put Lilly or Clem in danger, Larry would expose him or come after him personally.

    He may have seen it as an opportunity to use Lee if the chance ever came, or even use him as walker bait in the future if need be.

  • I think he didn't tell anyone because he's not truly an evil man. He's sort of a hardass and a bit full of himself, sure...but in the end he's just trying to protect his daughter. Knowing that there is a man who committed murder before the apocalypse close to you at all times is a decent enough reason to at least be cautious(the extra hostility is probably his natural self).

    Perhaps he kept it secret to use as blackmail, but it's obvious he didn't care for Lee and did not want him in the group, regardless of his capabilities. He says this himself in episode 2. "Ah, stuff all that. We'd be fine without you."

  • Probably because Larry didn't know how the group would respond to that news. There's no guarantee the others would turn on Lee and considering how "popular" Larry was with everyone else it's quite possible it may have backfired and turned people against him. That's probably why he tried to kill Lee when he did, he saw an opportunity to get rid of him while most of the group was distracted.

    The fact that Larry tried to kill Lee is probably another reason he was keeping it to himself. I doubt Lee wouldn't throw that back at Larry if he outed him and Clementine saw it happen so it wouldn't be just Lee's word against Larry. Depending on how Lee's acted that may actually make Larry look like a bigger risk to the group if he's willing to make such snap decisions.

    "Hey, I'm not the bad guy. This guy (who risked his life to get pills that saved my life and may have done similar heroic actions for the rest of you) is a murderer. So I had to murder him first, just like when Duck was bitten..."

    Lilly would obviously take Larry's side but that's about it. I doubt Clementine would approve of kicking Lee out of the group and she's pretty good at guilt tripping people. (She manages to changes Christa's mind about Ben in Crawford.) Kenny would probably depend on how you treated him, but with Katjaa and Duck around it's doubtful he act to rashly and if Lee had sided with him he probably come to Lee's defense against Larry, the same guy who wanted to throw Kenny's son out. Both Carley and Doug end up owing their life to Lee and in Carley's case she already knew about Lee's past.

    Holding onto Lee's secret gave Larry a bit of leverage over Lee, which he probably figured would keep Lee in line. He spills the beans it takes that advantage away and what happens to Lee depends on the group and there's no guarantee the group would side with Larry over Lee, especially considering the way Larry has acted to everyone.

  • @Snake Liquid said: Larry wasn't stupid. He knew how desperate the situation was in the world. Lee was a younger, physically fit man in a group that definitely needed him. Larry was just essentially marking his territory, for lack of better phrasing. He wanted Lee to know that he didn't like him, he knew who he was and if he did anything to step out of line in Larry's eyes or put Lilly or Clem in danger, Larry would expose him or come after him personally.

    He may have seen it as an opportunity to use Lee if the chance ever came, or even use him as walker bait in the future if need be.



    If Larry thought that the group needed Lee, why did he try to kill Lee at the drug store?

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    Maybe he was just a nice guy underneath! :D :D :D

  • @Vainamoinen said: Maybe he was just a nice guy underneath! :D :D :D



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  • To be honest, for someone as hot tempered as Larry, you would think he would actually sympathize for Lee's reasons for beating the Senator to death.

  • @double_u said: To be honest, for someone as hot tempered as Larry, you would think he would actually sympathize for Lee's reasons for beating the Senator to death.



    I don't believe those two things are compatible.

  • Larry feared Lee's potential as a Space Marine.

  • @Mornai said: I think he didn't tell anyone because he's not truly an evil man. He's sort of a hardass and a bit full of himself, sure...but in the end he's just trying to protect his daughter. Knowing that there is a man who committed murder before the apocalypse close to you at all times is a decent enough reason to at least be cautious(the extra hostility is probably his natural self).

    Perhaps he kept it secret to use as blackmail, but it's obvious he didn't care for Lee and did not want him in the group, regardless of his capabilities. He says this himself in episode 2. "Ah, stuff all that. We'd be fine without you."



    Of course, there's also the fact that Larry can actually be the guy who ends up saving Lee from the pickup walker, depending upon the circumstances.

    I think he probably kept quiet about it for the same reason Carley did in Ep. 1; the group didn't need additional problems and drama. Larry was just more direct/aggressive about how he phrased it than Carley was... even though they basically said the same thing on the matter.

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