Ever since season 2 was announced to be starring clementine there's been something that's felt off to me. I couldn't put my finger on it but I think I know why now. See to me, season 1's ending worked so well against all the misery and heartache that came before because it has one vital thing. It had hope. Hope that maybe things would work out ok for that one little girl. Hope that somehow in some way one young girl would find a way to survive and truly live in the face of death and insanity. By having clementine in season 2 at all, let alone a lead role of all things destroys that one silver lining. There is no hope. That's what season 2 intones with every horrible thing that will fall on poor clementine. Lee died to give her more hell. The walking dead is an inherently depressing series. A series that tells us that in the face of death and overwhelming odds humanity will collapse and fall apart and consume itself out of greed and paranoia. That one note gets tiresome and the game stood out for me because even though it was true to that theme it still gave us one silver lining. I'd have much preferred a new cast like in the 400 days and leave clementine's fate a mystery, if only to maintain that one sliver of hope.