The Walking Dead - The Walking Dead: Season 2 - Episode 2: A House Divided
However, I do believe at some point or another we’re going to have to make a choice between them, a really tough one. Not life and death in saving one or the other, but something more to do based on trust.
Remember the dinner scene and having to decide who to sit with? Seems like innocent torture enough, but there are a lot of things I’ve noticed on my replays during the part of that episode that caught my attention. For example, regardless of which you decide to sit with, both Kenny and Luke will ask Clementine if she trusts the other, and if answered with yes, the both will quiz further by asking, “Do you trust him with your life?”
One thing noticeably different from sitting at Kenny's table, is this piece of dialogue:
Kenny: That guy…Big Al? He said they were on the run.
Clementine: Some people are after them.
Kenny: Well, you don’t have to worry about that no more. They’ll go tomorrow and you can stay here.
Sarita: Absolutely. Honey, you can stay with us as long as you want.
Kenny: She’s stayin’ for good.
Sarita: If that’s what she wants.
Kenny: Of course she does. Right, Clem?
And if you pick the option...
Clementine: I can’t leave my friends.
Sarita: Of course you can’t. They can stay too.
Another thing to point out, is the argument that is close to breaking out at the table during the conversation on Wellington and the decisions they give you. You can choose have Clem be passive, either by remaining silent or saying [Please don’t fight] or by choosing to defend Kenny or Luke [Kenny, stop.] or [Luke, listen to him.]
And during this near missed arguement, you get this dialogue come up:
Luke: It's fine Nick, we're not staying.
Kenny: She's staying.
Luke: What, excuse me?
Kenny: You heard me.
But what I do remember most is the conversation Clementine has with Walter immediately afterwards outside, where Walter reassures her everything will be fine and for her help work on them -in reference to Luke, Nick and Kenny - to where you get these options pop up:
[I want to stay.]
[Everything will not be fine.]
[I’m leaving in the morning.]
I stand by what I said on not believing that the game will have us choose on saving Kenny or Luke while the other perishes. But what do I think will happen instead without a doubt? That perhaps we as Clementine, will have to decide who to go to Wellington with.
I believe things are going to get worse between Kenny and Luke, that Telltale are going to keep pushing conflict and disagreements between these two men to breaking point, until they just can’t travel with each other any longer, and that whatever group is with them at that point will get split into two. Meanwhile up until then, the story will have allowed us, the player, to see both the strengths and weaknesses of these two characters that will weigh in on our decision on who would be best in looking out for Clementine.
Even if they all met up again at Wellington and the choice only matters for a little while (like back in season 1 in convincing others to come with you to go look for Clementine, which only played into the first sections of Episode 5 before returning to the house) I could see something like that very well happening, and I really wouldn’t be surprised if Clementine gets put on the spot and has to make up her mind on what to do.
I’ve seen the argument before about Clem not needing a guardian, but she still needs a friend. She might be tough, but Clementine is only 11, and after seeing how lost she was in those woods after getting bitten by a dog and being separated from Christa, you can’t expect her to survive long on her own. Clem needs people she can trust to keep on breathing, and a choice like that would be a tough one for a kid to make, like some cruel "Mommy and Daddy got divorced, who you gonna go live with now?" and I really wouldn't put it past Telltale to do something like that.
So here’s a question for you all:
If push comes to shove and Kenny and Luke go their separate ways to Wellington, which forces poor little Clem to decide on who to walk on over to, who will it be?
My own personal answer would be Luke, all for the same reasons why I didn’t ask for Kenny to look after Clementine back in season 1. Kenny has made decisions I didn’t approve of, like killing Larry and coaxing Lee into dropping Ben, but also because Kenny isn’t mentally strong and fell apart after losing Katjaa and Duck. That’s one thing I give Luke credit for is that whatever happened to his folks, he’s still managed to keep himself together for the most part like Lee did after losing his family. And even if he needs a few more years on him to be completely fool proof, I’d trust Luke more with Clementine than with Kenny, because at least Luke tries to go the passive routes in confrontations like with Matthew on the bridge, where Kenny’s short fuse at times might put her in danger.
So, what would you do...?