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SPOILERS Edit: Added Jane's dialogue after the fight and my thoughts on them 9-2-14 Edit: Added a "Other thoughts" section 9-7-14, which I might update again at some time.
Ok, so I want to give my analysis on the choice that has caused so much debate in episode 5. Whether to kill Kenny or look away and let Kenny kill Jane. I want to approach this on a morally objective viewpoint. So my choice will not be based upon an emotional bias of liking/disliking Kenny/Jane over the other. My analysis will be limited to just the fight scene and the scene with AJ in the car shortly after the fight ends. So let's begin...
When Jane comes back without the baby it becomes clear to both Kenny and Clementine that something has happened to the baby. Kenny is in denial that the baby is dead so he leaves to find the baby. It's at this point that Jane says something that is vital to our final decision.
Jane: No matter what happens, stay out of it.
A red flag immediately arises when she says to stay out of "it". Obviously, she intends to get into a fight with Kenny. But to what extent and for what purpose is unknown just yet. Now no matter which choice you make at this point Jane responds the same way.
Jane: You have to trust me. You’re gonna see what he really is.
Now, for me at least, this revealed to me that Jane was lying to Clem and Kenny about the baby. And the reason for this was clear: she wanted to show Clem Kenny’s irrational anger and violence to its breaking point. This made me realize that this was Jane's responsibility and that whatever happens next was her doing, her manipulation of events. And hence, Jane was right, Clem should stay out of this, as she wished her to. At this point you have a choice to make, which really does nothing to stop the inevitable fight. Either choice, you are pushed away by Kenny and he throws a punch at Jane, which she evades and takes out her knife. The dialogue, of course reveals Kenny's thoughts and Jane's "justification" over the baby's supposed death.
Kenny: How could you kill a child.
Jane: I didn’t kill him. It was an ACCIDENT, Kenny.
Jane: I won’t back down from you, Kenny...I’m warning you.
Kenny believes Jane has killed the child, yet Jane claims that the baby's death is an accident. Now, I as a player don’t know whether to believe her, seeing as Jane has shown in the past her reluctance to accept AJ or even care about AJ. She even showed “concern” over Clem getting too close to AJ. But whatever the case, Jane has made it clear she will not back down and takes out her knife just to provoke Kenny to attack her. Now, you are given a few choices at this point. All of which reveals that both Kenny and Jane will not listen to Clem’s plea to reason, Kenny will not let Jane explain herself, and Jane views Kenny as "crazy". But both nonetheless will not back down and each of them tell Clem to "stay back" and "stay out of it". Jane then slowly puts her knife back into the holster. This of course shows me that Jane wants Clem to see Kenny attack her with her knife shiethed as she has planned all along.
I should note at this point that Clem DOES NOT HAVE TO INTERFERE IN THE FIGHT, at least not physically anyways. And of course you can stay silent all the way through.
At this point Kenny and Jane begin to struggle, and then it leads to Jane slashing Kenny's stomach almost to the point of being fatal, which makes Kenny retreat outside. Now, if this was all Jane's scheme to prove to Clem that Kenny is too irrational and violent to be with, then it would seem reasonable to stop the fight here and tell the truth, but Jane goes on the offensive to kill Kenny as she screams "THIS IS ALL YOUR F-ing FAULT". I would agree with Jane that it was Kenny’s fault for overreacting and attacking her, but again, this whole event was Jane's own doing because she knew very well that this is what would happen, and thus she's also at fault here.
As Kenny goes on the defensive and Jane goes on the offensive with her knife, Jane calls Kenny a "psycho", but Kenny retorts "THIS IS ON YOU". It is true that Kenny has increasingly become violent and irrationally stubborn, but again this whole situation is still Jane's fault, as she manipulates Kenny into losing control of his senses over AJ's supposed death. A few choices appear before us at this point.
Clementine can either ask Kenny for everyone to sit down and talk, to which Kenny replies, "Words ain't gonna fix this".
Or Clementine can tell Jane to back off, to which Jane completely abandons her plan and reveals her intent to kill Kenny by saying "No, Clem. It's time to put this crusty piece of shiz out of his misery".
Or she can reason with both, pointing out that they’re going to kill each other, to which both of them ignore her.
Or she can get between both Kenny and Jane and she can either hold Jane back and tell her to run, to which she refuses and pushes her down to the ground. Or she can hold Kenny back and tell him to stop, to which he refuses and pushes her down to the ground.
It becomes clear at this point that nothing you say will stop them from fighting as both of them have bloodlust in their eyes. Jane strikes at Kenny, but he flips her over and both fall to the ground. Jane quickly grabs Kenny's injured eye and begins stabbing her fingers into it. Kenny gets her off either by biting Jane's thumb or by Clem's help and quickly grabs the knife and stabs Jane on her leg, pushing Clem back onto the ground and reopening her bullet wound. Now the moment of truth arrives. You can either honor both Jane's and Kenny's wish to not get involved by not picking up the gun and letting whatever happens happen. Or you can pick up the gun. Of course, by doing this Jane takes notice and asks for your help.
Jane: Clem...help! (It should be noted that she never says this if you don’t pick up the gun.)
Now obviously, this whole situation is made by Jane to look like Kenny is the one who started the fight and that she is the victim in all this, but if you were rightly suspicious of Jane, you would clearly know that Jane played on Kenny’s emotions and pushed the situation too far that now they were at the point of wanting to killing each other. What's worse, now that Jane is asking for Clem’s help at this critical point against her previous wish for Clem to "stay out of it", Clem is essentially being asked to kill her old friend over something that Jane got herself into in the first place. The choice is clear. Jane was ultimately responsible for all of this, it was her scheme to provoke Kenny, it was her manipulation of Kenny’s already unstable emotions, it was her doing to get Kenny past the breaking point, and this is exactly what she wanted to happen, especially now that she wanted to kill Kenny against her original plan to just reveal Kenny's violent self. Therefore, both Jane and Kenny should be the one to deal with the consequences, not Clementine. Hence, either you don't pick up the gun, or you look away.
Now let's move on to Kenny's justification for killing Jane after realizing that AJ was alive all along.
When Clem tells Kenny that he didn’t have to kill Jane, he responds by saying "It was me or her, Clem. She was trying to kill me too. If she hadn't lied about Alvin here, it wouldn't have gone that far."
Kenny makes two valid point. That Jane was certainly intending to kill Kenny at the end, though not at first. And that if Jane hadn't lied, this whole drama would not have happened, and she wouldn't have died.
When Clem says that she thought Jane had killed AJ, Kenny says, "I was thinking the same thing, Clem. It’s why I was so fired up. She never wanted the baby around. She made that clear."
In this dialogue, Kenny admits that he did lose his senses because he believed Jane had killed AJ. As for his second point, he's right that Jane never wanted the baby around. If Clem had not have had such a close relationship with AJ, Jane would not have cared at all about the baby, especially since she kept referring to AJ as "it".
When Clem asks why Jane would lie about the baby, Kenny replies "She was nut’s Clem. A disturbed person that had her own agenda and was looking out for herself".
I can agree with Kenny that Jane was not thinking straight when she planned this. And she certainly had her own agenda. However, Jane wasn’t entirely looking out for herself, as she did do this for Clem, admittedly against Clem’s wishes, and therefore, serving Jane’s own selfish desire to keep Clem to herself. And I did have this feeling that Jane's attraction to Clem was more of a sister-complex rather than a real sisterly love. Jane was disturbed in that she saw in Clem everything that her sister Jaime wasn't, and therefore, became overly protective of Clem in that she went so far as to get Kenny out of the way.
Kenny goes on to explain, "Hey listen I didn’t want that to happen either. I thought she killed Alvie, Clem. And at any point she could have stopped what was happening by saying he was fine. She wanted a fight. I'd never, ever hurt you. You understand! I was protecting you. You believe me right? Just imagining what she did to Alvie, everything just went black. By the time I got my head straight. It was to late."
Kenny is right, Jane had every opportunity to stop the fight and tell the truth, especially since she proved her point and should have let Clem decide there and then whether to stay with Kenny or leave him. But it became clear that she wanted not only a fight, but Kenny’s death. Again, Kenny admits that he lost his marbles when he believed Jane had killed AJ. And it was his constant thought of what Jane might have done to AJ that fueled him to kill her, something which Jane herself could have stopped if she told the truth “at any point” of the fight, to use Kenny's words.
Next, when Clem points out that Kenny is dangerous, Kenny responds, "You're right Clem. But I'm trying to change. I'm workin' on it. Something broke inside me a long time ago and I've just been trying to hold it together. But I'm doing my best. I really am."
There's a saying "Crazy people don’t know they're crazy". In Kenny’s case, he knew that his violent and arrogant behavior was "crazy", but he himself was not a psychotic person; he still realized his mistakes and even promised to not be so violent. Hence, his statement "I'm trying to change. I'm workin' on it."
And when it came to Clem, he never physically abused her, or lied to her. He even apologized for yelling at her over Sarita's death, recognizing that he went too far and that Clem did her best to help Sarita. Despite his flaws, he nevertheless loved Clem as if she was his own daughter and was loyal to her to the point of getting beat up by Carver to protect her. And though he may have been verbally controlling at times, he nonetheless respected Clem’s choices. Kenny has gone through so much and tried his best to hold on to his sanity, and for Jane to ruin all his progress just to have Clem for herself is just immoral on so many levels. As Clem said to Kenny, "You were right about her. She was unstable. Always just looking out for herself."
Now let's examine Jane's justification after realizing that AJ is alive. But before I do, I want to give my reasons for why a player would want to choose to shoot Kenny.
One, the player might have been innocently clueless about Jane's scheme, and therefore, when Kenny was about to kill Jane the player thought that it was morally necessary to stop Kenny, hoping that by shooting Kenny he would not actually die. Two, the player knew of Jane's scheme and did not approve of it, but nonetheless, thought it pragmatically necessary to stop Kenny whom they saw as a threat.
I can understand players doing it for the first reason, but not for the second. I think those who did it for the second reason were not doing it out of pragmatic necessity, but rather out of fear of what might happen down the road. Essentially, it's not based on practical concerns, but rather irrational theoretical concerns. "Kenny is unstable, so what if Kenny does this or that". It's the kind of mindset that sees the worst in every situation and never gives a chance to anyone because of their distrust of everyone. This is what Jane was thinking, as I will show in my examination of her justification. We begin with Jane’s first dialogue:
Jane: I understand if you're upset. AJ was never in any danger. I was just...going to try to talk you into coming with me. I just thought if you saw Kenny like that you'd know we would have to leave him. Look Clem, I'm sorry. I didn't think Kenny would go that far. But it's over now, we're safe. We're going to be ok.
Right from the beginning many red flags appear.
First, Jane says that AJ was never in any danger. I beg to differ. The moment she left AJ alone in the car in the middle of a snowstorm in order to enact her scheme against Kenny she put AJ in danger. Many things could have gone wrong if her scheme had not worked. For example, Walkers have been known to have the mental capacity to open unlocked doors in both the comic series and the TV series, therefore, putting AJ in danger of being attacked by a nearby walker. Also, one should realize that if the baby had not cried and Jane died without revealing the truth about AJ being alive, then Kenny and Clem would have left without knowing that AJ was in a nearby car, and thus, AJ would really be in danger (Walkers, starvation, freeze to death, etc).
The next point Jane makes is that she was just "going to talk" to Clem into going with her. Yet, Jane never did such a thing. She failed once in the truck, but she never tried to talk to Clem in the building, Rather, she told her to "stay out of it".
Third, Jane had proved her point about Kenny being dangerous by showing Clem Kenny's violent reaction. But Jane didn't stop to tell Clem, "See, I told you he was crazy. Leave him Clem". Jane never gave Clem the choice to "leave him". Rather, she wanted Kenny dead as soon as he attacked her. She became just as irrationally violent as Kenny was.
Fourth, she claims that she "didn't think that Kenny would go that far". But that's a blatant lie. She knew very well that Kenny would go that far. In fact, she wanted it to go that far. Remember when Kenny had Jane pinned down with the knife in his hand,before he was about to kill her Kenny said "I'll kill you", to which Jane responded, "I knew you would". By Jane’s own words, she knew Kenny would try to kill her and wanted it to happen, hoping of course that she would kill him first. Let's move to the next dialogue.
Clementine: Upset, you’re f---ing crazy. How could you do this?
Jane: I had to do it, Clem. You saw how he reacted. I had to show you what he was capable of.
Clementine: So you put AJ in danger, and got my friend killed...just to prove a point.
Jane: It was a stupid plan. I should have never lied to you. But I thought it was the only way you would see.
Clem easily saw through Jane's scheme. Yet, Jane defends herself by saying that she "had to do it". But that's not true. She didn't have to do it at all. In fact, earlier on in the truck she was going to apologize and reconcile with Kenny. She said "Kenny, I’m...", but she was immediately interrupted by Kenny's practical concern for diesel as the truck was close to being empty. As soon as Kenny left, she was consumed by her hate for him and irrationally convinced herself there and then that she had to get rid of Kenny, that she "had to do it". Now some might say that Kenny would not accept her apology anyways or was too unstable to be reconciled with. Yet, that also is not true, as we have seen Kenny apologize and reconcile with Clem, as well as feeling sorry for what happened to AJ’s father, Alvin, and thinking highly of him. He even felt remorse over beating up Arvo. Point is: Kenny is able to be reconciled with. Jane however, saw the worst in Kenny, and therefore, didn’t want to reconcile with him.
Second, Jane recognizes that her plan was foolish and that she shouldn't have lied to Clem. Here, she admits that this was her responsibility, and she feels sorry that Clem was forced to kill Kenny because of her deception.
Third, Jane also admits that she was wrong in thinking that this was the only way for Clem to realize that Kenny was too violent to be around. Let's move to the next dialogue.
Clem: I don’t understand.
Jane: Kenny, was dangerous, and I needed you to see that. One way or another.
In this dialogue, as opposed to the first, Jane shows no remorse over what she did, but is instead emphatic in her belief that Kenny was too dangerous and needed to be put down. But of course, we know from the first dialogue that this is not true. If Kenny was dangerous, then Jane too is dangerous to be around as she herself has been shown to be anti-social, trusts no one, abandons the group (who returns only for her affection of Clem), and is manipulative in order to achieve what she wants to the detriment of others. But I must point out that she has been shown to be redeemable of these flaws. The reason why I bring up these flaws is that Kenny would never scheme to get rid of Jane because of her flaws. Therefore, Jane also should never have schemed against Kenny because of his flaws. Let's move to the next dialogue.
Clementine: Oh my God! Kenny!
Jane: You have to forgive me, please. We can just leave all this behind us. Please, I did it for you Clem. For us. We're free now.
Clementine: I'm not going anywhere with you.
Jane: Clem, please. I did this for you....I can’t do this alone. Ok?! Is that what you want to here?
In this dialogue, Jane says she did this for Clem, but as I have already pointed out a few times already, she did this for herself. She did this for her selfish desire to have Clem.
Jane also claims that she and Clem are "free now". While Kenny had a "It’s my way or the highway" attitude, never once did he force others to follow him and he also was open to follow other people's direction if that is what the group wanted (few examples: whether to let Rebecca rest awhile or leave in the morning, or when the group decided to go to Arvo's place). Jane on the other hand, has been trying to make Clem see the world from a hopeless, untrusting, everyone for themselves, lone wolf perspective. Jane’s false charge that Clem was not "free" with Kenny is groundless.
Finally, Jane reveals her selfish nature when she says, "I can't do this alone. Ok?! Is that what you want to here?". Apparently, she never really meant it that she "can't do this alone" because she asked Clem if that's what she wanted to hear. Jane would say anything to get Clem on her side. But at this point it's too late, Clem leaves Jane, knowing that she can't be trusted.
But now let's look at what Clem says if you forgive Jane.
Clementine: You were right about Kenny...all along...you knew what he was going to do.
Clem has apparently contradicted Jane when she says, "you knew what he was going to do". Jane earlier had said that she "didn't think Kenny would go that far". A blatant lie, of course, as I have already shown above. But in Clem's dialogue, she believed that Jane "knew what he was going to do", contradicting Jane's lie.
Though I can't help but feel that this dialogue seems out of place. I imagine that those players who forgave Jane didn't want Clem to also agree with Jane’s logic by saying this. This should have been a separate choice.
One last thing, I know some will charge me as a Kenny fanboy, but I'm not (though I guess my avatar isn't helping me, LOL. I don't know how to import my own pic yet). Anyways, when it came to Kenny's family and their safety I would always side with Kenny, but when it came to every other decision. my Lee always opposed him. I always saw Kenny as a jerk, admittedly a loyal jerk. but he certainly was not my favorite character. That place belongs to Luke (rest in peace, my friend). My Clem always opposed Kenny's rash, thoughtless decisions and always pointed out his flaws, to which Kenny would admit he's a jerk who's trying to do better. And yet I always recognized Kenny as a loyal companion who cared about the group. Jane was a very smart person who knew how to take care of herself, and despite her cold nature, she made strides to make it work out in the group, admittedly for Clem's sake and not her own. Ultimately her downfall was her own doing, and I did not allow Clem to take part in her guilt. She let her fear of Kenny drive her to do something completely immoral and irrational. And her attempts to justify it fails miserably.
So this is my analysis of the Kenny and Jane fight. For those who read through it all. Thanks so much :)
SOME OTHER THOUGHTS CONCERNING THE FIGHT
I keep on hearing that the main reason why some Jane supporters chose to shoot Kenny was because he was way too dangerous (psychotic, insane, deranged, etc., which he was not as I have already explained above). And some of the evidences they give is that Kenny didn't believe Jane's "story" that AJ’s death was an "accident", and therefore, irrationally attacked her. I agree that Kenny had irrationally attacked Jane, but he was certainly justified in not believing her "story", not because we knew this after the fact, but because of Jane’s uncaring attitude towards AJ. Hence, this is why Kenny said that her "story" (i.e. AJ’s death being an "accident") was "Bullshiz". That was my own thought as well, as Jane had shown no concern for AJ in Episode 4 and 5 until the very end when Clem became attached to AJ, and therefore, only "cared" about AJ for Clem's sake.
Now some might say that Jane was merely attempting to defuse the situation by telling a "believable" lie. But I disagree that Jane was trying to defuse the situation, especially since simply saying "It was an accident" was not believable enough for Kenny (and Me as a player who has seen her disinterested concern over AJ). If Jane truly wanted to defuse the situation, One: it would go counter to her scheme of trying to force Kenny to lose his marbles, as she was doing this to make Clem realize that Kenny was too violent to be with, and therefore, convince her to leave him (at least that was her original plan, which she later abandoned in order to murder Kenny). Two, she would need to explain what she meant by "it was an accident". She certainly had enough time to explain herself (around 15 seconds before Kenny charged at her), but instead she chose to threaten and insult Kenny (twice), and therefore, never attempted to defuse the situation.
Now some might say that 15 seconds is too short a time to explain. I beg to differ, read this hypothetical explanation.
(Look, AJ froze to death in my hands and walkers came after me. One of them grabbed me so I had to let go of AJ and free myself. I couldn’t go back for him, alright!? There was too many!)
A fairly good explanation. One that can be read within 15 seconds. But, let’s say for argument sake that 15 seconds is too short for Jane to explain herself. The very fact that she didn’t try to defuse the situation, but instead wanted Kenny to flip out on her, shows that she gave herself 15 seconds, not that she had 15 seconds to explain herself. She never wanted to explain herself, she wanted to fight. She tempted Kenny to fight her by purposefully being vague about AJ’s supposed death, and therefore, make him suspicious of her to the point of wanting to harm her over AJ’s death.
Of course, to Clem's perspective, and therefore, the player's perspective, for Jane to simply say "It was an accident", means that she was purposefully trying to make us believe that she was the innocent victim in this situation, while purposefully being vague and suspect in Kenny's eyes. It's obviously clear, then, that Jane was being manipulative, as she had intentionally made her lie vague in order to enrage Kenny into thinking that she had killed AJ, while at the same time profess her innocence towards Clem (the players). This is an unmistakable fact, as Jane herself confirmed that she had lied to Clementine and that AJ was in fact alive all along. Essentially, Jane had manipulated a man whom she thought was a "psycho", but was in fact a broken man who had suffered the loss of so many loved ones, and therefore, had naturally (but unjustifiably) attacked a woman whom he perceived as untrustworthy and selfish (which is true to a certain extent). Jane had also manipulated a little girl who has had so many of her friends die at the hands of other people, and if Clem had shot Kenny, Jane would have unwittingly made Clem kill one of her last friends over Jane’s own deception and failure to kill Kenny herself.
Another similar argument that Jane Supporters bring up in order to prove that Kenny was psychotic was that Kenny irrationally assumed that Jane had murdered AJ when he had no reason to believe that, despite Jane's lie that AJ’s death was an "accident".
However, Kenny did have a reason to believe that Jane murdered AJ. He fought Jane because he thought she had murdered AJ on the grounds that Jane didn’t want AJ around, as she thought of him as a liability. Any parents or guardians would feel very upset in this situation and maybe even feel wrathful, especially towards someone they know they can’t trust. Even Rebecca would feel intense anger towards Jane, whom she also did not trust. And as I said before, calling AJ's supposed death an "accident" does not suffice to defuse the situation, at least not in this case, especially since Kenny rightly called "BS" on her excuse (and so did I as a player). Everyone knows that you cannot expect Kenny (or any parental figure for that matter) to be rational about this when it concerns someone he loves, especially since Jane herself isn't being rational either. She is purposefully lying to Kenny and Clem, and intentionally provoking Kenny to attack her because of her vagueness concerning AJ, her unwillingness to explain herself, and her several threats and insults towards Kenny. And the reason why she does all these irrational things is so she can push her agenda in proving a point and getting Clem on her side. Yet, Jane goes too far in that not only is she trying to push a broken, grieving man to the breaking point, but now she’s trying to kill him for it. Any reasoning at this point is out of the question as Jane has made it clear that instead of telling the truth to Kenny that AJ is alive, she now wants to murder him. Whatever good intention she had for Clem is no longer relevant.
Now I don’t want people to think that Jane purposefully tried to suggest to Kenny that she murdered AJ. She doesn’t, especially since it would go against her entire scheme to get Clem on her side by making her believe that she is innocent of AJ’s death. However, her vagueness about AJ’s supposed death, "it was an accident", was meant to make Kenny doubt her on purpose, given how she had shown no concern for AJ in episode 4 and 5, and thus, Kenny would naturally jump to conclusions and attack her because of it. In Jane’s sick and twisted plot to use AJ against Kenny and deceive him this way, she wanted Kenny to overeact and attack her. She wanted to break up the group, all for the sake of Clem’s "freedom" and "survival". But if surviving means you lie to your friends and turn against those you perceive to be a liability (especially a baby), then there really is no point in surviving in the first place. A survivalistic mindset makes one lose their humanity, lose their future, lose their hope, and all that’s left is a selfish person who wants to satisfy her own wants and needs to the detriment of others.
Again, Jane Supporters point to Kenny's supposed admission to Clem during the Wellington endings that he's too dangerous as proof that even he knew he was "psychotic".
This ignores the fact that "crazy people don’t know they’re crazy" as I explained above, but nonetheless, Kenny never admitted such a thing to Clem. What Kenny actually said was "I don’t trust myself to keep you two safe...not anymore". Clearly, Kenny believed his abusive behavior towards others (but never towards Clem and AJ) would put Clem and AJ in danger. This is why he didn’t trust himself to keep Clem and AJ safe from others (that and he’s also visually impaired in one eye). He never once thought of himself as "psychotic", instead he saw himself as a bad influence on Clem and AJ. But family is family! You can’t abandon them simply because they stopped believing in themselves. This is why Clem is there to prove him wrong. And if Kenny can still show the kind of compassion and selflessness he showed in the Wellington endings, then there is always still hope for him to believe in himself and become better.
Next, Jane supporters point to Kenny somehow admitting that he is a liability after waking up from the beating he took from Carver, and therefore, proving that Kenny would want us to shoot him during the Kenny/Jane fight.
Yet, that's not true. During episode 3, while everyone is coming up with a plan to escape Carver's camp and Kenny is still in a coma, Clem says to the group, "Kenny would want us to go...he’d want us all safe. It’s what he’d tell us if he could". Then Kenny wakes up and responds, "It’d be something like that". Clearly, what both Clem and Kenny were telling us is that Kenny is selfless, virtuous, and considerate enough to stay behind if it meant that the others could escape safely. Clem was bringing up a hypothetical situation in which if it came down to it, he would put the needs of others ahead of himself. In this case, it would be the group’s chance of escaping safely. Essentially, Kenny agreed with Clem that he wouldn't want his inability to move to slow the group down or diminish the group’s chance to escape, and therefore, he would be willing to be left behind if it meant that the group could escape successfully. This dialogue does not ever suggest, neither explicitly nor implicitly, that Kenny wanted to be left behind because he thought of himself as a liability to the group.
Finally, Jane Supporters point to Kenny's dialogue in the tent after Sarita has died, in which he says, "Why couldn’t Carver have just finished me off? Obviously, I ain’t helping anyone by being here.", as proof that Kenny believes he is a liability and is no longer useful or helpful to the group.
Now, one should realize that Kenny has recently suffered the loss of another person he loves, Sarita, so it's no surprise that he feels depressed and hopeless at this point. However, his statement that he is not helping anyone by still being alive is not true, as Clem rightly points out that Kenny has helped her a lot in the past and that Rebecca needs his help to deliver the baby, which he does successfully, and in the process, gives him a reason to keep living and the strength to keep moving and change for the better. Hence, it's NOT true that Kenny is a liability or that he's useless. The only reason to believe that Kenny is a liability or useless is if the player has already made up his/her mind to give up on him and believe in Jane's irrational fear of him as being “too dangerous” or “psychotic” (false charges as I've explained above).