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On the lifespan of TWD's characters.

posted by Xebioz on - last edited - Viewed by 906 users

This contains ep. 4 spoilers.

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Am I the only one concerned that changing out so much of the cast kind of diminishes the emotional impact of losing those characters? I mean losing Chuck, as bad as it was, really couldn't compare to the scene where we lost Lilly or the death of Doug/Carley. To me, the fact that the lifespan of the characters keep getting shortened really hurts this aspect of TWD.

It also seems like the story is moving too fast. Look at for example the series. For half of the second season it's pretty much one TT episode, if even that. The fact that the story moves along so fast, killing off everyone and then instantly replacing them makes me at this point less interested in learning about new cast members.

That's my take, what's yours?

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  • The reason for this is, that this way, it's easier, i.e. faster, for TTG to do the game.

    Ever wondered why Doug/Carley pretty much didnt show up the whole Ep.2, except for maybe 5% of it? And why they gotta die almost right at the start of Ep.3?
    Because it's less work. If they'd played any important role after the episodes they could die in, you'd simply have to program a lot more, you'd have more dialogue to write and record and so on for a character that won't even be in every playthrough and you'd have to consider and implement a lot more options/social interactions into the whole game.
    So TTG chose the easy way to do this and either kill em right of the start of the next episode or let em play little to no role in the next.
    I'm guessing Ben won't make it far in the final episode.

  • @Digestif said: The reason for this is, that this way, it's easier, i.e. faster, for TTG to do the game.

    Ever wondered why Doug/Carley pretty much didnt show up the whole Ep.2, except for maybe 5% of it? And why they gotta die almost right at the start of Ep.3?
    Because it's less work. If they'd played any important role after the episodes they could die in, you'd simply have to program a lot more, you'd have more dialogue to write and record and so on for a character that won't even be in every playthrough and you'd have to consider and implement a lot more options/social interactions into the whole game.
    So TTG chose the easy way to do this and either kill em right of the start of the next episode or let em play little to no role in the next.
    I'm guessing Ben won't make it far in the final episode.

    Of course I get this, but that doesn't really have anything to do with lifespan at all. What you state is difficulties with branching storylines (which wasn't really my main point although a valid one).

  • Well I felt real bad for leaving Chuck behind knowing that was most likely the last time I'd see him, finding his body at least gave me a bit of closure, and know that he didn't turn helped. Now Omid I was certain was gonna die ever since episode 3 came out, and really thought he was at the end which sucked so much cause I really liked the guy. But then when he stood up alive, I was happier beyond words :D. That's the second time this guy tricked me into thinking he was a goner. Was the happiest I felt all episode long.

    So I'd say they did a really good job making me care about the group newbies despite having hardly spent any time with them.

  • @Yertos said: Well I felt real bad for leaving Chuck behind knowing that was most likely the last time I'd see him, finding his body at least gave me a bit of closure, and know that he didn't turn helped. Now Omid I was certain was gonna die ever since episode 3 came out, and really thought he was at the end which sucked so much cause I really liked the guy. But then when he stood up alive, I was happier beyond words :D. That's the second time this guy tricked me into thinking he was a goner. Was the happiest I felt all episode long.

    So I'd say they did a really good job making me care about the group newbies despite having hardly spent any time with them.

    Again good points, but not really mine. My point was that the emotional impact of killing characters off is lessened when it happens 2-3 times an episode as opposed to 1 or maybe an episode without deaths just for character interaction. Maybe it's just me, but i'm much less interested in the series now than I was after episode 2, just because the story now seems to rush it's way towards a finish.

  • Lol, this was all I could think about when Vernon (that was the right name right?) talked about the death of that one chick and mentions that he doesn't feel anything he should feel something but just doesn't.

  • Eh, not really. Chuck was only recently introduced so I felt about as much as was intended for him.

    I agree Doug/Carley was badly done, but I had no such problem in this episode.

  • Am I honestly the only one who was impacted by Chuck's death? I genuinely liked the guy and it really made me upset that he didn't even make it past the first cutscene ;-;

  • @Donut Funn said: Am I honestly the only one who was impacted by Chuck's death? I genuinely liked the guy and it really made me upset that he didn't even make it past the first cutscene ;-;

    Same, I was hoping he would make it to the last episode. I'm happy we got the choice to kill Ben, though.

  • I liked Chuck too, and was a bit sad that he died. We didn't get nearly as much time with him to build up a connection as others though.

    And this was, actually an episode with very FEW deaths. Brie and Chuck are unavoidable, while Molly's, Ben's and (possibly Omid, if you take Clem with you) are all completely optional. That goes from 4 (maybe 5) characters dying to just 2 depending on what you choose to do.

  • @Rock114 said: (possibly Omid, if you take Clem with you)

    Omid is fine either way. Nothing happens to him if you take Clem with you.

    Edit: Let's see character deathcount for each episode
    EP1: 4-5 (Cop, Shawn, Chet*, Doug/Carley, Irene)
    EP2: 8 (Larry, Mark, David Parker, Travis, Jolene, Andy, Danny, Brenda)
    EP3: 3 (Katjaa, Duck, Doug/Carley)
    EP4: 2-4 (Ben*, Charles, Molly*, Brie)

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