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Thoughts on Episode 2 *Spoilers, obviously*

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I realise I'm half a year late with this, but what the heck.

I finished Episode 2 a few days ago and I have to say having done Episode 3 on Friday I am constantly impressed at how these just get better and better. Sadly, I already had the ending (at least what happens to Lee & Clem) spoilt for me by several rude people, but bar that I have no idea about the other characters and the path to get there.

Anyway, am I the only one who was let down by 'the reveal' at Episode 2? They spent so long forshadowing something was going down and I think all of us knew St. Johns was far too perfect before the bandits/walkers arrived. The whole "Tell 'em whatcha got planned!", Danny's clear... uhm... instability, the bloody barn, it just screamed "CANNIBALS!" the whole time and made the reveal sort of... "Really?"

I was expecting the twist to be that there was no twist. The bloody meat was from slaughtered animals or something. I agreed with Lily: get the food, get the hell out of there and if they're good people we can continue a trade. I personally expected Lee to open the barn, find nothing inside, Mark comes out all patched up, but because he went and messed with the generator the zombies begin to pour in and it gets abandoned or the bandits raid the place. Mark, Danny and their mother are obviously unimpressed and Lee/Kenny discuss whether or not to tell anybody about what they did.

Just my thoughts. The climax was excellent though.

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  • I honestly didn't realize they were cannibals until I saw Mark with his legs cut off. That was a pretty good reveal to me.

  • @FarmerJoe said: I knew they were cannibals the moment I saw them,don't trust dairy farmers...



    ^this and that my Rick Senses were tingling.

  • @Arbitrator said:
    I was expecting the twist to be that there was no twist. The bloody meat was from slaughtered animals or something. I agreed with Lily: get the food, get the hell out of there and if they're good people we can continue a trade. I personally expected Lee to open the barn, find nothing inside, Mark comes out all patched up, but because he went and messed with the generator the zombies begin to pour in and it gets abandoned or the bandits raid the place. Mark, Danny and their mother are obviously unimpressed and Lee/Kenny discuss whether or not to tell anybody about what they did.

    Just my thoughts. The climax was excellent though.



    Episode 2 is my favourite, but it isn't perfect.

    I didn't really catch on until I saw Mark, partly because I'm naturally trusting (sometimes), partly because I wanted things to be good. So for me, the reveal was shocking and awesome.

    That said, after playing the game, I too think it would have been interesting to have the St. Johns completely innocent, but your suspicion gets you thrown out or gets them killed. What you suggested as an alternative could have been a neat twist.

    Still, I loved the episode and just about everything about it.

  • @Saracenar said: Episode 2 is my favourite, but it isn't perfect.

    I didn't really catch on until I saw Mark, partly because I'm naturally trusting (sometimes), partly because I wanted things to be good. So for me, the reveal was shocking and awesome.

    That said, after playing the game, I too think it would have been interesting to have the St. Johns completely innocent, but your suspicion gets you thrown out or gets them killed. What you suggested as an alternative could have been a neat twist.

    Still, I loved the episode and just about everything about it.



    a bit like the film Tucker and Dale vs Evil where hillbillies living in a cabin in the woods are mistaken to be your typical horror film murderers then hilarity ensues (it's a comedy)

  • I figured episode 2 would be about cannibals the moment the St Johns showed at the motor inn.

    That said, Tucker and Dale vs Evil was a fantastic movie.

  • @DreadMagus said: I figured episode 2 would be about cannibals the moment the St Johns showed at the motor inn.

    That said, Tucker and Dale vs Evil was a fantastic movie.



    Were the pirate senses tingling?

  • Just seemed a little too obvious.

    Plus the title.

    And when Danny blew off Ben on the way to the farm, it sealed it.

  • It was too obvious. But it was so well done I didn't mind.

  • My mind set for episode 2...

    Beginning: This is too good to be true. Surely nothing is going on... :rolleyes:

    Halfway: But the music is so soothing and Lily is just making me paranoid and although I agree with Kenny that it's worth looking behind that mysterious locked door in the barn just to ease my troubled mind I'm sure everything is going to be fine because the bandits are the real bad guys, right? RIGHT? :confused:

    Reveal: Aaaaarrrrrggh! Yuck! Ewww! I suspected something but still it's even worse than I imagined! :eek:

    Ending: Epic! :D

  • I had'em pegged for cannibals around the second time Brenda told me I couldn't see Mark. Either that, or when I shot Jolene (yeah I did it). At the very least I knew something was up. Andy actually played pretty well though. If it weren't for his mom and brother continuously dropping "hints" about dinner, they might have gotten away with it. Still, when Kenny said he suspected something too I said "Finally someone else gets it!" Of course, Andy almost threw me for a loop when he gave his explanation about the blood. It seemed plausible, he seemed like an ok guy, and it was dinner time. I actually started to trust them (a little, but not much) until I found Mark. Then it was "Goddamnit, I knew I was right", stop Clem from eating, head smash, exact vengeance, all that...

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