I recently did a playthrough of the game where my main goal was to get Kenny to at the end of episode four say, "You're my best bro, of course I'm coming with you to save Clementine." But at the same time, I also wanted to see what happened when I made choices I had not yet made.
[LIST]In episode one, I saved Duck when before I saved Shawn. For Kenny.[/LIST]
[list]In episode two, I helped him kill Larry when before I tried to save him. For Kenny.[/list]
[list]I chose to steal the food from the car, didn't before. For Kenny.[/list]
[list]In episode three, I killed the girl while on the run to the pharmacy. I had already played through both ways and didn't want to sit through those screams again. Against Kenny.[/list]
[list]I kept my past a secret. Against Kenny.[/list]
[list]I chose to keep Lilly where before I always left her behind. Against Kenny.[/list]
[list]I fought him in the train instead of trying to talk him down. Against Kenny.[/list]
[list]I made him kill Duck. Against Kenny.[/list]
[list]In episode four, I also made him kill the boy in the attic. Against Kenny (arguably).[/list]
[list]I dropped Ben. For Kenny.[/list]
By this count, that is 4 decisions for Kenny, 6 against. And yet when I asked him to come with me, he didn't hesitate. He was there for me. Out of curiosity, I went back and didn't drop Ben. When I asked him to come with me again, I got the "Would you be there for me?" spiel.
My reason for saying this is disturbing is that the decisions that have the most impact on how much Kenny likes me are the ones where I must consciously choose to kill a living, breathing human. The Larry decision without a doubt holds the most amount of clout in the game, with the Ben decision a likely second. Yes, Larry may have already been dead, but we don't know, and in any non-zombie situation a person would automatically attempt to save him. The point is that in both situations, Kenny opted for killing, and yet he is made to be Lee's greatest friend nearly from the very beginning.
I know that most of you likely have thought about this somewhat, but when all is put together, how much does Kenny deserve his (possible but likely) death? And are his actions worthy of redemption? Should we view him with sympathetic eyes, or should he still be remembered as a monster?