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Meat locker: What if....

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If it was Katjaa who passed out and died in the meat locker of a heart attack, and Kenny was trying to revive her while Lilly was trying to smash her head in, who would you have helped? How does it differ from the your reaction to the larry situation?

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  • I would have saved anyone even the Saint John's brother or the stranger

    No one deserves to die

  • I didn't like Larry at all, but I couldn't watch Lilly desperately try to save him on her own. So I tried my best but the ZA had other plans. :/

  • @Hudomonkey said: I would have saved anyone even the Saint John's brother or the stranger

    No one deserves to die


    What about Danny? The Governor? Negan?

  • @Rommel49 said: From a strictly impartial standpoint, I actually couldn't really blame Larry for trying to get rid of Lee, we just tend not to see it that way because Lee's well, us. He knew Lee was a convicted murderer. Most of us would probably have issues with having a guy convicted of theft around our valuables, or a registered sex offender around kids. I can certainly see why someone wouldn't want to take any chances with a convicted murderer around their daughter.

    Also from a strictly impartial standpoint, I still blame Larry. I don't blame you for not blaming him, but here's why his actions are still deplorable from my perspective.

    If Lee had been a convicted sex offender, then aside from and possibly even after a VERY convincing conversation about how he was simply caught urinating near a school zone at midnight where he assumed no kids would be, I would've rallied the group against him and made sure he was no longer her caregiver. That's what a sane person does. They investigate and consult and act in proportion to the circumstances. They don't quietly attempt murder without making the slightest inquiry. This because they know they are not omniscient judges and the justice system is not infallible either. Of all survivors besides Chuck later on, Larry has the most life experience, so he has had the most time to learn life is more complex than that. For all Larry knows, Lee killed the man who was screwing his wife because he thought someone had broken in and she was being raped. As Lee tells it later, it was an accident, but for me that's irrelevant to the circumstances. Working from Larry's perspective, he still had no right to do what he did, despite how scary a ZA would admittedly be with no cops around to call anymore. Of all the group, Larry is the most capable of stopping Lee if something did happen anyway, but Carley doesn't go shooting Lee out of hand despite knowing what's up.

    Whatever went down, murder convictions are never black and white, and a single murder is quite different from being a serial killer--it may have been a false conviction or a frame or self-defense that just ended up looking bad... there's a reason vigilantism is frowned on. Even if you find someone standing over a body, despite how it looks, you don't know if they were the person who committed the deed or just an unfortunate witness. It could be either, and as such you don't have the right to just throw them out a window. You have a right to defend yourself if they threaten you, but not to just murder them when they're unarmed right after they've handed you your asthma inhaler out of concern for your welfare.

    In the same vein, sane people don't try to kill a child for being bloodstained without wanting to even look for a bite wound. Of all the people in that room, Larry has the LEAST reason to be afraid of a tiny, frail child, being a military man with a military daughter, the two people most capable of defending themselves. If Lilly were 10, I could see it, but she is in the Air Force and in her 30s for crying out loud! Being protective is one thing--lots of people are protective without trying to kill strangers at the slightest sign of possible danger.

    As for Lee being "us," well, 47% of gamers are female, up from 42% just a few years ago. I myself am white, female, and "five feet and small change", as Harry Dresden would say. I share no superficial traits with Lee, I'm not from the same place as him, I'm not in the education business, I don't have a child to protect... the list goes on. I'm probably somewhat close to his age and I like his look, voice, and personality, but that's as far as it goes. His lack of breasts and tendency to flirt with girls rule him out for standing in as a surrogate for me. I liked him, but that's not why I defend him. I defend him because even when he was in the back of a police car talking about his murder conviction and I didn't know him from Adam or Cain, my gut told me he was not a monster, whatever he might have done.

    Convictions mean nothing by themselves. Ever heard of the Innocence Project? Ever seen the Shawshank Redemption? Even without those possibilities on the table, extenuating circumstances exist. Would I be wary of a convicted killer? Absolutely. Less so one that I saw caring for a little girl and protecting another small family, assuming he didn't give me any creepy vibes. I might take action of some sort. But I'd see it as both judgmental and suicidal to go around snarling at a person I (presumably sincerely) believe is a murderer, then making a half-assed attempt at killing him right in front of the girl he was caring for, showing absolutely no concern for how it would traumatize her.

    "Convicted murderer" is a red flag. It demands caution, not casual and hypocritical murder.

    It's not that I don't find Larry and Lilly sympathetic to a degree, but they are not what anyone could call stable people, and their actions towards Lee and Carley are simply inexcusable. I think the fact that both attempt to kill undeserving people when the pressure is on is not a coincidence at all.

    It's too bad Lilly's mom died. Maybe she was the moderating influence on them both. If I were in the group of survivors, I would try to make everyone mend fences. I would try to help both become better people. But what Larry did is still as dead wrong as what his daughter does later after she cracks.

    At worst, Larry is a borderline sociopath. At best, his instincts and judgments about people are the worst ever, and his morals are extremely questionable. Lee is a decent guy Larry judges psychotic enough to immediately try to kill him despite Lee saving his life and protecting a little girl and going on missions to help the group; the St. John family he judges to be wonderful angels from heaven despite the creepy vibes rolling off them in waves (yes, I felt it even before I knew they were cannibal murderers; I didn't know what I felt but I knew something was off, which I assume most people did sooner or later, if nothing else around the point where they started probing about the group's defenses and state of leadership). It's pretty hard to defend him when he trusts his own incredibly terrible judgment after having had an entire lifetime in which to view the results of his own poor decisions about other human beings, to the point where he attempts murder based on what he read in the papers.

    @Rommel49 said: I would have saved anyone even the Saint John's brother or the stranger

    No one deserves to die

    That's the kind of attitude that gets people eaten. When someone is murdering human beings, and their entire philosophy revolves around thin justifications for doing so, they are going to kill more people. The St. John brothers are two of the few people in the TWD universe who pretty much have to die so that they don't keep murdering other living humans. They have developed a taste for human meat and that's not going to change. Sure, you could leave them on the farm after what they did to Mark. But then the next group of poor, unsuspecting survivors that comes along is likely as doomed as he was.

    Some people are just going to keep on killing because they like it, and as soon as you've confirmed that beyond a reasonable doubt, saving them is the same as killing many more people. You may feel better--"I'm a good person because I saved someone!" but I'm pretty sure if their future victims could talk they'd have a lot of things to say about your supposed 'virtue.' Assuaging your conscience at the cost of others' lives is pretty shaky moral ground to stand on. Would you really admire someone who saved Ted Bundy's life, allowing him to rape and murder more people, above someone who said, "I'm not going to risk my life and my companions' lives by pulling him up from that cliff he's dangling off of just so that I can feel like the hero"? If you ask me, saving him seems pretty selfish besides being incredibly foolish in a world where there are no cops to call about the monstrous things he did.

  • @CarScar said: .. I could never bring myself to kill Katjaa because she reminds me so much of my own mother.

    That goes for me too..

  • @Wynne said: Also from a strictly impartial standpoint, I still blame Larry. I don't blame you for not blaming him, but here's why his actions are still deplorable from my perspective.

    If Lee had been a convicted sex offender, then aside from and possibly even after a VERY convincing conversation about how he was simply caught urinating near a school zone at midnight where he assumed no kids would be, I would've rallied the group against him and made sure he was no longer her caregiver. That's what a sane person does. They investigate and consult and act in proportion to the circumstances. They don't quietly attempt murder without making the slightest inquiry. This because they know they are not omniscient judges and the justice system is not infallible either. Of all survivors besides Chuck later on, Larry has the most life experience, so he has had the most time to learn life is more complex than that.

    Except Lee never even denies his crime when questioned by people who knew what happened (hell, he can even tell Carley that he knew about the affair beforehand). That kinda rules out "he was innocent, and he was in the minority of cases where the justice system screwed up". Further, he actively conceals his connection to the family pharmacy. Add in the fact that from anybody else's point of view he's also inexplicably wandering free and not in prison shortly after a murder conviction? No part of that exactly suggests good intentions or innocence on Lee's part.

    In a survival scenario, there's really not much you can do about a potential risk except to kill them unless you want to chance it biting you in the ass later. You can't exactly imprison such a person (lack of facilities and it expends meagre resources needed to survive on a nonproductive person), and even just keeping them around splits the group's focus (which can be deadly in and of itself). It also doesn't matter how big and strong somebody is if you're keeping a potential danger around, since people eventually need to you know, sleep.

    Duck's a seperate issue, and while I sided with Kenny on it, Larry's concern was understandable (hell, on my first run it looked like Duck might've been bit to me). The fact that Duck picked that moment to be quiet and not say anything for himself didn't help. Seconds and minutes can count in life or death situations. Being ex-military isn't as big a boon as you'd think either (even excluding for the moment that Lilly was Chair Force), we're primarily trained to fight with weapons and Carley had the only one among the group... and none of it matters if they get bit.

    As for Lee being "us," well, 47% of gamers are female, up from 42% just a few years ago. I myself am white, female, and "five feet and small change", as Harry Dresden would say. I share no superficial traits with Lee, I'm not from the same place as him, I'm not in the education business, I don't have a child to protect... the list goes on. I'm probably somewhat close to his age and I like his look, voice, and personality, but that's as far as it goes.

    I meant we see the narrative through his eyes, his choices are our choices, etc. by definition, it biases the player towards his point-of-view. I didn't believe that was a difficult concept to grasp or one which would actually require explanation.

  • I would save Katjaa..Now,no offense Larry's fans but Fuck him..Lee almost got killed in ep 1 because of this asshole and I hated Lilly and Larry from the begining.What goes around comes back around.Now this is my opinion,so don't start..

  • Well, theoretically you could go about the apocalypse without killing anyone. Just use the walkers as your weapon. The situation in the St. Johns farm can be defused without killing the St. Johns by your hand, while still removing them as a threat.

  • @Rock114 said: A big reason I helped Kenny originally was because of Larry's massive size and strength. If it had been anyone else, I may have tried to save them. Katjaa isn't nearly as strong as Larry, so I would have been willing to take the risk. I would have told Lilly to stand by with the salt-lick though.

    This.

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