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Should we have told Clementine about her parents?

posted by JudeDismas on - last edited - Viewed by 1.7K users

While I was playing I, like many it seems, avoided telling Clementine that her parents were probably dead. Now I know telling her doesn't really effect anything in the plot, but if this were happening in real life, do you think it would be better to tell her the truth?

I mean, on one hand, we don't know for sure that her parents are dead, and the possibility that they may be alive seems to give her some hope.

On the other hand, she does several dangerous things trying to find her parents, and it seems wrong to lie to her about something so important.

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  • @AnekiGX said: Seems like it was obvious that the parents were dead from the answering machine's messages? How did people tell? I didn't even hear any commotion in the background, only that the call was cut off which I assumed was because the line or electricity was cut off. :confused:

    I thought the crying from the mother was because she knew of the situation of their hometown and was worried sick about Clementine. :(

    But on hindsight, her cracking up was also because she knew the end was coming and she was wishing against all hope that her daughter could still be or would be alive... I guess I'm too dense to make that out... :(

    "Ed had accident with some guy at the motel" - or something like that, that's reason why were they at hospital.

  • @AnekiGX said: Seems like it was obvious that the parents were dead from the answering machine's messages? How did people tell? I didn't even hear any commotion in the background, only that the call was cut off which I assumed was because the line or electricity was cut off. :confused:

    In the first message, the mother tells the babysitter they are delayed because the father got attacked by a crazy guy, which suggest that a walker got him during the early days of the outbreak.

    In the third message, you hear heavy automatic gunfire in background as the mother desperately tells Clem to call the police for help. The gunfire in the background suggests that where her mother was, the walkers were about to overrun the military or police guarding it (similar to the WABE "sign off").

  • @double_u said: In the first message, the mother tells the babysitter they are delayed because the father got attacked by a crazy guy, which suggest that a walker got him during the early days of the outbreak.

    In the third message, you hear heavy automatic gunfire in background as the mother desperately tells Clem to call the police for help. The gunfire in the background suggests that where her mother was, the walkers were about to overrun the military or police guarding it (similar to the WABE "sign off").

    And you could hear very distinct walker groans as she was telling Clem that they love her. The call was obviously an attempt to say goodbye because they assumed they weren't going to make it.

    Yeah, I wish I could have told her about it at some point, rather than just saying "they're dead. Move on." like an ass. Give her proof and she might have actually listened and knew the stranger was up to something.

  • well you have the options to tell her they're most likely dead, but I couldn't do it, because hope is important, think of what she's been through, she saw the saltlick thing, she went through the human slaughterhouse to open the meatlocker's door, etc. She needs something that keeps her going, she keeps Lee going, the thought of her parents being alive keep her going, at least that's what I figured.

  • @Rambo297 said: "Ed had accident with some guy at the motel" - or something like that, that's reason why were they at hospital.

    @Rambo297 said: In the first message, the mother tells the babysitter they are delayed because the father got attacked by a crazy guy, which suggest that a walker got him during the early days of the outbreak.

    In the third message, you hear heavy automatic gunfire in background as the mother desperately tells Clem to call the police for help. The gunfire in the background suggests that where her mother was, the walkers were about to overrun the military or police guarding it (similar to the WABE "sign off").

    @Rambo297 said: And you could hear very distinct walker groans as she was telling Clem that they love her. The call was obviously an attempt to say goodbye because they assumed they weren't going to make it.

    Yeah, I wish I could have told her about it at some point, rather than just saying "they're dead. Move on." like an ass. Give her proof and she might have actually listened and knew the stranger was up to something.


    Thanks! I didn't hear the groans and the gunfire. I should try out again. :)

  • I wouldn't tell her outright "your parents are dead" because that would be a blatant lie. Sure it's a very high possibility(and they ended up being dead anyway) but if you don't know for sure you can never give up hope. Either way, she probably would have refused to believe it until she saw them herself unless you constantly hammered it in.

    I probably would have told her about the message too, if given the chance. I think the closest you can get to it is a line beginning with "I think i heard them die..." but I've never heard it, and aren't sure what you need to do to get it.

    @Robbingrobin said: No, she had not. Walkie Talkies don't reach from Macon to Savannah.

    False. The stranger's car is shown in Atlanta in the beginning of the game, thus he could have been in Macon when talking to her(likely since he drives his car to Savannah in the end).

  • @Robbingrobin said: No, she had not. Walkie Talkies don't reach from Macon to Savannah.

    The walkie talkie started working when they were going near Savannah right? Even then they barely get a signal and you can barely understand what he was saying o .o

  • @AnnaSan said: The walkie talkie started working when they were going near Savannah right? Even then they barely get a signal and you can barely understand what he was saying o .o

    It started working at the end of ep 2 when Carley/Doug gives Clem batteries(which was the reason it stopped working). What the stranger says at the end of ep 3(nearing Savannah) implies that he's already talked to her and tried to convince her to find him as well.

  • @Mornai said: It started working at the end of ep 2 when Carley/Doug gives Clem batteries(which was the reason it stopped working). What the stranger says at the end of ep 3(nearing Savannah) implies that he's already talked to her and tried to convince her to find him as well.

    Oh yeah, I remember start of episode 3 she was holding it and it looks like she was talking to someone :o I guess its possible .-.

  • @Robbingrobin said: No, she had not. Walkie Talkies don't reach from Macon to Savannah.

    I mean she knew they were dead then he restored her belief

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