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Did Telltale Change the Role of the Stranger Before Ep 5?

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I've just been replaying the game, and it is fairly apparent that the stranger, as he sounds on the radio, is being played up as some insane stalker psycho, clearly evident by the sound of his voice.

Yes, I'm sure they probably hadn't yet cast Anthony Lam when they were making Long Road Ahead, but he sounds really different (creepy, and with some kind of accent) on the radio (at times, sometimes he sounds kind of normal, but still not how he does when we meet him).

When you meet him, his voice sounds quite normal (noticeably different if you compare it to ep 3). Maybe Telltale tried to fool us into thinking he wasn't as crazy as he sounded. I don't think the radio was distorting his voice either.

Could they have had more sinister plans for the Stranger, and changed him at the last minute? It could be a reason why the episode is shorter than the rest (I am also aware that the shortness could be to make things seem more desperate, represent the situation, etc).

Thoughts?

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  • Actor Anthony Lam
    Roger Jackson (Radio)

    This is what is says on the Wiki. So they were two different people voicing him which is why he sounded different. So either first guy quit, or they might have been planning something but changed it up last minute, they have changed stuff up last min a few time through out the game.

  • the choice on the radio sounded more psycho like "the joker" and the voice in the marsh house sounded like just some usual guy, nothing special.

  • @ZeroShoot said: the choice on the radio sounded more psycho like "the joker" and the voice in the marsh house sounded like just some usual guy, nothing special.

    Exactly, that's why I'm curious. It seemed like they were building him up to be something of a creepy guy, and he just doesn't sound like that in person, until he starts talking to his wife, of course. But still different.

    I dunno. I'm kind of hoping someone from Telltale will chime in like they did when they talked about how plans changed for episode 2.

  • They probably just wanted to mess with us. It was easier to picture killing or torturing some evil, creepy, scumbag kidnapper than it is to do the same to a grieving father, who's family you may or may not have had a part in destroying and driving him to his actions.

  • I noticed immediately but didn't bother me. I always assumed they recorded the walkie talkie scenes before they decided for a voice actor.

  • Yeah I was confused about that
    I thought when I played the game that he was the leader of Crawford?? Don't ask why just seemed that a guy in charge of a community like that was likely to survive any situation...

  • @dubesor said: I noticed immediately but didn't bother me. I always assumed they recorded the walkie talkie scenes before they decided for a voice actor.

    I'm almost certain that's the case. But that's how it is with a lot of voice actors. Obviously they told Roger Jackson (who also voiced Chuck) to sound creepy (and put on an accent - see his "Clementine's fine" line). He didn't just put that on himself.

    @dubesor said: Yeah I was confused about that
    I thought when I played the game that he was the leader of Crawford?? Don't ask why just seemed that a guy in charge of a community like that was likely to survive any situation...

    Hey! I've been watching your Walking Dead Let's Play. Just watched Around Every Corner today. Good stuff! I'm glad us Australians get to enjoy the game, despite the classification 'issues'.

    C. Oberson was the guy hanging from the bell, who grabbed Ben. He hung himself when Crawford got overtaken by walkers.

  • They saying in The Playing Dead Ep 9 they found the guy who does the voice in Ep 5 at the last minute, so yeah, it is.

  • I think they did it artistically, if not, then it worked for me. They way I see it, Lee is taken aback by the possibility that this guy is and has been talking with Clementine and luring her into a potential threat and pulling her away from him. Thusly, the way Lee perceives the voice on the walkie-talkie is surrounded in presumptions of what this guy is like and what he might do, thus he sounds very sinister over the walkie-talkie. I believe this was an intentional dishonesty from Lee as our narrator in that his fears are allowed to slightly alter the truth. When Lee finally meets The Stranger in Episode Five, both Lee and the player are suddenly faced with something they didn't expect to find: A person. Granted, a damaged and insane person, but a person nonetheless, and in the words of The Stranger, not a monster. It was a very powerful storytelling element and I definitely see why they did it because The Stranger and his entire demeanor caught me totally by surprise. If it wasn't intentional, then you know what I'm just glad it works out that way.

  • That's a very good point, Austin. I hadn't thought of it that way, but I very much like it.

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