Originally Posted by DreadMagus
How can I blame Ben?
Because the group got cut in half because of his actions and silence.
There is no "kid" - like the crazy hobo says.... There's only alive and dead....
That crazy hobo has lost touch with any shred of humanity he had before the apocalypse. Do you really want to follow his ideals and mindset? He may have been right about some things, but he's woefully wrong about others.
I just don't understand why you're all so mad. Do you think a similar situation wouldn't have arisen without Ben's dicking around? Lilly had gone off the deep end and would have used anything to justify losing her shit.
At the end of the day, though, who do you really blame? Ben had to placate the bandits; if we had moved on like Kenny said we should, he wouldn't have had to. Then again, if Kenny hadn't killed Larry prematurely, Lilly wouldn't have completely lost her mind and murdered Carley. But then again, if Larry hadn't been such an unjustified dickwad, Kenny might have shown more hesitance in killing him. BUT THEN, if there hadn't been a zombie apocalypse, Larry never would have --
Where does it end?
The answer I wanted to give Ben (but was incapable of giving him because of the weirdly narrow dialogue options in some portions of the game - seriously, some of the responses I want to give in certain situations are never on there, despite being very common threads of thought that many other people I know have discussed wanting to say) was, "I don't care. What's done is done, and nothing is going to change that. The past is the past, let's leave it there and move on." Maybe tell him to be a bit more forthcoming and open, from now on, to avoid mistakes like this in the future.
I won't kill him - but I suspect he'll take care of himself, anyway. My guess is that he'll sacrifice himself for somebody else, trying to make amends for what he's done - if you didn't notice, he was cradling his head in his arms against the railing of a moving train, his face completely contorted in mental agony. He's a complete guilty wreck, and I don't think he'll ever be able to forgive himself for what happened.
The lack of human sympathy in threads like these, though, kind of astounds me.