Originally Posted by BlankCanvasDJ
But that's the point. The main antagonist wasn't some incredibly twisted maniac (though talking to his wife was twisted), he was a calm, rational, normal guy who's name you never even know.
You always expect the bad guy to be someone like the St. Johns who, let's face it, we're probably pretty messed up in the first place. But this guy? He was just a normal guy. In fact, before everything went down, he seemed like he was a better man than Lee even was. This is what losing everything did to him. I think that's a lot more interesting, and a lot more disturbing, than just some evil lunatic. This guy could have been anybody.
Exactly, I agree as well. It would be pretty lame if it was some psychotic guy...as crazy as Crawford is, they made some sense no matter how cold their methods were.
The Stranger is supposed to make you question everything you did, everything you ever thought was right. You thought, or Lee thought, this guy was a monster really. And then when you see him he looks normal..and you, look at you covered in blood and guts YOU look like the monster. He doesn't even want to search you because he doesn't want to touch you. The stranger's motives are based on the loss of his family because of the 'good' choice you and/or your group had by stealing from his car. Its quite ironic, because the man blames you for his family's death and wants revenge, and you (may) want revenge for him stealing the child that's closest to family you've got now.
Had Clem not gone missing, you wouldn't be no different than the Stranger if you sought out Vernon for stealing the boat like Kenny wanted. Its just as Christa said, Vernon just trying to survive and its nothing personal..a bit douchey, just like stealing from that car. It was nothing personal, but it fucked the other party.
It was all well done really.