Originally Posted by Chomposaur
So just because Ben dies regardless doesn't mean that every choice pertaining to his character was pointless, they change the way you experience the story and the emotions you feel as you play.
Also, in making the choice, you're defining who Lee is as a person, and the limits of what he'd do to continue surviving. That serves to strongly personalise the story for you, even if it doesn't end up changing anything.
I wouldn't mind seeing more varied consequences for our actions in Season Two, but I won't complain about the consequences that we received in Season One. They served the story well enough, and if you played through the game 'properly' (or, to not use a loaded term, on your first playthrough without reloading past savegames), you'll certainly feel
like your choices are all-important.