Originally Posted by Jaded X Gamer
And she fucking complains about how hard it is!...
Holy hell... You been carrying that with you this whole time? Sheesh, man. Let it out a bit sooner next time.
But seriously, that is a good analysis. I haven't read everything in this thread, so if you mentioned some of this stuff, don't mind me.
It took me a while to play a path where I sided with Lily. For a long time, she was my most disliked character. She's all "I'm in charge! Do what I say without question! Don't open the doors to help people! Nyeah!", but the second her dad almost kills himself, "Oh please, help me! I can't figure out how to open the door! He needs these pills!". Risks are bad unless they are to help her father (don't open the doors to help a group with children, but go ahead and break the door if it will help you get the keys to the office). She is already a total mess from the moment you meet her.
However... once I got around to actually taking her side, I saw that it was all Larry's doing. He pushed her to be in charge ("You've got to control these people, Lilly"). He scares people away from her. He chides her whenever she tries to stand up to him. Lilly never had a good example of how to interact with other people thanks to Larry. I actually felt sorry for her, and she seemed appreciative of my support. Even the moment when you can reveal your past to her is a vastly different experience. She actually acknowledges that her father was wrong about you ("He treated you like shit and you still tried to save his life. You don't have to apologize"), and this is even considering I told Larry to "eat up".
Without her father, she was lost, which is just sad.
As for the stranger, I do hate him. However, he's nowhere near as bad as Larry. Larry had no reason to treat Lee that way, regardless of his past, even less considering Lee risked who knows what just to get medicine for the guy. The stranger, does have a legitimate gripe, even if it's not against Lee in particular. Yes, he was stupid to leave his stuff unguarded while he searched for his son. Yes, it was risky to leave the light on and the door beeping (was it supposed to be a beacon or something?). That doesn't make theft of his stuff excusable.
He completely overreacted and his revenge was not fitting of the crime, but he was entitled to something. We took replaceable items, he took a person. Mental instability is an explanation, but not an excuse. I really wish we could have been more hostile to him during the meeting. At best we get "You f***ed up", and "Yes" when he asks if he looks like a monster. I would love to call out his hypocrisy.