The way I see it if it was a stand alone game regardless of who died out of Lee or Clementine it would have had a hopeless ending anyway. Clementine being in the wilderness by herself and seeing 2 figures in the distance is no more hopeful for a stand alone game ending than it would be if Lee was the last survivor since the people in the distance could have been dangerous and we wouldn't of known the fate of the other characters.
I think the game would of been more effective if Clementine was killed instead of Lee simply because that would have sucker punched us as no one would have expected it. When I played episode 1 I expected Clementine to be the last survivor because she was alone on the chapter select screen for "no time left". It would have shocked everyone if Clementine died and would of shown much more bravery from Telltale to have gone that route. Telltale were going for shock effect and they wanted to do what others fear doing, killing the protagonist.
Children die in the walking dead when they have the protection of adults how much more vulnerable should Clementine of been when she was separated from the group?
Throughout the 5 episodes Lee had fought and wrestled with zombies at close range and come away unscaved. I think it would have been far more realistic for Clementine to have come to harm and died when she ran off than for Lee to get bitten by a zombie behind a dumpster.
Telltale were going for realism, proving no one is safe in that world but they contradict themselves by keeping alive the most vulnerable character. A 9 year old girl travelling through a zombie filled city by herself. Clementine surviving gives the game a happy ending. The character we cared for the most survives so we are happy. If the walking dead game was a stand alone game that wasn't going to have a second season It would have had an ending that appeased the players at the expense of realism. Even the tv show had the balls to kill of a kid when they killed off Sophia. Sophia's death was realistic because she was on her own without the protection of the group.
Telltale were scared to even touch Clementine. Occaisionally her feelings got hurt but that was it after episode 1 when she hurt her finger. When you think about what the children go through in the walking dead comics. Ben, a 5 year mutilates his twin brother Billy with a bowen knife because he becomes mentally ill and thinks his brother will come back to life because he didn't harm his brain. A 9 year old Carl shoots the 5 year old Ben in his face because Carl see's him as a threat to the group and knows that none of the adults would be able to kill a child. Months before that, 8 year old Carl is shot in his shoulder blade and months after the Ben incident he is shot in his face, losing his eye. Oh and I forgot to add that months before that Carl was nearly gang raped by a group of bandits. This is the world of the walking dead, yet nothing happens to Clementine throughout the adventure, in a world of paedophiles , rapist and sociopaths. I'm not saying that I wanted anything to happen to her but if she is to run off and be separated from the group wouldn't it be realistic that she came to some harm?
Last edited by dee23; 03/16/2013 at 11:27 am.