Written on iPad. Will check for typos later.
While Season 2 wasn't as emotionally connecting as the first season, I still enjoyed it. I enjoyed the decisions available but definitely understand that the majority of the story is predetermined. Some reviewers seem to have a problem understanding that aspect.
Below are the "choices" I made this season and my thoughts on those decisions and the story in general. I'd love others to express their thoughts as well. Be sure to use spoiler tags. If you haven't finished the season yet, please find the nearest exit now....
Episode 1: All That Remains
Did you try to save Christa? I decided to try and help her. Honestly, I never liked Christa (from the moment she first appeared in Season 1) and always thought something was off about her but I try to do the right thing most of the time. I thought Omid was a pretty good dude though and wish he had been in the story longer.
Did you kill the dog? I killed the dog for reasons of mercy. I honestly was not pleased with the dog scenario and lack of better outcomes. A dog that friendly would not have snapped so fast especially once it got the food. Dogs can snap over food but I believe had she just dropped the can and stepped back, things would have been fine. I think the story played too much into the myths about dangerous dogs. I've been around dogs my whole life and they are easier to predict than this one was.
Did you accept Nick's apology? I accepted it. Didn't care for his character much though.
Did you give water to the dying man? I did. Don't regret the choice.
Did you save Nick or Pete? I saved Nick. Pete was a better person and more valuable to the group but he was obviously bitten.
All in all this episode was OK but I realized quickly that the new group was definitely not as good as the group from Season 1. I'm sure more time into the chaos had something to do with it.
Episode 2: A House Divided
Took blame for Sarah's photo? I took the blame. Wish I had made more decisions in Sarah's favor during the game.
Who Did You Sit With At Dinner? I chose Kenny. Glad I did. The new group expected way too much loyalty in a short time span and I felt like every member of the new group was too selfish. I feel like the narrative became too obvious at this point and knew that the rest of the season would likely lead up to a choice between Kenny and the others.
Told Walter the truth about Matthew? I told the truth and don't regret that. Nick was an idiot obviously but the truth needed to come out. I felt the new group was pretty immature as adults letting Clementine make so many decisions.
Nick's Fate? I convinced Walter to forgive Nick. It was obvious he was a moron but he fired the rifle on the bridge for a good reason.
Left to find Kenny? I sought out Kenny's help. He may have been a jerk but his care for others was genuine unlike the others. In my opinion.
Episode 3: In Harm's Way
Helped Sarah with her chores? I helped. Despite the outcome, I'd do it again. It was the right thing to do.
Told Bonnie About Luke? I hid Luke's presence when talking to Bonnie. Glad I did. I didn't like Bonnie from the jump and when all was said and done at the end of the game, it was for good reason. She was definitely someone who will always look out for herself above anyone else.
Admitted to stealing the walkie talkie? I tried to hide the theft but regret that decision. There was no avoiding the discovery and I should have made a different choice.
Watched Kenny kill Carver? I watched. Despite everyone else's problem with what Kenny did, I think he did the right thing. Carver was way too dangerous to leave alive and In a zombie apocalypse, I'd want someone like Kenny around despite his many flaws.
Chopped off Sarita's arm? I killed the zombie but wanted to chop off her arm. Lol. I'd probably chop off her arm if I play the season again.
Episode 4: Amid The Ruins
Left Sarah at the trailer park? I saved her at the trailer park. The opposite choice was simply wrong any way you look at it.
Robbed Arvo? I refused to rob Arvo. I didn't Arvo. He was obviously trouble despite the game's best efforts to make you feel sorry for him. In real life, I wouldn't have robbed him but I may have held him captive for a while to discover information about who he was with.
Crawled through the ticket booth? I volunteered to crawl through but it was very telling that the adults I was with were not great people.
Held the baby? I held the baby. What kind of maniac wouldn't?
Shot Rebecca? I shot Rebecca and would stand by the choice. The other choices were too dangerous.
Episode 5: No Going Back
Protected the baby? Of course I did. The baby was the only person in the group who was still an innocent.
Went to help Luke? I tried to help Luke. I honestly think he was a selfish dirtbag despite his charms and the game constantly wanting you to like him. Luke and Jane are definitely two people I would not want to be around in a zombie scenario.
Asked to leave with Mike? I did not ask to leave. They were pulling off a very sneaky thing which showed they were all cowards. Definitely confirmed my belief that Arvo was a bum too. Out of curiosity, do you guys think they all got away or do you think Kenny finished them off? My sympathy for Mike, Bonnie and Arvo dropped to 0. They were willing to steal all the supplies and leave Clem and the baby behind with Kenny who they were scared of. Despite bring a jerk and a maniac at times, Kenny still came off as the best adult of the season.
Shot Kenny? I shot Kenny but not necessarily for Jane. Kenny was too far gone and would never find peace until he was back with Duck and his wife. He really had run his course and the game made that obvious from the moment Clem reunited with him. Despite his numerous flaws, Kenny was still a good guy and at the end of the day with a little support, Kenny was a guy that got results and came through. I felt like the rest of the group put it on Clementine to fix things too much and they treated Kenny like crap the whole time.
In the end, who are you with? I ended up alone with AJ and am satisfied with that choice. Jane was selfish, lied too often and pushed Kenny's buttons knowing it would lead to his death. I figured she was a manipulative and selfish person.....she would eventually cause Clementine or AJ's death. While Jane's loneliness was sad, she was a person who would do anything to get the results she feels are right and at any cost to others. After 2 seasons, Lee is still the only character that would go to hell and back to save Clementine. Kenny had his moments too but he would have never done what Lee did.
All in all, I'm satisfied with the ending I chose. I didn't necessarily like the direction they took with every character and certainly did not like this group very much. I definitely missed Lee. It's rare to have a emotional attachment to a character like I got with Lee and Clementine. Last time I recall that kind of strong connection was in Final Fantasy VII.
Desires For Season 3......
A large part of me feels a need to find out how Clementine is doing so I want to continue with her. Another part of me feels like maybe it's best I just assume she made through to the end. Lee's death was pretty devastating in my opinion even though you knew it was coming. Clementine's demise one day could be worse. Maybe it's best we just get to make up the rest of her story in our own heads. I'n not sure if there's a right answer.
Whether we continue with Clem or go with a new storyline, I hope they take greater care developing characters that are more unique than what we got in Season 2. Too many characters were very similar to others in the first season. In a world full of unique people, it shouldn't be hard to give us fresh characters.
As far as story development, I hope we get a less predictable narrative.
My Choices (Screen Captures)