A Great Conclusion to a Bumpy Season
Season 2 of The Walking Dead has been a wild ride for Clementine and her gang. After a slow and rocky start, it really picked up steam with two amazing episodes back to back before slowing down again due to poor writing in Episode 4. That being said, tensions were at an all time high by the end of Episode 4, which could only mean that the season finale was going to be crazy. I’m here to tell you that it was just that; though that is not always a good thing.
Let me get this out of the way first – Episode 5: No Going Back was fantastic for several reasons, and I loved the way it ended the season, but it definitely had its problems that took me out of the experience.
I am a sucker for games that force you to make decisions that have dire consequences, and I don’t always need a happy ending to be satisfied. Each decision you had to make during the season finale felt like the entire world depended on it. Who do you trust? The stranger or the old friend? Who are you going to save? Are you going to risk yourself to try and save someone who is dying? All of these questions get forced on Clementine during the two hour finale. Telltale Games does a fantastic job making the player feel the weight of each decision.
However, No Going Back really suffered when you paid attention to WHY Clementine was put in these situations. Almost every dramatic situation was caused by the adults around Clem acting like they were her age. They constantly fought with each other about the stupidest things, and did it in the most immature way. I constantly felt like Clem was the most mature of the entire group. Most of the great decision making moments felt forced into the episode quickly, as if the only way Telltale could pull it off was by making the characters seem like they were losing their minds. Well, it didn’t work. I grew to despise almost every single character in the group because they were so childish.
The Verdict: 8.8 out of 10
The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 5 – No Going Back was a great conclusion to a very bumpy season. It mildly improved on Episode 4’s rough writing, but the ending really left me satisfied. That being said, I will probably never get over how childish the adults were in this episode. Even when faced with impossible situations that could have horrible outcomes, a little girl should never have to continually be the voice of reason and the most mature in the group. However, even with the ridiculous bickering of the adults, I still was wowed by the ending scenes and cannot wait for season three.
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