It's kind of unbelievable that we're now on the verge of Telltale's The Walking Dead having its tenth episode released. Today the company revealed the the fifth and final episode of season 2, titled "No Going Back," will be released starting August 26. Accompanying that announcement is a five minute, spoiler filled trailer capturing Clementine's journey from the start of The Walking Dead until now. It's... well, it's damn serious business is what it is.
Some say that The Walking Dead's second season, Telltale Games' flagship adventure game franchise, is a test of protagonist Clementine's resolve. "Yeah, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil," but I contend that there's a different purpose here. I contend that the true game Telltale is playing is what it will take for both Celementine and The Walking Dead players to break. Where will players be when this idea of protecting Clementine dies. When will players stop protecting Clementine and let her start doing what she needs to do to survive? Ha, as if Telltale will actually give players that choice.
My emotions in the first season of The Walking Dead were quite innocent. I still longed for a happy ending, which considering that I read the graphic novels was rather shortsighted. With the second season I hold no such crazy ideals. I like Clementine, but I understand the world she lives in. My goal is that she survive, not that she hold onto some trivial bit of innocence. Hope? Holding onto hope is a bit different, but how we fight for our hopes in the post-apocalypse is a tad different than prior.
No Going Back, The Walking Dead's fifth episode of its second season, launches on August 26 for the PC and on the North American PlayStation store for the PS3 and PS Vita. Xbox 360 and European PlayStation gamers can pick up the game on August 27. Finally, iOS Walking Dead players can get the game on August 28. Further release dates for other platforms are yet to be revealed.
Final reminder, this trailer includes huge spoilers for both Season One and Season Two of The Walking Dead.