By Nathan Grayson on February 28th, 2014 at 8:00 am.
TOO MANY TWOS IN THAT HEADLINE. 2 Episode 2 Furious. Live Free (Walking) Die Epi2odic. I don’t know anymore. I’m having a strange day. But anyway, The Walking Dead Season Two Episode Two has been trailerfied, and it’s looking as brooding and dramatic as ever. I see potential for plot twists, revelations, and the very real possibility that the walkingest dead of all… is man. I am interested to see where this one goes, especially given that it seems to be addressing some of my concerns after season two’s slightly lukewarm first episode. Watch below, but beware of minor spoilers.
Episode The Second will be out on March 4th, and it’ll run you $4.99 on its own. For those just tuning in, you’re playing as Clementine now because – shock of all shocks – bad things happened to good people in a Walking Dead anything.
Now then, some brief commentary that will venture into spoiler territory for S2 episode one:
One of my big qualms with Clementine’s first ride about the town sans training wheels was this constant sense that Telltale was trying to match the end of S1’s pacing. I understand the need to kick off with a bang – especially when following something that garnered as many half-choked gasps as TWD S1 – but episode one didn’t really establish much. It hastily pulled out all the stops and then gave an entire new cast of characters the spotlight (in a dark room, no less) for about 20 minutes at the end. I never got attached to anybody. I just felt like I was running yet another gauntlet of cringe-worthy scenes stitched together by a loose plot and some none-too-hygienic fishing twine.
Now, though, it looks like the real central story of season two is about to begin. Or, at the very least, we’ll actually get to spend some time with these new characters. That said, the trailer makes this out to be yet another super urgent fight-or-flight-style scenario, so we may be in for another breakneck sprint all the way up to the episode’s finish. But even in that sort of plot structure, there’s room for slower, less in-your-face moments. Here’s hoping Telltale manages to strike a better balance this time around.
Who’s looking forward to continuing Clementine’s no good, very bad, um, life? Are you still digging Telltale’s tales, or are you starting to burn out – especially with all these lengthy gaps between episodes? Is Walking Dead your episodic series of choice, or is Wolf Among Us more your speed?