Well, relative to right now, anyway. Originally, Telltale was dead set on a “mid-August” date for its next helping of zombie-driven drama, but time – the fickle, obstinate beast – had other ideas. Time ideas. But now, in the darkest, most hopeless reaches of late August, there is hope. You may have had to wait an extra between-five-and-fifteen days, but here it is: The Walking Dead Episode 3 – Long Road Ahead will be out later today. But why wait until midweek of late August when you can watch a (slightly spoilery) trailer in Q1 of early now?
Meanwhile, here’s Telltale’s tale of the tape of the tale it’s going to tell.
“The stakes get even higher in episode three as Lee, Clem, and the group are forced to move on from the motel. The fallout from treachery within the group will lead to some shocking moments, and – depending on the choices you make – one of the hardest things that Lee has ever had to do.”
Which sounds fairly tantalizing – though admittedly so spoiler-avoidant as to be almost comically vague. The trailer, meanwhile, takes a pretty in-your-face approach to the proceedings, but I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a truly subtle zombie trailer. And no, that other one definitely doesn’t count. Thankfully, the previous two episodes have done an excellent job of making the small moments really stand out (granted, the second slipped a little in that regard), so here’s hoping that trend continues. And if not, well, hm. I suppose there’s that Activision TV show adaptation. Maybe it’ll… surprise us? OK. I have used up my allotted total of optimism for the day. I need to go lie down.