Now on its final season, this sordid tale is coming to an end. Living such a dismal life and being surrounded by the walking dead, can really take its toll on a person. Although Clementine is no longer the naive little girl she once was in the first season, she’s now far more of an adult and the character you play during the final season.
Now that she’s found the little boy she so desperately searched for, her responsibilities are many. It’s been about 7 years since the last time we’ve seen them, she appears to have been able to handle the pressure. The beginning of the final season shows Clementine driving down the road in the backwoods with A.J. in the back seat, stomach grumbling. Clementine attempts to make him forget about his hunger, but needing to search for food is inevitable, as they only have a small bag of chips left (which Clem gives to A.J.).
This is how they survive, which hasn’t changed much since the series began. However, this can not be said of some basic gameplay. It’s been adjusted to be a bit more interactive than before. Coming up on walkers you can choose to either break a kneecap rending them immobile before going for the head or go straight for the stab to the head. Walkers are a much bigger threat than before and if Clementine has a couple of walkers catch her off guard, you’ll get the classic “You Are Dead” screen. You’ll still be able to fend off an attacking walker with quick spamming action, but make sure you don’t get surrounded. A little further along, you’ll also get to use traps to talk walkers down.
Those traps are part of a secluded boarding school named Ericson Academy, being run by the children. The adults either left them behind or came to a tragic end, leaving them to fend for themselves. This appears to be the last stop for Clem and A.J, as this season appears to be less about finding a destination and is more about learning about the children who occupy the school. A.J. has had little human contact outside of Clementine, so he has trouble adjusting to all the interaction. Everything Clementine does becomes somewhat of a gospel to him. So be very careful with your actions. It’s actually one of the first prompts you get upon starting, “A.J. is always listening”. This is almost an exact mirroring of Clementine when Lee was her protector.
Graphically, it can be appealing in certain aspects, but has some issues. It looks more like a graphic novel than it did in the past, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but can hurt the eyes when staring at it. This is mainly because graphic novels don’t have moving components. People “pop” upon the rough background and the lighting has definitely been improved. Nighttime is actually far more surreal, seeming to reflect the horrors of the world around them.
All and all, just based upon the first episode, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series — The Final Season, is going to be quite an emotional ride.