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Dragons! Giants! Direwolves! Telltale’s Game of Thrones: Speculation

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When you combine my love of video games with A Song of Ice and Fire (known to the Unsullied as Game of Thrones) I do a happy dance. It involves a lot of arm flailing, Irish jigs and high-pitched squealing.

Even better, it’s coming to us courtesy of Telltale, which is known for tight story-focused games such as The Walking Dead series and The Wolf Among Us.

So the big question is this: what story is Telltale gonna… tell? (I know, I’m sorry.) As an ASOIAF supa-fan, here are my theories:

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The Walking Dead, S2 E4: Post-Op

clementineeyeE4 copy 2Hey, at least I didn’t go for “Postmortem.” (Ok, ok. I’m saving that for the next episode.)

RECAP

Clementine and Rebecca find Jane, BAMF-extraordinaire, in the zombie horde and waddle to safety. On the walk over to camp, Rebecca shoves her foot into her mouth yet again by telling the super-survivor she doesn’t give a shit about her dead sister. Then she acts surprised when Jane storms off. I’m not entirely sure what Rebecca thought was going to happen.

Also, it’s pretty obvious at this point she’s having contractions.

Back at camp, Magic Mike is freaking out about where everyone is while dour Bonnie farts around. Kenny is, depending on whether you tried to chop Sarita’s hand off or not, sitting at the side of the fountain with her lying on his lap, or sitting at the side of the fountain alone. Either way he’s a total dick.

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Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Episode 3: Carver’s a Dick

clementineeye1croppedUPDATE: I am aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive. It seemed fitting to say that in this post. Sorry for the delay, I just picked up a full-time job (woo!) and after my computer recovered from DEFCON 1, Photoshop stopped working. But it’s back and I’m back and we’ve got some interesting stuff coming down the pipeline.

So the plan is 1 post per week, given the new job/time it takes to make the pictures. Let’s get cracking!

Telltale’s The Walking Dead, Episode 3: Carver’s a Dick

One of my more vulgar titles, but it seems fitting. God, what an asshole. I’d say the guy needs to take some Ambien, but he probably needs Novocain and the grace of God now, considering the epic beat-down Kenny gave him. I’m not pleased about that or anything.

Ok. This game is destroying my internal moral code.

THOUGHTFUL REFLECTION: WHO LIVES, WHO DIES

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WHODUNNIT? Bluebeard, the (Ex) Serial Killer: The Wolf Among Us

bluebeard copy3I just love that – “ex” serial killer. Oh, no worries, it was a college thing. I stopped butchering young women when I got my first job and became a real adult. I’m a new man now, babe, I promise. Marry me?

It’s even worse that he has sweet Lee’s deep voice. (Run Clementine! Run!) He probably lulls his prey with that smoky timber and then POW! Head detached from body. This man is Danger, with a capital D, but not in the same way that Bigby can be. This is the Lex Luthor to our muscular, but slightly clueless, Superman, and he’s already making a power play.

Ransacking Crane’s room? Roughing up Flycatcher? This man has a penchant for violence and something to hide. That is why he’s on our suspect list.

Bluebeard comes from a French literary fairy tale about a man who murders his wives if they open the secret room in his house. The secret room happens to hold the bodies of his former beaus. He has a blue beard which disturbs everyone profoundly, even his soon-to-be wife…. who quickly gets over it when she finds out how stinkin’ rich he is. Still, as a safeguard she makes her weapon-competent brothers promise to come running if she ever calls.

Bluebeard then runs off to deal with business, entrusting his new wife with the house keys, but making her promise to not use one golden key to open the small room beneath the house.

Naturally, she goes and opens it right after he leaves.

Turns out, she isn’t Bluebeard’s first wife: in fact, he’s had slews of them – they’re all hanging from hooks on the walls, dead. Horrified, she drops the gold key into the pool of blood, staining it so, when Bluebeard comes home, he knows exactly what she has done. Time to get a new bride!

The soon-to-be-dead wife pleads for time to say her prayers and, when granted it, promptly locks herself in the highest tower, where she screams her head off for her brothers to come. Smart girl.

Bluebeard’s not a fan of this and tries to break the door down, only to be stopped by the weapon-proficient brothers, who dispatch of him. And they all live happily ever after!

Now, this is the “mundy” version of the story: as Bluebeard appears to still be kicking, it must have ended differently in the Fables universe.

What can we take away from this? First, Bluebeard definitely has the constitution to murder someone, particularly women who enter into a sexual relationship with him. More importantly, it reveals something about Bluebeard’s nature: he likes to manipulate people.

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New Series: WHODUNNIT? The Wolf Among Us

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Hi all, long time, no post. Sorry for the absence, I had to take my GRE this past Friday, which was about as fun as it sounds. (Seriously, it was four hours long and manned by TSA agents in training.) But it’s done and my free time is actually free.

To celebrate my freedom, I’m kicking off another series of blog posts revolving around The Wolf Among Us. This game, like all Telltale games, is awesome. I’ve been watching since the beginning, and recently been going through on my own and with my siblings. (My little sister is in charge of the controls for our group play-through, so I have enjoyed yelling “Q! Q! Q!” in a loud, panicked voice. It is cruel? Maybe, but I like to think of it as concentration practice for high-stress situations. She could become a surgeon.)

If you haven’t played through The Wolf Among Us, do it – I haven’t “died” (or failed) once, and I die every five minutes I play Half-Life 2. Even when it’s on Easy. I know. Plus, the game’s got a strong story, fairytale goodness, a crime-noir feel and talking pigs. Talking, snarky pigs.

My one gripe is that most of these characters and their stories technically do not fit the criteria of a ‘fable’ so it’s a misnomer to call them one. Of course, they’re not all fairy tales or folk stories either, so there’s no categorical term we can use that adheres to its usual criteria. Oh well.

All literary-wanking side, this blog series will go through all the primary suspects – as well as some ancillary ones. Is it Bluebeard? Is Crane a nasty old pervert? Is Bufkin secretly a crime lord with a monopoly on alcohol? Two of those things are true. (Or not.)

I want to pull in some source material as well – and by source, I mean the fairy tales/fables/folk stories themselves. I took a course on the construction and history of fairy tales, so this should be fun.

Just a heads up: I have not read the comics. I want to, but I’m waiting until this series is over (which may or may not be when I retire at a ripe old age.) so all of this commentary/wild theorizing is based on the released episodes only. Please don’t spoil me. Please.

Expect profiles to come up soon, though I want to play through the last episode once more before I make my speculations/theories. (I may have left Bluebeard alone in Crane’s room the last time… whoops?)

Okay, it’s time to get my thinking cap on. Talk to you soon!

 

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