All That Remains (The Walking Dead)

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"All That Remains"
The Walking Dead: Season Two episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 1
Directed by Dennis Lenart
Written by Nick Breckon & Andrew Grant
Original air date December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)
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The Walking Dead: Season Two

"All That Remains" is the first episode of the episodic graphic adventure The Walking Dead: Season Two, based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series. It was originally released by its developer Telltale Games on December 17, 2013 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3, and on December 18, 2013 for Xbox 360.

Plot[edit]

Following the events of the first season, Clementine has been able to regroup with Omid and Christa, and Christa is now pregnant with Omid's child. However, while at a service station to clean up, Omid is killed by a scavenger (who is killed in turn by Christa) using Clementine's gun she set down for a moment. Sixteen months later, Christa has lost her child, and blames Clementine for Omid's death. When they are set on by scavengers, Clementine is separated from Christa and falls into a nearby river.

After washing ashore, she finds a nearby abandoned campsite that appears to have long since been overrun by walkers. Clementine attempts to befriend a dog left behind, but when she attempts to eat, the dog attacks and bites her arm. In retaliation, Clementine kicks the dog into metal spikes as it continues to attack. She is then forced to flee while trying to deal with the blood loss from the bite, and runs into a pack of walkers. She is shortly rescued by two members of a local survivor group Luke and Pete, though when they see the dog bite, they suspect her to have been bitten by walkers. They take her back to a protected farmstead consisting of Pete's nephew Nick, pregnant couple Alvin and Rebecca, and doctor Carlos along with his anxiety-disordered daughter Sarah. As the adults debate killing her before she turns, Clementine is able to convince them to spare her, but despite needing medical attention, they lock her in a shed, still fearing she might turn. She escapes captivity and sneaks into the house to get supplies to stitch up her arm, but in the midst of stitching, a walker attacks her. After defending herself, the others agree to let her into the house now assured that she is not about to turn, and help her treat her wounds. While Luke, Pete, Nick, Sarah, and Alvin befriend Clementine, Carlos and Rebecca remain suspicious of her presence.

The next morning, Clementine joins Pete and Nick to look for food by a riverside. They come across the bodies of numerous dead, one of which is Roman, killed by human hands. Pete and Nick initially believe it was the work of an enemy known as Carver. As they investigate the bodies, Clementine finds one of the bodies is one of the men that attacked her and Christa before, barely alive. Before she can ask him about Christa's fate, the three are set on by walkers, and Clementine is forced to help Nick or a bitten Pete. If she saves Nick, Pete will die. If she saves Pete, Nick runs off with his fate unknown.

Reception[edit]

The episode has received mostly positive reception. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PC version 79%. Criticism was drawn mainly due to the immediate tone of seriousness and exposure of the main character to harsh realities. IGN noted the episode's "exceptional exploration of a young woman’s struggle to stay strong in unforgiving circumstances.",[1] while Cameron Kunzelman of Paste Magazine stated that "amping up the violence and trauma of playing only works to push me away from the game, not draw me closer."[2] Others were more positive, with USA Today stating that it is "a solid start" and "regardless of what platform you play it on, mature gamers who enjoy memorable characters and a strong story should enjoy these bite-sized episodic adventures."[3] and Carolyn Petit of GameSpot saying "it's easy to empathize with Clementine" despite "some exciting and harrowing moments".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mitch Dyer (17 December 2013). "The Walking Dead: Season 2, Episode 1 Review - Girl, interrupted.". IGN. Retrieved December 2013. 
  2. ^ Cameron Kunzelman (30 December 2013). "The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 1: All That Remains Review (multi-platform)". Paste Magazine. Retrieved December 2013. 
  3. ^ Marc Saltzman (29 December 2013). "Review: 'All That Remains' is a strong start". USA Today. Retrieved December 2013. 
  4. ^ Carolyn Petit (17 December 2013). "The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 1 - All That Remains Review - New Beginnings". Gamespot. Retrieved December 2013. 

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