A House Divided (The Walking Dead)

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"A House Divided"
The Walking Dead: Season Two episode
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Episode no. Season 2
Episode 2
Directed by Eric Parsons
Written by Nick Breckon
Original air date March 4, 2014 (2014-03-04)
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The Walking Dead: Season Two

"A House Divided" is the second episode of the episodic graphic adventure The Walking Dead: Season Two, based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series. It was released by its developer Telltale Games on March 4, 2014 for Microsoft Windows and PlayStation 3, and on March 5, 2014 for Xbox 360. The episode made some return for new and old cast and characters including Gavin Hammon as Kenny, Erin Yvette as Bonnie, and new cast characters such as Kiff VandenHeuvel as Walter, and Michael Madsen as William Carver as the primary antagonist. Kiff previously voice the role of Zachary Hale Comstock, in award winning shooter games, BioShock Infinite from 2K Games, while Michael Madsen previously voice the role of Antonio Cipriani in award winning sandbox game, Grand Theft Auto III, Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs franchise, and award winning action game created by Arkane Studios and published Bethesda Softworks, Dishonored as the primary antagonist Daud.

Plot[edit]

Following the walker attack on the riverside, Clementine and Nick/Pete hide from surrounding walkers in a shed/truck. While devastated over Pete's death, Nick begins drinking, and while trying to save himself from his bite, Pete attempts to amputate his infected leg but decides against it as he would bleed to death. As night falls, Nick/a dying Pete distracts the walkers so Clementine can escape to the cabin and warn the others on their situation.

Clementine returns to the cabin and explains what happened yesterday to Carlos and Rebecca. While Carlos and Rebecca leave to find Luke and Alvin who left to find Clementine, Nick, and Pete, Clementine and Sarah play with a camera and Clementine can determinately teach Sarah how to shoot. Soon Sarah spots a man she knows coming to the cabin and hides from him. The man, calling himself George if the player asks his name, appears strange and distrustful as he snoops around the cabin. "George" explains to Clementine that he's searching for the cabin group and realizes she's with them once he finds a photograph of Sarah that she took. "George" leaves and advises Clementine not to trust the cabin group. The adults return along with Nick if he wasn't saved in the previous episode, and Clementine reveals to them about the man looking for them. The group recognize the man as William Carver, the leader of a community whose violent ways caused the group to flee from him. Knowing that Carver is looking for them, the group leaves the cabin and plan to evacuate to the north. The group eventually comes across the shed/truck, where they find Nick alive/Pete disemboweled and shot in the head.

Five days later, after Clementine and Luke clear a path on a bridge full of walkers, Nick inadvertently shoots and kills a man stationed at a small house at the foot of the mountains, thinking he was going to harm Clementine and Luke. They then take the deceased man's knife and food at the small house before continuing their journey. At a skiing lodge at the top of a mountain, they discover another survivor group, consisting of a still-alive Kenny, teacher Walter, and Kenny's new girlfriend, Sarita. Clementine is overjoyed to be reunited with Kenny as she believed he died in Savannah. The cabin group agrees to stay the night at the lodge but remain distrustful of the lodge group, and Clementine senses a change in Kenny. During the evening, Clementine, Kenny, and Walter encounter a woman by the lodge, who is revealed to be Bonnie, who asks for food for her "family" and Walter gives her some of their extra supplies.

Luke discovers that the man Nick shot was Walter's partner Matthew, and Clementine works to defuse the situation. However, Walter learns about Matthew's death upon finding Matthew's knife in Clementine's backpack. Clementine will reveal that Nick was Matthew's accidental killer and will try to convince Walter to forgive Nick, or tell him that Nick is like "everybody else". However, as a storm approaches, the lodge is set on by walkers brought by the noise of the lodge's windmill. While Kenny and Luke leave to fix a blown transformer, the others turn off the windmill and shoot the walkers, where Nick will be attacked but will be saved if Walter was convinced to forgive him, but will be killed if Walter wasn't convinced.

The group is eventually helped by another group of survivors, but they are startled when they see it is led by Carver and directed to the lodge by Bonnie. When the walkers are all killed Alvin, Rebecca, Clementine, and Sarah watch Carver punch Carlos, scaring Sarah as she runs out, giving away Alvin, Rebecca, and Clementine's hiding place. Carver takes Nick, Sarita, Walter, Carlos, and Sarah hostage, and enters the lodge, forcing Alvin, Rebecca, and Clementine to retreat upstairs. Carver continues to punch Carlos, demanding for Rebecca, as Sarah cries over her father's pain. Alvin wants to surrender, but Rebecca suggests Clementine should quietly escape and find Luke and Kenny. If Clementine goes outside, she will find Kenny alone. Kenny manages to snipe one of Carver's men, Johnny. In retaliation Carver pulls out Walter and executes him. Carver will then hold Alvin at gunpoint, and if Clementine tells Kenny to shoot, Carver will be grazed in the shoulder, but will kill Alvin in retaliation. Carver will then hold Clementine/Sarita at gunpoint, forcing Kenny to surrender. With Luke still nowhere to be found, Carver assumes he escaped to save himself. Carver then says to everyone, "We are going home, as a family.", giving away that he is the father of Rebecca's unborn child.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS3) 87.29%[1]
(PC) 81.39%[2]
(X360) 79.44% [3]
Metacritic (PS3) 82/100 [4]
(PC) 81/100 [5]
(X360) 80/100 [6]
Review scores
Publication Score
Destructoid 8/10[7]
Eurogamer 7/10[8]
Game Informer 8.75/10[9]
GameSpot 8/10[10]
GameTrailers 9/10[11]
IGN 9.5/10[12]
Joystiq 4/5 stars [13]
PC Gamer (US) 88/100[14]
Polygon 9/10[15]

Episode 2 - A House Divided received positive reviews from game critics. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the PlayStation 3 version 87.29% and 82/100, the PC version 81.39% and 81/100 and the Xbox 360 version 79.44% and 80/100.

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