In Harm’s Way is the next and third episode of Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead. There’s still no official release date announced for this episode but it should be out before summer. After being captured by Carver and his squad, the cabin group is in big trouble. They’re back to the old facility led by Carver and their fate is not the brightest. The mini preview trailer shown at the end of the second episode, A House Divided, points towards a slavery system masked under the name of a devoted family. According to Carver, those who choose not to accept the family’s love will certainly wish they had. Watch the trailer here:
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1. Déjà Vu: Back to the Beginning
The cabin group has been running from Carver for a long time but now they’re back to the very beginning. They’ve been captured and reinstated to Carver’s dictatorship. They are reunited with the “old family” and they have no other choice but to embrace the community’s love. The nightmare is indeed a déjà vu that is far from ending. With so much vigilance and monitoring, there’s too little space for maneuvers. Escaping does seem impossible but apparently it won’t be, at least not for some.
2. Carver’s Tyranny: Pleasing the Devil
The only option to stay alive is to please Carver, the devil in person. He is deluded, fanatic and killing people is no issue for him. The only way to satisfy someone like this is to do everything he asks and expects. Disappointment and disapproval will bring nothing but suffering to those who choose to oppose his rules. Fortunately for Clementine, she does have the power to satisfy his curiosity and she can easily blend in the new community, as shown in the trailer. But the question is: How far is she willing to go? Clem is a good actress, she can put up a good role but toying with Carver might not the best idea around. My guess is that she’ll play him until she gets what she wants, an escape route.
3. The Escape Plan: Choosing Between the Devil and the Walkers
Clementine manages to find a way out of the facility, according to the new screenshots published by Telltale Games. What’s not known however, is what made Clem leave the group behind. In the preview trailer, a huge wave of walkers is approaching the facility and a lot of things could’ve happened. Perhaps, Clem managed to get out of sight in the middle of the disarray? Or maybe she found a gap in a wall somewhere and ran away? Choosing between Carver and the walkers is a tough decision but there is absolutely no doubt about who’s the worst enemy. At least walkers can’t make up strategy plans to torture and kill people.
4. Sarah: The New Heroine?
Clementine and Sarah will reach the forest nearby Carver’s facility and they’ll be forced to fight the horde. Alone and barely armed, the two girls will struggle against countless walkers. Will they be able to survive? Undoubtedly, Clementine won’t have any issues to kill a few more zombies but unfortunately, I can’t say the same about Sarah. Without Clem’s protection, I fear the worst. Sarah doesn’t know how to fight and she has never handled direct dangers before. Her survival will exclusively depend on her own actions – will she become a new heroine or will she fall to the other side?
5. The Rescue: Going Back for the Group
Leaving everyone behind is definitely not something Clementine would do. Even if the whole world is against her, she wouldn’t give up on her friends. I’m assuming most of the episode will revolve around Clem and her plan to free the group. But that doesn’t mean she’ll find all of them alive. Whatever the reason, walkers or Carver, I think the group won’t be intact or united anymore. Some will most likely be killed during the incident and the rest will flee away. I don’t think Clem will be completely alone again, she’ll surely find at least someone else.
6. Sacrifices: Who Lives? Who Dies?
Death prediction in The Walking Dead series is always a tremendous challenge. Telltale usually brings the unexpected to reality but honestly, this time I think there are a few clues regarding who’s going to die next. My first bet is Sarah simply because she has too little chances of survival in this episode. Without any fighting skills, what are the chances that she escapes the horde without being killed or bitten? My second option is Alvin. He could be killed by Carver during the last episode and it’s a fact that Telltale doesn’t tend to keep such characters for long. Lastly, I’m sure someone from Carver’s team will go down as well. Who, I’m not sure.
In Harm’s Way is going to be another exciting episode filled with thrill and suspense. Will Clementine be on the run again? Will she be alone? Who will she manage to save this time? For now, there are just too many questions and too few answers to assume anything as definitive. True answers will only come upon the episode’s release, until then curiosity can only be satisfied with mere assumptions and slick facts.