This week, IGN posted a video in which Walking Dead creator Richard Kirkman discusses what’s in store for Telltale’s third season of its hit decision-based video game based on the massively successful franchise.
Season 3 is due to begin this year, with the Michonne mini-series coming to an end this past week. Kirkman described how “Season 3 will actually be getting pretty close to where we are in the comics currently” meaning the world of the game will be parallel to that of the book series as it happens. Never fear though, because Kirkman also went on to describe his unparalleled trust in the writers over at Telltale and promises that The Walking Dead universe is in good hands.
Perhaps more importantly however, we’ll be seeing Clementine in the season. With the differing timelines of the books, and the first two seasons’ pretty rigid location in the beginning of the narrative, it is being argued that this may mean we see an older Clementine. Though the level of her actual involvement in the season is still to be confirmed, it would come as a surprise for me if she was merely an asset on the sidelines if we’re seeing this jump in narrative.
Indeed, Kirkman also explained how the games will see a much closer connection to the books this time around. Kirkman hints that players might be surprised in “some interesting ways” by what’s coming up, so as in any zombie apocalypse, expect the unexpected. It will be interesting to see how they fare when the game world catches up to the book world, and how they will bring player decision based play into this closer connection between the two. The first and second seasons were fairly distanced from the comics in timeline, linearity, and style, so it looks like the third may be a departure from what we’ve come to expect.