The Walking Dead: Michonne Episode 3 review
Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Michonne miniseries certainly got off to a rocky start, but its subsequent episodes are able to offer some redemption. The final episode, entitled What We Deserve, successfully completes all The Walking Dead: Michonne story arcs and tugs at emotions in traditional Telltale fashion. While the previous TWD: Michonne episodes spent a lot of time introducing new characters to the franchise, this is the only one that is almost entirely focused on Michonne herself.
Haunted by the devastating memory of her daughters throughout the miniseries, Michonne is finally confronting her horrific past in the last episode. Longtime fans of the franchise know that Michonne’s past is mysterious, as she is not one to sit down and talk about her emotions. Perhaps we could have expected a lot more detail about it in this TWD: Michonne miniseries (it is centered around her, after all), but there are still some significant scenes to take in.
The inner workings of Michonne’s mind are in full rotation, as she deals with the death of her daughters through hallucinations of the past. Telltale Games has tried something new here, with Michonne simultaneously experiencing reality and a flashback. It’s a very effective storytelling device since it puts you into her frame of mind. With so much jumping around, it all blends together and it’s hard to tell what is real and what is a hallucination. She must finally confront her demons and face the horrors of her past. She feels personally responsible for the death of her daughters and it will haunt her until the day that she dies.
Pacing has finally been set straight in The Walking Dead: Michonne, with a good combination of action, dialogue, and character development. It was no mystery that there was going to be a huge confrontation at the end of this series, but Telltale have managed to keep the journey interesting. Decision-making is as tough as ever and I found myself struggling to choose a dialogue option before the timer ran out.
Throughout my time playing episode 3 titled: What We Deserve, I was constantly on the edge of my seat, wondering how this could all turn out. A lot of this has to do with Randall and Norma, who are similar in many ways to other Walking Dead villains, but are just deceptive enough to keep you doubting. There’s no question that Randall is purely bloodthirsty, but his sister Norma is complex and seems almost trustworthy. She also succeeds in being the only other truly memorable character of this Telltale miniseries besides Michonne.
Characters seem to be an inherent problem, with most of them feeling like unnecessary throwaway characters. It feels like they exist only as set pieces in Michonne’s story, meant to provide some context to her decisions. Strangely enough, it took until the final episode of this Michonne miniseries to delve deep into her backstory and even those sequences are brief.
Despite its relatively short length, What We Deserve is action-packed and emotionally unhinging. It all centers around a confrontation with Norma and a prisoner exchange. The final scene is extremely tense and full of near-impossible decisions. Norma is an empathetic and very human villain, almost to the point where I felt like I wanted to help her. I tried my hardest to keep the conclusion peaceful but it should come as no surprise that this is impossible, especially once the walkers show up.
The Walking Dead Michonne Episode 3 once again reminds us that Michonne is eternally plagued by personal distress in a world that offers no hope. Though this miniseries is not a strong point for Telltale, it does have its moments and should still be considered noteworthy for fans of The Walking Dead. Though it’s stumbled with uninteresting characters and a most boring story, it does ultimately lead up to a very satisfying conclusion.
• Improved pacing
• More focus on Michonne
• Great climax and conclusion
• Short length
• Most characters feel unimportant