As players wait for Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season, developers tease that this might not be the end of the journey for the episodic survival game. After getting to grips with the fiery Clementine since 2012, Telltale plans to wrap up her time with The Walking Dead on PC and consoles later this year.
Picking up the story after a big time jump, The Walking Dead: The Final Season will hark back to the game's early days and mirror the relationship between Clementine and Lee Everett. This time, an older Clementine will be taking care of Alvin Jr. and hoping to survive the apocalypse. Although this is the last time that Telltale will focus on Clementine, the world of The Walking Dead still has plenty of potential for an ongoing series.
Speaking at this year's Comic-Con International, Telltale Games Creative Director Kent Mudle told fans (via IGN) that "The Final Season" may be the wrong name for The Walking Dead: “This season is the end of Clementine’s journey, and that’s as much as I’ll say on that.”
While he doesn't confirm that there will be a fifth season of The Walking Dead, it at least offers hope to those who are worried the end is nigh. Similar to Andrew Lincoln's upcoming departure from The Walking Dead, losing a franchise's main character doesn't always mean the end for Robert Kirkman's zombie story. Clementine may have been a part of the game from the very beginning, but there is no denying the world Kirkman first established in comic book form is getting bigger by the day.
Although Clementine is never coming to The Walking Dead TV show, her legacy lives on through Telltale. Gamers will know that fan-favorite characters like Glenn and Jesus have appeared in the Telltale series, so there is no telling where the company could go next and who from the comics or TV show could crossover into Telltale's tale. Importantly, the fact that season 1 picked up at the start of the zombie apocalypse means there is every chance Telltale could go full Fear The Walking Dead and reveal more of how the outbreak began in video game form.
Considering the Michonne-centric spinoff and the 400 Days DLC, Telltale has already shown that The Walking Dead can branch off down avenues that are only loosely connected to the main storyline. Although the company is known for its take on other franchises like Game of Thrones and Batman, there is no escaping the success of The Walking Dead. With unscripted actions and more of an open-world feel to The Walking Dead in season 4, Telltale is only just tapping into what it can accomplish. Find out how Clementine's story comes to a close when The Walking Dead: The Final Season is released on August 14.