Was bringing ***** back worth it?
After an episode has passed... was bringing Kenny back worth it?
I understand that Kenny has a lot of fans who were very excited to see him and love to see more of his character, but was it really a good decision from a storytelling perspective?
Ever since he came back, I've kind of divorced myself from the game logic. I noticed it most clearly after reading the thread asking why anyone thinks Sarita will survive... and my first thought was "Well it isn't about being realistic or it even being possible to live within the rules of the universe, it's about what Telltale wants to happen to her." And it shocked me that I had gotten so cynical about TWDG.
Additionally, where does Kenny have to go from here, as a character? His character arc (From the motor inn to the meat locker to Katjaa and Duck's death... all the way up to ultimately forgiving Ben/passively committing suicide by walker either for Christa or Ben) was really neatly and satisfyingly tied up for me in Ep5... his character progression feels "over". The whole "Kenny is losing it!" plotline that's continuing now just feels like a retread sometimes... and if they do something more interesting than just letting him stagnate, like having him be a villain like some are predicting, it feels almost like a betrayal of the character. It's the same reason why I don't want to see Molly again - she had her character arc with Crawford, it was resolved, and as a character in fiction she just has nowhere to go from where she was left except surviving.
Powerful and impactful characters have something that drives them, something to resolve or confront, some kind of journey they have to start and then finish... Obviously the loss of his family will never leave Kenny, but I think that ep 3,4,5 did such a great job of actually showing the progression and resolution of his grief and anger that it cheapens it to bring him back, still carrying it as his defining feature. When he learns of Sarita's fate (whatever it ends up being) in Ep 4, it will be fresh grief yes, but familiar. It stinks of fridging and it just really concerns me. I don't know where they can take Kenny from here and not disappoint.
So to reiterate... was it really worth it to have Kenny back?