My Epiphany About Kenny in S2
I've been thinking a lot about Kenny, today. Mostly in Episode 4 of Season 2. No matter what you choose, Sarita dies, and Kenny blames you. I don't know the situation if you choose the axe the walker's head, because I've never played that route. Instead, my first instinct was to save Sarita's life by chopping her arm off. This, of course, proved to be folly, and she died on the spot. Despite my best intentions, Kenny became unbearably angry at me, and blamed me solely for her misfortune. Originally, I thought he just had to vent and that I wasn't REALLY at fault, but today I see things in a different light...
There was one specific line Kenny used. I don't remember EXACTLY, but it went something along the lines of "You can't just do whatever you want, Clem!" Now I didn't WANT to chop her arm off. I didn't WANT to get her killed. I didn't WANT anything bad to happen. Why did he say that? Venting, like I originally thought? No, today it became clear. I made a choice that wasn't mine to make. I saw Sarita's hand getting bit, and my first instinct before she could even comprehend what was happening was to disfigure her for life. As a human being, and a healthcare worker IRL, I am disgusted with myself. Doctors don't amputate without consent from the patient. Such a choice should have been Sarita's to make. I regret not killing the zombie, attempting to make it out together, and then letting her decide her own fate. That should be anyone's given right.
And Kenny is no hypocrite. In season 1, if he accompanies Lee on the quest to save Clementine, he gives Lee the decision on whether or not to keep his arm. Sure, he MIGHT have cut it off if Lee stayed unconscious for another 5 minutes, but we can never base things off of what people MAY have done IF something was different. The fact is, he ultimately asked Lee what HE wanted. And as someone who opted to KEEP his arm in season 1 episode 5, I am in fact the hypocrite for chopping Sarita's arm off in Season 2 episode 4 without even asking her.
Kenny is seen as a very angry and unreasonable man to a lot of people on these forums. I think this may provide some insight to his thought process to those people.