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[SPOILER]Chuck/Charles - character/predictions

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Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike Chuck at all. I like having someone who is generally optimistic and easy going. After all the stuff that happened in this episode, it's a welcomed attribute to have. Having a hobo is a nice change of character types in this story too. And he's voiced by the Bastion narrator? Awesome!

My problem with Chuck, however, is how his character integrated into the plot and his character growth. It feels like he was kind of forced in just to be the "magical mystical" character. You know what I mean. The "comes in and convenient solves problems" kind of guy. Movies have used the "magical mystical gay guy/old man/Morgan Freeman/etc" for years so I think we can recognize them. It's not a bad character, but sometimes a too convenient character.

Here's some things that bugged me about it:

- Somehow he manges to talk to everybody in the minute Lee walked to the boxcar and became everyone's best friend by giving them candy

- Raises no qualms about stealing his house, supplies or anything. I didn't expect a fight or anything, but maybe a bit more concern on his part.

- Has to have a pointed moment where he speaks the voice of reason and fixes all the problems immediately facing Clementine

- Mostly speaks in cryptic thoughtful dialogue. It's good dialogue, but it doesn't reveal much about his character

- No real character progression to speak of. Pretty much unchanged by the events around him. Yes he wasn't in it a lot but he was present for some big moments. Even Ben had character growth for his small role.

I'd be fine having him around, but I really hope they give him more of a personality and traits to make him a developed character instead of a convenient plot device. There's great potential for him. It just needs to be realized.

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  • rachellouise85;667112 said:
    hey..he offers candy to Omid and Christa? Doesn't he say he's run out or something to lee? ¬_¬ ruude.
    Yeah, if you let the dialogue from when Omid and Christa introduces themselves nearly run out, you'll hear chuck say "Want some candy?".
  • Harmless so far, Yes. Harmless in the future? Maybe.
    I think he'll lead us into a trap at some point, I'm just All suspicious on him >.>
    He has a dark secret laying within.
  • thats weird. means he lied because he told lee he is out of candy and ben got the last piece when you meet him.
  • dubesor;667127 said:
    thats weird. means he lied because he told lee he is out of candy and ben got the last piece when you meet him.
    He managed to forget about his whiskey until Lee brought it forward, so maybe he forgot he'd stashed more candy in the boxcar until then.

    When he talks to Lee about Clem, he mentions not being able to take seeing another little girl get killed - so there's more to learn about his past. It could be that he's not been on his own for as long as we think, or he could be thinking of an incident before, maybe one that started him drinking and living the hobo life. I don't think he's going to be Jolene Mk II, but maybe he's just better at hiding it.
  • I like Chuck. He is a calm and very wise character which is a nice break from all the commotion that the group had before. When he said that seeing another little girl die might just do him in got to me though. Maybe Clem gets in trouble and Chuck sacrifices himself to save her.
  • Me too, Chuck doesn't really seem suspicious. On the contrary he's ready to share his whiskey, his candies and his wisdom with the group. Imagine, he just stumbled upon our group and is willing to give a lot of things. Also he really did ease Katjaa's last moments and provides music with his guitar.
    These things aren't taken for granted anymore in this apocalypse and I personally enjoy his company. But maybe I'm just feeling like this, because he appeared right after the loss of my beloved Carley. :(
  • Frankly, Chuck is a dull character. He is the stereotypical homeless train rider with a heart of gold and carrying around a guitar that magically has all it's strings, despite him being a total bum. I'm hoping he'll get it quickly next episode.
  • Chuck is cool. He said he didn't want to see "another" little girl die, as it would be too much for him. Maybe he's only been on his own sicne the outbreak started? Or maybe it was something that happened before the walkers that made him leave his family and become homeless. I like him, because he came at a time when the group needed a bright spirit and an optomistic outlook. Plus, he has a cool guitar. That makes him worth it already.
  • Does anyone else think chuck could have killed the train conductor. I don't know how unless he hopped the train when it was still running. The only reason I think this is because the train conductor never came back to life as a zombie.
  • I don't trust anyone. People always "seem" nice. I guess we will see
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