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Anybody Mad at Clem?

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Here's the deal: Lee has warned and told Clem this guy is dangerous, her parents are gone, and not to run off. She's being doing it anyway all season and now she's kidnapped.

I think she gets now Lee was right.

Except now Lee is bitten looking for her and is going to die. The sickness comes on fast and hits hard. Duck died in less than 24 hours. Lee is going to spend his last moments looking for Clem (for as long as he has the strength).

Love or not, how can Lee not be a little resentful?

Even if they're reunited, and Lee isn't upset, this will haunt Clem the rest of her life. The older she gets the more she'll realize how foolish she's been and the more it will hurt.
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  • Am I upset that she didn't listen to me? Sure I am, probably just as much as any parent gets upset with their child from time to time. However, I don't resent her nor do I blame her. Chuck's speech or not...Clementine is a little girl. She thinks like one, she acts like one. Here she's been built up on the hope that she'll find her parents, finally being in the city they were in, only to suddenly be told that they'll be moving on without them.

    That was...really her last chance, you know? That was kind of the moment where she had to accept that her parents were gone. Adults can very rarely be rational and clear-headed when they face the loss of a loved one, so how can I expect a young child to fare any better? I don't think it would have taken much manipulation from the Radio Man after that, with how desperate she must have been for hope. Clem's hat was in the backyard...so maybe that was just all it took.

    And in the end I blame Lee most of all. Why?

    Because he never sat Clementine down and went over her parents' fate with her. He always fed her half-truths or vague hopes. No matter what you choose, there's never really an option to give Clementine the full disclosure on what she should expect. As far as I know there's only one time you can say that her parents are dead, and from what I hear, it never goes any deeper than "they're probably dead" and then Clem cries. That is an equally inappropriate way to handle the situation. The topic needed to be approached with tact and lots of sympathy, and Clem needed time to process and understand why her parents were most likely gone.

    So we can pass the blame around everywhere, but at least where my own Lee is concerned, he's the most responsible one of all. Clementine might have had time to grieve properly and deal with her loss, and thus not fall into the Radio Man's clutches, if only he hadn't put it off for so long.
  • Angry at an unruly child? Sure. But we can't expect her to see things as rationally as adults can. And when you're promised your long-lost parents, what 8 year old wouldn't at least try to get them back?
    I'm much more angry at Lee's stupid behaviour. As soon as I heard that creep over the Walkie Talkie, I would've crushed it to pieces so to sever the connection between him and Clem. Or at least take the batteries out and hide them on me. Oh, and always lock the doors, windows and air ducts in the room Clementine's in. Especially if I'm gonna go take a nap in it and can't oversee what she's doing.
  • Honestly, Lee was just some guy that found Clem. Yes, he's kept her safe for the past few months, but that doesn't mean that he's the only one that can. I most definitely think she cares for Lee, but the little girl LOVES her parents and if there's even a possibility that they're alive why wouldn't she try to leave Lee to find them, especially if some other guy is telling her that he knows them? To her, this other guy seems just as friendly & safe to her as Lee does.
  • Well, I am kinda mad at Clem but I'm more upset about the way the build up to the kidnapping was. Clem was, until the end of episode 3, a model of good behavior, in my mind. I felt that there was a strong dynamic between her and Lee and that their interactions would have some important consequences.

    Episode 4 blew them out of the water though. This chapter did plenty of things right but your relationship arc with Clem was NOT one of them.

    First, she lied to me about the radio. Meaning the fact that had tried to always pick the most honest options had no impact on her. Some people have stated that all your choices finally matter but that's not true. The choices that involve your most important companion don't matter at all. Anyway, I wanted to have a long talk on why she did this but TellTale didn't give me that option. I mean, they seemed NICE? Hey Clem, remember those St John Brothers? They seemed nice too until they tried to make you eat Mark. Why did she believe this guy anyway? Did he say anything beyond that he knew her parents? Why didn't we get more info?

    Second, she started wandering off without checking on me first. That little station we had explored near the train SHOULD have taught her how goddamn dangerous it is to go into a room without being careful but she did it TWICE with the shed and the doggy door. I don't mind her running after me and Kenny when we went for a boat but her lack of caution there, dispite that she knows better was disturbing. I don't understand this attitude she suddenly sprouts out. She seemed a lot more reasonable before.

    Third, what did I have to do to convince her her parents were gone? The city was clearly dead. All the survivors were at that location. I bring her along and we find out EVERYONE is dead. We have this survivor girl that has been roaming around and she clearly knew nothing about Clem's parents. Why isn't she satisfied? What more does she want? A street by street sweep of the entire city?

    Fourth, this really isn't Clems fault but I need to bring it up anyway. I told Clem that we would split up from the group and stay here to find her parents, so why aren't I doing that? It's not even an option. I don't like being made a liar. I even got this guy telling me that he would like to look after Clem and thinks I should leave her with them. Why is that a choice? Why isn't it... Why don't you and Clem BOTH stay? The idea that I would actually separate from Clem, at this point, is absurd. Yet he only offers to take in Clem. That is pure crap. Why am I forced to tell Clem we can't keep looking for her parents, that we HAVE to go on the boat? It makes no sense.

    All this sets up a false dilemma the the writers clumsily use to create the reason for Clem to take off. She doesn't get it explained that the man is bad. She starts suddenly taking a lot more initiative to do risky and dangerous stuff. She is never satisfied, no matter how much you allow her to tag along and find out that everyone is dead in the city. And, finally, you are forced to drop the "we're a team" theme that you had developed where you and she were more important then staying with any particular group.

    So, yea, I'm pretty bitter about this turn. Not shocked so much because I half expected it but the way it came about was lacking.
  • The only time I felt genuinely angry at Clem was when she crawled under the doggy door with no warning because it was so reckless. Even her cute little tada didnt warm me up. I gave her a scolding and I think she needed it to get the point.
  • Red Panda;694392 said:
    Clem didn't bite him but she put in harms way. With Kenny, there was a plan of escaping on a boat. There was risk, but necessary. With Clem, it was a unnecessary and needless risk. She was disobeyed and trying to save her was bitten. It is simple negligence.
    I would say I'm more angry or disappointed in Lee and believe he'd feel the same . He sets the walkie-talkie down where she can get to it and doesn't even take the precaution of removing the battery, and if you choose the option of reaching out to her he actually gives it to her knowing that the unkown predator is still out there telling her that her parents, who she hasn't given up hope that they still live and obviously believe that Lee went back on his promise to look for them, was with him.
  • Cause and effect. Yes I myself was angry Lee got bit, it is Clems fault, but we took that burden on ourselves. If it was the "real" Zombie apocalypse, I would have smothered Clem in her sleep with a pillow after I found her, but what's done is done. Lees love for Clem killed him.
  • TomaO2;694736 said:
    Well, I am kinda mad at Clem but I'm more upset about the way the build up to the kidnapping was. Clem was, until the end of episode 3, a model of good behavior, in my mind. I felt that there was a strong dynamic between her and Lee and that their interactions would have some important consequences.

    Episode 4 blew them out of the water though. This chapter did plenty of things right but your relationship arc with Clem was NOT one of them.

    First, she lied to me about the radio. Meaning the fact that had tried to always pick the most honest options had no impact on her. Some people have stated that all your choices finally matter but that's not true. The choices that involve your most important companion don't matter at all. Anyway, I wanted to have a long talk on why she did this but TellTale didn't give me that option. I mean, they seemed NICE? Hey Clem, remember those St John Brothers? They seemed nice too until they tried to make you eat Mark. Why did she believe this guy anyway? Did he say anything beyond that he knew her parents? Why didn't we get more info?

    Second, she started wandering off without checking on me first. That little station we had explored near the train SHOULD have taught her how goddamn dangerous it is to go into a room without being careful but she did it TWICE with the shed and the doggy door. I don't mind her running after me and Kenny when we went for a boat but her lack of caution there, dispite that she knows better was disturbing. I don't understand this attitude she suddenly sprouts out. She seemed a lot more reasonable before.

    Third, what did I have to do to convince her her parents were gone? The city was clearly dead. All the survivors were at that location. I bring her along and we find out EVERYONE is dead. We have this survivor girl that has been roaming around and she clearly knew nothing about Clem's parents. Why isn't she satisfied? What more does she want? A street by street sweep of the entire city?

    Fourth, this really isn't Clems fault but I need to bring it up anyway. I told Clem that we would split up from the group and stay here to find her parents, so why aren't I doing that? It's not even an option. I don't like being made a liar. I even got this guy telling me that he would like to look after Clem and thinks I should leave her with them. Why is that a choice? Why isn't it... Why don't you and Clem BOTH stay? The idea that I would actually separate from Clem, at this point, is absurd. Yet he only offers to take in Clem. That is pure crap. Why am I forced to tell Clem we can't keep looking for her parents, that we HAVE to go on the boat? It makes no sense.

    All this sets up a false dilemma the the writers clumsily use to create the reason for Clem to take off. She doesn't get it explained that the man is bad. She starts suddenly taking a lot more initiative to do risky and dangerous stuff. She is never satisfied, no matter how much you allow her to tag along and find out that everyone is dead in the city. And, finally, you are forced to drop the "we're a team" theme that you had developed where you and she were more important then staying with any particular group.

    So, yea, I'm pretty bitter about this turn. Not shocked so much because I half expected it but the way it came about was lacking.
    Wow, this was a great post. :eek:
  • NeonBlade;694781 said:
    Cause and effect. Yes I myself was angry Lee got bit, it is Clems fault, but we took that burden on ourselves.
    No we didn't. Telltale made us keep Clem in the first place. I still haven't forgiven them for that. Totally not my way of surviving a zombie apocalypse.
  • Am I mad at Clem?

    Absolutely, Ep. 5 is going to be difficult for me simply because I'm dying for a brat who trusts complete strangers more than the folks she's been with for over 3 months and is so badly in denial that she'll seriously ask Lee to go back to Crawford and look for her parents again if you try to lie to her.

    That being said, I don't have a problem with the story, I'm liking that this is one series where the naive group members are more dangerous than any outside threat, too often they're just treated as harmless and tolerable rather than the dangerous liabilities that they are.
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