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This week Telltale Games will release the first episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two, the continuation of last year's adventure series. Though you don't need to have played the first season or its DLC 400 Days in order to jump into Season Two, it's not a bad idea to refresh your knowledge of the game.
Telltale recommends that you play through Season One before picking up S2. I strongly agree with that. Player choices are a big part of the game. Your decisions throughout Season One and 400 Days have consequences in the second Season. If you're skipping right to the new season, you're missing out on that feature.
Still feel like skipping Season One? Okay, then. Be warned that there are major spoilers throughout the list, though.
ClementineClementine is a 9-year-old girl who was home alone during the zombie outbreak. She's found by escaped convict Lee, who is her surrogate guardian throughout the first season. Eventually the two join up with a larger group of survivors. In an effort to escape the walkers, the group heads to Savannah to get a boat. This city also happens to be where Clementine's parents were staying at the start of the outbreak. While escaping a horde of walkers, Clementine discovers that her parents are among the infected.
After the disastrous events of the season finale, Clementine's on her own. She has no family and she's lost Lee. The last scene shows her walking through the wilderness outside of Savannah. She sees two figures in the distance. As the duo turns to look at her, the season ends. We don't know how this meeting played out yet.
If nothing else, we know that those mysterious figures didn't kill her. In Season Two, players will take on the role of Clem as she attempts to survive on her own.
Lee EverettLee was the main character of the first season. He began the season in the back of a cop car after being convicted of murdering his wife and her lover. After escaping captivity, he stumbles upon Clementine. Throughout the season, he tries to protect her from danger and also teach her how to survive in the harsh post-outbreak world.
When their group is in Savannah, Lee is bitten by a walker. He manages to rescue Clementine from a crazed survivor and the walkers roaming the streets but his time is limited. When the two seek shelter in a store, Lee tells her to handcuff him to a radiator so he doesn't turn and kill her. The player can either tell Clementine to leave or to finish him off.
Unless zombies know how to pick handcuff locks, he's probably not going to appear in the second season. However, he's still going to have a presence. The launch trailer revealed that one of her few possessions is a picture of him. Her attempts to use the knowledge and advice she gained from Lee should be a major part of this season's story.
Omid and ChristaOmid and Christa are a young couple who joined up with Lee and Clementine's group on their way to Savannah in S1. As far as we know, they're the only people in the group other than Clementine to survive the visit to Savannah. Before they were separated from Lee at the end of Season One, he told them to look after Clementine. We don't see them again after that point, though.
In all likelihood, they're the duo that Clementine spies from afar in the season finale. Both are seen in the launch trailer. It seems that they're going to make good on their promise to Lee to protect Clementine.
They should be good travel companions, too. In Season One, they proved themselves to be decent and caring individuals - a rarity in this zombie apocalypse. They seemed to have genuine affection for Clementine and aren't the sort who would consider a kid "dead weight." Omid had a serious leg injury in S1 but hopefully it won't hamper the group's ability to travel.
KennyKenny was a fisherman and one of the first members of Lee and Clem's group. He was one of the leaders of the group because of his decisive and outspoken nature. It was his idea for the group to head to Savannah to find a boat. The trip is successful but comes at a great cost. Kenny's son Duck is bitten by a walker and his wife Katjaa kills herself out of grief.
In the last episode, Kenny seemingly sacrifices himself in order to save another member of the group from walkers. He was trapped in an alley and it's strongly implied that he died. However, Telltale did say that the second season would explore his fate so perhaps he somehow managed to survive. He proved himself to be a very resourceful guy so who knows.
If he did make it, he'd presumably help Clementine in her journey out of respect for Lee. Depending on player choices throughout Season One, he may have helped Lee on his quest to rescue her from the crazed stranger. On the other hand, he's the sort who's willing to take desperate measures to survive (he bashed an old man's head in with a salt lick to prevent him turning, for chrissake) so he might not want to babysit Clem.
Gil's PitstopGil's Pitstop is a rest stop and gas station that served as the central setting for 400 Days, a collection of short stories told from the perspectives of different survivors. It becomes a makeshift shelter for survivors. In one story, an elderly couple are living there. A later story shows a militaristic group living there under the leadership of a man named Roman.
By the epilogue, it's been overrun by zombies. The survivors who lived in and around the pit stop have resettled in a camp in the wilderness. Tavia, a representative of a different survivor community, arrives and offers them a place in her group. Depending on the player's decisions through 400 Days, some or all of the survivors will accept the offer.
It's not clear whether Clementine will encounter this community in the second season. However, she will visit the pitstop with Omid during the first episode according to one of the screenshots. If nothing else, she'll find some trace of the survivors who passed through there in the months before.
The Walking Dead: Season Two will debut on PC and Mac tomorrow. The iOS and console release dates haven't been announced but those platforms should get the game in short order.