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  • Actor Allusion:
    • Kenny has a strained relationship with Larry. Much like how both actors' characters (Giles and Franklin) had a strained relationship in Law & Order Legacies.
    • Michael Madsen has a problem with executing hostages.
    • Perhaps an accidental one, but Nikki Rapp plays a Deadpan Snarker named Lily...just like her role as Little Miss Snarker Lili in Psychonauts. Becomes Rule of Three in Campo Santo's Firewatch, where she plays yet another Lily.
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  • B-Team Sequel: Zig-zagged; Due to Telltale Games shutting down, Skybound Entertainment is handling the completion of the final two epsiodes of The Final Season. However, Skybound made sure to hire as many people involved with the previous episodes as possible.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: The fact that William Carver is voiced by Mr. Blonde is a good indicator of what sort of person he is. Also, James is voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch.
  • The Danza:
    • Brie is based on Brie Rosenholm, the Telltale contest winner.
    • Mark's voice actor is Mark Middleton.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • A mild form. The writers admit that they wish that they could have made the choice between saving Carley or Doug far more difficult, attributing the reasoning to people getting to know the former more than the latter.
    • Season 2's writers admitted they hated Sarah, which is one of the reasons her death is completely unavoidable no matter what you do in "Amid The Ruins".
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  • Creator Killer: A rare example of a successful game doing this. After the success of Walking Dead Season 1 Telltale sped up game production to compensate for the fact that no game after it reached its level of success, churning out licensed games at an unsustainable rate. Unfortunately for them, The Walking Dead's dwindling popularity and the equally dwindling quality of their Acclaimed Flop games lead to their closure on September 21st 2018 with only a skeleton crew of 25 left to finish their contractual obligations. An effort was made in 2017 to streamline the company, with plans to rectify many of the problems, but despite The Walking Dead's final season being heralded as a return to form it proved too little, too late.
  • Creator's Pest: Sarah, as mentioned above.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: AJ in The Final Season is voiced by a woman.
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  • Dark Horse Victory: Won the 2012 Spike TV Video Game Awards.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Melissa Hutchison has been voicing child to teenager Clementine while in her thirties, and as of The Final Season, is voicing 16-year old Clementine while being 43.
    • Alvin Jr. (AJ) in The Final Season is 5-6 years old and is voiced by 25 year old Taylor Parks.
    • All of the residents at Ericson's School for Troubled Youths in The Final Season are teenagers, but many of them have voice actors in their thirties or even forties.
  • Enforced Method Acting: During an episode of "Playing Dead" Bonnie's voice actress, Erin Yvette, said she had no idea Bonnie was scouting the Cabin for Carver when she was recording the scene where Walter gave her food in "A House Divided". Later, in "In Harm's Way", Bonnie said Carver didn't tell her beforehand that he was going to hold up The Cabin group like he did. It's probable TellTale didn't tell Erin what Bonnie was doing because Bonnie didn't know what she was doing.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Fans have been calling Molly a female Ezio.
    • The whole video game series itself is called The Walking Feel by many fans.
  • Follow the Leader: Within less than two weeks after Episode 2 of Season 1 was released, Activision announced a first person shooter based on The Walking Dead (yes, they are making a game that Telltale said that Walking Dead wouldn't be) featuring our favorite rednecks, the Dixon brothers, and promises "choices" just like the Telltale game. Fans of the Telltale series didn't hold out hope. And they were right not to if the Metacritic scores (32 for the Activision game, 92 for Telltale's) are anything to go by.
  • Flip-Flop of God:
    • Clementine's ethnicity has been a topic of debate within the fandom ever since Season 1, with a number of sources reporting that she is African-American and Asian; stemming from Clem originally being modelled after artist Derek Sakai's daughter, as well as statements made by writer Sean Vanaman in the 2013 "Saving Doug: Empathy, Character, and Choice in The Walking Dead" conference and by her voice actress Melissa Hutchison in the "Walking Dead 'Cast 247: The Walking Dead: A New Frontier" podcast. However, the lead animator Jessica Brezzo stated in an interview with the The Walking Dead Interviews wiki that Clem is African-American when asked about her ethnicity. In February 2019, an anonymous commenter claiming to be Brezzo issued a statement clarifying that at the time of the interview she hadn't spoken to Vanaman or Hutchison about the topic, didn't realize it was a topic of debate among the fandom, and never stated that Clem was solely African-American.
    • When asked at an interview panel how old Clementine was in Season 4, Melissa Hutchison stated she was seventeen; though in a later collab video with Heroines she stated Clem was actually sixteen. This was again contradicted on Twitter, when Telltale stated that she was seventeen and AJ was six.
  • Happily Adopted: As said by Kent Mudle, Tenn is adopted.
  • I Knew It!: Because of Lily's inclusion in the story generator, many fans predicted that she'll return in The Final Season. Later, the trailer for Suffer the Children confirms it.
  • Name's the Same: The Adam Harrington that plays Andy St. John isn't the same actor who plays Roy Earle in L.A. Noire (that would be Adam John Harrington, who's primarily a stage and screen actor, the other Adam Harrington works almost exclusively as a video game VA).
  • No Dub for You: Due to Telltale going bankrupt, the Latin American Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dubs were axed. The European French and German dubs are still going, as dubbing in those countries is mandatory by law, which is not the case in the American continent.
  • Playing Against Type: Roger L. Jackson as Chuck, the hobo in Episode 3 who's a clearly benevolent, well-composed character as opposed to the hammy villains Jackson usually plays.
  • Prop Recycling: Kenny's and the Stranger's cars can be seen driving by in the first scene of episode 1.
  • Recycled Script: Kenny's life in Season 2 is quite similar to Season One. The love of his life dies, he's obsessed with a goal that some see as non-existent (Wellington rather than the boat), and when he finds it, it's too good to be true.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Video Game has a number of Dummied Out lines still hidden inside the games files;
    • Episode 2 includes conversations between Danny and Lee, which state that Danny used to be an insurance salesman and once practiced taxidermy on his Mother's Cat (for a "Mother's Day Gift"). There's also a nightmare sequence where Doug/Carley (or rather, Lee's Conscience) berates Lee for not saving him/her in the previous episode.
      • Episode 2 was also going to have an option between staying at the dairy and going back to the Motor Inn. If you chose to go back, you'd return to most of the group upset that Lee decided not to stay, and they would take a vote.
      • Mark would have been shot while he and Lee were kicking walkers off the fence. Instead of Mark, Lee would encounter Ben and Travis's teacher in the bathroom, both legs cut off.
      • One of the audio files for Episode 2 had Larry tell Lilly that he loves her before he died. Other files indicate that Lee would have been able to steal heart medication from the St. John's and administer it later during Larry's heart attack, though it is likely the scene would have played out the same regardless.
    • The writers were thinking of cutting Clementine due to having difficulties finding an actor for the character before Melissa Hutchinson caught the role.
    • Michonne:
    • Season 2:
      • According to the voice actor, Mike was originally meant to be one of the men who capture Christa during Episode 1. When Christa attempts to escape, a member of Mike's group would have accidentally shot him and took out a chunk of his left ear. Clem would have been distrustful of him in later episodes due to his involvement in Christa's disappearance. While Mike is still missing part of his ear in the final game, the reason is never given and Clem mostly stays on good terms with him.
      • "A House Divided", "In Harm's Way", and "No Going Back" were originally titled "Don't Look Back", "In Cold Blood", and "Better to Sleep" respectively. The last of these was used for the PlayStation Network's "No Going Back" trophies before the episode came out.
      • Originally, at the end of the second season, there was a choice that would involve Clementine shooting and killing Mike when he tries to leave with Bonnie and Arvo. Eventually, this didn't make it into the game... but they left it in the PlayStation 3 port initially before it was patched out.
      • The title cards for Episodes 3 and 4 show events that seem to indicate that there was supposed to be a completely different plot for those episodes. In fact, the title card for Episode 3 originally featured Clementine and Rebecca in what appeared to be a different store before being changed to the depot store, possibly to compensate for the change in plans.
      • Clementine was originally supposed to die at the end of Season 2. Here's a video explaining the ending. It was cut since, while they didn't know they were going to do a third season, they were told to "not screw [themselves]" in case they did make another one (which ultimately was the case).
    • Season 3:
      • Joan was going to be Eleanor's mother.
      • Unused audio and animation files suggest that there were plans for a pre-season 1 flashback, with Clementine seeing her babysitter be attacked by a walker and having to escape to her treehouse.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Walking Dead Wiki.
  • Word of Gay:
    • According to Telltale, Paige has feelings for Samantha.
    • Writer Adam Esquenazi Douglas has stated that Javier is bisexual, with players briefly having the opportunity to flirt with Jesus in episode 5.


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