The Wolf Among Us: Smoke, Mirrors, and Red Herrings
Posted on Monday, March 17 @ 22:17:27 PST by gil_almogiIt was Georgie in the tub with the candlestick maker!
THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO EPISODES OF THE WOLF AMONG US.
I just finished playing the two episodes of The Wolf Among Us currently available twice in order to see the differences my choices made (and acquire some cheevos). The series is certainly intriguing so far and I can definitely understand one of the major criticisms against the second episode, Smoke & Mirrors, for its length and lack of interactivity. There is more time spent watching the story unfold than performing in QTEs, something I’m ambivalent about, but it makes a difference in how you perceive your time playing.
Either way, now that I’ve sunk my teeth into the story I’m looking forward to what’s coming next. I know a number of people felt that the surprise ending was lackluster and predictable compared to the first episode, Faith, but I feel like Telltale Games is actually manipulating us. Think about it. At the end of Faith, we were floored to see Snow White dead and decapitated, but then Smoke & Mirrors basically said, “Fooled ya! Now, let’s get on with things.” Although I’m happy they didn’t kill two women for the sake of the leading man’s character development, it felt awfully convenient to magic-away the events of the previous episode and return to business as usual.
The end of Smoke & Mirrors pointed us towards the obvious, that Crane is involved with the whole prostitution, Snow White mess. And the immediate response is “OMG he killed them!” but he’s a big red herring, which is apparent despite his connection to the second victim, Lily. Here are a few key points to consider:
While it’s easy to suggest that Telltale Games gave us a predictable twist at the end, looking at the clues suggests that the next episode is going to be throwing the real revelations at us. I think the killer hasn’t been introduced yet. Either that or it’s Colin. He’s kind of a dick.
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