The final season of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead franchise kicked off this month with the first of four episodes, Done Running, as we caught up with Clementine and A.J. a few years after the events of A New Frontier. We had a chat with executive producer Brodie Anderson at Gamescom to learn more about what's gone into this the final season and what it feels like to reach an end with Clementine.
"It's emotional for us too," says Anderson. "Clementine is much revered at the studio and to all our fans and it's a tremendous responsibility for us and something we take very seriously. It's going to be tough to say goodbye on this final season, but it's something that is a tremendous privilege for us to do. So we're having a great time with the development."
"We have three seasons to call upon before this and in episode one we introduced a lot of new characters, but it's really a rich narrative," says Anderson when asked about the seasons leading into the final one and the potential for fan service. "Clementine has had a long journey, this fourth season it's all going to come together and the best stories are the ones that end well. We know exactly how this one is going to end, it's what's driving us, it's why we've got to tell this story and we're really excited to tell it."
The conversation also touched on the story builder, the new non-scripted combat, and the characters you meet at the Ericson Boarding School for Troubled Youth.
There will only be four episodes of this the final season, and here's what Anderson had to say about this decision.
"It's what the story needs. So it is a four-episode season, they are releasing every six weeks, so the next one is going to be Tuesday, September 25th. But when we wrote the season we started with the ending, to finish off this treasured franchise we needed to know exactly how it was going to end, so we do know, we think we have a heck of an ending, everything we're doing is building up to that what was required for that was four episodes to tell that story as tightly as possible."