The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 1 Ending Explained
Spoiler Warning: Telltale’s The Walking Dead is back for one final season, and the first episode (titled ‘Done Running’) starts things off with a bang. Do be warned that we’re about to spoil the ending of the episode, so if you haven’t played it yet, you should probably look away now.
Near the end of the game, Clem and AJ are woken up by distant shouts. Clem tells AJ to stay put while she investigates, and she eventually follows the voices down to the basement. As it turns out, Brody and Marlon are having an argument, and Brody is expressing her concern and distress over the raider Clem encountered earlier in the day. When Clem approaches them and demands to know what’s going on, Brody reveals that their friends, Minnie and Sophie, weren’t actually killed by zombies. In fact, Marlon had given them over to the group of raiders in exchange for leaving the rest of the group alone. Marlon and Brody were the only ones who knew about this, and they kept it a secret from everyone else.
In response to Brody’s outburst, Marlon hits her on the head hard with a flashlight, and this causes her forehead to split open. Marlon panics, and Brody tells Clem that if the raiders come back, Marlon’s plan is to give her and AJ up to them. Brody dies soon after that, and upon realizing that she’s going to turn into a zombie, Marlon runs out of the basement and bars the door behind him. Clem is eventually forced to kill Brody, and she manages to break out of the basement to find AJ pointing a gun at Marlon, demanding to know what’s going on.
Marlon accuses Clem of killing Brody, and he also manages to disarm AJ in the process. Eventually, Clem is able to get the group to see her way as she exposes the truth behind Minnie and Sophie’s disappearance. Clem also manages to take the gun away from Marlon, but just as the situation is starting to calm down, AJ grabs the gun and shoots Marlon in the head.
The ending of this episode is pretty straightforward. Regardless of whatever decisions you made when it comes to AJ, he will still shoot Marlon in the head. What’s most interesting about this ending is the implications it has for Clem and the raiders going forward. Depending on how you handled the raider encounter earlier on in the episode, it’s possible that he could’ve died, and the raiders might not know the group was responsible for his death. However, since we know that the raiders are taking children and making deals with Marlon, them showing up at the boarding school again is inevitable, and will likely be the central conflict this season.
That should explain the ending of The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 1. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more information on Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season.