“It hurts me that you, the fans, will not get to see Clem’s journey through to the end.”
Melissa Hutchison, the voice of Clementine in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, shared an emotional letter over the weekend in response to Telltale’s “majority studio closure.” In the letter, she addressed reports that The Walking Dead: The Final Season will end prematurely, saying, to the best of her knowledge, the series will, in fact, conclude after Episode 2.
Hutchison prefaced the letter on Twitter by saying her heart was “too broken for words” upon hearing Telltale laid off the majority of its staff last Friday. She then expressed her appreciation for the online support she’s been receiving, before addressing the closure:
I, unfortunately, like most of you, do not have the details on how this all came to be and I also do not know the fate of the final season of TWD. To my knowledge, they will release Episode 2 and then that will be it. It hurts me that you, the fans, will not get to see Clem’s journey through to the end. It hurts me that all of the insanely talented people who made this game won’t get to see all of their hard work played out, and are instead thrust into having to now look for work. It hurts to know that all of the extremely talented actors who lent voice to this final season won’t get to experience the final ending of one of the best damn game titles in the history of games. And it hurts to know that long awaited titles like a second season of The Wolf Among Us won’t be made.
The actress, whose work with Telltale extends far beyond her role as Clementine, closed out the letter by thanking the community for their years of support. In addition to The Walking Dead, Hutchison lent her voice to Telltale’s Sam & Max, Nelson Tethers: Puzzle Agent, Back to the Future, The Wolf Among Us, and Minecraft: Story Mode.
Telltale has yet to comment on the future of its projects, though multiple reports claim the studio will finish its work on Minecraft: Story Mode for Netflix and then shutter entirely, leaving The Walking Dead unfinished.
Among the developer’s future projects was also a game based on Stranger Things. While that seemingly will no longer be made by Telltale, Netflix says it’s “in the process of evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life in an interactive medium.”
The fate of The Walking Dead’s final season may be uncertain, but we know its second (and potentially final) episode will be released tomorrow, September 25. For more, check out Tech’s review of The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 2.
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