The Walking Dead: The Final Season is an episodic graphic adventure game developed and published by Telltale Games. The game was initially released for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One. As the name suggests, The Walking Dead: The Final Season is the final game in The Walking Dead Telltale lineup. The Telltale Games series is based on The Walking Dead graphic novels, which is also the source material for AMC’s hit show, The Walking Dead. Since the television show and the video game both rely on the graphic novels, players can expect to see some of their favorite Walking Dead characters pop up, like Glenn Rhee and Michonne.
Telltale Games is known for releasing episodic games that are highly cinematic and force the players to make crucial decisions that impact the outcome of the game. Telltale has a reputation for adapting popular media into video game adventures. They have games based on Batman, Game of Thrones, and even Guardians of the Galaxy. Out of all of Telltale’s adventure games, The Walking Dead is one of the most infamous and recognizable franchises.
Every installment of The Walking Dead features the same iconic art style and gameplay mechanics that the developers are known for. The Final Season contains four episodes. The first episode was released on August 14, 2018, and the final episode came out on March 16, 2019. Reception for Telltale’s Walking Dead series has always been positive, with The Walking Dead: The Final Season delivering a strong finish. Steam rates the game a 9 out of 10 and received several award nominations, including the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Video Game featuring an LGBTQ character.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Premise
Telltale Games has an iconic style of gameplay. Not only is the art style of every game easily recognizable as a Telltale Game, but they also feature a choice-based story with simplistic mechanics. The true highlight of any good Telltale Game is the player controlling important outcomes based on the decisions they make. The Walking Dead: The Final Season plays exactly how Telltale fans will expect the game to play.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season is a direct sequel to The Walking Dead: A New Frontier and it picks up shortly after the game’s conclusion. Clementine, the main protagonist of Telltale’s Walking Dead series, saves AJ from McCarroll Ranch. Unfortunately, she’s forced to make the hard decision to put AJ’s caregiver down to protect him and herself. The game jumps forward a few years, to show that Clementine is taking care of AJ. She’s been raising the boy, which brings back memories of her time with Lee from the original game.
In The Walking Dead: Season One, players actually played as Lee Everett, a criminal whose incarceration is interrupted by the outbreak. Lee comes across Clementine and the pair travel together. Depending on the player’s choices, Lee and Clementine can grow incredibly close. This results in Lee becoming Clementine’s father figure. In order to raise AJ properly, Clementine often relies on everything she learned from Lee.
The first episode of The Walking Dead: The Final Season focuses on Clementine and AJ joining a new group. The group is made up entirely of children who have managed to set up a safe zone in Ericson’s School for Troubled Youth. Clementine and AJ, determined to fit in, try to prove their worth to the group. As expected from The Walking Dead, something sinister bubbles under the surface of Ericson’s School.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Main Characters
Clementine is at the center of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. She’d been a main character since the beginning of the series, and after Lee’s death, she became the main playable character in several games. Since the entire franchise is built around Clementine surviving and growing up in a zombie apocalypse, players have grown attached to and even protective of her. Without Clementine, Telltale’s Walking Dead series wouldn’t be what it is, but there are a few more characters who make The Final Season shine.
- Clementine: Clementine is the main protagonist of The Walking Dead: The Final Season, but her story goes back to the first game. When fans first meet Clementine, she’s a young girl struggling to survive the beginning of the apocalypse. She eventually meets Lee, a convict also struggling for survival. Together, they keep one another going, and Clementine begins to see Lee as a father figure. After Lee’s death, Clementine takes over as the playable protagonist and central character for most of the games. In Season One, Clementine is only 8 years old. By the time The Final Season’s events transpire, nine years have passed, putting her at 17. This still seems tragically young, but after years of surviving, Clementine has matured far beyond her years. Despite the cruel world she’s grown up in, Clementine remains kind and empathetic, even if she’s forced to be cautious. Her story continues after the conclusion of The Final Season in the Clementine graphic novel series.
- AJ: Alvin Jr, more commonly called AJ, is the deuteragonist (second most important character) of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. AJ has appeared in multiple games throughout the series, but he becomes a playable character in The Final Season. After Clementine saves AJ from the McCarroll Ranch, the young boy begins traveling with her. Clementine steps in as his caregiver, allowing the pair to form a close-knit bond that’s reminiscent of Clementine’s relationship with Season One’s protagonist, Lee. AJ’s story continues in the Clementine graphic novel series that picks up where the Telltale Games series left off.
- Violet: Violet is considered among fans to be the most important character in The Final Season right behind Clementine and AJ. She is the former Ericson’s Boarding School group leader. Violet is a lesbian and one of about a dozen LGBTQIA+ characters to appear in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series. She’s set up to be a potential love interest for Clementine.
- Marlon: Marlon is the main antagonist of the first episode, “Done Running”, and he’s the 17-year-old leader of the Ericson’s Boarding School kids. Marlon comes off as somewhat odd, but he does find Clementine and AJ after their car crash. He brings them back to the school for safety, giving the vibe that he’s a potential alley. As the episode goes on, more and more about Marlon’s dark side comes to the surface.
While playing The Walking Dead: The Final Season, it’s important to keep in mind that there are four episodes. Each episode continues the story but is also its own story. While Clementine and AJ remain constant throughout the game, the rest of the main cast fluctuates from episode to episode.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Titles in the Series
The Walking Dead: The Final Season is the final installment in Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead series. Although Telltale Games is known for a wide range of games, The Walking Dead series is one of its most popular and successful franchises. The Telltale Games series consists of five games and one major DLC for The Walking Dead: Season One. The Walking Dead Telltale Games series became so popular, that the story continued after the franchise’s final installment in the Clementine graphic novel series.
Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead Series:
- The Walking Dead: Season One (2012)
- 400 Days DLC (2013) – This is a bonus episode for The Walking Dead: Season One.
- The Walking Dead: Season Two (2013–2014)
- The Walking Dead: Michonne (2016)
- The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (2016–2017)
- The Walking Dead: The Final Season (2018–2019)
Each game in the franchise is made up of several playable episodes, usually four or five. There are four playable episodes in The Walking Dead: The Final Season that were released from 2018 to 2019.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episodes:
- Episode 1: Done Running (August 2018)
- Episode 2: Suffer the Children (September 2018)
- Episode 3: Broken Toys (January 2019)
- Episode 4: Take Us Back (March 2019)
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Cheat Codes
Telltale Games are heavily cinematic graphic adventure games. This means that there isn’t much in the way of intricate gameplay. For the most part, players only control the characters to move around the map, search for clues, and occasionally participate in QuickTime events. Telltale Games focuses more on telling a good story than throwing complicated gameplay mechanics at the player. The real draw of Telltale Games is the freedom of choice. Each game features many choices in dialogue, routes to take, and other important decisions. The player controls character relationships, paths, and game outcomes with their choices. Each Telltale Games title has a huge replayability factor because making different decisions will result in different outcomes in the story.
In truth, the choice-based gameplay is the most important, unique, and engaging part of any Telltale Games title. The Walking Dead: The Final Season is no exception. The rest of the gameplay is relatively basic, so there aren’t cheats, codes, or exploits to make the game easier. The gameplay is so simple that there really isn’t anything a player can do to cheat. The closest a player is going to get to “cheating” is looking up a guide to help locate collectibles or select pre-determined choices to receive their desired outcome.
Despite the lack of available cheats, The Walking Dead: The Final Season does have plenty of trophies and/or achievements and collectables to get.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Achievements & Trophies
- The Final Season: Completed The Walking Dead: The Final Season
- End of the Road: Completed Act One (of Episode 1)
- Fitting In: Completed Act Two (of Episode 1)
- Protector: Completed Act Three (of Episode 1)
- Tickle Monster: Tickled AJ
- Nothing Wasted: Used ALL traps
- Social Butterfly: Talked to EVERYONE at dinner
- Lost Love: Found Heart Graffiti
- Upstream: Speared ALL fish
- Where’s the Candy?: Hit all Pinata Swings
- Rabbit Season: Shot ALL rabbits
- Good Girl: Rosie
- Scavenger: Found all Episode One collectables
- To Make It Look Nice: Placed all Episode One collectables
- We’re Staying: Completed Act One (of Episode 2)
- Old Ghost: Completed Act Two (of Episode 2)
- Defender: Completed Act Three (of Episode 2)
- Be Prepared: Made sure everything was ready
- Botanist: Green Thumb
- Edible: How’d it taste?
- Great Girl: Aw, Rosie
- Sureshot: Didn’t miss once
- Bonded: Platonic
- Moving Fast: Teenage Romance
- Deadeye: Protected your turf
- Gatherer: Found all Episode Two collectables
- Personal Touch: Placed all Episode Two collectables
- Whispers: Completed Act One (of Episode 3)
- Shoreline: Completed Act Two (of Episode 3)
- Leader: Completed Act Three (of Episode 3)
- Best Girl: Rosie!
- Mercy: Did no harm
- Nightlight: Made sure they slept tight
- All-seeing: Let nothing slip by
- Did you lick it?: Remembered the good times
- Personal Space: Kept your distance
- As A Mouse: Was very sneaky
- Tally: Counted the days
- Hunter: Found all Episode Three collectables
- Feels Like Mine: Placed all Episode Three collectables
- Red Water: Completed Act One (of Episode 4)
- Final Lesson: Completed Act Two (of Episode 4)
- Savior: Completed Act Three (of Episode 4)
- Goodbye: Did all you could
- You And Me: Came full circle
- Promise: Said you’d never leave
- Lost And Found: Found Clem’s hat
- Survivor: Found all Episode Four collectables
- Home At Last: Placed all Episode Four collectables
Collectables in The Walking Dead: The Final Season
Done Running: Episode 1 –
- Act One:
- Deer Skull – After the first zombie encounter, avoid going into the house. Instead, go around to the left side of the house to find the Deer Skull.
- Plastic Flowers – While looking for AJ in the school, find the Plastic Flowers behind the stairs.
- Real Flowers – During the sequence where Clementine is trying to help AJ make friends, the Real Flowers can be found to the far right. They are to the right of the cooking pot in a dark corner.
- AJ’s Drawing – Players need to let AJ keep the drawing kit instead of giving it to the girl. Choose the option: “You can keep it if you like.” AJ will draw Clementine a picture if he keeps it.
- Act Two:
- Cat Skull – When Marlon asks if Clementine wants to go fishing or rabbit hunting, choose the “FISH WITH VIOLET AND BRODY” option. Once at the fishing hut, turn around and find the Cat Skull above the fireplace.
- Tenn’s Drawing – Tenn will ask if Clementine wants to be in the picture. Choose the “SURE, DRAW ME IN” option. Tenn gives Clementine the drawing after.
- Act Three:
- No new collectables, but make sure to place all six collectables from Episode 1 in your room. This will unlock the “To Make It Look Nice” trophy.
Suffer the Children: Episode 2 –
- Act One:
- No collectables in Episode 2: Act One.
- Act Two:
- Wild Boar Skull – Outside the Greenhouse, to the left of Ruby.
- Mushroom – In the first area of the Greenhouse. Eating the mushroom will grant the “Edible” trophy.
- Venus Flytrap – In the laboratory area of the Greenhouse, sitting on the edge of a flowerbed.
- Act Three:
- No new collectables, but make sure to place all three collectables from Episode 2 in your room. This will unlock the “Personal Touch” trophy.
Broken Toys: Episode 3 –
- Act One:
- School Pennant – Hanging on the wall at the beginning of the basement section.
- Sketch Pad – On a shelf to the left in the second part of the basement.
- Horseshoe – During the portion of the game where the player has to scope out the Raider’s Boat. It’s behind the player next to a patch of grass once they’ve regained control.
- Rabbit’s Foot – Near the Horseshoe, next to a tree where Willy is sitting.
- Toy – Outside the barn near some hay bales. Collect this before talking to James.
- Windchime – Along the right side of the barn, where AJ is kneeling. Collect this before talking to James.
- Act Two:
- No new collectables, but make sure to place all six collectables from Episode 3: Act One in your room. This will unlock the “Feels Like Mine” trophy.
- Act Three:
- No collectables in Episode 3: Act Three.
Take Us Back: Episode 4 –
- Act One:
- Skin Mask – If James dies at the end of Episode 3, players will get the Skin Mask automatically. If James survives Episode 3, players need to pick the mean dialogue options during a fight in the cave. This will prompt James to leave the cave, and AJ can find his mask on the ground. If the player chooses the calmer dialogue, James will leave with the mask, and the player will miss the collectible.
- Crystal – In the cave on the ground next to the stream. Players can find the Crystal to the left when they return to the cave to craft the Torch.
- Toy – In the cave on the ground next to the stream. Players can find the Toy to the right when they return to the cave to craft the Torch.
- Act Two:
- No collectables in Episode 4: Act Two.
- Act Three:
- Skull Fragment – Next to the free-standing stove outside the cabin’s entrance.
- At the end of the episode, make sure to place all 4 collectables in your room. This will unlock the “Home at Last” trophy.
The Walking Dead: The Final Season Cheat Codes FAQs
Most of the Google results for “The Walking Dead: The Final Season cheats” are actually about AMC’s The Walking Dead, a television adaptation of The Walking Dead graphic novels. While they are part of the same franchise, AMC’s show is unrelated to the Telltale Games.
How long does it take to beat The Walking Dead final season?
According to HowLongToBeat.com, The Walking Dead: The Final Season will take about 10 hours to complete. That averages out to about two and a half hours per episode. A completionist run will take about 13 and a half hours. The playtime could be even longer if players want to replay to try and get different outcomes.
Does The Walking Dead final season Season Pass have all episodes?
Yes, The Walking Dead: The Final Season season pass includes all four episodes.
How do you change your choices in The Walking Dead final season?
There are only two ways to change a choice in The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Players either need to restart the episode, or they’ll have to reload an earlier save file from before the choice is made.
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