It’s been a long, long time.
Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season released back in August 2018. It was the last time we saw heroine Clementine, but she’s returning at long last in a comic book. Spoilers for the main The Walking Dead comic and Telltale games follow.
To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Robert Kirkman and David Alpert’s Skybound, the two are launching a limited series aptly titled Skybound X. This will explore several existing comic worlds but chief among them is The Walking Dead, with a brand new issue that will be all about Clementine.
Each issue in this series – not just the Clementine one – will have a chapter called ‘Rick Grimes 2000’ that explores a what-if? scenario within The Walking Dead universe, that of the one-handed gritty zombie-slayer awakening from a second coma. This new world he finds himself in is one where aliens are revealed to have been controlling the hordes of undead all along.
As for Clementine’s issue, it’s unclear what it’s all about, but it’s likely a follow-up to the last Telltale game. The main-line comics end with a new society built where Walkers are a thing of the past, rarely seen, that is until Gwen’s son brings one in. He does so for a freak-show-style carnival, and Carl, who survived in the comics, finds one on his front lawn. He kills it, and it’s deemed damage to public property, but Michonne, back to her law-roots, lets him off the hook. It’s a weird old return to some semblance of normality, but it left many begging one question: where’s Clementine in all this?
She survived the ending of the last Telltale game so it’s a fair question. She’s made it through thick and thin, and absolutely deserves a place in Rick Grime’s restored civilization. He’s dead by that point, tragically, as he was gunned down before it was ever truly realized, but his momentous spirit is what brought it to life, and so there’s a statue dedicated to his honor in this new world. Perhaps we’ll see Clementine stand face-to-face with the statue, or perhaps not – she has crossed over with the main series, at any rate, bumping into both Glenn and Jesus. Will we see her meet more of the iconic characters? Perhaps.
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