Skybound CEO and Creative Director Dish on The Walking Dead: The Final Season

A recent Reddit AMA answered popular fan questions on the game being taken over by Skybound.

By L.B. Lubomski

A few days ago, Skybound CEO Ian Howe and The Walking Dead: The Final Season creative director Kent Muddle hosted an Ask Me Anything Q&A on Reddit. There they discussed the future of the remaining episodes of the series and answered a number of other questions asked directly by the fans.

One of the hot-topic issues asked right away is when fans can expect the last two remaining episodes of The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Howe responded to this question cautiously at first, not wanting to give false hope to players.


However, when pressed further by fans, Howe added, "I'm going out on a limb and will say yes, I fully expect Episode 3 to be this year and I'll be very disappointed if we can't make that happen."

Another popular question was how much involvement the original team from Telltale Games will have in finishing up the final two episodes. Again, Howe offered his two cents on the subject, stating that he has been in contact with numerous members of the former staff.


Howe later elaborated further when asked if he could list some of the specific staff members from the now-defunct Telltale Games being hired and brought on board to finish up their work on The Walking Dead: The Final Season. This obviously couldn't be answered at this time due to both privacy concerns and potential on-going contract negotiations, but it was once again made clear that they want as many of the original staff members involved as possible.


Some fans expressed concern over a possible change in the story or narrative with the switch to Skybound, even with members of the original team returning. Howe was quick to explain this is not the case at all and that Skybound is dedicated to staying on the path previously charted by Telltale.


Creative Director Muddle then went on to elaborate some of the plot points that were introduced in the first two episodes and the reasoning behind them during this final season, such as the location of the school being the central focus.


Howe then chimed in with the fact that, much like the previous seasons, there will indeed be multiple different endings based on the player's decisions, something that has become a staple of the series.


When asked about the ending to the series as a whole, Muddle acknowledged the weight of not only pleasing the fans but also sending the character of Clementine off with the respect she deserves, especially after being so near and dear the hearts of the community for so many years.


Some fans asked about the future of The Walking Dead Telltale series, be it in the form of downloadable content or other spin-off titles or sequels, questions which were answered by Skybound CEO Howe. While nothing has been planned at this time, the future remains uncertain.


Another Reddit user asked about the possibility of other now-cancelled Telltale projects being resurrected, particularly season 2 of The Wolf Among Us. Howe answered the question honestly and, to the dismay of some, was less than optimistic.


In light of recent accusations of 100-hour work weeks and "crunch periods" by certain developers such as Rockstar Games, some Reddit users asked if these kinds of working conditions existed at Skybound. Howe immediately put these worries to rest, assuring no such conduct happens within their studio.


A few lighter notes were also touched on such as the possibility of Clementine making an appearance in Super Smash Bros. or Funko Pop! figures based on the game, both of which were joked about by Howe but not currently planned at this time.

While many other questions and topics were covered, the ones listed here seemed to be of the most importance to fans of the series, giving insight into not only the future of The Walking Dead: The Final Season but also the staff from Telltale Games, who will hopefully have another chance to finish the legacy of their beloved franchise.

We will have more on this project as it develops here on Dead Entertainment.

About the Author

L.B. Lubomski

Lawrence "L.B." Lubomski is an avid horror movie fan, gamer, musician, historian, and aspiring author. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, L.B. was exposed to the works of local filmmaker and godfather of zombie cinema George A. Romero early on. He has since developed a particular fondness for Italian zombie/cannibal and slasher films. This passion for horror extends into other media, from survival horror video games such as Resident Evil to horror-inspired musical artists. In his spare time, L.B. pursues many interests including building his collection of vinyl records, action figures, and vintage video games as well as drumming in various local bands.