The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back Review

In my mind, this second season of The Walking Dead is all about figuring out who Clementine actually is. Looking past the baseball cap and the bright eyes; rethinking many of those rose-tinted feelings that you couldn’t help but pick up when seeing her through Lee’s eyes. In Season One, she was portrayed as a symbol for something much bigger: perhaps a future worth fighting for. It’s what held that initial group together and it was certainly the motivation behind the decisions I made along the way.

Playing from her perspective immediately and irreversibly changes that. Whilst other characters may continue to see her as this innocent girl that must be protected, you’ll see a different person entirely. We’ve been forced to make a bunch of horrible, awful decisions already in this season (Episode 4 in particular) show that Clementine cares more about her own survival than that of a stranger. That sounds almost disappointing, but it’s actually the greatest strength of this season. Challenging the preconceptions that I brought with me from the first.

This final episode takes that idea to its extreme and eventually asks you just how far Clem would now go to ensure her own survival. The companions that she’s running with have come from several different groups and there isn’t a clear leader. Things usually get a bit heated when this happens, don’t they? You’ll be playing diplomat for a good portion of this episode - desperately trying to keep Kenny from murdering anyone - before things inevitably come to a head.

As this is the last episode in the season, it does feel like you’re finally being given some freedom to make impactful decisions. The Walking Dead has always been about difficult choices, but it often seems like you can only ever have a temporary effect over what happens. Choosing to save one character’s life over another has started to feel like we’re just delaying the inevitable. Episode five, thankfully, gives you the room to decide where Clementine ends up and suggests that your decisions are going to have a permanent effect on her future. It’s been a bloody great season.

9 / 10

  • Your Clementine’s story will feel unique
  • The final decisions of the season feel properly important
  • Brutal, heart-rending choices (unsurprisingly)
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Woodfella

Just finished this, so a belated 'nice write up' to you Chris.

I have really quite liked this season. I have been frustrated and filled with regret over a number of my decisions but in a good way. The relationships I had with certain members of the group seemed complex, I really liked them and wanted them around but still disagreed with everything they said and upset them a lot. The ending was pretty good, I don't see how they are going to do a season 3. Unless it allgoes to ***** in the first episode and then everyones on the same path again. Otherwise it's like making 3 separate games.
Posted 02:26 on 05 October 2014
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Jesus_Phish@ Bratterz

In my first episode of season two one of the cast from 400 Days was dead by the river. Bonnie was a recurring member of season 2 for me and there are a few others I remember popping up. Most of them only pop up in a single episode though and have very little impact on the actual game.
Posted 16:19 on 01 September 2014
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fimbo

I felt the abundant "hey little girl, go do this dangerous thing" moments where really jarring this episode. By the end of it I was hoping for an option for Clem to just say "***** off the lot of ye!"

The ending for didn't come close to season one's finale for me. Plus I am 100% sure my choices will have no bearing on season three at all. Still... poor Clem :(
Posted 23:17 on 27 August 2014
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pblive

Certain characters from 400 days will turn up in episode 3 based on the decisions you made in 400 days.
Posted 19:35 on 27 August 2014
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Bratterz@ Woodfella

I believe there was a throwback to a character from 400 Days in the first episode, but I don't think it was impacted by the choices I'd made.
Posted 19:29 on 27 August 2014
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Woodfella@ Bratterz

Not even 400 days?
Posted 16:38 on 27 August 2014
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Bloodstorm@ Woodfella

The sad thing is, some people were serious about that answer.
Posted 15:38 on 27 August 2014
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Woodfella@ Bloodstorm

of course those characters would be completely different and so would the story surrounding them. The dynamic between Lee and this Clem old man would be different or are you saying that theold man would be the same as Clementine. Do they have the same voice? Oh god...

This question is silly.
Posted 13:08 on 27 August 2014
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Woodfella@ Bloodstorm

NO, I AM INCAPABLE OF CARING ABOUT GAYS AND FEMALES AND OLD PEOPLE. GROSS
Posted 13:05 on 27 August 2014
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pblive

What about a 60 year old man dressed as a little girl?
Posted 12:54 on 27 August 2014
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Bratterz@ Bloodstorm

I don't really know how to answer this, sorry.

If Clementine was a sixty-year-old man, then the storyline would be completely different.

Can I care about a sixty-year-old man? Sure I can! My Dad is approaching that age and I wouldn't want him to get eaten by zombies. Would I think about that character in the same way as I think about Clementine? No. That would be weird.
Posted 12:43 on 27 August 2014
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Woodfella@ Bratterz

Thanks. Hm, I expected there to be a least a little something.
Posted 12:30 on 27 August 2014
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Bratterz@ Woodfella

Your choices from the first season seem to have little to no impact. I'm struggling to think of a single example of my past choices being referenced, to be honest.
Posted 12:17 on 27 August 2014
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Connolly@ Bloodstorm

If that was the case she would be an entirely different character so how would we know?
Posted 07:43 on 27 August 2014
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Woodfella

Hello Christopher. I haven't read the review because I haven't yet played any of season 2. I was wondering how many of your choices from season 1 carry over to season 2. Because s1e5 effed up for me and messed my choices up.
Posted 22:27 on 26 August 2014

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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back
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The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 5 No Going Back
  • Your Clementine’s story will feel unique
  • The final decisions of the season feel properly important
  • Brutal, heart-rending choices (unsurprisingly)
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Release Date: 26/08/2014
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