I replayed Episode 3 today (final decisions run) and it still makes me so sad to play these episodes without Lilly. It’s been SO long, I know, but it still feels so empty without her.
I like to think about what she would think and argue for/against in the events of Season 2. I could see her arguing to stay at Carver’s camp, because she likes order and doesn’t mind following rules as long as it keeps her alive. I don’t think she’d be extremely enthusiastic about it, but I think she’d say something like "It’s safe here. What will we find out there that’s any better than this?”
It’s also the opposite of what Kenny wants, and since they’re pretty much eternal foils of each other, it would’ve made for an interesting divide in the group.
Lilly followed orders from her higher-ups all throughout her career, and also frequently submitted to Larry (and like I’ve said before, she was designed to be the Lilly that ended up serving the Governor, so obviously Telltale created her personality with that in mind), so I don’t think she’d be above kowtowing to Carver’s demands. We know she’s fairly cowardly. I think she’d be sort of like Reggie, so fearful of dying that she would give up her freedom for a chance to avoid it.
I’ve hypothesized before that she would possibly even stay when the rest of the group left. (Or rather, she’d want to stay, until she saw the place going to hell - much like the Motor Inn - and then at the last minute she’d join Clem and the group escaping). She’d be devastated when it fell, and it would crush most of her last remaining hopes of returning order to their chaotic world.
…I just wish we had real stuff to go on here. That we could really see what she’d choose to do in these scenarios. I miss what she brought to the game. I miss her failed attempts at keeping order in the apocalypse, her firm but well-intentioned leadership that came from a place of genuine concern for other lives, her idealism about law and regulations and her hopes of rebuilding the world one tiny stronghold at a time. The game’s just not the same for me without her. :|
reimaginethestars replied to your post: I need to make Hit the Road relevant a…
Oh. My. God.
Here it is, in all its “this was my first time writing fanfiction in about 8 years” glory haha
Like I said, there are definitely some things I’d change now, but I’m still pretty proud of it (especially considering it was the first multi-chapter fanfic that I actually completed).
So, yeah, Hit the Road. AKA ‘many chapters of sexual tension, and then a tank’.
one time I was looking through my Psychology textbook and it had this list of aggressive behaviors and I tried not to laugh bc Lilly fits almost all of these
I was uploading pictures to facebook
"Where’s your patriotic spirit, Lee"
I mean, I’m fairly confident (like 70%) Telltale will give Lilly some kind of closure eventually, because they seem to tie up pretty every other loose end - and she was a major one. The fandom, both in favor of and opposed to her, is still very vocally asking, “Where is Lilly?" She’s still extremely relevant and prominent in fandom discussion, as evidenced by the fact that on any given day there is usually at least one forum thread talking about the possibility of her returning, and by the fact that, whenever a mysterious/unknown character appears, people immediately suggest it could be her (as seen in the case of Jane, and prior to Kenny’s episode 2 appearance).
Even IGN, in their very first article about 400 Days, brought Lilly up.
Love her or hate her, people want Lilly back. They want closure, especially after the abrupt and emotionally-charged way she left the game. Leaving her fate permanently open-ended doesn’t seem like something Telltale would do (though her situation IS a unique one in that she was originally meant to be canon to the comics and was retconned, so that of course could factor in).
I’m still not even sure myself if I want Lilly to have an end to her story. Because of course, that means she could (and probably will) die. But ultimately, I think she, and we (her fandom), deserve some sort of closure so we don’t have to exist in a state of permanent limbo, forever left to wonder and never given an answer. I don’t want Lilly to die, but I’d like to see her again, and if that means bringing her death, well, at least we’ll finally know Lilly’s full story.