"Above The Law", retitled "Episode 13", is the third episode of Telltale Games's The Walking Dead: Season Three.

It was first released worldwide on March 18th, 2017 for Xbox One users who owned the Season Pass. It was then released worldwide on March 28th, 2017 for PC via Steam and the Telltale Store, PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, iOS, and Android worldwide.

Summary

Shocking developments drive a wedge between brothers-in-arms.

Plot

A few months into the outbreak, Javier and Kate exit their house at night to retrieve a tank of fuel from one of their neighbors. Kate is terrified of being outside in the dark, but she presses on because she feels that she needs to adapt quickly. At the Wallace family house, Javier locates a propane canister in the driveway. He picks it up, only to discover it empty, greatly frustrating Kate. As Javier attempts to console Kate, a child walker exits the house from behind and attacks him. Kate is petrified when she recognizes the walker to be Drew, one of Gabriel's friends. Javier struggles with and ultimately kills the zombified Drew without Kate's aid. Kate apologizes for being unable to act, though Javier tells her that no apology is necessary. (Determinant) She embraces him in tears, suffering a panic attack.

If Javier chooses to comfort her: Javier comforts her, promising that they were still alive. She asks him if they could return to the house. He nods, leaving Drew and their weapons behind.

If Javier chooses to leave quickly: Javier awkwardly says that they needed to leave, causing her to notice his hesitance to embrace her. The two leave Drew and their weapons behind.

This next part is non-determinant and happens regardless of the player's choices.

The two opt to return to their house before any more trouble finds them. Kate decides that it was time to leave the house, as the neighborhood was not safe for them and held no supplies. Javier agrees that they should leave, but their discussion rouses Gabriel and Mariana from their sleep. Gabriel argues that they were safe in their house and that they did not need to leave, but Kate asserts that staying there any longer would put them all in more danger than leaving. Gabriel offers to remain behind and wait for his father to return home, believing that he could ask his friends if he needed any help. Kate and Javier inform him of Drew's fate, saddening him but successfully persuading him to leave the neighborhood so long as he could leave a note for his dad to read if he ever found the house again. Javier tells him to remind David that they loved him. (Determinant) The family gathers their few remaining supplies and mournfully snuffs all of the candles in the house before getting into their van and leaving Baltimore behind.

In the present, Javier and David reel from their abrupt reunion. Gabriel rushes to hug his father, causing the New Frontier to warily raise their weapons on Gabriel. David waves them off, explaining that the newcomers were his family. If Javier surrendered to Max, David frantically goes to her side and demands to know why she was on the ground. Javier can blame Max or apologize, but David quickly picks his wife up in his arms to carry her to the hospital regardless of who was to blame. Gabriel rushes to go with him, but Javier and the others are denied entry until they enter the quarantine. David ignores Javier's protests and leaves him to be detained and placed in holding until they could be checked for bites and interviewed.

Inside Richmond's quarantined section, Tripp is reunited with Eleanor and locked up. Eleanor explains that the New Frontier had taken her in and had ignored her requests for them to get Kate from where she had stashed her had been overlooked. Tripp informs her that Richmond had taken over the community and that Javier's brother was among them. Jesus muses that David could be useful in getting them out of quarantine and become accepted into the New Frontier, admitting that he did not hold much hope for his friends who had once lived in the city. Clementine also shares her doubts about David and the New Frontier. (Determinant) Jesus asks about the kind of person David was, to which Javier can relate David's fierce loyalty to his family and friends. If Conrad was not killed in the train tunnel, then he expresses his distaste for the New Frontier and announces that he has no plans to live with the people who had killed Francine and his desire for revenge on her murderer. Tripp concurs with Conrad that he had no desire to act friendly with the people who had raided Prescott. (Determinant) Javier can plead with them to trust in him and his brother, but before they can agree on a plan, David enters the room and tells Javier to go with him to see Kate. Tripp demands to be let out as well, but David threatens him and reminds him that he has no power to demand anything. Javier promises to get them out soon and joins his brother. (Determinant)

Depending on how Javier asked his friends to behave, David either bemusedly asks about Javier's intentions to "play along" or commends him on keeping his people in line, revealing that he had been listening in on their conversation. David explains that his community had rules regarding admittance, hoping that Javier could get his friends to follow the rules quietly. He then asks Javier about Mariana and how she had died. When he learns that some of his own men had attacked them, killing Mariana and injuring Kate, he notes Max's hesitance around Javier and realizes that Badger had been causing trouble. He promises Javier that he would deal with Badger later, but he requests that Javier not tell anyone about Mariana. He relates that he was not in charge of the New Frontier, but was part of a four-person council that oversaw the activities of the people in Richmond in which David was in charge of running security operations. David takes him to the courtyard and introduces him to Ava, a fellow soldier who he regards as the most trustworthy person he knows. Ava and Javier discuss his former baseball life, deciding that the past was a long time ago and meant little. (Determinant) David tells Javier about what had happened when they had first gotten separated. He says that their mother had died and that he had been routed outside of Baltimore. He had met up with Ava and his old unit and had tried to set up a safe area for civilians, but they had eventually been overrun. He comments on how Javier had chosen to stay with Kate and his family rather than leave again, commenting on how he had changed. (Determinant) He then leads Javier into the hospital.

David and Javier enter Kate's recovery room, where she is resting from her injuries with fresh bandages and fluids. Gabriel is excited to see Javier. David and his son begin wrestling in sport as Javier and Kate discuss her condition. As David begins to get closer to Kate, she feigns pain in her abdomen to get him and Gabriel to leave. She confesses to Javier that she felt wholly unnerved by the people who had cared for her, including David. She suggests trying to leave as soon as possible, even if David could not leave with them. David then returns alongside Gabriel and Dr. Lingard, who serves as the community's medic on the council. She says that she no longer feels pain, making David suspicious, though he is disarmed when Lingard says that abdominal wounds often leave pain that comes in waves. The doctor commends the work that Eleanor had done on Kate's wound and offers to stand good for her. He then tells David that he would not be attending the council meeting over Javier's admittance, but assures him that the two other councilmembers knew that his vote was with David's. David reminds Javier to not bring up Mariana before taking him to the council.

In the Richmond cathedral, David presents his brother to Joan- the project manager of the city and handler of outside contacts- and Clint- the agricultural expert- for his interview. Joan and Clint discuss whether they would rather eat chocolate cake that she had prepared or the spinach Clint had cultivated. They ask for Javier's opinion and judge his response to determine his values. They impress that they were in charge of the New Frontier and that they expected the others to do as the council orders. Javier can say that he could adjust to living in the New Frontier or ask why they were in charge and no one else. Joan explains that they had helped establish the New Frontier as a people after having been settled on the Shenandoah River. David adds that they had started requiring that the New Frontier's mark be branded upon its people as a test of loyalty after several former members had betrayed and attack them, forcing them out of their location during the winter. Joan admits that the brand had not always been a completely reliable test, but it was their answer to problems with outsiders seeking to become part of their group. The council had been formed to keep the people safe from the outside world by deciding who could enter based on their interview. Javier empathizes with her commitment to her people and says he would want to keep his own people safe too. (Determinant) Max is then escorted into the cathedral by two guards. Clint announces that he had summoned Max because he was aware of tensions between him and Javier. David is annoyed that Clint had gone around his authority and spoken to Max himself, but sits by and allows Max to speak of his experiences with Javier. Max first recounts how he had first encountered Javier pilfering gasoline from their vehicle. Javier can claim that Max was lying or profess that he had not known that the vehicle belonged to Max, but Joan and Clint become displeased with Javier regardless of his response. Max then brings up Rufus's encounter with Javier, either relating how he had killed Rufus or had worked with Clementine to crash his truck depending on whether or not Javier spared Rufus. Clint skeptically asks if David really thought that Javier could become one of them if he had committed such crimes against them. Javier defends himself as having done only what he had to do to protect himself and his friends unlike Joan, (Determinant) causing Joan to ask what else he had to say.

If Javier does not argue: Javier concedes the argument at his brother's prompting. Clint picks up on his failure to contest his deeds and decides that Javier would not be allowed in the New Frontier. Despite David's objections, Joan consents with Clint's opinion and believes that Javier would only cause problems. Clint orders for Javier and his group to be taken outside the walls with a few weapons and supplies and cast out. David promises that his family would be safe, as would Eleanor, but he was unable to do anything for him at the moment. Javier resignedly accepts his fate and allows himself to be removed from the cathedral.

If Javier brings up Mariana's death: Javier angrily stands up and denounces the council for allowing Badger to kill a little girl. David berates Javier for not keeping this a secret and tries to silence his brother, but Clint and Joan demand to hear more. Javier also discusses Badger and Max destroying Prescott, horrifying Clint. Clint and Joan berate David for failing to maintain order amongst his soldiers. Joan summarily decides to exile Javier and his friends with enough rations to get away, Clint offering no objection. David promises that his family would be safe, as would Eleanor, but he was unable to do anything for him at the moment. Javier resignedly accepts his fate and allows himself to be removed from the cathedral.

This next part is non-determinant and happens regardless of the player's choices.

The group in quarantine and forced outside of the walls alongside Javier. Tripp is angered at his treatment and banishment from the city. Ava runs out of the walls with a duffel bag David had personally prepared to meet them before they left. She tells them to leave before they were shot, shoving Tripp as he demanded to know where Eleanor was. Despite Javier trying to calm him, Tripp stalks toward Ava again, only to be struck in the head by her and knocked to the ground. Ava tells them once again to leave and mentions that there was a settlement nearby to the west before returning inside the walls as they shut. Tripp rejects Javier's help to his feet and derides the plan he had formed in quarantine. Javier inspects the contents of the bag, discovering sparse weapons and no food. He selects a baseball bat for himself and finds a hand-drawn map wrapped around it. They decide to follow the directions of the map north toward a cleared zone picked by David. If Conrad was spared in the train tunnel, he initially refuses to hold one of the weapons as an apology for how he had acted in threatening Gabriel, though Javier can convince him to take one of the guns provided to them. If Conrad was killed in the previous episode, then Tripp initially hesitates to leave Richmond, unwilling to lose anyone else. Javier vows that no one else would die and gets him to walk into the woods. (Determinant)

In-Game Decisions

Did you honor your brother's request?

  • 60.3% of players demanded justice for Mariana's murder.
  • 39.7% of players kept Mariana's murder to yourself.

Did you try to save AJ?

  • 77.5% of players injected AJ with the medicine.
  • 22.5% of players didn't risk using the medicine.

How did Badger die?

  • 66.7% of players destroyed Badger's skull.
  • 3.5% of players killed Badger quickly.
  • 23.7% of players let Badger turn.
  • 6.1% of players let someone else kill Badger.

Did you accept Max's offer?

  • 67.7% of players brought Max back with you.
  • 32.3% of players killed Max.

Who did you side with in the end?

  • 50.5% of players stuck to David's plan.
  • 49.5% of players chose to leave with Kate.

Credits

Deaths

Impacts

This list shows the narrative consequences affected by choices from previous episodes of Season 2 and 3.

Season 2

  • If Clementine watched Kenny kill Carver in "In Harm's Way", then she will reference that after Javier beats down Badger with a baseball bat.
  • Clementine will have a scar on her forehead. (If Clementine stayed with Kenny)
  • Clementine will have the letters "AJ" inked on her right hand. (If Clementine stayed with Jane)
  • Clementine will have her left ring-finger missing. (If Clementine went alone)
  • Clementine will have a bullet wound/scar on her right cheek. (If Clementine stayed at Wellington)
  • There's a few dialog changes that can happen depending on what ending you chose and whether you TRIED to save Luke or not in Episode 5.

After Clementine tells her story about her and AJ:

If Clementine picked Kenny:

  • "He was the only family I had left."

If Clementine picked Jane:

  • "I survived. He didn't. That's... that's just the way it goes sometimes."

If Clementine stayed in Wellington:

  • "At least he doesn't have to live in this world anymore."

If Clementine went alone:

  • "Maybe it was for the best. Any place has to be better than here. Maybe even nothing is better.."

If Clementine tried to save Luke in Season 2 (Regardless of the ending you choose):

  • "That's what I get for trusting other people. Again.."

Outside of the factory after Javier kills Badger himself. (This is determinant.)

If Clementine picked Kenny:

  • "That man shot his niece! Right in front of him. I would've done the same, Javi."

If Clementine picked Jane:

  • "If he was stronger he'd still be alive. He wasn't, so he isn't. That's that."

If Clementine stayed in Wellington:

  • "You weren't there. You don't know what Javi went through! Emotions aren't picky. They get the better of all of us eventually."

If Clementine went alone:

  • "The world's a better place without him. Believe me."

If Clementine tried to save Luke in Season 2 (Regardless of the ending and the relationship you have with Clementine):

  • "Javi's earned my trust. And if any of you had any brains you'd say the same. I'm sure you did the right thing."

After the group gets back to Richmond where Clementine and Javier talk about whether David is trustworthy (Determinant - Staying silent won't give you unique lines)

If Clementine picked Kenny:

  • "Family means something different now. You have to make it for yourself."

If Clementine picked Jane:

  • "The only thing that matters is staying alive."

If Clementine stayed in Wellington:

  • "I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he's not the man I think he is."

If Clementine went alone:

  • "You know what's best for the people you love. No one else can make that call."

If Clementine tried to save Luke in Season 2:

  • "But you're no dummy. Your instincts have been right most of the time. I know you'll make the right call."

Season 3

  • Conrad will appear in this episode if kept alive in "Ties That Bind - Part 2".
    • Clementine will also be with the group if this outcome was chosen. If Conrad was killed, she will not appear until Javier and the others are travelling to the warehouse David sent them to.
    • If Conrad was killed in "Ties That Bind - Part 2", Tripp will be depressed about his death.
  • When Joan and Clint are questioning Max he will either tell them that Clementine crashed Rufus on the road with a tree if Rufus was spared or tell them that Javier killed Rufus if you chose that.
  • The group will either be on their knees or standing up depending how you ended the last episode.
  • If Javier kissed Kate in "Ties That Bind - Part 1", Eleanor or Tripp (depending on who Clementine and Javier went to the junkyard with) will be surprised that she's married to David when learning from him, because she/he saw them flirting.
  • When the group was expelled from Richmond and if Conrad was saved in "Ties That Bind - Part Two", the duffel bag will have 2 pistols and an extra knife.
  • If Javier doesn't let David inside and Jesus opens the door for him, he will say different lines depending what you did with him in "Ties That Bind - Part 2", like "I thought you were a good man" or "Should've trusted my gut about you".

Promotional Poster

The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 3 Above The Law Key Art

Videos

Trailers

Trivia

  • First appearance of Paul Lingard.
  • First appearance of Joan.
  • First appearance of Clinton Barnes.
  • First appearance of Fern.
  • First appearance of Bob. (Flashback)
  • First (and last) appearance of Drew. (Zombified, Flashback)
  • Last appearance of Conrad (Alive, Determinant).
  • Last appearance of Max (Alive, Determinant).
  • Last appearance of Badger. (Alive)
  • Last appearance of Lonnie. (Alive, Determinant)
  • Last appearance of Hector García. (Photograph, Flashback)
  • Last appearance of Mrs. García. (Photograph, Flashback)
  • Alvin Jr. can say his first word in this episode.
  • This is the first and only episode where Javier narrates the "Previously on The Walking Dead" segment.
  • If Javier talks to Jesus while he is holding off walkers in front of the warehouse, he will make the same reference to Randy Tudor that Lee makes in "No Time Left".

Goofs/Errors/Animating Mistakes

  • There are several errors during the "Previously On" segment:
    • Mrs. Garcia's facial animations are non-functional, with her showing no appropriate reaction to being bitten in "Ties That Bind - Part 1".
    • Clementine is seen wearing her hood in her first encounter with Javier, which she never had on in her appearance.
    • If the group fully surrendered by getting on their knees, whilst everyone else is kneeling in the final seconds of "Ties That Bind - Part 2", Javier is still standing when David appears.
  • When going under the garage door, if Conrad is alive and has the gun, Tripp is shown being closer to the door then Conrad is, however in the next shot, Conrad makes it to the door first.
  • If Conrad is alive and Javier fails to help David barricade the door, Conrad can be seen simply standing there as Javier, Clementine, Tripp and Jesus are devoured, not reacting at all.
  • Throughout the episode, a grey bar can appear from Javier's shirt and can block up the entire screen. It will leave at a loading screen but may appear from time to time in the episode, varying in sizes. A reload of the game should get rid of the error.

Deleted Sequences

  • After Javier fights Drew, he would have more of a "damaged" texture
Episodes of The Walking Dead Video Game
Season 1 "A New Day" • "Starved For Help" • "Long Road Ahead" • "Around Every Corner" • "No Time Left"
"400 Days" "Vince's Story" • "Wyatt's Story" • "Russell's Story" • "Bonnie's Story" • "Shel's Story" • "Epilogue"
Season 2 "All That Remains" • "A House Divided" • "In Harm's Way" • "Amid The Ruins" • "No Going Back"
Michonne Series "In Too Deep" • "Give No Shelter" • "What We Deserve"
Season 3 "Ties That Bind - Part 1" • "Ties That Bind - Part 2" • "Above The Law" • "Thicker Than Water" • "From The Gallows"
Season 4 TBA

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