- "The dead don't kill their own. It's the living you gotta be afraid of... the people I used to call friends… The people who took... Don't worry little girl. Bandits got their eye on that dairy. As long as they keep getting food from them, you'll be safe. I promise."
- —Jolene whilst stalking Clementine and the camp at the Motor Inn using her camera.[src]
Jolene is an original character and a minor antagonist who first and only appeared in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season One. She is a mentally unstable woman fending for herself in the woods near the St. John's Dairy Farm after defecting from the Save-Lots Bandits when they possibly raped and presumably killed her daughter, Danielle.
Almost nothing is known about Jolene's life before or as the outbreak. She presumably worked at the Save Lots and had a daughter.
Upon the fall of humanity, Jolene presumably went to Save Lots like many of the other locals seeking refuge. She met up with a group of bandits that lived in the woods near the St. John's Dairy. There, the bandits Bart, Linda, and Jake took her daughter into the woods despite Jolene's objections. Afterwards, they may have raped her and left her to fend on her own in a small camp. While living on her own, she discovered the motel and began to spy on Lee's group with her video camera. She takes a special interest in Clementine, rambling that she needed a mother and even stole her hat for comfort. When Danny and Lee discover her camp during a recon mission, they find boxes from the dairy, her video camera, and Clementine's hat. Jolene surprises them by pointing a crossbow at them, and begins ranting about how Lee stole Clementine from her and that the St. Johns are hiding something. During the argument, Jolene is shot dead by either Lee, if he chooses to, or Danny, if Lee does not kill her.
During the confrontation with Jolene in the woods, Lee can choose to shoot her or not, the latter of which resulting in her being shot by Danny.
This list shows the victims Jolene has killed:
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people.
- "JAKE, BART, LINDA, and ALL YA'LL FUCKIN' SICKOS FROM THE SAVE-LOTS! THEY CALL YA'LL BANDITS! BUT YOU'RE FUCKING RAPIST MONSTERS--"
- —Jolene shouting at the Save-Lots Bandits.[src]
Jolene sought refuge at her place of employment, Save Lots, with her daughter post-apocalypse. There she met a group of bandits who she attempted to join showing that she may have trusted them or had faith in them when they first met. Instead, they supposedly raped and killed her daughter Danielle, causing her to despise them and form plans to kill them.
- "And I'm staying here 'till she comes back to me. One way or another... she'll come back."
- —Jolene talking to Lee and Danny about Danielle. (Determinant)[src]
While their relationship is not explored in the game, and Danielle never makes a physical appearance, it can be assumed that Jolene cares deeply for her daughter. Jolene keeps mementos of Danielle in her tent such as a photograph and a bloody stuffed rabbit. She also seems distraught in the video found on the camcorder in her camp concerning the supposed rape and death of Danielle, and it is assumed that the event is what triggered her mental instability. She had promised herself that she would wait in the camp for her daughter to return to her, dead or alive.
- "I'm gonna take this here crossbow, and put a nice sharp arrow, right through your eyeball. And into your goddamn brain. You're not men, you're monsters. All men are monsters. Take a can of beans... take a little girl. It's all the fucking same to you."
- —Jolene shouting towards Lee and Danny.[src]
Jolene and Lee only interact once, but Jolene already knows who Lee was. She appears to believe that Lee stole Clementine from her, mirroring the events between Danielle and the Save-Lots Bandits even though she is wrong in believing so.
- "You need a momma, sweetheart."
- —Jolene to herself while stalking Clementine.[src]
While Jolene and Clementine never actually interacted, it is shown that Jolene wants to keep Clementine with her and treats her like her own daughter. Whether this is out of legitimate affection or just part of her delusions is unknown. She steals Clementine's hat and keeps it in her tent along with mementos of Danielle, her daughter, hinting that she may have imagined Clementine as her daughter.
- If Danny shoots her, a bullet hole will appear in her forehead even though Danny was to the left of her and she did not turn her head to look at Danny before she was killed.
- Jolene is the second of seven characters that Cissy Jones has voiced. The others are Katjaa, Linda, Brie, Dee, Shel and Norma.
- Jolene is the first human Lee kills after the outbreak. (Determinant)
- She is one of the four named characters to use a crossbow in the game. The other three are Pete, Linda and Troy.