The Walking Dead often parallels other mediums with its post-apocalyptic survival themes. One writer sees “New Best Friends” as a quest from Fallout 4.
Every now and then a show or movie plot might remind you of something else entirely. In this case, Forbes contributor Paul Tassi took it to another level by recreating the plot of The Walking Dead’s season 7 episode 11 “New Best Friends” as a quest from the hit video game Fallout 4.
If you’ve never heard of the massively popular Fallout series of video games, here’s a quick summary for you. Fallout (and its subsequent Fallout 2, 3, and 4) is set during the 23rd and 24th centuries after nuclear destruction has created a wasteland. Hence “fallout.” The game has an award-winning design that makes everything in this distant future look like something from the 1950s nuclear age, giving it a retro feel despite the futuristic setting. The game takes you through a narrative where players can accept missions and quests or explore the surrounding areas and develop vaults, or shelters.
In both cases, The Walking Dead and Fallout share the post-apocalyptic vibe, and “New Best Friends” was very much like a mission that could be undertaken in Fallout 4.
Tassi rewrites the episode as if it was a Fallout 4 mission, beginning with Aaron telling Rick that Father Gabriel is missing. Rick decides to look for him, and thus begins Tassi’s vision of the “game.” You can read the article here.
One of the funniest parts of this reimagined TWD/Fallout 4 crossover comes when Rick tries to interact with Jadis. One of his speech options in game mode is “What the hell are you even saying?” and this option pops up every time Rick interacts with Jadis.
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It’s always fun to read other TWD fans’ takes on shows, but this one is really fun and the whole crossover idea really works.