Ericson's Boarding School for Troubled Youth, determinantly renamed The Rotting Shithole, Texas Two, Castle Violet, or Happy Sunshine Land, is a building, later converted to a community of survivors, that appears in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season Four.

Pre-Apocalypse

It was a boarding school prior to the outbreak began. It was located in the middle of the forest. The school's headmaster owned a dog named Rosie. The school had a nurse called Ms. Martin who was very interested in science and plants. Marlon and Louis were on the school sports team together. Most of the other survivors encountered in the present day of Season 4 were students there. The remaining students each have a variety of reasons for being sent there including violence, building pipe bombs, credit card theft and even chronic masturbation in Willy's case.

Post-Apocalypse

During the start of the outbreak the headmaster and all of the teachers, with the exception of Ms. Martin, fled the school leaving the approximately 42 children there to fend for themselves. One of the older students, Marlon, took the role of leader of the remaining students and became the new owner of the headmaster's dog after he left it behind. Sometime later, Ms. Martin was attacked and killed by walkers in the school greenhouse. Unfortunately, the school soon suffered as many as 30 other casualties, as well as the kidnapping of twins Sophie and Minerva. By the events of "Done Running" only Marlon, Rosie and a small group of nine other children still inhabit the school.

Inhabitants

Survivors

Formerly

Prisoners

Building(s)/Location(s)

  • The Admin Building - The Admin Building has the headmaster's office, where the current leader resides. This is where a trap is located shall the students must fall back during the Delta attack. This is where Clementine and Abel fought in the headmaster's office before falling off the balcony when the railing breaks.
  • The Main Courtyard - The main hub of the school. The courtyard is divided for the Delta attack on the school because it is an open ground location. After the attack, most of the courtyard is in ruins with dead walker corpses, large chunks of debris, and scattered broken pieces of debris. After a while, it was restored to normal.
  • The Graveyard - It is a small area of land left down the path in front of the Admin Building. Currently, 6 graves are present for Sophie, Minerva, Brody, Marlon, Ms. Martin, and Mitch.
    • The graves for Sophie, Minerva, and Mrs. Martin have no corpse in them; The twins have various personal belongings buried (As mentioned by Violet), and Mrs. Martin had a cross in the graveyard despite having her body be incinerated or buried elsewhere, depending on the player's choices.
    • The graveyard is also where, determinant on the player's choices, Violet, Louis, or Tennessee can be buried. It can be assumed that these graves lack the person's corpse as well, as their bodies are most likely unrecoverable.
    • If James died, the survivors will make a symbolic grave for him.
      • His grave is hard to see but in some shotsthe back of the grave can be seen.
      • His grave is in the game files along with Mitch's.
  • The Basement - Storage space. The entrance is located in the courtyard. This is where Clementine learns of Tenn's twin sisters' true fates and where she interrogated Abel for the Delta's whereabouts.
  • Ericson's Greenhouse - This is where there used to be food sources to a point. This location is also a classroom.
  • The Dorms - Living space for the students as it was before the apocalypse.
  • The Kitchen - Dried goods are stored here. AJ came here and took some coffee for Clementine.

Collectibles

"Done Running"

  • Fake Flowers: When following the music in order to find Louis and Alvin Jr., these can be found behind and on the right side of the main staircase on a desk.
  • Real Flowers: These can be found in the main courtyard of the school. Walk past Mitch and Willy to pass through the archway, turn left, and go down the hall. At the end of the hallway, the real flowers can be found sitting on a bench on the right.
  • Alvin Jr.'s drawing: This is automatically obtained after Alvin Jr. draws it.
  • Tenn's drawing: This is automatically obtained after Tenn draws it. It is determinant whether Clementine and Alvin Jr. are included in it.

"Broken Toys"

  • Ericson's Pennant: This can be found hanging on a wall in the basement before interrogating Abel.
  • Sketch Toy: This can be found on a shelf in the basement before interrogating Abel.

Deaths

  • Justin - Unknown cause.
  • Therissa - Unknown cause.
  • Jasper - Unknown cause.
  • Erin - Unknown cause.
  • Joey - Unknown cause.
  • Maddie - Unknown cause.
  • Lamar - Unknown cause.
  • Alex - Unknown cause.
  • Dewey - Unknown cause.
  • Trey - Unknown cause.
  • Stephanie - Unknown cause.
  • Ms. Martin - Attacked by zombies in the greenhouse. (Assumed, Off-Screen, Alive) Stabbed in the head by Clementine. (Zombified)
  • Brody - Bashed in the head with a flashlight by Marlon and later died from shock and blood loss in the basement. (Accidental, Alive) Repeatedly smashed in the head with a flashlight by Clementine. (Zombified)
  • Marlon - Shot in the back of the head by Alvin Jr. in the courtyard.
  • Mitch - Stabbed in the throat by Lilly in the courtyard. (Caused) Stabbed in the head by Lilly. (Before Reanimation)
  • Yonatan- Killed in a trap activated by Clementine, he is either impaled by a swinging log or crushed with a falling duffel bag full of bricks.
  • Abel - Succumbed to his injuries from a fall of the balcony caused by Clementine in the headmaster's office (Caused). Stabbed in the head by Clementine in the basement (Alive, Out Of Mercy, Before Reanimation; Determinant), or left to reanimate in the basement (Determinant).
  • 22 other students

Appearances

Video Game

Season 4

Trivia

  • Despite being a rather large school, Ericson's Boarding School only had 42 enrolled students.
  • In the headmaster's office, you can see three sentences engraved on the wall "SIMON'S DEAD", "PIGGY'S DEAD", "ralph's next". This is a reference to the novel "Lord of the Flies".
  • Even after more than two weeks, Brody’s blood still remains in the basement after the night she and Marlon died. It is unknown if the students decided not to clean up the pool of blood or didn’t notice it before and then cleaned it up later.
  • Kent Mudle has mentioned on his official Tumblr page that the school's playable area was originally intended to be much larger and free-roam friendly. This was scrapped due to heavy budget and time restraints.
    • He revealed the school has a big hole in the wall of the back courtyard, which allows walkers to get in
      • An early version of "Suffer The Children" would've tasked Clementine with clearing out walkers and sealing up the hole.
    • Some of the major inaccessible buildings include a dining room, a morgue, a playground, and a gymnasium, as seen in concept art and Mudle's Tumblr account.
  • There was originally going to be more children at the boarding school, one of which was an Asian girl named Jeanne, as well as at least 10 background characters. However, the character budget was very tight due to how high quality all the designs were.[1]
  • The name of the boarding school could possibly be a reference to Erik Ericson, a developmental psychologist known for researching the development and identities of adolescents.
  • A pamphlet from Ericson's Boarding School can be found in The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners.[2]

References

Video Game Locations
Season 1 Atlanta, GeorgiaInterstate 85Georgia WoodsClementine's NeighborhoodGreene Family FarmMacon, GeorgiaEverett Pharmacy DrugstoreTravelier MotelRobins Air Force BaseStone Mountain High SchoolSt. John's Dairy FarmJolene's CampHighway RoadThe TrainRural Georgia WoodsHighway OverpassTrain StationSavannah, GeorgiaFivel's MansionCrawfordSt. Felicity's Catholic SchoolHerman's Auto GarageSavannah HospitalSavannah WarehouseThe Marsh HouseEosé Jewelry Store
400 Days Prison BusYewberry RoadCornfieldGil's PitstopSurvivor Camp
Season 2 Gil's PitstopChrista's CampCabinForest ShedFish TrapsStation House BridgeStation HouseMoonstar LodgeHowe's HardwareParker's RunSunshine Village Mobile Home ParkPower StationUnfinished HouseWoodchuck Rest AreaWellington, Ohio
Michonne The CompanionThe MobjackMonroeFairbanks' House
Season 3 Baltimore, MarylandGarcía HomeC&C Auto StopPrescottWellington, OhioHowe's HardwareDiner and Self Service StationRichmond, VirginiaNew RichmondMcCarroll Ranch
Season 4 Train StationEricson's Boarding SchoolFishing CabinHunting AreaJames' CampEricson's GreenhouseS.S. Stewarts FitzgeraldJames' BarnCaveCovered BridgeMcCarroll Ranch
Larger Regions GeorgiaVirginiaNorth CarolinaTennesseeOhioMarylandWest VirginiaUnited States of America
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