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- "So, my family was stupid rich. Parents gave me everything I wanted when I wanted it. Except for one thing: singing lessons. God, I begged my dad. Told him I wanted to be a real musician. But all he said was "You get to be happy, or you get to be rich, can't be both." I know now that he was just trying to teach me some dumb "dad" lesson... but I hated him for that. So I decided I teach him a lesson. I thought I'll break up my parents' marriage. That'd hurt real bad, right? So I broke into my dad's credit card accounts and made all these purchases in his name. Did this for over a year. This is how rich we were: he never noticed that he was spending a fortune on a mistress that I'd made up for him. But I made sure my mom did. Send her all the receipts for the hotel rooms, the jewelry... all of it. They fought all night long. He denied it. She wouldn't have it. I sat in a corner and cried to help it feel more real. When their divorce was final... I told them the truth. I said, "You get to be happy or you get to be rich. You don't get to be both." You know, those two would've been happily married forever. But then I had to go be a vindictive fuckhead. I came here the week after."
- —Louis revealing his past to Clementine. (Determinant)[src]
Louis, also referred to as Lou, is the determinant tritagonist in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season Four. He is a hunter and supply runner for Ericson's Boarding School and the best friend of Marlon. Introduced as a humorous and lighthearted survivor, Louis acts as a source of comic relief for his companions. Despite his theatrics and carefree attitude, Louis will still stand up for his friends in their time of need. He is also a possible love interest for Clementine.
Louis is a humorous and upbeat young man whose cheerful attitude is a somewhat rare sight in the apocalypse. Louis prefers to deal with the stresses of survival by taking things one day at a time, something which frustrates the more level-headed members of his group, such as Aasim. Being an aspiring musician, Louis spends much of his time playing the piano at the school and composing new songs. He expresses a desire to preserve music and thinks it is important to bring some levity and entertainment into the bleak existence most people face.
Louis later expresses guilt over Marlon's death, believing that it never would have come to that if he was more concerned with the day-to-day running of the school. He also feels guilty if Violet is taken by the Delta instead of him. Before they infiltrate the boat, he privately reveals to Clementine that his attitude is just a front and that he is just as scared as everyone else (Determinant). If he is taken by the Delta, Louis will be deeply traumatized, due to his tongue being cut out by Dorian. He slowly starts to recover when he returns to the school, however (Determinant).
Louis came from a wealthy family, where he was given whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted it, except singing lessons. He also owned a pet turtle named Geoff. His father told him "You get to be happy, or you get to be rich, you don't get to be both". Louis was angered by this, so he began to make many false purchases on his father's credit card to frame him for having a mistress, making sure to anonymously send the invoices to his mother. As his mother and father fought, Louis pretended to cry to make it seem real. After their divorce was finalized, Louis came clean and repeated his father’s words, resulting in his parents sending him away the week after. After this, he was a student at Ericson's Boarding School and was best friends with Marlon.
Before Clementine and Alvin Jr. arrived at the boarding school, he and Minerva composed a song together titled "Don't Be Afraid". According to Tenn, she would sing it to the Ericson survivors when they felt scared.
Louis is first shown playing the piano to calm Alvin Jr. down. He greets Clementine and tells her that Marlon left her bag in the room somewhere. After Clementine finds her bag, she asks him if he knows any other songs. He responds by saying "Well, there is one, but you're armed." Then he plays "Oh My Darling, Clementine".
Marlon comes into the piano room and asks Clementine and Louis for help with the walkers. As they exit the boarding school, Louis introduces Clementine to Violet, though she ignores her, leading Louis to assure Clementine that Violet "grows on you." He then introduces Clementine to his weapon of choice, a chair leg, reinforced with a few nails, that he's nicknamed "Chairles". He helps kill the walkers that have made their way to the school and compliments Clementine’s capabilities. He also introduces her to the traps set to kill the walkers.
After the hunting party comes back, Louis walks with Clementine and Violet back to the boarding school. He teases Violet that she gave a poor performance and then goes on to give Clem a "solid A".
If Clementine chooses to go hunting with Louis and Aasim, Louis tells them how he views hunting "as a day to day task" rather than obsess over it as Aasim does. Louis later sees a walker hanging in one of their traps and decides to play piñata with it while Aasim goes hunting. Clementine can choose if she wants to help Louis with his "walker piñata" or help Aasim with his duties. If she chooses the former, Louis takes a liking to her and will compliment her on her swinging skills.
Later, he agrees to go with Clementine and Violet to the abandoned train station to look for food. Either gladly or bitterly, he distracts the walkers surrounding the station by insulting them and slamming the bell on the platform. When the group rush out with supplies, he helps fight off the walkers so that they can escape. Back at the school, he praises Clementine's efforts to help the group find food.
That night he is present when confronting Marlon about his human trafficking operation with The Delta. He either defends Clementine or sides with Violet against Marlon. Like the others, he reacts in shock when Alvin Jr. shoots Marlon dead.
Like many at the school, Louis is devastated by Marlon's demise. At the funeral the next morning, he tries to settle the dispute between Mitch and Clementine to no avail. Later, he joins Violet to reveal to Clementine and Alvin Jr. that the group voted 5-3 in favor of exiling the pair from the school. Despite Clementine's pleas (Determinant), Louis insists that they must go, escorting them with Violet beyond the safe zone. He also demands Alvin Jr. give him the revolver he shot Marlon with, Clementine either allowing Louis to take it or stepping in to ensure Alvin Jr. has it for protection. (Determinant)
Dropping them off at the perimeter, Louis and Violet leave Clementine and Alvin Jr., Louis either giving AJ his revolver back or telling him to be careful with it, only to sneak back when Abel and Lilly ambush the pair. Louis sits by as Violet aims, with Abel shooting him in the shoulder if Clementine orders her to fire. He and Violet run back to the school, leaving Clementine and Alvin Jr. to face Abel and Lilly alone.
The next day, Louis approaches the gate when Clementine, carrying a wounded Alvin Jr., arrives. Seeing her collapse, he rushes out to help her. He picks up Alvin Jr., grunting from the strain it imposes on his injured shoulder, (Determinant) and carries the boy inside. He then treats Alvin Jr.'s injuries with Ruby then leaves him to rest. He later confesses to Clementine he had wanted them to stay but couldn't convince the group to let them, hoping they will allow them to stay while Alvin Jr. heals.
Two weeks later, Louis squabbles with Violet about fortifying the school. Frustrated, he tries to do some target practice with Marlon's bow and arrow. When Clementine comes over, he confesses his guilt over Marlon's death, still unsure how he feels about his best friend killing Brody and trafficking Tenn's sisters. He then lets Clementine practice shooting, complimenting or teasing her skills. Later, to brighten the mood, he starts a Truth or Dare card game with Violet, Tenn, Clementine, AJ, and Aasim. Afterward, he decides to play his piano.
Go with Louis: Should Clementine join him, he has her help him tune the piano only to reveal he doesn't know if it works, just doing it to tease Clementine. He then starts playing a new song he came up with. Marking the occasion, he carves his initials in the piano, which Clementine copies. Clementine can draw a heart around it, pleasing Louis. Louis then confesses he has taken a fancy to Clementine. She either confirms she feels the same way, kissing him, or insists they are good friends. (Determinant)
Go with Violet: Louis plays his piano alone.
That night, Lilly and Abel return with more members from their group, The Delta. Louis asks Clementine for some final words of encouragement for the group only for the Delta to launch their attack. He hides, letting Clementine confront Lilly and the group. Eventually, the assault erupts into a skirmish, with Louis using his Chairles weapon to fight off the attackers. If Clementine did not join him with his piano earlier, he tackles Lilly to the ground as she tries to shoot Clementine only for her to overpower him.) Either way, one of the Delta subdues either him or Violet and puts either him/her in their carriage to take back to their main group.
Save Louis (Alive): Louis' attacker falls to the ground, enabling Louis to escape. He confesses terror at losing so many from the group though Clementine points out they caught Abel so they can interrogate him to find out where the Delta are based.
Save Violet (Alive): If Clementine chooses to save Violet, Louis is subdued and is taken to the raiders' camp. During his time with the raiders, he refuses to stop talking, so Lilly orders Dorian to cut out his tongue, leaving him with severe trauma.
If Louis was saved in "Suffer The Children", then he will be present with Clementine at the school, where he can tell her about his past and why he got sent to the school, the reason being him orchestrating his parents’ divorce by committing fraud, revealing that he purchased several expensive gifts for a mistress he had made up all in his father’s name.
If Louis was not saved in "Suffer the Children", then he'll be seen held captive at The Delta's place of operations where he had his tongue cut out because he refused to stop talking. It is also seen that he has developed intense trauma from the incident, curling back up in the corner and whimpering at just the sound of the boat creaking, and even if Clementine swears to get revenge for what they did to him, he pleads with her not to.
If Clementine went to the boat with Louis, upon getting tricked into capture by Minerva, Dorian tries to cut his finger off with a meat cleaver under orders from Lilly to convince Clementine that opposing Lilly is bound to bring pain upon her friends, which gives the player the choice to either let Alvin Jr. (who is behind Dorian and Louis at the time) to take a risk and attack Dorian (which results in Dorian not cutting Louis' finger off, but instead getting a part of her ear bitten off by AJ) or signal for AJ to not try attacking Dorian (resulting in her successfully chopping off Louis's finger).
Later, Clementine manages to break out of her cell and sequentially breaks Louis out of his cell as well, before getting into a fight with Minerva. After the brawl ends with Clementine's victory, Dorian gets alerted and comes over to check on the teenagers, which results in her accidentally getting shot by Louis, who picked up Minerva's crossbow off the ground just as Dorian approached him. After shooting Dorian, Louis is told by Clementine to stay with Aasim and Omar (who were also saved by Clementine from captivity in the Delta’s ship) while Clementine goes back to rescue AJ, who was taken away by Lilly to try to convince him to join the Delta, making this Louis' final appearance in the episode.
Louis is first seen saving Clem from a walker and later goes onto the cart along with almost everyone else back to the school. His role is vastly different if he wasn't saved in "Suffer The Children".
If Louis wasn't saved in "Suffer The Children", he is seen near the end of the game eating with others, where he gives Clem a piece of paper. If he was romanticized, Clem will smile and exclaim "Louis!", while AJ will want to know what's on the paper, in which Clem tells him to not worry about it. Louis then kisses Clem and is called an idiot by her. If he wasn't romanticized, Clem will laugh and call Louis an idiot.
If Louis was saved in "Suffer The Children", he will meet up with Clementine, AJ, and Tenn after they exit the cave. He will appear with a whole hand, (if Clem didn't stop AJ from attacking Dorian) or will be missing a finger (if Clem stopped AJ from attacking Dorian). If Clementine lost her finger in Season 3, they will talk about their missing fingers. On the way to the bridge, he will talk about how Dorian was his first human kill and about a house that his parents were building that he and Clementine can imagine what it would have. He will be present when Minerva leads a herd of walkers onto the bridge that they're on. As Minerva is being devoured, Tenn freezes while Louis tries to snap him out of it.
Don't trust AJ (Dead): AJ can't bring himself to shoot Tenn, so he yells for Louis to throw him over the gap. As soon as he does, however, Louis is devoured by walkers. Later on, if AJ remains quiet or asks Tenn if he buried Louis and Minerva, Tenn will confirm this by saying that he buried them under rocks and made their graves.
Trust AJ (Alive): If AJ was trusted in the cave, he will shoot Tenn in the neck to save Louis. Louis will jump safely across afterward. He lashes out at AJ for killing Tenn but is calmed down by Clem. Shortly after, he is separated from the two. He is then seen near the end of the game eating with others. After Clem finishes talking with Violet, he gives her crutches to her so they can discuss another group near the map. Louis, Clem, and AJ then talk about that group and decide that Louis and AJ will check them out. Louis also forgives AJ for killing Tenn. If he was romanticized, he will kiss Clem after she asks him to be careful and then leaves. If he wasn't romanticized, the scene will play out the same but without the kiss.
- Killed By
- Clementine (Indirectly Caused)
- Alvin Jr. (Indirectly Caused)
- Tennessee (Indirectly Caused)
- Minerva (Indirectly Caused)
Louis attempts to pull Tennessee away from Minerva, who is in the process of being devoured by walkers as Tenn tries to get himself killed to be with her, Sophie and his family in the afterlife. If AJ was not trusted back in the cave, he will call out at Louis to throw Tenn over the bridge. However, by succeeding in doing this, he is closed in on by walkers and is devoured. According to Tenn he saw the remains and tells AJ that their remains were "just bones and stuff. Meat." Tenn then reveals that he buried him and Minerva under rocks and made their graves (Determinant)
This list shows the victims Louis has killed:
- "Done Running"
- "Suffer The Children"
- "Broken Toys" (No Lines, Determinant)
- "Take Us Back" (No Lines, Determinant)
- Louis appears to be a big fan of music, judging from his official description found on supplementary material and his aptitude for playing the piano.
- Louis's favorite sport is baseball.
- Louis's least favorite food is cantaloupe.
- Louis wants to preserve the old world such as art, music, and culture.
- Louis' main weapon is a chair leg which he jokingly calls "Chairles".
- Louis can determinately become mute, having his tongue cut out by Dorian on Lilly's orders, depending on whether or not he was saved in "Suffer The Children".
- Depending on your choices if Louis was saved in "Suffer The Children" he could determinately lose a finger at the hands of Dorian.
- Louis (Determinant) is one of the only three original members of the School Group to kill another survivor, the others being Marlon and Minerva.
- Interestingly, two of them, Marlon and Louis, killed their respective victims accidentally.
- Louis confirms that he has never had a romantic partner, it can be assumed that Clementine was his first kiss. (Determinant)
- Louis had a pet turtle that he named Geoff.
- When Louis was in fourth grade, he competed in a spelling bee, but lost due to being unable to spell the word "recommend".
- Louis is one of eleven characters to appear in all four episodes of Season 4, the others being Clementine, Alvin Jr., Violet, Tennessee, Ruby, Willy, Omar, Aasim, Rosie, and Abel.