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- "I didn't mean to. I didn't want this. I wanted to save all of you. Sophie, Minerva. I didn't want to hurt them. (...) I know I betrayed you. All of you. Just let me leave. You'll never have to see me again. Just let me become...a bad memory. Just give me that. Please."
- —Marlon apologizes to the group for his actions[src]
Marlon is a main character and a former antagonist who first appears in Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season Four. He was the leader of Ericson's Boarding School and has a pet dog named Rosie. After his secret is discovered he becomes the primary antagonist of the episode "Done Running".
At first, Marlon seems like a fair and good-hearted leader, rescuing Clementine and Alvin Jr. and taking them in. However, he is paranoid, indecisive and somewhat cowardly. While not shying away from personal combat, he is extremely paranoid about his group's safety, a feeling which only increases after Marlon is forced to give up Sophie and Minerva to a group of raiders, going as far as establishing a small perimeter around the Boarding School and refusing to have his group venture out of it, even when faced with a food shortage. He also continuously pulled back this perimeter, until it only encompassed a few patches of wood around the school.
His position as leader stresses him greatly, resulting in him lashing out against anyone who criticizes his leadership, culminating in him accidentally killing Brody in a fit of rage when she was about to reveal that Marlon planned on giving Clementine and AJ to the raiders if they came back. Panicking, he attempts to pin the murder on Clementine after locking her in with a soon-to-be-reanimated Brody, whereupon his true nature is finally revealed to the group.
Despite this, Marlon is not fundamentally a bad person, as he is wreaked by guilt over giving up Sophie and Minerva to save the rest of his group and is genuinely horrified when he accidentally kills Brody. If Clementine attempts to reason with him, he will come to regret his actions and will only ask to be allowed to leave the Boarding School as a bad memory.
Nothing is known about Marlon's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was a student at Ericson's Boarding School for Troubled Youth and played on the school's football team with his best friend Louis.
During the early days of the outbreak, all but one of the adults at the school abandoned the students, making them fend for themselves.
Marlon took over and helped keep the rest of the children safe. He also took care of Rosie, the Headmasters dog who was left behind. Initially, Marlon wanted to attract other survivors or perhaps help to the school but eventually decided that isolation was the best way to keep the school safe so he took down the signs that lead to the school.
While hunting, Marlon and his hunting group found AJ and Clementine crashed in a car by the train station with walkers swarmed around them. Marlon proceeded to kill some of the walkers and pulled AJ from the car wreckage while the others saved Clementine.
Back at the school, he tied Clementine to a bed, possibly because she could have reanimated or Marlon didn't want a stranger to be able to roam free once awoken When Clementine finally wakes up, she finds him with Tenn, either threatening him or talking calmly. If the former, he aims his bow at her, talking her into submission. (Determinant)
After that, Marlon shows Clementine around the former school. However, he leaves Clementine to tend to an attack outside the wall.Later when Clementine and AJ have been reunited, Marlon asks Clementine to help repel a walker attack so a hunter group is able to get into the school. That night, Marlon tries to get AJ's attention by touching his shoulder from behind, but AJ, in a knee-jerk reaction elbows him in the groin. He tell Clementine such behaviour is not tolerated, leading AJ to apologize.
After supper, he plays a card game with Violet, Louis, and Clementine to learn more about her. Marlon can be asked about his hair cut, and he will reply by saying that his haircut is cool (Determinant). The next day, while staying there, Marlon can help Clementine get over her fear of dogs, caused by the death of Sam. (Determinant) He then requests Clementine to help with either Aasim and Louis with hunting or Brody and Violet with fishing.
After Louis, Violet, Clementine and AJ arrive home with an abundance of home, Marlon is surprised by the food but Brody is sceptical when it is revealed they ran into a raider, outside of the safe zone and begins to act hysterical telling Marlon he knows what's going to happen. Marlon calms her, saying that there is just another hungry man out there but Brody leaves unconvinced.
That night,Clementine and AJ are awoken to the sounds of Marlon and Brody voices coming through the pipes. Marlon is found to be arguing with Brody in the basement. When Brody reveals to Clementine what he did to Tenn's sisters, he strikes Brody between the eyes with his flashlight, fatally injuring her by causing brain damage. Marlon, visually shocked, searches for a first aid kit as he regrets his extreme action.Unable to find one, he comes back to Brody telling Clementine about Sophie and Minerva who were traded away by Marlon but soon dies. Panicking, he flees the basement as Clementine runs after him, managing to lock the both of them in the basement.
Outside, Marlon is confronted by the rest of the group and AJ who is waving a gun at Marlon demanding to know where Clementine is. Marlon begins to lie about Clementine killing Brody realising they are more likely to believe him but Mitch points out blood on his face. Clementine escapes the basement, calling Marlon's accusations bullshit. Marlon, in a panic, grabs AJ's gun and points it at Clementine and AJ and continue to tells the other kids that Clementine killed Brody. Initially, Marlon is able win over the group, however Clementine begins to tell what Brody made sure to tell her. As the story about the raiders begins to unravel the group seem to believe Marlon less and less, only making Marlon more angry at there disloyalty. Eventually, either Violet or Louis step infront of Marlon blocking his field of view of Clementine shocking him. He begins to break down but remains a threat, admitting he would trade more of the group to the raiders for the safety of him and the school. When Clementine is able to successfully disarm Marlon through physical force or by talking him down, he agrees to leave but before anything else is agreed to, Marlon is shot in the back of the head by AJ believing him as a true threat to Clementine's safety.
Marlon's corpse appears in a flashback as the group turn once again on AJ and Clementine, still deeply in shock from his death.
The next day, the group bury Marlon along with Brody at a funeral, everyone is clearly upset and are frustrated when Clementine and AJ turn up.
When Clementine checks the preparation for the Delta's attack, she can visit his grave. She also has the option to spit on it.
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After accidentally bludgeoning Brody to death in a fit of anger, Marlon attempts to pin the blame onto Clementine. However, his intentions with the group are made known and, after a brief standoff, Marlon is shot in the back of the head by AJ. His body is buried by the survivors along with Brody's the next day.
This list shows the victims Marlon has killed:
- Marlon's death is ironic in the sense that earlier in the episode, he accidentally takes Alvin Jr. by surprise by placing a hand on his shoulder from behind, which results in AJ elbowing him in the groin. When Marlon dies, it ends up being a role reversal, with AJ shooting Marlon from behind.
- Marlon is the first survivor AJ has directly killed as well as the only character he kills regardless of player choice.
- Marlon claims to have eaten slugs at one point. (Determinant)
- He is the first character to kill another survivor in Season Four, this character being Brody.
- It is possible that Marlon was sent to Ericson's Boarding School due to narcissistic personality disorder.
- Marlon takes great pride in his appearance and will be annoyed and slightly insulted if Clementine asks why his hair looks the way it does.
- Marlon angrily insists that his pain is much greater than Clementine's when she tries to empathize with him. (Determinant)
- Marlon quickly becomes angry when Brody disobeys his orders to remain quiet.
- Marlon repeatedly takes credit for keeping all of the schoolchildren safe after all the adults left the school, most notably when he points a gun at them.