Welcome Spartans! If you haven't listened to the most recent episode of Podcast Evolved, go ahead and check it out now! I'll wait... Okay all caught up? Great! So the discussion for the episode's Rampant Speculation segment was "What could be the fate of Master Chief at the end of the Reclaimer Saga?" There was a particular concept I started mulling over while listening to my comrades discuss this idea: Who NEEDS to survive Halo 5 Guardians? Who is expendable? Then I began asking myself: What if Fireteam Osiris and Blue Team need to work together?? It was that question that really got my gears turning. So below I will present to you a theory for the resulting team: Fireteam Omega.
Killing Is Their Business...and Business Is Good
As much as I hate to continue suggesting anyone in the Halo Universe would, could, or should die (Bungie killed sooo many great characters in the original Halo Trilogy) for H5G to really pack a punch... somebody is gonna die. Think about it for a moment, there are just WAY too many characters to keep track of going into Halo 5, so if the game were to add more things could really get a little unwieldy. So how do you fix this problem without just ignoring people like Locke, Halsey, Palmer, and other recently introduced characters in future video games? Start chopping heads. To point to recent trends to support this theory, one must only make a fleeting glance in the direction of recent megahit TV series like HBO's Game of Thrones, along with AMC's Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, and FX's Sons of Anarchy, today's average entertainment consumer has gotten pretty familiar with the idea that "No One Is Safe" from violent, unexpected, traumatic deaths. Even if a character is a fan favorite, brand new, or a weathered veteran of a series, they can always die. I propose that, in the case of some of Fireteams Blue and Osiris, some of them are not making it through Halo 5 Guardians alive.
So who might have a dramatic and unforeseen end in Guardians? Well, the obvious first choice would be Locke. Wait, WHAT?! Yes, Locke could die. In fact, I'd go so far as to say he will probably die. The first time I thought this was at the end of Halo Nightfall. Spartan Randall's ending monologue asked Agent Locke "What will you die for?" Why would this be the focus of this ending sequence if it isn't setting up Locke to find some personal motivation or purpose that he is willing to die for? Another fairly obvious choice, in my humble opinion, would be Buck. If you have been keeping up on Edward Buck's career and exploits up to this point, especially Halo New Blood, you should be keenly aware that Buck has been through a lot. I think it may take its toll on him here in Guardians. Also, not to get too meta here, but with the recent example of how having a relatively prolific Hollywood actor as a voice of one of your main characters in having to replace Peter Dinklage's voice with video game voice superstar (Mr. Deadpool himself) Nolan North in Bungie's Destiny, giving Nathan Fillion's "Buck" a fitting sendoff could be beneficial to 343i. And yes, I'm aware Fillion voice's Cayde-6 in Destiny as well. Then, of course, there are the two other Osiris team members: Vale and Tanaka. Both new additions to Halo lore, both introduced outside of Halo 5 Guardians via novels or comics. To be frank, I have no idea whether or not 343i would introduce these characters just to have them killed off in Guardians. It's kind of a flip of a coin here with either of them, to me.
That leaves Blue Team. Okay, I'll admit it, last year I wrote a thing about how I think Chief should die...eventually. However, I have serious doubts that we'll be losing John-117 anytime soon. So what about the rest of Blue team? Well Fred, much like Buck, has been through a lot. We've seen him a little more than the other two. We're more familiar with him as a character than either Kelly or Linda, in my opinion. This leads me to believe he's a candidate here, because what would be the point of killing a character players aren't connected to? With Fred, I think there would be a pang of nostalgia from losing Sam. However, Kelly has been with Chief since the very beginning, so she is also an extremely tough heartstring to pull on for longtime Halo fans. On the flip-side, Linda has been there for a long time as well, but because she could be perceived as the least relevant, maybe that makes her the most expendable? I guess we'll have to see.
How Will It All Play Out?
So you may be thinking, "How the hell do you kill members of the fireteams you play as in the game Drew!? You ass!" And I don't blame you, logistically it sounds like a nightmare and counterintuitive. But this is where the recent episode of Evolved comes into play. The gang were pretty well in agreement that there's no way you could kill off any of either team until after the game ended. I mean, how could you possibly have four player coop without four members of a fireteam, huh?! My answer: FIRETEAM OMEGA
You see, in my imagination of how this could go involves intermingling the members of both teams by the end of the game. Much like the rest of the Evolved crew, I agree that by the end of Guardians, both Osiris and Blue team should be on the same page and fighting side-by-side. But, in my mind, both teams will have gone through so much that they will have to combine to be able to handle whatever challenges they face by the time the credits roll on Halo 5. So, for a final picture of what I think could happen here, imagine Locke, Buck, and a couple other characters have met their end by the end of the game. Then their are still four characters living and Chief is still the one leading the way. So you still have a fireteam for four players to control for the final act. Less characters to have to keep track of and a chest full of feels. And at the end when the dust settles, look upon FIRETEAM OMEGA!
So what do you think will happen in Halo 5 Guardians? Let us know in the comments and be sure to keep an eye on Rated M Gaming for more content! See you online, EVOLVED!