Biggest Red Dead Redemption 2 Story Spoilers | Screen Rant

It's no secret that Red Dead Redemption 2 has an incredible story, with many gamers considering it to be one of the best ever told in the gaming medium. Even after hours spent in-game with RDR2's creepy gangs like the Skinner Brothers, lovable characters, and vibrant, atmosphere-drenched world, players will still stumble across no shortage of surprising details. Many of these shocking moments can come from side quests and exploration, but there is an abundance of heart wrenching, emotional, and unexpected turns in the game's main story.

Taking place twelve years before the start of 2011's Red Dead RedemptionRed Dead Redemption 2 mainly follows the story of Arthur Morgan but focuses on the entirety of the Dutch Van der Linde gang. This gang, which is mentioned several times in the first Red Dead Redemption, is led by the charismatic Dutch Van der Linde, a man whose passion, wrath, and ambition ultimately spell the downfall of the group. The gang is running from the law before the game even begins, and Dutch's erratic and short-sighted behavior (encouraged by characters like Micah) lead to death and suffering at every turn.

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While Red Dead Online is considered a failure, the game's single-player campaign was a resounding success. Arthur Morgan's tale of disillusionment is as tragic as it is entertaining, and Dutch operates as almost a force of nature, which makes his actions hard to predict. This dynamic between Dutch, his supporters, and his detractors creates palpable tension that lasts throughout the game and external events serve to further elevate this tension. Overall, the character interactions, growing feelings of distrust, and paranoia are just a few of the factors that play into Red Dead Redemption 2's chaotic and enthralling narrative.

Following the murder of Angelo Bronte, Dutch becomes convinced that there is little left for the gang in the US and decides to make a move overseas, ushering in the controversial RDR2 worst chapter, Guarma. To accomplish this end, the gang is pushed into one of their many "final" jobs meant to secure funds for the relocation, opting to rob a major bank in Saint Denis. Despite the robbery being meticulously planned, Hosea is intercepted by Agent Milton and the Pinkertons while setting up a distraction for the operation- something that is suspected to be the result of a mole within the gang. Milton brings Hosea to the bank while the gang is hiding out and after a brief exchange with Dutch, executes Hosea in cold blood.

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Hosea is far from the only member of the Van der Linde gang to be killed throughout the course of the game; Lenny, who features prominently in RDR2's important "A Quiet Time" mission, also meets his untimely demise during this chapter, which sinks many of the remaining gang members even further into despair. Even before this fateful bank robbery, fellow youthful gang members Sean MacGuire and Kieran Duffy are murdered in similarly shocking and tragic ways, with Sean being unceremoniously shot in Rhodes and Kieran getting brutally decapitated. Indeed, the gang is no stranger to losing beloved friends at this point in the story.

With all that said, Hosea's death strikes particularly hard, as he spends most of his time in the game as an ethical, warm, patriarchal figure who is instrumental when it comes to keeping the gang physically and mentally shielded from harm. Given his steady and strong presence, it's shocking when he is so ruthlessly shot down. Additionally, even if RDR2's story would still have its Dutch betrayal without him, the fact that Micah so eagerly slipped into Hosea's vacant position following his death made the entire gang dynamic considerably worse. The less-ethical Micah replacing the upstanding Hosea ultimately helps expediate Dutch's descent to evil. Overall, Hosea's death is shocking in the moment while having long-lasting ramifications for the story of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Although some fans of the first Red Dead Redemption were wary of a new protagonist replacing the iconic John Marston, Arthur Morgan wound up blowing it out of the park as a complex, respectable, and relatable hero. He doesn't always do the right thing, however, as he spends much of the narrative wrapped around Dutch's finger and engaging in violent, disreputable acts (albeit callously - he doesn't seem to enjoy violence). During a mission where he is tasked with collecting a debt for Strauss (something that goes against what the RDR2 gang supposedly stood for), the victim of his extortion, Thomas Downes, spits in his face. He later is diagnosed with tuberculosis, and it is heavily implied that Downes infected him with it.

Arthur's diagnosis is important in many different ways. Firstly, gameplay is slightly altered after this event, as Arthur's stamina will drain far quicker than before he is diagnosed (he also takes on a less healthy appearance). From a thematic standpoint, his infection is particularly resonant, as it is an outward manifestation of his immoral deeds with the gang, with his unfair, cruel extortionist behavior leading directly to the disease. The story of the game also changes, as although there is plenty that players can do in RDR2 before Arthur gets TB, choosing to progress the story beyond this point will result in characters commenting on Arthur's disease, and Arthur himself spends more time reflecting on his life and mortality. His tuberculosis will even wind up being his cause of death (facilitated by exhaustion after a long fist fight with Micah), depending on how honorable the player was during the game.

The climax of Red Dead Redemption 2 comes as Dutch and Micah finally betray and abandon the gang, leading to a standoff and most characters going their separate ways. Regardless of how high Arthur's honor meter is, he will die at the end of the main story, which may initially anger fans who still have more side content to complete. However, the end of Arthur's story is just the beginning of Red Dead Redemption 2's long epilogue, which stars none other than John Marston himself. This portion of the game offers plenty of well-earned fan service, including cute Easter eggs like John's inability to swim for too long (a jab at the first game's lack of swimming), along with touching moments like John's proposal to Abigail. Players even build John's iconic house from the first Red Dead Redemption.

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The epilogue isn't all wholesome fan service, however, as John, Charles, and Sadie ultimately discover Dutch and Micah's whereabouts and seek revenge for his betrayal of the gang and for the death of Arthur. They come upon the two men on a snowy mountaintop and, after Charles is incapacitated, get involved in a standoff, which culminates with Dutch shooting Micah. Dutch's exact motivations for the shooting are unclear, but Micah is confirmed to be dead, not able to join the ranks of the RDR2 characters who got happy endings. Dutch walks away from the scene without saying a word, leaving John and Sadie stunned. Players are then left to explore the rest of Red Dead Redemption 2's side content as John Marston.

Red Dead Redemption 2's finale is bittersweet, as most players will know that, while he got out of the gang safely with his family, John is only a few years away from his own death. Still, the ending comes with its own fitting twist and defining character moments that players will come to expect following the death of beloved gang members and even the demise of the game's protagonist. Through the highs and lows of its unpredictable and emotional narrative, Red Dead Redemption 2 provides a genuinely unpredictable, layered experience.

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