The Worst Things Red Dead Redemption 2 Made Us Do

The Worst Things Red Dead Redemption 2 Made Us Do

The outlaw life is a rough ‘n’ tumble one. So, no, we aren’t proud of everything we did
in Red Dead Redemption 2. But, in our defense, a lot of it wasn’t up
to us — we simply did what we had to do and followed along for the ride. Here are the worst things Red Dead Redemption
2 made its players do, whether they wanted to or not. “Mr. Thomas Downes… you owe me money.” Thomas Downes wasn’t a bad guy. In fact, he was kind. He raised money for the Charitable Organization
of New Hampshire. He could be seen in the town of Valentine,
giving money to the poor. He had a wife and a son, a farm, and some
land. He wasn’t living a fancy life by any stretch
of the imagination, but for a while, what he had was enough. Unfortunately, hard times hit the farm, and
Thomas Downes was too proud a man to let his wife and his son live in squalor. Instead, he borrowed some money from Leopold
Strauss — the money man in Arthur’s gang — so that his family was fed, and so that
he could try to get things back on track. But he got sick. He couldn’t work. And because he couldn’t work, he couldn’t
pay back the loan. Arthur wound up beating this man. Viciously. He rode up to his farm and demanded that he
pay the money he owed. And when he didn’t, Arthur sent him a message. Thomas Downes didn’t survive long after that. Whether disease finally did him in or Arthur’s
beating did, we’ll never really know. All we do know is that he paid one hell of
a price for that collection visit. “You got tuberculosis. Really sorry for you, son. It’s a hell of a thing.” The town of Valentine was doing just fine
before Arthur Morgan got there. And it’s safe to say he didn’t make the best
first impression when he arrived, either. He started a fight at the local saloon, got
incredibly, unforgivably drunk at that same saloon, ran from local law enforcement, and
ended up spending a night in jail. And all of that was before the robbery. Why did Arthur rob the bank in Valentine? It was another one of the gang’s brilliant
ideas in their never-ending struggle for freedom from the vicious claws of American civilization. Wellp, like most of the gang’s plans, things
went south — fast. Instead of slipping in and out, Arthur caused
a stir and drew far too much attention. He had to leave the Bank of Valentine shooting
and escaping on horseback, hoping and praying that no one tailed him back to camp. A lot of lawmen died during that robbery. Some innocent people probably did, too. But it was for the greater good, right? Soon Arthur would be long gone, living it
up. Somewhere exotic. “Before the year is out… we are gonna be
harvesting mangoes in Tahiti.” Little Jack Marston didn’t ask to live the
life of an outlaw. He was born into it. His daddy was an outlaw. His mama was an outlaw. And Jack Marston wasn’t anything but a kid
who got mixed up with the wrong people. He didn’t have a choice. To say that Arthur took it very personally
when the Braithwaites kidnapped him would be the understatement of the century. “Get down here now! You inbred trash.” He’d been running scams on them and the Grays
in Lemoyne, trying to pit them against each other. Trying to play both sides. Another one of Dutch’s schemes. But they caught on before too long. The Grays killed Sean right there in the streets
— so Arthur killed them. When he got back to camp, Abigail was a mess,
and Jack was gone. If there’s one thing you should know about
Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s that every action has a reaction. Arthur’s reaction? The merciless slaughter of an entire wealthy
family. He killed every one of old Mrs. Braithwaite’s
sons right in front of her. And then he set the entire mansion ablaze. The cherry on top? They didn’t even have Jack anymore. Mrs. Braithwaite had passed him off to a crime
boss in Saint Denis. But the deed was already done. The woman apparently died in the fire of her
own accord. Seems she couldn’t go on without her flesh
and blood. There’s a lesson there. Somehow Arthur got the bright idea that he
could pull off something more elaborate than an old-fashioned bank heist. Riverboats are full of gamblers. Gamblers have money. And the dealers take it from them. There would be all sorts of riches aboard
that boat, and with enough to his name, Arthur could finally disappear. Still, there were an awful lot of moving parts
here. He had to lie his way in. He had to cheat without being caught. He had to have a man on the inside. A whole lot of chances for the job to go wrong. And sure enough, it did. Javier stole a uniform from a man, and before
too long, that same man emerged in nothing but his long johns. He outed Arthur. It wasn’t long before the bullets started
flying. Mister Morgan did a number on that ship, and
he killed a whole lot of men trying to find a way out. But sometimes, the easiest way out is the
most obvious one. He was on a boat in the middle of the water. So he jumped, and got away again by the skin
of his teeth. “Hello, Arthur.” Mary Linton was like one of the many banks
Arthur had robbed over the years. She was a remnant of the past he could never
quite escape, no matter much distance he put in between. Just as the law followed, so did Mary. In letters. In visits to whatever town he happened to
be holed up outside of. She reminded him of what he could’ve been
had he followed the straight-and-narrow. But unlike the law, she found room to forgive. She wanted Arthur to leave it all behind and
run away. “Run away with me, Arthur. Run away right now, and don’t look back.” If only he could have. Arthur saw what happened to Jack. Just for being around the gang, he got taken. He could’ve been killed. The same thing could’ve happened to Mary if
she’d gotten caught up in everything. Not that the thought wasn’t appealing — to
just get on a train and vanish. Live life and be in love. But it would be a life on the run, and that
wouldn’t have been fair to her. So Arthur said no. The gang was wanted, and until that wasn’t
the case, there was no normal life to be had. Mary Linton climbed aboard a streetcar and
told him she’d write. Then she was gone. “I’ll write you.” “Yeah.” The outlaw life stole so much from Arthur. It stole his freedom, making it hard to enjoy
a drink without having to survey the room. It even stole his shot at love. He never did get Mary back. He never did settle down. He never had the opportunity. But by far the worst thing it did was steal
Arthur’s friends. Because living life on the run meant living
out of bounds. He couldn’t just go from robbing banks to
working at the general store. A normal job isn’t an option. Robbing banks is the job. And you just keep doing it. The job in Saint Denis was never going to
pan out. The city was too big. It had way too much law. Everything had to go exactly to plan. But nothing ever goes to plan, and this didn’t. Arthur lost Hosea. The Pinkertons shot him in cold blood, and
all Arthur could do was watch. Then he lost Lenny. He and Arthur were scrambling over the rooftops,
looking for a way out. Some more Pinkertons poured out of the doors
and shot him on sight. Arthur didn’t have time to mourn, not when
he wasn’t sure he’d survive himself. All he could do was run. And shoot. Beating her husband right in front of her? That wasn’t all the torture Arthur put poor
Edith Downes through. He went back to collect the rest of that loan
her husband took out. She wasn’t too happy about that. But he found out much later that the Downes
family was in dire financial straits, even worse than it seemed at first. Arthur happened upon Mrs. Downes in Annesburg. She’d propositioned him without realizing
who he was. She’d turned to being a call girl to pay the
bills. When Arthur recognized her and she recognized
him, she was embarrassed, and furious. “Maybe I could go and…” “Maybe you could just leave us all alone!” He ran into her a few more times, and, after
finally convincing her that he was truly sorry for what he’d done, she accepted his help. Arthur saved her son from a life of toilsome
labor in the Annesburg mines. He gave her family money to start over. “Take it.” “No.” “I ain’t lookin’ for forgiveness… it ain’t
about that. Don’t forgive me… just take the money and
get outta here, please.” Later in life, it seems her family opened
up a number of businesses, including some golf courses, according to the The Blackwater
Ledger. Arthur’s money might have been the push they
needed to achieve the American dream — but his road to redemption was littered with many
more unexpected turns. Arthur knew Dutch was starting to lose it
when he refused to rescue John. After the botched bank robbery in Saint Denis,
John Marston was caught by the law and locked away. There was talk that they might hang him. Abigail was understandably distraught. Arthur wasn’t much sure that Jack understood. But it didn’t feel right to not try and get
the boy his daddy back, and maybe, just maybe, give them all a chance at something normal. So he devised a plan with Mrs. Adler. Arthur would secure himself a hot air balloon,
fly his way to the island where John was being held, and shoot every guard he had to in order
to bring John home. Arthur accomplished his goal — but an innocent
man had to die so John could live. The balloon pilot, Mr. Bullard, seemed like
a good enough guy. “This is my friend I told you about.” “Mr. Morgan.” “Ah yes, Arturo Bullard, at your service,
sir… at your service.” Arthur had got him caught up in a fight he
had with the O’Driscolls. There was a lot of history there, and Mr.
Bullard wasn’t a part of it. But the O’Driscolls shot him dead. Arthur always seemed to bring death and destruction
no matter where he went. This time was no different. “You got that poor bastard killed for his
troubles. I kinda liked him.” The Wapiti should’ve never been a part of
the gang’s mess. They were, for the most part, a people of
peace. Rain Falls didn’t want war. His son Eagle Flies, however, felt the noose
of the US government wrapping around the tribe’s neck. The army was encroaching on their territory,
seizing their land. They saw an opportunity to respond, to fight
back. And Dutch? Well, Dutch just saw an opportunity. Dutch became convinced that the only way the
gang could shake the Pinkertons was to create a large enough distraction so the law couldn’t
help but let them all slip away. He ginned up the Wapiti, telling them he’d
help them fight out from underneath the oppressive fist of the government. And out of respect to Rain Falls, Arthur trailed
along — if only to make sure Eagle Flies was kept safe. He failed. Eagle Flies lost his life saving Arthur’s,
and Arthur let Dutch sacrifice Rain Falls’ only remaining son so he could run another
one of his scams. Arthur had to take Eagle Flies back to his
tribe’s camp, and he had to see the look on his father’s face. “My son…” You know how the story ends. The Pinkertons turned up at the gang’s last
camp just before it could erupt into a civil war. Arthur managed to sneak away and help John
escape, sending him off to be with Abigail and Jack somewhere else. And he got to see one last pretty sunset. John Marston took care of Micah, who’d been
selling the gang out the entire time. But that happened years later. Arthur should’ve shot him where he stood from
the get-go, though. He’d had no problem gunning down so many men
whose names he didn’t even know. Men with families. Men with pasts — and men who would’ve had
futures if not for crossing paths with Arthur. But Micah was something else. He took pleasure in it — he needed it. Everything about him — from the way he talked
… “You’re not better than me, Morgan!” … to the way he carried himself … … it all stunk to high heaven. “What is wrong with you?” “I don’t like religious types.” “He’s ill!” Arthur should’ve known he was the traitor
in their midst all along. Had Arthur been able to kill him sooner, before
he could infect Dutch’s mind with his venomous tongue… who knows what the future could
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42 Replies to “The Worst Things Red Dead Redemption 2 Made Us Do”

  1. Most of these things weren’t even Arthur’s fault like the narrator makes it seem, like in the whole braithewaite mansion scene. It was Dutches idea and he burnt the mansion, Arthur was just following orders

  2. Actually, a lot of these missions have options to not do anything bad – Like the bank robbery in Valentine, I broke the safes gaining honor in the process and there was not shot out in Valentine until after you were leaving the town. You also don't have to beat Thomas Downes, regardless it does the same cut screen as if you did, but still. Lastly, a lot of things as others pointed out were not even Arthur's fault, but depending on the mission was the gangs (or Dutch's such as the Braithwaite manor mission, or forcing you to save Micah from jail though I blame Micah also for that, etc).

  3. Mrs Downes shows up at the first camp to pay back the loan and cuss us out. Saw this during my most recent playthrough
    How are these Arthur's fault? Only bad thing was beating up people to collect the loans

  4. Worst thing
    Playing John marston, i wanted to get a max bounty in each zone, and so, I held up Saint Denis for 2 hours, and successfully escaped after i burnt a piano, i then went to Valentine and held it for another hour, after punching a random man
    In total i topped it all off with killing everyone in Armadillo, then went to tumbleweed and machete killed the sheriff
    I wanted max bounties, i gave myself a challenge!
    I also threw 3 sticks of tnt into Pearson’s store, then held up the train station at Rhodes for 30 minutes until the cops stopped coming
    Great times

  5. Why rockstar? Why you killed the best character you made ever
    Arthur are better than John
    Arthur can swim John can't
    Arthur's draw was insane but John's draw not so good
    Arthur is pretty man
    John is ugly man
    And a lot of things that Arthur are better than John

  6. I can’t remember for the life of me where the guys voice (narrator of the video) is from. I know he must have been voicing for another Channel?? Someone help me. I think it’s Looper but I’m not confident

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