McCree, Deadlock, Domestic Terrorism and why Gabriel Reyes would Recruit Jesse rather than throw him in a Cell.
So @iamwalkingdead1 and I were looking around the Route 66 map and spit-balling about why Gabriel Reyes would raid the Deadlock gang and recruit Jesse McCree.
Okay so first things first. We know that Jesse McCree was brought into Overwatch by Gabriel Reyes at the age of about 17 and up to that point he had formerly been part of the Deadlock gang in a tiny Route 66 town. However, why would Gabriel Reyes and by extension Blackwatch ever concern themselves with a small town gang, even if one of their members was a good shot?
The answer? Deadlock was NOT just some small town gang. They were much closer to a domestic terrorist group, and the hints to this can be seen on the Route 66 map.
The first Defense spawn on the map is a propane business that is explicitly owned by the Deadlock gang, most likely as a front business (which isn’t uncommon as they are the primary ways groups would need to launder their money).
But then there’s this:
The either the gang is named for the town or the town has become named for the gang. What becomes increasingly clear is that the gang has a hold on the town, from seeing their tag all over the place to evidence of them being able to freely take over businesses in the area, especially evident if you look at the Diner/Attack spawn.
The Deadlock gang has blatantly taken over the diner to serve as a forward post for an operation.
What kind of operation?
The Theft of Military grade hardware, straight from a government train.
If Deadlock is can steal military ordinance directly from the government, how many times have they done this before and how well equipped are they?
For the latter question, they are pretty damn well.
Weapons, rations, stolen corporate equipment from Lumerico and at least one other company, MISSILES, computer components, and a LOT more unidentified items. This is not the set up of some small town gang, this is the stockpile of a group with real power to do some serious damage beyond this small town.
The most benign thing that I could possibly imagine this group being a part of is Arms Dealing.
But then I also saw a few things like this:
Patriotic memorabilia and evidence of an a hit being placed on McCree.
Now, in the US there are well documented cases of far-right domestic terrorist groups. These groups are often well-armed, set up in remote areas to train their members in paramilitary skills, and are often ultra-nationalists (even if they view the government as evil). Another aspect of these groups is that they can be extremely fanatical or even cult-like in their maintained group thinking.
Being that McCree was orphaned at a young age and grew up in a town where the gang was clearly the dominant power, it would have been simple for them to induct him into their group with out him being able to fully question it.
All of this provides ample reason for Overwatch to decide to raid Blackwatch. After the operation and having taken prisoners the best case scenario for most of those taken alive would be life in a cell, and that’s where McCree was headed as well until Reyes intervened. McCree was then presented with the ultimatum, “Join Blackwatch or rot with your friends.”
With the cult like thinking of domestic terrorist groups and having been a part of them as a child McCree was made a child-soldier by this group in all but name. At the age of 17 and with the seriousness of the groups crimes Jesse was definitely being treated as an adult and the higher-ups probably weren’t thinking about what would have actually been needed for McCree, such as de-programming and years of psychological help and readjustment. Serving in Blackwatch was the going to be the best chance anyone would have of breaking the mindset Deadlock would have likely instilled into McCree, even if that way of going about it would be morally dubious at best. This is speculation, but Reyes probably brought Jesse into Blackwatch in an attempt to potentially change the direction of his life.
Fast-forward to the present; McCree having left Overwatch is wanted for his past crimes (Blackwatch didn’t “officially” exist so the government and Overwatch agents are also illegal) and Deadlock is none to happy about his leaving way back when and even have people ready to take him out should he ever return to their town.