I think Rebecca might be the surrogate mother of Nick.
This first struck me in episode 4, when the news of his death is broken to her, and she cries openly. This could be because of hormones to do with pregnancy and all, but from a writing standpoint I seriously doubt it. What makes her reaction all the more striking is the fact that it is almost juxtaposed with Luke’s. His reaction was minute, and it is said they were best friends of 20 years, so it follows that Rebecca must have cared about Nick a great deal. Not only this, but Luke is aware of Rebecca’s state after Nick’s death and checks in on her even after her initial breakdown.
What caught my attention as a very offhand but interesting comment was this:
Given that she apparently has a previous experience to compare this one to, Rebecca has given birth before, and I gather it was successful. It’s also worth it to mention that her remembering the intensity of the pain that comes with childbirth doesn’t necessarily mean it was recent at all, it could very well be about, say, 25 years ago? If we look at Rebecca, she seems to be in her late forties, and Nick is assumed to be in his mid twenties. Besides, I can imagine that you wouldn’t forget the pain of childbirth, after even that amount of time. It’s also possible for their relationship to be close because sometimes the family of the child will stay in contact with the surrogate mother, and Rebecca would still be instinctively maternal toward Nick.
I’d also like to include I’m not by any means saying this is real or canon. It’s entirely debatable, and is a theory with not much to go off in the first place. But it would mean that Nick is at least half-black, depending on what ethnicity the sperm donor was (whether they were Nick’s father or not). It implies that his mother may have been unable to conceive, carry a child to term, give birth or was unwilling to be impregnated. This theory would also explain the close relationship they seem to have which was never previously expressed. However, if it is untrue, it means that Rebecca used to have a child who could’ve grown up and moved out before the apocalypse and she’d never seen again. Alternatively, they could’ve gotten lost during the apocalypse or died in her care.
EDIT: After some reflection, I also realized this could maybe account for Rebecca’s hostility toward Clementine when she is first brought to the cabin with what everyone assumes to be a zombie bite. It would match up quite nicely with Nick’s animosity toward you. It could be that she is trying to protect Nick from harm again and/or that she too was hurt by the passing of Nick’s mother, who could have been close to her if this theory is true. Again, it is just a theory, nothing concrete. But it’s something worth thinking about.
changing the walking dead game along the way due to fan perception is a good idea, but telltale have gone about it in entirely the wrong way. Where they’ve tried to satiate the often intolerant and harmful desires of the players, they should be teaching the players. They need to indirectly scold them for their terrible ideals. They needed to teach the players that Sarah can damn well make it despite her neurodiversity, that she isn’t letting the group down, and that she can contribute wholly to their unit just as luke, kenny or anyone else could. They needed to teach the players that Nick makes mistakes and he takes responsibility for them, that he is capable of trust and development, that he is a good person and not just a fuck-up who exists at the expense of everyone else. When the fans hated Duck for god knows what reason, they killed him off, yes, but they did it at a price, they made the fans question their own humanity. The child was just a kid, possibly with ADHD, their blind hatred and unjust intolerance for a neurodiverse child was severely criticized when the fans were confronted with the fallout of what they wanted, asking them “Is this REALLY what you wished for?”. And they did the same with Ben, giving him a moment of redemption if you let him live, and a moment that garners sympathy and pity from his most devoted haters and having clementine – the one that every player cares about and that you deeply need to validate you in the game – harshly criticize you if he dies. That’s what I wish telltale would do now, instead of proving the fans’ false, uninformed misinterpretations of characters true and fulfilling their disgusting harmful desires.
You know what would have been better than Sarah dying? Sarah living. Sarah fighting against the hypothetical odds that Jane has set against her and proving her wrong. It would be good for Jane to learn that Sarah could make her way in a relentless and unforgiving environment that even she struggles with. Jane would realize how wrong she was about people in the same situation as Jaime, and it would be a good teaching character arc for both her and the players who have no tolerance for Sarah.
Under Clementine’s request Jane teaches Sarah some survival skills that the player didn’t learn (because there’d have to be more) and along the way, Sarah disproves Jane’s old beliefs with her capability. Jane is taught by Sarah that she is just as strong as Clementine, if not more so for making her disadvantages work. All she needed was people to have faith and patience in her. Jane would apologize for ever doubting her and do everything she can to learn more about her condition and help Sarah when the need arises.
Luke yelling at Sarah during her panic attack still makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, like I think about it a lot and it’s ridiculous. Are you telling me he wouldn’t know better than that like??? How long has he known her? A few months? He obviously cares about her a lot and respects Carlos so???? The only thing that goes to prove is that whoever wrote that has no consideration or understanding of disabled people and he thinks that’s how they need to be treated because Luke faces no consequence for doing it. This is especially apparent because you can’t even reprimand him for doing it, he isn’t vilified for it and there’s not even an off-hand throwaway criticism of his actions. So it follows that it was the writer’s idea of what is an acceptable way to treat someone during a panic attack.
people making queercanons like “pete is cishet but supportive of nick :)” No. NO YOU’RE WRONG. He’s aroace but he isn’t aware of the label. He’s just happy to be with his sister and nephew he doesn’t care that he’s never felt the need to be romantically or sexually engaged with someone.