Dutch leading his men to Braithwaite Manor — photo by Ali Burden

(Spoiler Alert: I’ll be candidly discussing the game in its entirety, assuming my readers have completed both the main story and the epilogue.)

While each of Red Dead Redemption 2’s characters are deeply and beautifully complex, none may be more fascinating than Dutch Van der Linde — loving father figure and benevolent leader destined for a long walk off a short cliff.

But I didn’t know that.

When I started Red Dead Redemption 2, the plot of the first game was completely unknown to me.

I essentially met Dutch Van der Linde when Sadie Adler did — a man with…


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overhead shot of the Van der Linde gang sitting around the campfire at the Shady Bell hideout
overhead shot of the Van der Linde gang sitting around the campfire at the Shady Bell hideout
The Van der Linde Gang outside Shady Belle — photo by Ali Burden

(Spoiler Alert: I’ll be candidly discussing the game in its entirety, assuming that my readers have completed both the main story and the epilogue.)

Here’s the situation.

I never considered myself a “real” gamer…or anything even remotely close to that title. Those guys were hardcore: they knew things about the gaming world I couldn’t even hope to learn. They were all “up up, down down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start” and I occasionally prodded the latest LEGO reimagining of a beloved movie franchise.

My first obsessive gaming experience was in a basement apartment with a little Bethesda beauty…

Ali Burden

Just a twenty-something Midwest millennial — A storymaker, luck-wearer, Browns fan and someone who has been making stuff up for a long time now.

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