Explaining The Ending to Red Dead Redemption 2

In total, Red Dead Redemption has four endings. Out of the four endings, three serve as potential conclusions for Arthur Morgan’s story. Meanwhile, the fourth is the ending for the epilogue, which serves as a kind of bridge between Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2.

There are some games that have very complicated conditions that have to be met before certain endings can be unlocked. However, Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t one of them. For proof of this, look no further than the fact that interested individuals can navigate between them with relative ease, though the state of their Honor meter will rule out one of the potential endings for them.

In short, the finale of Red Dead Redemption 2 sees Arthur Morgan and John Marston engaging Dutch Van der Linde’s gang as well as the Pinkertons, who have been formed by the mole Micah Bell. The first choice that players will have to make is to either help John make it back to his family or scramble to grab the money.

Choosing the first option will lead to the game’s good endings. What happens is that Arthur and John head to higher ground in search of an escape route, with Arthur eventually choosing to make a stand so that John can get away because he is already in the late stages of his tuberculosis. As a result, Arthur and Micah wind up fighting it out on the mountaintop until Dutch shows up as well, thus prompting both Arthur and Micah to make their respective pleas to him. If the player was honorable, Dutch will leave because he is unable to choose between them. After which, Micah leaves in anger, while Arthur dies of his tuberculosis as he watches the sun rise from the mountainside. In contrast, if the player was dishonorable, Bell will shoot Arthur in the head after Arthur says that both of them are horrible individuals.

Of course, scrambling for the money means reaching the bad ending. In this case, what happens is that Arthur abandons John in order to go back to the gang’s burning camp. There, he gets ambushed by Micah, who manages to stab him following a knife fight. Once again, Dutch shows up, which prompts Arthur to state that Micah is the mole before getting stabbed a second, final time by Micah.

Some people might have heard rumors about a secret ending in which Arthur manages to live through the whole mess. If so, they should give up on their search because there is no such thing. No matter what happens, Arthur’s death is guaranteed, meaning that what is important is choosing the most satisfying way in which said character can meet his end.

What Happened in the Epilogue of Red Dead Redemption 2?

In the epilogue, players take up the role of John, which makes sense because Arthur is dead. Players shouldn’t expect any horses because one was killed in the last story mission while the rest were apparently freed from the stable. Arthur’s money isn’t passed down, but John does get $20,000 to start with. Moreover, John gets both Arthur’s weapons and Arthur’s outfits after a few missions, thus ensuring that the effort expended to secure those things weren’t wasted.

Eventually, players will be able to see the ending of the epilogue. Essentially, John manages to track down Mical with help from both Sadie and Adler and Charles Smith. After the initial confrontation, John and Sadie have Micah at gunpoint before Dutch shows up by surprise. Due to this, Micah manages to reverse the situation on Sadie. However, John is eventually able to convince Dutch to side against Micah, thus resulting in him shooting Micah before leaving. In the end, both John and Sadie are able to make it to John’s ranch with the money, thus bringing a true conclusion to the story of the game.

Besides this, the epilogue will provide interested individuals with a chance to check up on the status of the characters who have managed to survive the events of the main story, thus providing some much-needed closure. As for what happens to John, well, that is covered by Red Dead Redemption because Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel.


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