We hope you’ve sầu been enjoying Tell Me Why! It’s now been a couple of months since the release of Chapter 3 and the over of the Ronan twins’ homecoming, và we’re hoping you found at least one path through the story that was meaningful lớn you.

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But although you’ve sầu probably seen by now how your choices can affect the twins’ relationship, you may be wondering how those choices change the outcome of their story – or how your choices relate khổng lồ the ending you see!

We reached out to Elise Galmard, lead narrative sầu designer at DONTNOD Entertainment, who wrote the various epilogues for Tell Me Why. Elise provided her thoughts on the ending… & she even gave sầu some tips on how your ending may change depending on how you played the game.

Big spoilers below – if you haven’t finished Tell Me Why yet, turn baông chồng now!

Who’s at the House

The epilogue of Tell Me Why will focus on either Alyson or Tyler. If you’re playing as Tyler, the twins have successfully sold their childhood home page, and Tyler is locking up the house for the last time. If you’re playing as Alyson, she’s moved inkhổng lồ the house and is returning trang chủ with groceries.

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The twin who’s featured in the epilogue is determined by two choices in Chapter 3: If the player confesses khổng lồ Eddy about Alyson’s role in Mary-Ann’s death OR chooses to believe Tom’s memory of the murder night, then the twins will follow through on their plans lớn sell the house và Tyler will appear in the epilogue. Otherwise, Alyson will stay at 12 Cannery Road to lớn process và heal from her grief in the place she knows best.

This doesn’t mean an epilogue with Alyson is a “bad” ending, though! Depending on other parts of the epilogue, such as the twins’ relationship và the state of their Bond, Alyson may have all the tools she needs to lớn live sầu a happy life.

Elise made that clear in her thoughts on the ending. “Tyler has made his peace with what went down,” she said. “In a way, Tyler ‘did the work’ already when he was in Fireweed by going through therapy and dealing with what had happened. Going baông chồng to Delos was just a way lớn seal this chapter of his life shut. I think it’s important lớn see the Ronan house as a cocoon for Alyson, just lượt thích Fireweed was for Tyler.”

Elise noted that Alyson isn’t “living in the past” – Alyson is simply coming khổng lồ terms with her grief and anxiety in the way that works best for her. In fact, if you look closely at much of Alyson’s art in the epilogue, you may find paintings và collage artwork that make use of old pictures và objects from the twins’ childhood. “This is very much the Alyson way of healing và trying lớn make sense of it all: by channeling all of that energy into creation and art. Life is not over, và it is most definitely not put on hold for Alyson. She is simply going through a period, as all of us do at some point in our lives, where she needs to lớn look within for a little longer before emerging on the other side. And that is okay.”

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The ending with Tyler is meant khổng lồ reflect the mirror image of that same theme of hope: “No matter what happens in the game, Tyler will move sầu on from the house. Delos used to lớn be his home page, và whether or not Alyson is still there does not change what lies ahead for hyên ổn. Tyler’s emotional state is underlined by the message he leaves lớn his counselor Aaron, but it is also meant as a more positive sầu, benevolent message. Grief does go inkhổng lồ a circle, và it will come and go in waves. Grief does feel inescapable và overwhelming – as we’ve sầu seen throughout the game numerous times – but after a while, as you heal & make peace with that pain, life goes on in the most beautiful way possible. Tyler’s epilogue is very much about that hope.”

The Phone Call

When the twins have their phone Gọi, what tone does it take? Are Tyler và Alyson happy lớn connect, or is their conversation awkward & strained?

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Alyson: Love sầu you, Tyler. | The twins’ gọi ends warmly if the twins have sầu a cđại bại relationship at the kết thúc of the game.

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Alyson: Yeah, goodbye. | The twins’ Hotline ends awkwardly if the twins have sầu a distant relationship at the end of the game.

The mood of this phone Gọi foretells the future of the twins’ relationship. Many choices throughout all three chapters of Tell Me Why can improve or damage the way Tyler and Alyson relate khổng lồ one another. If the player chooses options that bring the twins together, the phone call in the epilogue will show a strong sibling relationship. If the player chooses options that put the twins at odds, their phone Call will reflect the distance that exists between them.

“I think it underlines that sometimes, you grow from people you used lớn be joined khổng lồ at the hip,” said Elise. “People evolve sầu & change. Sometimes, you simply kết thúc up growing apart. It doesn’t mean that you think ill of that other person, or that either of you is at fault. Put simply, you have grown in two different directions, và that is also okay. Putting distance between yourself và loved ones is sometimes the right thing lớn vày.”

The Bond

Do Alyson & Tyler continue relying on their Bond, or vị they give it up in favor of pursuing their own lives? This part of the ending, lượt thích the phone Điện thoại tư vấn, is dependent on the nature of the twins’ connection. If the twins have sầu a strong relationship, they will keep their Bond at the over of the game. If the twins have sầu a poor relationship, they will let go of their Bond.

If the twins keep their Bond, the player can find some moments during the epilogue where the twins can connect telepathically.

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Alyson: One more jog down memory lane, Mister Ronan?

Scenery, Relationships and Hints at the Future

A number of other player choices can affect the epilogue as well:

Who in Delos Crossing did the twins choose lớn keep in their lives?Did Tyler pursue a relationship with Michael, or did the two remain friends?Did you feed the birds in Chapter 1?Which pieces of furniture did Alyson & Tyler save while packing up the house in Chapter 2?

All of these choices & more can have sầu an impact on some of the details in the epilogue, including the kinds of photos and letters that can be found around the house. Many of these items detail the future of not only the twins, but of many of the other residents in Delos Crossing.

As just one example, you might see different photos based on where each twin ends up:

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If Alyson stays in Delos Crossing, she’ll keep photos from her childhood next to photos from her present. (Eddy’s sign reads “I fell asleep after đôi mươi min of VACUUMING.”)

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If Alyson moves to Juneau, Tyler will keep some recent photos of his và Alyson’s adventures, regardless of their relationship.

…and the photos themselves may change based on the twins’ relationships with the characters shown!

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The photo on the left can be found if Tyler accepts Eddy’s apology in Chapter 2. The pholớn on the right can be found if Tyler does not accept Eddy’s apology in Chapter 2.

Tyler’s relationships are especially important khổng lồ his future! If Tyler pursues a romance with Michael, he’ll discover a found family in Juneau, which prompts hlặng to continue his career path as a mentor at the Juneau Coalition for Eunique. If Tyler and Michael remain friends, Tyler becomes a park ranger at Shuyak Islvà, a state park in Southwest Alaska.

That’s not lớn say that Tyler will only pursue his dream of working at Denali if he stays single, or that he will only become part of a queer community if he’s in a relationship. Both endings for Tyler are meant to reflect the progress Tyler has made since he’s left Fireweed: either he’s learning to rely on others in ways that might have sầu frightened hyên in the past, or he’s taking steps lớn achieve his own goals before moving on to whatever’s next.

For Elise, Tyler’s journey throughout the story of Tell Me Why illustrates the power of chosen family – something that can be vital for many LGBTQIA+ people. She believes that no matter where Tyler ends up, his brief return lớn Delos Crossing will leave sầu hyên equipped to lớn build the kinds of relationships that will last hyên ổn a lifetime. “When you’re LGBTQIA+, it’s important khổng lồ have sầu a supportive group that’s built on genuine friendships, or more – whatever feels right for you at the time. Tyler doesn’t build a found family in three days, but the choices he makes with his relationships bring him khổng lồ a place where he’s ready to let people in & make those connections.”

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This photo lớn can be found in Tyler’s ending if the player chooses khổng lồ kiss Michael in Chapter 3.

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This pholớn can be found in Tyler’s ending if the player chooses not khổng lồ kiss Michael in Chapter 3.

Perhaps the only aspect of Tell Me Why’s ending that remains the same in every scenario, regardless of the player’s choices, is the result of Delos Crossing’s mayoral election: Tom Vecđưa ra will thua kém his campaign no matter what.

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Tyler: Sucks khổng lồ suchồng, Thomas Anthony Vecchi.

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Elise explained that the Tell Me Why narrative team had one dynamic in mind as they sought to make the player’s journey as meaningful as possible: empathy.

“We definitely didn’t want any ‘good’ or ‘bad’ endings – we wanted all endings lớn be on equal footing. We wanted to lớn let people know that things are going lớn be okay, và we didn’t want players lớn feel lượt thích they had done something wrong. My personal goal was khổng lồ give sầu an underlying sense of hope, especially during the epilogues. We all make different choices và we all have sầu regrets, but that doesn’t mean that the road we take isn’t just as beautiful as any of the others.”

How did you feel about the ending(s) you’ve seen so far? Let us know on social truyền thông media – but be careful with spoilers for those who might not have sầu finished the game yet!

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Did you know that Tell Me Why’s original soundtraông chồng by Ryan Lott is available lớn stream và purchase on several major platforms? Cliông xã here to lớn immerse yourself in the sounds of Delos Crossing!