Gears of War 2's unanswered questions

Action. Horror. Comedy. Love. Tragedy. The Gears of War 2 story had almost everything. The only element missing? Closure.

The sequel ends with far more questions than answers and, by the time the final credits roll, you are left with far more confusion than comprehension. What the hell has happened to the world of Sera, and what will happen next? Until we get some real conclusion from the inevitable Gears 3, 4, 5 or 100, all we can do is guess...

Which is exactly what we plan on doing. Here are the six mysteries that puzzled and intrigued us the most, along with our best shots at solving them. If you’ve got theories of your own, share them in the comments below –
we definitely want to hear them.



What happened to all the new characters?

One second they were here... the next, they were gone. Dizzy. Tai. Carmine. Maria. Even Skorge. We’d barely been introduced to these fresh denizens of the Gears universe before each and every one was met with an untimely and unexpected fate.

What, however, were those fates? Who’s dead and who do we only think is dead? What happened in those final moments, so carefully kept off screen?

Our best guess: Carmine’s kaput, obviously, as his grisly demise was fully displayed. Tai, tamed by days of intense torture, chose to end his own life. Maria, equally broken and beaten, was euthanized by Dom. He recognized that while her body still lived - barely - the woman he loved was long gone.

Dizzy and Skorge, on the other hand, most likely survived. Yes, Dizzy was last seen in the same battle that effectively ended Tai’s life, and yes, Skorge was last seen smashing to the ground after plummeting hundreds of feet. Both, though, were too heavily promoted through screens and art before the game’s release to receive such sudden and rather lackluster send offs.

We believe that Tai sacrificed his own safety to protect Dizzy, who will appear in another Gears for another vehicle-based level. We also believe that Skorge is too powerful a Locust to die from a simple fall; he will continue to hunt Delta Squad for at least one more sequel.


Who, or what, are the Sires?

When you first enter the New Hope Research Facility, you expect answers and lots of them. The creepy, abandoned, rain-soaked atmosphere screams, “Big twist coming up!” And when you begin conversing with egomaniacal AIs while strolling past dusty containment tubes, you expect those twists and answers to be something on the level of BioShock.

Unfortunately, those expectations are not met. Niles Samson and the other doctors’ scattered journals consistently stop short of describing the actual purpose of the facility and the real origin of its test subjects. You leave with a new mission, but without any new insight.

Our best guess: When Niles and his test subjects are forced to flee the research labs, they head to a secret sanctuary in the mountains. When Marcus and Dom locate that same sanctuary years (possibly centuries or millennia) later, they also happen to discover the very center of Locust civilization. Coincidence?

Yeah right. In our opinion, the end of New Hope is the beginning of the Locust race. In experimenting with human hybrids, probably on behalf of the government, Niles created the first, half-formed Locust. The Sires are the evolutionary bridge – the “missing link” – between the two species. Once underground, they flourished into a new race and mankind’s future enemy. Oops!


  • -FABLExFAN- - December 9, 2008 3:41 a.m.

    oh, and also i think that the last two carmine brothers (the carmine from gears 2 mentions there was 4 brother, 2 left ater the end of gears 2) will be largley involved in the big finally save the world by a thread thing.
  • shinytimegang - December 7, 2008 9:03 p.m.

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  • SpikeDelight - December 7, 2008 8:38 p.m.

    I feel like the story in Gears of War as a franchise is meant to be speculated on. I hope that even in the final game there aren't so many filled in cracks that there is no longer room for individual thought. I loved the story in Gears 1 because it was so briefly glimpsed that it REQUIRED intellectual speculation about what was happening. Why was Marcus in prison? Who are the bad guys here? Questions like these weren't answered and gave us a whole two years to think about. It made you think because there was nothing else to do that was Gears related between games. Instead of just answering a bunch of questions in the simplest way possible, Gears of War continues to tease us and leave out answers. Perhaps it's meant to have us infer the answers instead of outright giving them to us like an intelligent book or film. That would certainly make everything more interesting.
  • SVDsniper - December 7, 2008 9:33 a.m.

    Well, I mostly agree with everything you guys are talking about. But if the humans became Locust via the whole New Hope experiment, how do you explain all the other critters we fight in the game? The wretches, the tickers, the reavers, the seeders, the brumaks etc etc. I am pretty sure all of these guys, along with the Locust themselves, were there before the humans came to Sera. I am almost positive that something like a Brumak or Reaver could have originated from an experiment on humans... So, the Sires are NOT a missing link between humans and locust, but, possibly a mix of both.
  • Rosso172 - December 6, 2008 7:49 p.m.

    Personly I have a feeling that the regular locust are going to try to team up with the COG in order to survive the Lambert locust attacks. It could be something along the lines of, The locust queen getting in touch with Adam telling him that the locust need their help. And Marcus going on a personal mission to find his father, then being informed that they need to help the locust. Marcus then goes to Hofman and tells him what has to be done, In the end the two species live in peace and out of each others way. That will most likely not be the way the 3rd game goes, but hey its an idea.
  • SwEeTtOoTh22 - December 6, 2008 9:48 a.m.

    well we all have good conclusions on what is what..but for the most part this is what i think. based only on the story of the game and events in it, i think that Adam Fenix and the Locust queen were at one point together. But what happened was that somehow Adam Fenix was involved in creating the locust, and after Humanity (the government) realised that they were becoming a threat the only thing to do was destroy them. Thats when she (the queen) comes in, she repelled against this decision and strongly beleived that the Locust, (like every other species) deserves a chance. I think Adam Fenix helped her accomplish this which is why she respects him so much,but he didn't fallow her footsteps. And the only way for the Locust to stay hidden for so long, was for the only remaining person alive (Adam Fenix) was to ""Dissapear""
  • Coolbeans69 - December 5, 2008 6:21 a.m.

    I think the disease that spread is just showing you how u fucked up on the first game I don't think it will be very significant as for everything else gamesradar is right
  • XxZACMANIACxX - December 5, 2008 5:09 a.m.

    alot of the things didnt make sense in this game
  • MasterChickenfry - December 5, 2008 1:49 a.m.

    I was always guessing what would happen in Gears, it seemed to have the quiltiy of keeping people guessing. All though it does seem to be odd it is a very exciting game to play and i would recomend this game for all ages *_*. Cause even my sister plays it and she is was younger then it recomends.
  • Frozen_Crusader - December 4, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    @TOM95 About Jack. Does jack ever talk or try to defend an station...I THINK NOT.Plus jack is a robot PROGRAMMED by the COG,so hes not going to be the final boss that just be retarded like the Oracle a s a final boss. Plus i think you never played the story. There are 2 other gears called COLE AND BAIRD.If there was 4 player co-op you would play as COLE AND BAIRD. Plus Anya is a HUMAN not a AI. So if she was to do that youd see the pop up screen and sstart talking.BUT she stays at CONTROL which is GUARDED MY THE ELITE COGS like COlonel Hoffman. So there is no way that GoW2 is going to turn into a different halo.So..instead of being biased PLAY BOTH GoW and GoW2 AND THEN TALK TO ME ABOUT THE STORY
  • SexyManBeast - December 4, 2008 10:31 p.m.

    Marcus's dad is Scourge... who else could he be + Adams been missing for a long time so he could have been exposed to imulsion and what not and transformed
  • T0M95 - December 4, 2008 8:33 p.m.

    "Gears Of War 3: Finish The Fi... Uhhh, I mean..." It's all gone way too Halo. But the only way they can pull it back is say "OK, turns out, the Sires, the Locust, the Humans, the Imulsion... just one big coincidence!" and I don't think that would float. Next thing you konw, Jack will have a giant red lazer that fires from his eyes and be the final boss, there will be 4 player co-op with 2 un-named Gears, and you'll have Anya constantly popping up on screen, slowing you down, and saying shit like "I am your shield, I am your sword." I have come up with a word that describes these changes perfectly: Gears Of War... got... Hal0wn'd =D
  • Slapdog - December 4, 2008 4:52 p.m.

    I think you're really on to something with that conversion theory Sihard! What I want to know is what is the deal with the lambent locust not exploding in this one and why did their "spirit?" float up into the other locust when they died? I think it's pretty clear they thought up the story AFTER writing gears 1 (explaining the lambent wretches fighting side by side with locust in the first game). So I'm pretty sure that Epic doesn't even know what's next yet as it's still being written.
  • Sihard - December 4, 2008 3:13 p.m.

    I agree that Dizzy will be back. I think Skorge is a gonna though. He be replaced by an even tougher Locust general in the next game. With regard to the Locust/Human link theory i believe that Locusts do descend from humans. Why were the Locusts capturing Humans in those individual cells ala Maria/Tai and why when they when they came out had they changed so much especially in the case of tai we know he hadn't been captured long. I beleive they are convertion chambers turning humans into Locust. Tai knew this did not want to become what he had fought for so long and thus blew his brains out. Just my thoughts don't know if anybody agree's????
  • Ravenbom - December 4, 2008 3:30 a.m.

    Well, there's other questions to be answered. In the Journal Scrap book that Marcus keeps (Isn't that sweet, the big lug is into scrap booking?) we find some interesting tidbits. In Landown, we find Truck Driver's Note, which mentions how the price of imulsion has sky rocketed. "The energy barons and COG are lucky we're in a war. Bet they'd have a revolt on their hands, otherwise." In the big worm's mouth you find a car magizine that says that imulsion powered cars are beating out the environmentally friendly, AND cheaper Solarro cars. They quote "powerful interests at the highest levels of government" as the reason why more expensive, non environmentally sound cars aren't selling. (Watchmen Spoiler Alert!) So, I'm guessing that they started to create the sires as a secret government project, to create a war to unite the governments waring in the Pendulum Wars into a Coalition of Ordered Governments against a common foe. Kinda similar to the ending of The Watchmen graphic novel. The powers behind this had money, like imulsion money, and used the war to jack up imulsion prices and make a killing. Metaphorically, and incidentally, literally. The Locust, or someone else has obviously been down under Sera for a long time, so it might be that the sires were created to interbreed with the locust, transforming their phylum into the variety that we see, and making them extremely aggressive. Baird also finds a wealth of scattered information on the locust. He wonders why, in the middle of their capital, they haven't run into any "brats". He also finds a bunch of information that connects locust ideology to worms and later, finds reference to "worms", "a trinity of worms" and "the Great worm" in their creation myth. What I can't reason out is why all the locust speak English, to each other, like when you throw a frag they'll panic and yell "Grenade!" and the queen speaks to them in English, yet they have a glyph writing system, completely separate from the English writing system. Maybe interbreeding with human made sires gave them English, the universal language of science fiction, though they kept the written language of their original phylum. The interbreeding theory would explain why the queen has marginal control of the locust, and can explain why she doesn't look anything like the rest of the Horde and instead looks like she jumped out of a Square Enix JRPG. It would also explain why there's no "brats", if you think about how the sires that Marcus and Dom found were in hibernation and weren't supposed to be awakened until a later date. See, the sires were supposed to be awakened later, to go and interbreed in a few years to make a whole new locust threat and another generation of the current locust, probably when imulsion prices dropped in the future. I actually think that Dom has a daughter, and doesn't know about her, and that's going to be the emotional crux of Gears 3. In chapter 5, there's a COG tag that tells a dying soldier's story about how he escaped the locust jailers and put a little girl onto a King Raven as he was dying. Dom's little girl? A little girl who he never knew about? Sounds like emotional payout in Gears 3 to me.
  • killzone_dude - December 3, 2008 11:55 p.m.

    I don't think the Locust are from the sires I think The Locust were on Sera before the humans colonized when the humans came they gladly let them stay they already had cities down in the hollows. For several years they saw the humans destroy the surface and kill their own and when the humans invaded the underground for the rich imulsion the Locust couldn't take it no more they attacked the humans so I think the humans didn't create Locust they were down there the whole time
  • Pyro240 - December 3, 2008 9:21 p.m.

    Maybe Adam Fenix was experimenting on the Sires and that's how he knew how to destroy the Hollow by sinking Jacinto.
  • d0x - December 3, 2008 8:19 p.m.

    Some good theories here. I dont believe the Locust came from Human's. The way the game is setup makes it seem like Humans came to Sera because they killed their old planet. The Locusts where already there and left Humanity alone until we started taking all the imulsion and drilling down into their homes. The Sires seem to be an experiment using Human and Locust DNA and nothing more than that. Perhaps thats why the war started as well. They dont give enough clues into Adam Fenix to make any proper theories so I wont bother. The Queen has to be a Locust. I think the "clothing" was really a part of her. We will find out in Gears 3...which I cannot wait to play. Epic has done a great job with the gameplay and Gears 2 really set everything up story wise.
  • Zekkek - December 3, 2008 7:54 p.m.

    Also, one of the war journals is Ben Carmine's cog tags and it comes with a letter to his brother, Clay, so I'm guessing he'll be in #3 to continue the alphabet of Carmines.
  • Zekkek - December 3, 2008 7:52 p.m.

    Good theories, but one question. If the locust came from humans, then where did the reevers, brumaks, and all of those come from?

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