Half-Life 2: Episode Three storyline speculation


Dr. Kleiner

The bumbling genius’ influence will be kill or cure for Earth in Episode Three. Although he’s been a benevolent old uncle to the resistance throughout the Half-Life 2 story, the news of the Borealis’ recovery brought about a binary disagreement between himself and Eli. Kleiner wants to use whatever secrets the ship holds against the Combine, whereas Eli wanted it destroyed without question for fear of its use bringing about an event as horrific as the original Black Mesa incident. Given Eli’s revealed knowledge of the G-Man and presumed greater understanding of the bigger picture, we’re highly tempted to assume that Kleiner is the misguided party.

But with Eli out of the picture, Mossman’s condition unknown and Dr. Magnussen a glory-hunting egotist, Kleiner is now Gordon’s most likely scientific influence. Our prediction? Definite conflict between Kleiner and Alyx over what could be the most pivotal decision in the story so far. As usual, the weight of responsibility will fall upon Gordon, but depending on how heated things get we might see a major fracturing of the resistance. If we were to be even more suspicious, we might even guess at secret motives on Kleiner’s part. Is his plan mere bumbling enthusiasm, or is there some Mossman-style double agentry going on? Could it even be the G-Man’s influence, assuming he isn’t on Earth’s side?

Adrian Shephard?

This one’s a definite long shot, but definitely not outside the realms of possibility. The US marine hasn’t been seen or heard of since the G-Man quarantined him at the end of the original Half-Life’s Opposing Force expansion pack, but that doesn’t mean he’s out of the picture. Just the opposite, in fact.

Shephard’s journal entries in the manuals to Opposing Force and Blue Shift make it quite clear that the G-Man was pulling his strings before the Black Mesa incident in order to make sure he was present. The G-Man also makes it quite clear at the end of the game that he personally argued to save his life, so the fact that he was subsequently detained in the same way as Gordon heavily implies that the suited pawn-collector has definite plans for him in the future.

With Barney nowhere to be seen in Episode Two and Alyx an unknown quantity, we’ll tentatively put a small amount of money down on Adrian being put back into play as back-up for Gordon at some point in Episode Three. After all, Valve have openly stated that they’d like to bring him back at some point.


We’ll see the comedy headcrab again, we’re absolutely sure of it. She might have been blasted skyward on the portal-killing rocket at the end of Episode Two, but headcrabs are a hardy bunch. So much so in fact, that the Combine are known to launch them into cities inside missiles for use as biological weapons. Trust us, she’s safe.

Our dream Lamarr appearance? We want to see her follow Dog’s example by dropping in (literally) to make a surprise rescue during a hairy Combine ambush. She might be safely de-beaked now, but she could more than distract any Combine trooper by trying to couple with his head during a fire-fight.

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  • jdevlin535 - January 1, 2010 12:06 p.m.

    'Vagrant'I think youre wrong about the plot being unexplained and unsatisfying its actually a pretty good game but i accept that you dont know much about the (NOOB)
  • CrosseyedAnder - July 10, 2009 3:33 p.m.

    I still love playing HL1 and HL2 on my PC from time to time, but honestly I have never played those Episodes and followed those games. It seems only something to further the game selling. I am still waiting something that arise my curiosity.
  • TheCommunist - June 26, 2009 6:09 p.m.

    This article confused the shit out of me. and now with all the comments I dont know what to believe. It would be cool to see the G-Man as a helping hand throughout the rest of the series, only to turn his back on you like sadistic bastard he appears as. And then you have to kill him. chea!LoL
  • snowycrazyking - June 19, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    Man I really did forget how much I loved the Half-Life series. There is such an awesome cast of characters, the one thing I want changed is I want less vehicle action; I don't know if anyone else agrees with me but I just never liked the vehicle's in the Half-Life games. But, either way I trust Valve and know that they won't rush this game, they'll release it when its the best game they can make. @ xXHaloKillerXx. Why would you come on a forum for a game series you don't like you moron? Is your life really that meaningless that when your not playing the mindless crap that is Halo 3 you just go around flaming on forums. It is just sad that this how you decide to spend your time instead of playing/discussing games you actually enjoy.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 18, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    lets hope this doesnt turn into another duke nukem forever thing
  • lukel127 - June 18, 2009 4:48 p.m.

    I heard that portal 2 was set in the past, so my prediction is that valve will make an orange box 2, and gordon and the new portal player will meet.
  • nadrewod999 - June 18, 2009 3:04 p.m.

    Also, @disturbedanomaly36, the Companion Cube and Chell are characters from the ORANGE BOX or PORTAL, NOT HL! In fact, the only true relationships Half-Life and characters in Portal have in common are: a few references in game (see ship section of this article), they became a package deal with the Orange Box, and they were all produced by Valve. You can say that those are your favorite Orange Box characters, BUT NOT HALF-LIFE!
  • DaNtHeManIsHeRe - June 18, 2009 8:19 a.m.

    i was thinking the other day - could the Gman be a highly advanced GlaDOS? listen to the way both of them talk... same kind of mechanical word fumbling isnt there? and notice how he seems to become more fond of gordon as the story progresses, just like GLaDOS seems almost obsessed with chell. its just a theory of course.
  • DRILLERDUD - June 17, 2009 6:41 p.m.

    As strange as it sounds, I'm actually glad that Valve is taking some time to finish up the INCREDIBLE Half-Life series. It just let's me know that they aren't just gonna put something out and get on to bigger plans. That, in my opinion, is the true quality of a great game developer.
  • ryno - June 17, 2009 2:23 a.m.

    come on valve make Gordon talk already
  • Failureisinevitable - June 17, 2009 12:15 a.m.

    Okay, I heard that Chell is supposed to make an appearance in Episode 3, and I agree with Rad_Bracket. If you looked around before your battle with GLaDOS there are steam pumps and air canisters in the factory-area, so why couldn't the Aperture location BE the Borealis?
  • MechGyver - June 16, 2009 10:42 p.m.

    HOLY SHIT!!!! @currie, you just ruined Valve´s super secret plot
  • Defguru7777 - June 16, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    Damn L4D2, I just want Episode 3 dammit!!
  • PinkLenny - June 16, 2009 8:10 p.m.

    I would say, that I would bet 40 dollars that Adrian Shephard will be in episode 3
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - June 16, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    Lamarr FTW!!! But seriously though, I have no clue on what Valve is going to do. I don't think it is representative of what Valve has become, but the L4D 2 announcement could mean something is going down on the inside. Most likely it just is they had a bunch of updates to the game that couldn't have been put to the original game so they made a second. With that said, we all know HL 2 ep. 3 is going to be epic, but how epic is my question? This article is pretty epic in itself.
  • Rad_Bracket - June 16, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    Has anyone considered the possibility that the Aperture facility from Portal was the Borealis. At the end of Portal you set of some huge spatial event and that could have been what teleported the Borealis to its new location. If it was some kind of near future super tanker I see no reason it couldn’t be the facility from Portal.
  • Ravenbom - June 16, 2009 5:41 p.m.

    I'd just like to see Episode 3 at this point. I've given up hope on the Half Life series giving me any kind of resolution, I just want to see this chapter closed for now, so I can wet myself when Half Life 3 comes out.
  • AA95mp - June 16, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    i have been sooooooo long for a article like this personaly i think lamarr will end up saving the day and attempt to couple with g-mans head :D.
  • lava_lamp - June 16, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    G-Man is the best character in the Half-Life series in my opinion
  • MechGyver - June 16, 2009 12:53 p.m.

    There´s a good chance that G-Man is Shephard and therefore is mixed emotions towards Gordon( Shephard was supose to eliminate the scientists but maybe built some esteem for Gordon´s survival skills)Besides the time traveling and time suspention corroborates the multiple teleportions Gordon does in the beginning of Half-Life 1 right after the incident. Maybe Gordon was set up by G-Man to take out the ones that are controling the time and space ditortions and therefore release G-Man from its owners. Whatch out with the resonance cascade of my theory.

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