Talk about what must have been an absolutely surreal moment. Melissa Hutchison is the voice actor for Clementine in The Walking Dead series. In an interview, Hutchinson reveals that she was actually recording lines for the game when news dropped of Telltale closing.
“It was actually something out of a movie, it was very dramatic. I was actually in a recording session for The Final Season when the axe dropped, and the session had to stop. It was all very dramatic. I called a very dear friend of mine who worked at Telltale and I was like, ‘Yo, what’s going on, man?’ And he was just kind of deliriously like, ‘They shut the doors, it’s all done, we’re done, it’s gone.’ And then I basically cried myself into physical pain [laughs]. It was about two weeks of hell. I say that, that’s pretty dramatic... but we’d been working with Telltale a very long time.
Beyond my selfish reasons of course of, ‘Well, what about Clementine? What about the fans?’ This company that we’ve worked for for so many years, this is an amazing company, and to see it just gone in a heartbeat... and all those people losing their jobs, it was devastating.”
At least the situation had a somewhat happy ending, as Skybound Entertainment resurrected the franchise to finish up the final episodes, bringing back in a handful of the Telltale team. Hutchinson goes on to explain what it was like when she found out the team was getting back together.
“I still was like, ‘Okay, well as soon as the Telltale folks are back in the office working, then I’ll [celebrate].’ It wasn’t like, ‘Whoo, I’m back!’ It was a really traumatic thing that happened. My first thing was to call them and say, ‘Hey, yo, is this real?’ And they’re like, ‘We’ll see.’ So as soon as they were back working in the office, I was like, ‘Okay.’ But then I had a recording session a few days ago and I was like, ’Okay, so now I feel great,’ but it took a while. It’s this little core group of people who are like on this whole giant floor... so it’s a little macabre for them, but they are very happy to be back. And the story continues, and that’s the most important part.”