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"Hell Is Empty" is the third and final episode of Life is Strange: Before the Storm. The episode was released on December 20, 2017.[1][2]

Synopsis

Chloe Price is at Rachel Amber's house for dinner when Rachel accuses her father of cheating. James Amber reveals that the woman he was with in the park was Rachel's mother, Sera Gearhardt. Sera and James met in high school and fell in love. They had a child together (Rachel) but Sera became a drug addict. James eventually left with the child and made an agreement with Sera to pay her monthly if she agreed to stay away. This worked for 15 years.

Rachel is devastated. Rachel wants to meet Sera but has no idea how to find her. Chloe agrees to help and goes home and calls Frank Bowers. Having seen Sera come out of Frank's RV at the junkyard, she figures Frank would know how to find her. Frank reluctantly agrees to meet Chloe at the junkyard. Chloe leaves for the junkyard taking her father's toolbox and an old repair manual with her.

At the junkyard, Chloe fixes an old truck while she waits for Frank. Rachel shows up, as does Frank - but he isn't alone. Damon Merrick is there and demands to know why Chloe is trying to find Sera. Through conversation, Damon learns that Rachel is the DA's (District Attorney James Amber) daughter. An altercation takes place and Rachel is stabbed. Frank attacks Damon and Chloe rushes Rachel to the hospital. Rachel lives but still wants to find her mother. Rachel's parents are there as well and Chloe tells James what happened. Rachel convinces Chloe to break into her dad's office and gives her a code to disarm the alarm. While there she finds evidence that James lied about a lot of things and that Damon has Sera. Before she can leave, she is caught by Eliot Hampden, who had followed Chloe from the hospital and an argument between the two begins (in which Eliot reveals that he strongly dislikes Rachel and believes she is dangerous). Chloe escapes and drives to the old mill.

Chloe confronts Damon who has Sera tied up in a chair. He reveals that James is paying him to kill Sera and when Chloe tries to stop him, she gets knocked to the ground, and is knocked unconscious by him. Frank enters and struggles with Damon. Chloe wakes up and talks with Sera who tries to convince Chloe to lie and not tell Rachel about anything that happened at the mill. Chloe returns to the hospital and has to decide whether to lie to Rachel or possibly ruin her relationship with James forever by telling her everything. Regardless of her choice, she and Rachel remain friends at the end.

At the very end of the episode, in the final cinematic, the fate of Rachel Amber is suggested to be similar to that of Victoria and Max's from the first game, where Rachel's phone can be seen ringing inside the underground vault, and the click of a camera can be heard in the background.

Checkpoints

Characters

Licensed Soundtrack

Main article: Soundtrack (Prequel)
  • Koda – "I Don't" (Rachel's room)
  • John Dankworth – "Memories of Benny" (Upstairs, outside Chloe's room. Not listed in the official soundtrack.)
  • Daughter - "Burn It Down" (Plays when Chloe takes Rachel to the hospital after she is stabbed by Damon)
  • Brody Dalle – "Don't Mess With Me" (Plays on the radio when driving to the lumber mill)
  • Wolf Alice – "Bros" (Ending montage of Chloe and Rachel)
  • Daughter– "Flaws" (Plays if Chloe tells Rachel the truth)

Deaths

  • Damon Merrick - After knocking Chloe out, Frank comes in and fights Damon and despite his injures, kills his former friend.

Reception

  • Life is Strange got a 79 on Metacritic, making it "Generally Favorable".

Achievements

There are twelve achievements the player can earn on Steam, PlayStation or Xbox.

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Complete the optional graffiti #1 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #2 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #3 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #4 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #5 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #6 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #7 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #8 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #9 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete the optional graffiti #10 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
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Complete Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Trivia

  • The episode's title is a reference to William Shakespeare's The Tempest and derives from Ariel’s speech in Act I, Scene 2: “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
  • The achievement "All the Devils are Here" is a reference to the second half of the same quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest.
  • The song used in the trailer for the episode is All I Wanted from Daughter's score.
  • Rachel's phone is seen receiving calls while being in the Dark Room. In the original game, Max's phone didn't have signal there.

Videos

Endings

LIFE IS STRANGE BEFORE THE STORM Episode 3 ALL Endings - Ending + Secret Ending (Truth Lie)

Trailers

Life is Strange Before The Storm Episode 3 Teaser Trailer
LIFE IS STRANGE BEFORE THE STORM Episode 3 Teaser Trailer (2017)
Life is Strange Before the Storm Ep 3 Trailer

References

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