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Merrill's House is a house located by a cannabis plantation in Humboldt County, California. It is an explorable location in Episode 3 of Life is Strange 2.

Overview

Exterior

Merrill's house is a wooden cabin with visibly rusted sheet metal roofing and a chimney. Solar panels are set up both on top of the roof and next to the porch. Plastered onto the side of the house are several missing person posters.

Built into the house's side is a patio, which holds a cushioned bench, a deck chair with a pack of cigarettes lying on it, a bucket next to a fuel tank, and several bags of fertilizer. Several cigarettes, pieces of wood, and loose scraps of paper are scattered on the deck's floor.

Interior

The house is known to consist of at least a kitchen and a living room, along with one room located next to the kitchen and two rooms accessible through a hallway leading into the living room.

Though inaccessible during regular gameplay, the room located next to the kitchen is decorated with shower tiles and a curtain close to the window, indicating that it is a bathroom. One of the hallway's doors most likely leads to a bedroom, as Merrill exits one of them to confront Sean Diaz and the others in his living room.

[TBC]

Episode Three - "Wastelands"

The house is first seen where Sean Diaz, Daniel Diaz, Hannah, Ingrid, and Cassidy are ordered to trim weeds inside Merrill's living room, which also happens the next day. Later, Sean and Daniel wait outside with Jacob, Cassidy, and Finn for their payment. After Ingrid and Anders come out, everyone goes in except Daniel, whom Sean tells to stay outside because only adults are allowed inside. However, before Merrill could pay them, Big Joe, who caught Daniel sneaking into the house, enters the room with Daniel. This leads an angry Merrill to fire Sean and Daniel and denies payment for the others. Merrill leaves after orders Big Joe to deal with Daniel, who then attacks Big Joe with an ashtray, leading Big Joe to punch either Sean or Finn (whoever takes the blame). 

Later that night, Sean comes to the house with either Finn and Daniel or with Cassidy, depending on whether Sean joined the heist or not to either rob Merrill's safe or stop Daniel and Finn from doing so. Merrill catches them trying to break in and threatens them with his gun. Following the confrontation (which may result in Finn being killed), Daniels loses control of his powers and destroys the house. The next morning, the house is shown in ruins with Sean, Merrill, Finn (who is either dead or unconscious), Big Joe (if Sean didn't sabotage his vehicles), and Cassidy (if she came to the house with Sean and did not leave the group or was forcefully brought back in by Big Joe) all shown unconscious.

Interactions

PC users: Hover over the text to see Sean's comments. See here for all interactions in the game.

During the Cash Crop checkpoint:

  • Sean can pick up a bud from the weed pile.
  • After snipping a few buds, he can clean his scissors in a mug of water.
  • After snipping eight buds, he can pick up an NYC Law School pen and keep it as a souvenir. (Comment: "What's this?")

During the Bad Harvest checkpoint, if Sean refused to join the heist and went with Cassidy:

  • Sean can enter the door to the kitchen.
  • He can look at the broken CCTV by the door. (Comment: "Good. At least Merrill won't know anyone's coming.")

During the Bad Harvest checkpoint, if Sean went along with the heist with Finn and Daniel:

  • Sean can look at and ask Daniel to destroy the CCTV by the entrance to Merrill's house's kitchen. (Comment: "Shit, cameras. Watch out.")
  • He can look at and ask Daniel to destroy the CCTV inside Merrill's kitchen, either from the window or after entering the room. (Comment: "Shit, cameras. Watch out.")
  • He can look at and ask Daniel to destroy the CCTV overlooking Merrill's porch. (Comment: "Shit, cameras. Watch out.")
  • He can look at and ask Daniel to destroy the CCTV on the porch overlooking the left greenhouse. (Comment: "Shit, cameras. Watch out.")
  • He can look at and ask Daniel to destroy the CCTV on the back of Merrill's house. (Comment: "Shit, cameras. Watch out.")
  • He can look at. attempt to open, and ask Daniel to open the porch's steel door. (Comment: Look: "What is this, a fucking vault?"
    Open:
    Sean: "Finn, do your keys work on this one?"
    Finn: "Nah, they open the other door, Sean."
    Ask Daniel:
    Sean: "Okay Daniel, can you do this?"
    Daniel: "Mmm, yeah. But it's gonna be loud."
    Sean: "You're right. Let's find another way in.")
  • He can look at and inspect the porch's leftmost window. While inspecting: (Comment: Look: "Fuck, no way we can get in through here without tearing the whole place apart.")
    • He can look at the safe. (Comment: "Okay, there's the safe... now we just gotta get inside.")
    • He can look at and ask Daniel to lift the lockbar on the kitchen door. (Comment: "No way we can open that door unless we move that shit.")
  • He can look at and inspect the back window. While inspecting: (Comment: Look: "Who puts bars on a window? We're in the middle of nowhere...")
    • He can look at the safe. (Comment: "Okay, there's the safe... now we just gotta get inside.")
    • He can look at and ask Daniel to lift the lockbar on the kitchen door. (Comment: "No way we can open that door unless we move that shit.")
  • He can open the door to Merrill's house.
  • He can open the living room door. If the lockbar wasn't lifted beforehand, he can ask Daniel to break it open with his powers. (Comment: Open (if lock wasn't lifted): "It's blocked on the other side... Gotta find a way to get that bar off...")

Trivia

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  • Lying on one of the living room's shelves is a porcelain bird figure identical to one of the trinkets in Claire and Stephen Reynolds' bedroom.
  • The license plate number of the truck in front of Merrill's house is 135 KDL.
  • The missing person posters found on the side of the house may be an allusion towards Humboldt County's reputation for mysterious disappearances[1] and elevated homicide death rate[2], the latter of which is heavily suspected to be the result of disagreements between participants in its multi-billion dollar illegal marijuana industry.[3]

Gallery

Exterior

Interior

Kitchen

Living Room

References

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