This article is meant to give a deeper and more detailed look at the relationship between Sean Diaz and Daniel Diaz and its development throughout Life is Strange 2. Sean and Daniel are the central duo in Life is Strange 2. The two brothers are forced to run away from home after a tragic incident in Seattle.
With a 7-year gap between them, Sean (16) is the big brother who has to look after Daniel (9). Sean seems to try to be the good role model and laments that Daniel gets to enjoy life being a youngster. Esteban (their father) relies on Sean to help out more than usual as their mother is "out of the picture" and while generally okay with this, Sean does get annoyed on the impact this has on his social life. Daniel does have his own friends, but he also gets along with Lyla (they talked about going to the movies together) and Sean worries the same might happen with Jenn, going as far as to say Daniel is "cockblocking [him] over the whole time".
Sean arrives home, to find Esteban asking him to be the judge, deciding who should get the last chocolate bar and Sean can decide to "side" with Daniel, Esteban or eat the bar himself. If he chooses Daniel he will declare himself the winner, thanking Sean later. Not choosing Daniel will lead him to resent Sean . Regardless of the eventual outcome, he will remember your choice two days later, if you give him the chance to play the judge (and he will get "revenge" by eating a different bar himself).
Sean gets ready for the party and Daniel will be preparing his costume. Sean can knock on Daniel's door and talk, but if Sean did not give Daniel the Chock-O-Crisp he will be more aggressive about his secret.
In the forest Sean is presented with several opportunities to decide what kind of big brother he wants to be:
- stealing from a car / pay box
- teaching Daniel about the outdoors and wildlife
- playing along with Daniel's games
- scaring and teasing Daniel
These can result in a Moment of Calm and a bad dream, or no moment and Daniel crying or sick in the middle of the night. Daniel will bring up how it went the next day as they walk to along the highway, going so far as to call Sean a moron if it did not go well. He also reminisces on one time Harry threatened him, comparing it to the encounter with Brett.
(tbc - training/rules; RoM; religion; Chris; more rules; family relations) Sean's lessons potentially culminate in whether Daniel has to use his power to save Chris from an oncoming police car, and depending on what he was taught may blame either Sean or himself.
Episode Three - "Wastelands" Edit
It begins with a flashback to summer, when the boys have been left alone. Daniel steals Sean's watch then hides in Esteban's bedroom. Sean bullies Daniel and their fighting causes Esteban's award to fall and break. They are sent to their rooms and Esteban explains that he needs Sean to be more responsible for Daniel. Sean makes a genuine effort to apologise to Daniel and learns that he misses the time they spend together - because Sean is always busy hanging out with friends. Daniel returns the watch, explaining that he stole it because Sean was meant to buy him one last week but forgot, so Sean offers the watch as an apology. "Thanks, Sean, this is sooo cool! I'll keep it forever and ever!" says Daniel, as the flashback ends. Sean wakes up in a tent, Daniel already having left to train with Finn and has left the watch behind.
The brother's relationship has become strained as Daniel is not happy working on the pot farm and living in a community of hippy teens. Daniel bonds with Finn, who he sees as a.. (tbc - training; campfire; the heist/cassidy/finn death)
Daniel is now under the care of Lisbeth Fischer while Sean has to travel across California into the harsh Nevada desert. When they finally reunite, Daniel does not want to leave the relative comfort of the church and Sean is thrown out of the building. It is only on Sean's second attempt with help from Karen that his determination gets through to Daniel, revealing Lisbeth's own selfish motivations for looking after him. Sean and Daniel's relationship may be tested further as Daniel will attempt to kill Lisbeth if he has low morality, and will only sometimes listen to Sean to spare her.
In an interview, Creative Director Michel Koch explains: "Over the course of the game, most of your actions, the things you do and the things you say will have consequences for Daniel. He'll be around you, he'll listen to you, and he'll look at what you're doing. Education is a core theme and the basis of the choices and consequences in Life is Strange 2, where you'll have to decide what kind of brother you'll be, and what kind of actions you'll make to take care of Daniel."
In a later blog post the mechanics are explained in more detail, that Daniel has a "brotherhood" and "morality" value. Each decision can independently impact these values, adding up to result in one of several consequences. Both large and small choices can affect the value (major choices typically having a larger impact), and several small choices can overrule a large choice. The values can enter negative numbers, but the exact scale is unknown. As of episode 4, there have been over 50 choices affecting Daniel's morality and trust in Sean.
A few examples are given in their video explanation, some of which have been referenced below:
|Episode 1: At the gas station||Brotherhood||Morality|
|Use Daniel as a decoy to shoplift||▼||▼|
|Steal without involving Daniel||⬝||▼|
|Sean begs for food himself||▲||⬝|
|Episode 2: Snowball Training||Brotherhood||Morality|
|Throw at Daniel||▼||⬝|
|Throw at Mushroom||▼||▼|
|Throw at Mushroom & Daniel||▼▼||▼|
|Episode 3: Daniel's chores||Brotherhood||Morality|
|Don't help Daniel||▼||▼|
|Offer to help (Daniel rejects*)||▲||▲|
|Offer to help (Daniel accepts*)||▲▲||▲|
*Daniel accepts or rejects the offer based on his brotherhood value at that point - so previous decisions can impact the change in value in the present.
The finale of episode 4 offers an insight into how Daniel was raised as he acts based on his morality (attacking Lisbeth if low), and Sean will only change his mind if their brotherhood is high enough.
- ↑ Find out why your choices really matter in Life is Strange 2 (November 13, 2018)
- ↑ Everything you need to know about Daniel in Life is Strange 2 (November 05, 2019)
- ↑ YouTube: Daniel's Education Explained - Life is Strange 2 (November 05, 2019)