Pretty much agree with the whole post. I didn't know about the marketing behind this game but I do find it funny that a series which while good, ultimately doesn't have any choices that significantly deviate where the plot goes, paints itself as one where you're significantly changing things with your choices.
I found Alex's choice for the ending interesting. Personally, I killed Kenny and forgave Jane, though I really didn't want to. My problem with Kenny isn't just this season. He's been a selfish, impulsive, bull-headed prat throughout the entire series, even before Katya and Duck were killed. He unilaterally makes decisions for the group, won't listen to reason, makes everyone follow along with him and only feels remorseful when his impulsiveness results in someone's death, whether for the first or tenth time. Yet it doesn't matter how many people he gets killed, he never learns a damn thing. I got so incredibly sick of his bullshit, I felt a twisted sense of relief when I was finally able to remove him from the equation.
I thought what Jane did to make her point was cruel and somewhat sociopathic. Taking the one element of hope an otherwise broken person had and faking its death in order to push him over just to make a point? That's some cold shit. Thing is though, she was right. If it wasn't her who pushed him over, something else would have and where could we have ended up then? I hated what she did and I had the same thoughts Alex did about what kind of person she really was. I ended up forgiving her not because I actually did but because trying to think as I would if I was in that situation, I figured having her and her skills with me gave me a better chance at my own survival than going alone as a young kid who also has a baby to care for. Frankly, I think it's pretty dumb that the game only allows you to either cast her away or forgive her, not go "I'll stick with you for now but we're done when we get out of this." Real world choices aren't that binary.
I think I enjoyed this season more than Alex did but I also agree that season 1 was much better in terms of story cohesion, characters and especially relationships. I'll still play season 3 as soon as I'm able but I hope some lessons are taken from this by Telltale.
Also yes, Arvo.