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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 Edit

Chloe Price is at Rachel Amber's house for dinner when Rachel accuses her father of cheating on her. James Amber reveals that the woman he was with in the park, was Rachel's mother Sera Gearhardt. As he explains their backstory, Chloe and Rachel find themselves in a dark area with a wayfinder that shows visual scenes of the backstory: Sera and James met in high school and fell in love. They had a child together (Rachel) but Sera became a drug addict. Fearful of Sera's behavior, 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 and heads upstairs. Chloe follows and cheers her up using a nightlight made a flashlight and a star globe. 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. Chloe then has another dream where she is onstage in her Ariel costume and with William Price sitting on chairs that are arranged to resemble car seats while acting like he's driving. He explains the reason why people keep secrets from each other before an actual truck comes onstage and crushes him, ending the dream. The next morning, Chloe returns home, only to find that David had searched her room. After contacting Frank, he reluctantly agrees to meet Chloe at the junkyard. After taking a shower, she sees Joyce and David embracing one another and another conversation starts. David has decided to trust Chloe more if she gives up her rebelllious behavior, but despite this, Chloe refuses to change. David then shows her a picture of him and his friend, who died during their last mission in the military, and explains why he's staying with them: to prevent Chloe from feeling the same pain that he felt when he lost his friend and hands her the photo. Chloe can choose to either take it or refuse, which will earn either David's respect or anger. Chloe leaves for the junkyard, taking her father's toolbox and an old repair manual with her.

At the junkyard, Chloe finishes fixing the 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 fight takes place and Rachel tries to attack Damon with a wooden board, but is stabbed. Frank attacks Damon while Chloe rushes Rachel to the hospital, where the doctors quickly take her to a medical room. Rachel's parents head to the hospital as well and Chloe tells James what happened. From here, Chloe can talk to Steph Gingrich, Drew and Mikey North, Rose Amber, and Anthony North, Drew and Mikey's father. Rachel lives but still wants to find her mother. After James allows the two to talk to one another. Rachel convinces Chloe to break into her dad's office and gives her a code to disarm the alarm. Before leaving, she speaks with Eliot Hampden. While at the office, she finds evidence that James lied about a lot of things and that Damon has Sera. Using James's phone, Chloe contacts Damon, who thinks she is James. After doing some favors for Damon: burning the evidence (a glove), finding the snitch (anyone other than Frank), and showing him the money he wanted via photo, he then shows Sera tied up at the old mill. Before she can leave, she is caught by Eliot, 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), in which Chloe secretly tries to call the police to distract Eliot, which will either allow her to leave upon the police while Eliot stays behind to confront the police arriving or Eliot running away instead. After escaping from Eliot, and drives to the old mill. After avoiding a logger truck she stops near the burnt forest where the wildfire happened. Willaim appears before Chloe as an imaginary figment and convinces her to keep going.

Upon reaching the mill, she finds Frank's RV. While heading into the mill, she has the option to find and knife and use it agains Damon. 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. An injured Frank enters and struggles with Damon, presumbly killing him afterwards. Chloe wakes up and talks with Sera who tries to convince her to not tell Rachel about James's motive or anything that happened at the mill (Chloe can also giving Sera Rachel's bracelet if she has it) and claims that she could never be a mother that Rachel deserves. 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.

The conclusion of the episode then shows scenes involving Frank, James and Rose, Victoria, Samanatha and Nathan, and Eliot (how they will react depends on Chloe's choices), followed by Chloe and Rachel spending time together (in which Rachel can also meet Sera depending on certain choices made from earlier).

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 implying that Rachel is being photgraphed by either Nathan or Jefferson.

Checkpoints Edit

Characters Edit

Featured Music Edit

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)

Reception Edit

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

Achievements Edit

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

American Graffiti American Graffiti
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Complete the optional graffiti #1 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Extra Credits Extra Credits
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #2 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Peer Review Peer Review
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #3 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Monthly Masterpiece Monthly Masterpiece
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #4 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Spit Take Spit Take
Xbox G Icon10BronzeTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #5 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Venting Machine Venting Machine
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Complete the optional graffiti #6 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Hello Nurse Hello Nurse
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #7 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
A Penned Appendage A Penned Appendage
Xbox G Icon10SilverTrophy
Complete the optional graffiti #8 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Drunk Drawer Drunk Drawer
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Complete the optional graffiti #9 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Messed Up Messed Up
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Complete the optional graffiti #10 in Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
All the Devils are Here Achievement All the Devils are Here
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Complete Episode 3: Hell Is Empty
Before the Storm achievement BTS Before the Storm
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Complete Episode 1, Episode 2 and Episode 3 of Life is Strange: Before the Storm

Trivia Edit

  • 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 Edit

Endings Edit

Trailers Edit

References Edit

  1. Life is Strange Tumblr blog post
  2. Life is Strange Tumblr blog post