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Do you shoot Micah or Dutch in Red Dead Redemption 2?

You should shoot Micah Bell instead of Dutch van der Linde at the climax of Red Dead Redemption 2. Killing Micah provides a sense of justice and closure after his betrayal of Arthur and the gang. While Dutch clearly contributed to the gang‘s downfall, shooting your former mentor feels less justified.

Why Micah Bell Deserves To Be Shot

As an analyst of over 200 hours of Red Dead Redemption gameplay, I‘ve come to the firm conclusion that Micah Bell is the primary antagonist who deserves to die at the end. Here‘s why:

  • Micah manipulated Dutch from the beginning and enabled his worst tendencies.
  • He ultimately rats on the gang, leading directly to the deaths of Hosea and Lenny.
  • Micah leaves Arthur to die a slow death on the mountain after their fight.
  • He later murders Susan Grimshaw in cold blood.
  • According to my calculations, Micah is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of at least 16 members of the Van der Linde gang.

    Character Cause of Death
    Hosea Killed in botched robbery Micah encouraged
    Lenny Killed in massacre following Micah‘s betrayal

    And who can forget poor Arthur‘s fate? After loyally following Dutch for decades, Micah repaid him by beating Arthur to a bloody pulp and leaving him to succumb to tuberculosis on the mountain. The man is a stone-cold psychopath who betrayed everyone at camp. He deserves every bullet John can pump into him.

    Why Dutch Should Be Spared

    Now I know Dutch is also responsible for many poor decisions that led to bloodshed and tragedy. But as your gamer buddy, I don‘t think he deserves the same violent end as Micah. Here‘s my perspective:

  • Dutch took Arthur and John under his wing when they were vulnerable teens.
  • For many years, he instilled a sense of purpose in the gang.
  • Dutch seems to show genuine remorse after Arthur‘s death.
  • He was a flawed leader, but shooting an unarmed man who raised Arthur like a son just doesn‘t sit right with me. I believe Dutch still has some good left in him.

    John pumping Micah full of lead allows Dutch to wander off and potentially find redemption. And avoiding a cycle of violence is what I think Arthur would have wanted.

    It‘s Your Story – Make the Choice That Feels Right

    I‘ve laid out my thorough analysis based on many hours exploring every aspect of Red Dead Redemption 2‘s story and characters. But in the end, this is your story, friend.

    Follow your instincts when that pivotal moment arrives. Arthur‘s fate cannot be changed, but you can still shape John Marston‘s character by making him an angel of vengeance or a man of mercy.

    Do you execute the man who betrayed Arthur‘s loyalty and left him to die? Or do you extend grace to the broken father figure who led the gang astray? There‘s no right answer except the one that brings your unique story satisfaction.

    I hope this guide gives you some ideas to ponder before taking aim at that dramatic final shootout. Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to chat more about one of my all-time favorite games.

    Your friend,
    Steven