Analysis

A Deeper Look Into Red Dead Redemption II’s Third Trailer

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A new Red Dead Redemption II trailer has been released, and it is full of many hidden story, character, and location details. Join OnlySP as we take a quick analysis of some of the scenes from the trailer.


Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer 3 Pic 1This opening shot reveals the seven members of the Van Der Linde gang—presumably the same seven members from the promotional artwork—preparing to perform a heist. The train seems to read “Cornwall” which, if the leaked map is to be believed, is located in the centre of the game world. Note the symbol to right of “Cornwall”, as it appears in a later shot.

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The game’s protagonist Arthur Morgan is speaking to the blonde-haired girl from the second trailer. Her identity is yet to be revealed, though some early speculation tried to link her to Abigail Marston, the woman who would later marry John Marston (the protagonist from the first game).

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer 3 Pic 3The time period of the game is finally revealed as 1899. This places the game 12 years before the main events of Red Dead Redemption, which was primarily set in 1911. The “Old West” began to fade in the 1890s, and had almost diminished completely by the turn of the century, so it appears that Rockstar is yet again sticking to true historical information.

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Morgan speaks to Dutch van der Linde, the leader of the Van der Linde Gang who previously appeared in the first game, and was shown in the second trailer.

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Several characters can be identified in the campfire scenes. The blonde woman is immediately recognisable in the first shot, while a bearded man from the second trailer (which many believe to be Bill Williamson) may be placed on the right. The man sitting on the left appears later in the trailer.

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The second shot—this time from the left side of the blonde character—clearly shows Morgan kneeling at the campfire. By his side is an older character who bears a noticeable resemblance to Uncle from Red Dead Redemption. The moustached man sitting on the left, suspected to be Javier Escuella, appears later in the trailer.

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The third shot now gives a better view of Williamson, and the resemblance becomes very clear.

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No real information is given in this screen—but look at that sky.

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The bell tower in the background of this shot appears to be the same as the one featured in the second trailer. Interestingly, the text on the building in the left of the shot appears to be identical to the text on the front of the general store from the first trailer (see below), but the locations do not match. The building on the right seems to confirm that this town is Valentine, which appears on the leaked map; a closer shot of the building appears in the “sons of Dutch” shot below.

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This scene appears to be in a performance theatre (possibly the Blackwater Grand Theatre—see below), featuring the fictional Antoinette Sansevkrino, who can breathe fire.

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The gang overlook a town as buildings burn. The town is not easily identifiable, and the fire does not appear to be related to the fire from the first trailer.

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This heist takes place in a city, as seen on the sign in the background; the symbol on the train car in the background, and the text that follows, appears to place this scene in Cornwall (see the first image above).

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The “sons of Dutch”—Javier Escuella, Arthur Morgan, Bill Williamson, man from campfire scene—with Dutch himself. Note the building to the far right of the image, which begins to say “Valentine”.

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“Makes us brothers. Sometimes, brothers make mistakes.”

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Horse and carriage obviously make a return. Notice the bullet flying past the camera.

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“You’ll never change. I know that.” An unidentified lady—possibly a love interest of Morgan’s, judging by the language.

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A new character, whose clothes and partner bear a resemblance to a lawman. Potentially the game’s main antagonist, akin to Red Dead Redemption’s Edgar Ross. In fact, the other bowler hat-wearing man in the background bears a strong resemblance to Ross; the two are likely partners. Bill Williamson is on the left.

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A nice shot of several of the game’s main characters, including some new faces. Morgan stands behind Dutch, with a man who looks like John Marston by his side.

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Jameson Mining and Coal Company is the name in the background, with the name of the town (Annesburg, which matches the leaked map) written underneath. This location bears an interesting resemblance to the Paleto Forest Sawmill from Grand Theft Auto V.

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The town—which appears to be Blackwater, making a reappearance from the first game—features several buildings, including a mortuary, police department, and hotel.

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Antagonist character appears again, this time in front of the Blackwater Grand Theatre.

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These four shots appear to be related in a sequence and may reveal some integral story information. In the first shot, John Marston is thrown to his knees, presumably as a bargaining tool towards Dutch and Arthur, as seen in the second shot. The third shot shows John (with fresh scars) with a knife to his head, and the fourth shot seems to show Arthur considering his options.

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Several new characters, hiding away in the cold.

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Gunfights make a return. The town appears quite rundown. The name of the building in the background is not entirely legible—“Va..orn Inn” can be seen. This is likely Van Horn Inn, matching the location “Van Horn Trading Post” from the leaked map.

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A man (likely Morgan) looks through the remains of a torched town. This may be related to the fire from the first trailer, though there are no specific landmarks to compare.

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