The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 – In Sheep’s Clothing Review
As much as I love The Wolf Among Us, it pains me to say that Episode 4 – In Sheep’s Clothing is basically filler. While the acting and dialogue are still top notch, this episode of TWAU just doesn’t move the story along much, with obvious stall tactics all over the place. In Sheep’s Clothing is rife with exposition and light on action, and it’s the shortest episode by far at just over one hour. Still, the action that’s here is exciting, and the episode builds up just enough tension to make for a strong cliffhanger – where we get to see crime kingpin the Crooked Man in the flesh for the first time.
At the outset of In Sheep’s Clothing, Sheriff Bigby is in a bad way; he’s full of lead and silver from his last encounter with Dee, Dum and Bloody Mary. A doctor is patching him up, once again reminding Bigby that although he’s a Fable, he’s not immortal, and if he gets shot with any more silver he’ll be paying a visit to the city morgue. His arm is hanging on by a thread after being brutally broken by Mary, and it’s up to the player to set it in an incredibly gruesome sequence just seconds after being given control.
After this, there’s a whole lot of talking and investigating going down, before the narrative pulse quickens a bit during a chance encounter with none other than the Jersey Devil – or Jersey, as he’s known in Fabletown’s circles. Though Jersey’s glamour-induced humanoid form is decidedly non-threatening (he looks like a greasy porn director from the 70s), the visual design of his true form is pretty terrifying and badass.
There aren’t many choices to make this time around, and the ones that are there seem arbitrary; the main decision regarding which place to investigate first had a 50/50 split among players. Similarly, an extended interaction with Beauty and Beast only served to make their potentially interesting characters completely one-dimensional, turning them into nothing more than spoiled brats.
While The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 – In Sheep’s Clothing is a bit of a letdown, it still features the series’ trademark strong writing and successfully builds toward the climactic final chapter in this season. Unfortunately, most players will be able to completely skip this episode and jump right into chapter five without missing a beat, which shows just how inconsequential Episode 4 is in the grand scheme of things.