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“That’s not a bad thing”- Halo Producer Breaks Silence on Master Chief Controversy

The gaming world and television have not been strangers for quite some time now. Like Assassin’s Creed, Mortal Kombat, and various others, it was only a matter of time before Halo would be produced into a series as well. As the game and the novel were already popular, the series producer focused on making the series stand out from its parent versions. However, taking the mask off was not the only goal in mind it seems. Revelations from the series have quickly gained headlines for the latest Master Chief controversy.

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Until recently, the Halo protagonist and Spartan soldier was simply a masked, faceless, towering man of few words. The Master Chief was built to portray desolation and loneliness. After birth, John-117 (his human name) was taken by the United Nations Space Command. Since his conscription into the Spartan-II Project, he has known nothing but battle. When Halo began, our protagonist had already lost fellow soldiers and friends to the war.

Halo series becomes the most-watched on Paramount+
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When it came to the series, a deviation from the scripted character of Master Chief seemed a favorable choice. The producers decided to take some liberty in contributing to his attributes since the Chief’s face was never fully revealed to the players. Those liberties included not just his appearance but also his storyline and overall persona.

The Master Chief Controversy

The first step outside the drawn line was when the masked soldier revealed his face. By the end of the first episode, Master Chief had already taken off his helmet. To reveal more of his persona, the character became more vocal. But when it comes to connecting with the audience, a face and words are not the only factors. The final touch was to make the Spartan soldier more human. The Master Chief goes on to lose his virginity in episode 8.

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Kiki Wolfkill, the show’s executive producer, talks about how this enables a human connection between the Chief and Makee. However, the audience has something else to say. As revealed by Wolfkill in an interview, it was not an easy decision. The team went back and forth on it before finally going ahead with the idea. To fight against pre-conceived imagery about who the Master Chief is in the books and the comics, the series runners made a bolder choice.

Wolfkill has confirmed that the controversy was as expected because lots of opinions already existed on the matter. However, in her words, “that’s not a bad thing”.

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Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.