Denial & Depression (Firewatch Analysis)


This is my interpretation of the story of Firewatch and the ending of the game. When I first put out my let’s play on the game a month ago, a bunch of people told me they didn’t understand the ending or the game. And even myself the ending kind of confused me which is why I didn’t have much to say about it when I finished my let’s play.
Now that I looked it over I finally understand Firewatch’s ending and most importantly Henry.

Game: Firewatch ►
Firewatch is available for Steam, PlayStation 4 via digital download.

The year is 1989. You are a man named Henry who has retreated from your messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched atop a mountain, it’s your job to find smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio—and is your only contact with the world you’ve left behind. But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world below, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.

Firewatch is a first person adventure video game developed by Campo Santo and published by Panic.