Dutch’s powerful speeches in
Red Dead Redemption 2
cement him as a memorable character, showcasing his wavering sanity and the reasons behind the fall of the Van der Linde gang.
- Dutch’s influential words inspire and manipulate those around him, often blurring the line between loyalty and betrayal.
- Dutch’s stubbornness and romanticism of the Wild West lead to the downfall of his plans and the deaths of his followers, ultimately showing his broken state of mind.
Dutch van der Linde is a man of many words, and his powerful speeches in Red Dead Redemption 2 certainly cement him as a memorable character. When audiences first met Dutch in Red Dead Redemption, many were captivated by his wavering cusp of sanity, and Red Dead Redemption 2 does a great job of explaining just what happened to the leader of the Van der Linde gang.
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With a bounty of importance in Red Dead Redemption 2, Dutch van der Linde has many memorable lines, with only some remaining entirely captivating, and some of his most powerful work. Whether it’s a quote on philosophy, rage, or just something in passing, Dutch van der Linde is as quick with his tongue as he is with a revolver.
Updated on January 24, 2024 by Jake Fillery: Dutch van der Linde remains as one of the best characters in Red Dead Redemption. The character left a strong impression within his short time in the first Red Dead Redemption, so its prequel was bound to add even more life to the character. Thanks to the performance of Benjamin Byron Davis, Dutch van der Linde is immortalized as a brilliant video game character and one that players are bound to remember, even after the credits roll on one of the best cowboy games ever made.
10 “You’ll Betray Me In The End, Arthur, You Seem The Type.”
Seeds Of Doubt Plague Dutch’s Mind About His Most Loyal Son
Dutch and Arthur start the events of Red Dead Redemption 2 with a strong history. It’s clear that the two look out for each other, and they’re as close as father and son. Yet, thanks to Micah and the constant failings of his plans, Dutch becomes bitter, and seeds of doubt grow within his mind about his most loyal son. Dutch doesn’t waste his breath nor skip around his feelings when he tells Arthur his true feelings.
Dutch believes that Arthur will betray him. What spurred this is anyone’s guess. Could it be the venomous words of Micah Bell, the concussion in Saint Denis, or simply the breaking point of a man full of anxiety about the fact that the world he knew is being brushed away as a forgotten memory? Dutch’s fall is a tragic tale, but an interesting one, especially when his words exhibit such power and strength to those who speak to, and with him.
9 “Stay Strong. Stay With Me.”
Dutch Speaks To The Gang After The Failed Blackwater Heist
The introduction to the cast of characters in Red Dead Redemption 2 takes place amid a harsh blizzard, where the Van der Linde gang has just had to flee Blackwater after a heist gone wrong. Although players are unfamiliar with the characters and their personalities, Dutch makes a strong first impression with his speech.
This speech, in which Dutch confidently shouts “Stay Strong. Stay with me.”, shows to the audience who the leader of this gang is, and just why they would follow him through thick and thin. It’s a powerful speech that aspires to the gang, even after their most recent tragedies.
8 “You Can’t Fight Gravity”
Dutch Speaks To The U.S. Army, Before Jumping Into A River
Once again, Dutch’s captivating words take hold of people, and Dutch compares change to gravity, and how nature cannot be fought. It’s a poetic line in a game that isn’t just impressive graphics. It’s an insight into Dutch’s changing outlook on life, and one that becomes fatal down the line.
Dutch’s speech here about how “you can’t fight gravity” is purposefully reminiscent of Red Dead Redemption, in which Dutch tells John Marston a similar speech, and commits a similar act of jumping off a cliff.
7 “Who Amongst You Is With Me, And Who Is Betraying Me?”
Spoken To Those Left At The Camp At The Peak Of Its Fall
When Arthur Morgan returns to camp to let everyone know that Micah Bell is a rat, a standoff occurs against the men of the camp. It’s only with Mrs. Grimshaw’s death that Dutch emerges from his tent, booming with a question: “Who amongst you is with me, and who is betraying me?”
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Dutch is blinded at this point by a life that is no longer there. In this penultimate scene of Red Dead Redemption 2, the house of cards unfolds, and the Van der Linde gang truly breaks in two, with Dutch’s influential claws dug well too deep into the gang members like Bill and Javier, leaving Arthur Morgan without more allies than he’d like.
6 “I Am Just Trying To Make Sure Some Of Us Survive”
Powerful Words Spoken To The Survivors Of Guarma
Not only are Dutch’s words a powerful way of keeping his gang beneath him, but it is within his brutality that he shows that too. Dutch tells Arthur that “I am just trying to make sure some of us survive”, mere moments after murdering an old and vulnerable lady in Guarma with his bare hands.
Dutch lead a life filled with excuses, and this bloodlust witnessed by Arthur may very well be the beginning of the end. Dutch’s murder count increases, just as Arthur’s doubt grows, and the excuse for survival becomes less believable.
5 “I Will Keep Trying, And You’ll Keep Doubting Me, And We’ll Keep Failing”
Doubt Plagues Dutch’s Mind As He Talks To Arthur Morgan
Manipulation through his words is something Dutch van der Linde seems to be naturally talented at. Dutch uses people, whether it’s those that are devoted to him or those that see him as a friend. Loyalty is a weapon to Dutch, and he turns good men and women into his soldiers.
When Arthur Morgan calls out Dutch for how he is going to use Eagle Flies’ tribe as cannon fodder for the U.S. Army, Dutch simply tries to pin the blame on Arthur, that the whole reason they keep failing is because of Arthur’s doubt.
4 “We Don’t Want To Kill Any Of You”
A Calm Statement To The People Of Saint Denis
Although Dutch’s words may indicate a desire for silver-tongued speeches and peaceful resolutions, Dutch is perhaps more violent than the rest of his gunslinging gang. Dutch introduces himself through the majority of heists, and states calmly that “We don’t want to kill any of you”.
What makes this line even more powerful is not only how Dutch’s words could be perceived as a lie, but the fact that straight after he states “But, trust me, we will.” Dutch is not a man to mess with, and he isn’t against killing innocent people.
3 “I Had A G***** Plan!”
Dutch’s Plans Reach Explosive Emotional Ends
When the leader raises his voice, the soldiers best fall in line. Dutch seems to lose his cool, and his grasp on sanity slips ever further when his gang begins to doubt him. In a moment that seems unexpected to him, Dutch shouts and curses Arthur about how he had a plan, even though the said plan was non-existent.
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Dutch fails to realize that his plans always lead to failure because the world is not what it once was. Dutch’s stubbornness and romanticism of the wild west are getting the people that follow him killed, and his failures are catching up to him.
2 “The Game Ain’t Over… I Ain’t Played My Final Move”
The Fall Of Dutch Begins With His Final Move
Arthur and Dutch may have had the relationship one would expect of father and son, but as plans go awry and more people die, Dutch’s confidence falters as does their bond, yet Arthur tries his best to believe him. The fact that Dutch sees these plans as games, and how he has a final move to play, simply adds to the fear of what that very move could be.
The performance by Benjamin Byron Davis makes Dutch’s mental state even more of an eye-opener, as the delivery of this line indicates that not even Dutch is sure if he believes in himself yet. It simply adds to the tragedy of his failing perception of himself as a leader.
1 “I Ain’t Got Too Much To Say No More”
The Epilogue Sees A Broken Dutch
For a man of many words, Dutch is perhaps at his most powerful when he has nothing to say at all. The final confrontation of John Marston, Sadie Adler, and Micah Bell is interrupted by Dutch van der Linde, who had been missing for years. Dutch joins the standoff, spelling more trouble for everyone involved.
John Marston pleads with Dutch, about the past, about how everyone did their best to please him like he was their father. Dutch, a broken man with no family left, simply states “I ain’t got much to say no more.”, a powerful line that shows how Dutch was never the same after Blackwater.
Red Dead Redemption 2
- October 26, 2018