Master Chief just lost his virginity on the Halo TV series and fans are divided

Warning: This article contains some spoilers for Halo: The TV Series Episode 8!

The live-action Halo series made a number of significant changes to the games’ established mythology, and Episode 8 heralded perhaps the biggest shake-up yet. Master Chief appears to have just lost his virginity.

This is a pretty big departure from the Halo games, which portray John-117 as an ascetic super-soldier who only shows a sentimental attachment to his holographic companion, Cortana, and likely never had sex because he was kidnapped as a spartan programmer child. The series didn’t exactly follow that path throughout its first season, as Pablo Schreiber’s Master Chief frequently removes his helmet and deals with a flood of memories and emotions after encountering a Forerunner artifact.

This artifact is also the reason for John’s sexual encounter in Episode 8. The series introduced a brand new character in Charlie Murphy’s Makee, a human kidnapped by the Alliance at a young age and elevated to a position of power in the alien theocracy. John and Makee are apparently the only two beings in the galaxy who can interact with the artifacts. After experiencing a shared vision of the mysterious Halo station in Episode 6, the two characters give in to the hormonal high and have sex in Episode 8. And just to make things even weirder, Cortana is watching all the time.

"I'm just a Spartan boy standing in front of a Covenant girl..."

“I’m just a Spartan boy standing in front of a Covenant girl…”

This plot twist was the source of some criticism and outrage from Halo fans. Not only is the mere idea of ​​Master Chief having sex a hard pill for some, Episode 8 also uses the Master Chief/Makee romance to set the stage for the show version of The Fall of Reach. Though torn between her newfound love for John-117 and her loyalty to the Alliance, Makee ultimately chooses the latter, signaling Reach’s whereabouts to the Alliance. Because he made the mistake of trusting Makee, Master Chief will soon have a lot of blood on his hands.

Forbes author Paul Tassi summarizes the incredulous reaction of some to the episode:

On the other hand, Twitter users @Spicy_Halo offers this rebuttal:

IGN was positive about the new episode and its admittedly revisionist approach to shaping the Fall of Reach storyline. Our review said, “It’s a sudden departure for both characters, not to mention that Halo fans aren’t really used to seeing Chief affection for anyone aside from his platonic love for Cortana.” But it’s a development that works in the context of Episode 6’s dramatic ending. The two characters shared what amounts to a religious experience, and now they have to deal with all the hormonal aftermath. This episode actually does a surprisingly good job of chronicling the full rise and fall of this short-lived romance without breaking down, feeling rushed, or forced.”

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