Dissecting Grand Theft Auto V Trailer #2
Plot And Story
Nope, the trailer didn’t reveal anything concrete about the story. Duh. But enough details were included that we can finally take a stab at a general outline. SPOILER ALERT: It’s a crime story.
The three protagonists have obviously different motivations for their lives of crime. Michael appears happy, but bored and anxious. Rockstar has repeatedly described him as having been dragged back into his life of crime, and his voiceover narration at the beginning of the trailer sounds a lot like he’s actually telling someone, perhaps Franklin (who Michael sardonically calls “the son I always wanted”), not to follow in his footsteps. If we had to guess, Michael is probably pulled back into the game because of something to do with his actual son, James. The scene with Michael’s therapist demonstrates that he has tremendous anxiety about his son; perhaps that boat James and his accomplices are trying to steal in the trailer sets off a chain of events that forces Michael out of retirement.
Meanwhile, Franklin is trying to escape the hood and, apparently, to get rich. Given James’ age and apparent affinity for hip-hop, we think it’s very possible he’s is an acquaintance of Franklin. It would make sense if Franklin and Michael grow close in part due to Franklin’s ambition and Michael’s unhappiness with his own family, and that kind of male relationship is something Rockstar loves to mine, and subvert. Finally, Trevor is a jumped-up redneck from the desert who looks to be carving out a meth and illegal drugs empire. He’s violent and ruthless, and crazy homicidal — “just ignore the bodies” — and our random, unfounded guess is that he ultimately ends up as the antagonist, pitted against Michael and Franklin.
As for the game itself, we know it’s going to have a bank robbery with some spectacular explosions. We can also guess that that one of Trevor’s introductory missions could require you to harass local buyers and sellers of meth and weapons in order to shore up his business. We’re also intrigued by the presence of military hardware. One of the more ridiculous rumors about GTA V is that World War 3 breaks out in the middle of the game. While that is probably bullsh*t, the scene in which a jet fighter blows up a police chopper, and another in which Michael appears to steal an army Jeep from inside an army plane, confirms a military presence in the game. Considering that Rockstar has always played around with basic U.S. history — one of the background events in the GTA III trilogy universe was a massive war between Australia and the US — it would be cool if it turns out some kind of war-related event plays a role in the story.
One last thing: until the reveal that GTA V has three protagonists, it was widely assumed that Michael would be the main character. Interestingly, Rockstar is still giving that impression, as the new trailer is still focused largely around Michael’s arc. This makes us wonder if despite there being three playable characters, Michael’s is the primary story in the same way Nico’s was the primary story of GTA IV. We’ll see if Trevor and Franklin get their own character-focused trailers.