In one of the most controversial decisions in gaming history, the new Halo series is set to do something that has never been done before in the entirety of the Halo mythos. Master Chief’s face will be shown for the first time in the history of the franchise. The fanbase is divided on this aspect, as Master Chief was always the unshown hero. Even though there are shots of the back of his head and his eyes in the games, his face has never been shown. The idea is that anyone could ultimately take up the mantle of humanity’s last hope.
The revelation was revealed during IGN’s Fan Fest event, where the executive producer on the Halo series and 343 Industries Studio Head of Transmedia, Kiki Wolfkill, revealed that showing Master Chief’s face is important to the development of the character and the show. According to Wolfkill, “And once we really got into what that story was, it became clear that you really needed to see the person in the armor and under the helmet.” Although character development might certainly bank on the character’s face being shown, this is certainly to upset a lot of people.
The new Halo series seems to be straying further the original story of the beloved video game franchise, and that is certainly true now that they plan to show the face of the protagonist. The new series is set to be its own story altogether, as it had been previously stated that the series is a standalone non-canon interpretation that has been heavily inspired by the video game franchise. Although Master Chief is still the protagonist and the main threat is the Covenant, we could be seeing a much different direction taken with this new show. And again, that starts with the announcement that Master Chief will finally be unmasked. He is sporting the game-accurate Mjolnir Spartan armor, so hardcore fans can be happy about that fact.
Pablo Schreiber is set to portray Master Chief, so how and when he will be unmasked will just have to be something fans excitedly wait for, that is assuming that fans will be excited about this fact all the way through. Schreiber was famously in American Gods, where he played Mad Sweeney, and also in Orange Is the New Black, where he played George “PornStache” Mendez. There is no telling how he will do in the Halo series, with such big shoes to fill, but people can at least have a bit of an idea of how the chief will look unmasked. Maybe there might be some facial scarring from previous missions.
The Halo series is set to premiere on March 22nd, exclusively on Paramount+ in the US. The first season will contain nine episodes, and Paramount+ has already confirmed that a second season is on its way, nearly a month before the series is set to premiere. That certainly bodes well for how good it could potentially be. David Wiener of Brave New World will serve as showrunner and executive producer for the sophomore season. Hopefully, the second season is set to keep closer to the story of the video games without giving everyone heart attacks.