Death Stranding: Episode 13's Make a decision, and bring this to an end explained

How to resolve the standoff in the game's ending.

Death Stranding Episode 13: Sam Strand is a story-heavy Episode that is part of the game's ending, and follows on from Episode 12 and the final boss.

Here you are given the Make a decision, and bring this to an end objective, which is the only real meaningful point of interaction in the Episode.

If you're looking for more from the critical path, our Death Stranding walkthrough can help.

Make a decision, and bring this to an end in Death Stranding explained

In Episode 13, as part of Order 68, you have to visit Amelie's Beach. When you arrive, head along the coast until Sam stops and rests. Watch the cutscene.

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When you regain control, you'll have a new objective - 'Make a decision, and bring this to an end'.

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You are given a handgun with six rounds in. Firing this at Amelie does nothing, and if she gets too far out into the water, the Last Stranding will kick in. If this happens and you fail, you are told to 'Connect again'.

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To progress, you need to ignore the gun altogether. Unequip it by pressing Right on the D-Pad.

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Next, run up to Amalie and there will be a prompt to Hug with R2. Doing so will start a cutscene.

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This is the only real choice you can make - as otherwise if you fail, it'll start this sequence again.

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After the cutscene, you'll be on the Beach alone, with some credits rolling. Walk around and after so many names, Sam will come to a stop on the beach for another cutscene. If nothing seems to happen after the credits disappear, start moving again and the next conversation should kick in.

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Tomorrow is finally in our hands! Our Death Stranding walkthrough outlines how to play through the main story, including Episode 3 missions, the Small Thermonuclear Device and how to find a way to change Lockne's mind, find a way to cross the tar belt and make a decision, and bring this to an end. As you play, you can find Memory Chip locations, unlock pre-order bonuses and have to learn how to fight BTs and Mules, how Death Stranding multiplayer works, and to help you get around easier, how to get a bike and how to unlock fast travel in Death Stranding.


After the credits and title card shows up, head to the shore, where there are the floating figures in the air.

Now continue watching to begin Episode 14.

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You'll also receive a number of rewards for completing this episode, including the Die-Hardman: Encouraging hologram, Die-Hardman: Prideful hologram, Deadman: Admiring hologram, Amelie: Yearning hologram, Amelie: Beckoning hologram and finally, the Deadman: Concerned hologram.

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