This is a major departure from the Halo games. In the game John-117 is described as an ascetic super soldier who only displays a sentimental attachment to his holographic partner Cortana. He never had sex, because he was kidnapped as a child to join the Spartan program.
The Halo TV series didn’t strictly adhere to this setting in its first season, with the Master Chief, played by Pablo Schreiber, frequently taking off his helmet and dealing with a lot of memory and emotion after encountering the Forerunner artifact. And this artifact happens to be the reason why John had sexual encounters in episode eight.
The series adds a brand new character – Makee, played by Charlie Murphy, a human abducted by the Covenant at a young age and raised to become a powerful figure in the Covenant. John and Makee appear to be the only two creatures in the galaxy that can interact with artifacts. After experiencing the shared vision of the mysterious Halo Station in episode 6, the two characters “succumbed to a hormonal surge” and had sex in episode 8. To make things even weirder, Cortana watched the whole thing.
This plot twist has already drawn criticism and outrage from Halo fans. Not only did the idea of the Master Chief have sex with some people, but the eighth episode also used the Master Chief and Makee’s romance to set the stage for the show’s version of “Reach Down.” While she was torn between her new love for John-117 and her loyalty to the Covenant, Makee ultimately chose the latter and sent the Covenant the location of Reach. The Master Chief will have blood on his hands because he wrongly believed Makee.
“Forbes” writer Paul Tassi said he doesn’t care about spoilers, but the world must know the bloody plot of the “Halo” TV series:
In this week’s episode of Halo, the Master Chief has an affair with a Human Covenant spy prisoner while Cortana watches, which directly triggers the “Fall of Reach” event.
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