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I won't be ignored, Dutch van der Linde. I aren't him... I ain't her, or any of your stooges! You don't owe me nothing. I don't owe you nothing. Nothing!
Molly O'Shea

Molly O'Shea is a supporting character featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.

History

Background

A Dublin girl and the object of Dutch's affection, for now at least, Molly is too high‐strung for a life on the run and it’s all starting to take a toll on her.
Rockstar Games' description of Molly.
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Biography in RDR 2 (click to enlarge)

Molly was born into a wealthy family in Dublin, Ireland. She came to the United States searching for adventure and joined Dutch van der Linde and his gang at some point prior to 1899. She and Dutch later became lovers.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

In Colter, she is seen escorting Dutch to his room, and stays with him throughout the chapter. If Arthur asks Molly if she would like to stay with the others for company, she refuses, saying: "Dutch is all the company I need".

Her relationship with Dutch eventually begins to decline, partly because she dislikes having to move around the country so often. Also, due to being busy, Dutch continually ignores her, brushing her off whenever she wishes to speak to him, causing her to become increasingly unhappy.

While some of the gang are in Guarma, she disappears for a lengthy period of time, with many saying that they haven’t seen her.

Guarma Chapter

Immediately after re-locating to Beaver Hollow, Uncle returns with a drunk Molly, who he allegedly found in Saint Denis. Molly begins to rant about Dutch ignoring her, stating that she loved him, and sarcastically calling him "the Lord God almighty", among other things. Molly then proceeds to tell everybody that she informed the Pinkertons about the gang's planned bank heist. Enraged, Dutch immediately pulls out his revolver, while Arthur attempts to calm him, claiming that she isn't worth his time. Before any more can be said, Susan Grimshaw shoots Molly in the stomach with a shotgun, stating "she knew the rules", before ordering Pearson and Bill Williamson to burn the body.

Most of the gang members believed Molly got what she deserved. The only people truly shaken by her death were Karen Jones and Mary-Beth Gaskill. Immediately after Molly's death, a scene between Karen and Susan will occur where Karen accuses her of being a murderer, before renouncing Molly's guilt. Later in the chapter, Mary-Beth can be seen conversing with Tilly Jackson, expressing her grief by telling her that she "can't get over" Molly's death and that she was simply a fool in love who "would say anything".

It was later revealed by Agent Milton that the rat was in fact not Molly, but Micah, who was feeding information to the Pinkertons. Milton said that, while he spoke with her, she did not say anything of value and merely left them with more questions than answers.

Character

Personality

Molly is considered stuck-up and entitled by Karen, and it's likely the other women at camp feel the same. This is likely due to her not working as much, but there is a noticeable decline as her arguments with Dutch worsen. She seems to believe everyone in the gang thinks she is a joke; she can be heard saying things such as "Them out there, they're all laughin' at me". She also believes that they disregard her; this is evident in the way both Dutch, Arthur and Uncle do during her only appearances in cutscenes.

As the game progresses, her relationship with Dutch becomes increasingly strained, as he continues ignoring her due to the stresses of being an outlaw. Molly also claims she has seen Dutch looking at other women; whilst exploring the camp, he can be seen flirting with Mary-Beth on multiple occasions, so this is likely who she is talking about. While Molly genuinely loves Dutch, he does not show the same level of affection for her. This causes Molly to become increasingly desperate for attention, to the point of confessing to a crime she did not commit just to get a response, causing her demise; "Oh, not so big now... are we, your majesty?".

Appearance

Molly is a young, curvaceous woman with stereotypical Irish features of red hair, green eyes, and freckles. Compared to the other women, she wears a lot of make up, sporting red lipstick and eye-shadow. Her hair is half tied up while the rest of her red curls drape freely down her back. She appears to take pride in her appearance, as she can be seen primping herself in her compact make-up mirror. Molly typically dresses in a corseted low cut green top (similar to a Swiss Waist or Victorian Drindl) with a golden gilded pattern and trim with matching golden jewellery, as well as a red skirt, and a white boots. Just like other gang members, Molly often changes her attire and hairstyle.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2

Trivia

  • Molly is the only member of the Van der Linde gang to never accompany Arthur on a mission or a companion activity.
  • While the other women in the gang participate in chores around the camp (and sometimes accompany on missions), Molly is the only female in the gang who will neither work nor assist in any activity in or outside of the camp. Arthur may say to Molly that there's plenty of work to be done around the camp, but she dismisses this, saying “I’m no one’s serving girl”.
  • Molly shows characteristics of vanity. She often can be found standing by the opening of her tent looking at herself in the mirror of her compact mirror. Additionally, she can ask the player for a pocket mirror to earn the achievement Errand Boy.
  • It's likely that Molly was depressed due to Dutch's wilting love for her as well as the other members' indifference of her. This is exemplified in that she often says, "I need to be alone" and "I'm not much company" to Arthur when trying to converse with her. At one point, Dutch also expresses his annoyance over her "sulking".
  • It's possible Molly was the first to notice Dutch's mental decline. During a cutscene in the mission "An Honest Mistake", she questions Arthur, saying "How is Dutch? I mean, how does he seem to you?". After Arthur gives her a vague answer, Molly then says: "I... I really love him you know... but if he... Like he always says, loyalty is everything so...". This could very well be in reference to the Pinkertons' interrogation of her, although her initial interest in Dutch's wellbeing suggests that she may have noticed a change in Dutch.
  • Molly is the only member of the gang who died in 1899 not to be buried. Instead, Miss Grimshaw orders Bill and Pearson to burn her body. This is most likely because she was believed to have given information to the Pinkertons and therefore not worthy of a proper burial.
  • The red skirt worn by Molly closely resembles the "Constance Skirt" available for female players to wear in Red Dead Online.

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