Westerns have long been home to some of the greatest quotes in movie history. From the famous “I’ll be your Huckleberry” in Tombstone to multiple Clint Eastwood phrases, something about an intense standoff brings out amazing quotes. In the gaming world, no game does this better than Red Dead Redemption.
From the first time gamers heard John Marston claim “I’m here to capture or kill Bill Williamson,” it was obvious the Red Dead series was different. In the latest outing, players were able to fully experience the wonder that is Dutch Van Der Linde and just how powerful his voice can be. This list will look at the top ten most memorable quotes Mr. Van Der Linde has ever said in Red Dead Redemption 2.
10 "I Ain't Got Too Much To Say No More"
In the snowy mountains of the Grizzlies, Micah Bell has Sadie Adler at gunpoint with John Marston standing across from him. The stage is set for a drastic chain of events when Dutch Van Der Linde arrises from a cabin. John came for revenge on Micah, for Arthur, for himself, for the entire gang, and the only man standing in his way now is Dutch.
John states everyone did their best for him, but things just didn't work out, to which Dutch has no response. John demands Dutch say something, and for the first time, Dutch doesn't know what to say. He states this quote just before shooting Micah and leaving the scene without another word.
9 "Who Amongst You Is With Me, And Who Is Betraying Me?"
In the penultimate act of Red Dead Redemption 2, all secrets come to light. Arthur, on his way back from a “little chat” with Agent Milton, reveals Micah Bell is a rat. This moment is swiftly followed by accusations, denials, and the murder of Mrs. Grimshaw, which drives Dutch from his tent. With guns drawn between everyone, Dutch walks directly into the center and simply asks this question.
Even with the writing on the wall months beforehand, this was the moment that finally split the Van Der Linde gang. Arthur warns Bill and Javier to think for themselves, but Dutch’s influence is too deep and they side with Dutch.
8 "They Was Talking... And Now They May Come And Hang Us All"
With the help of Sadie Adler, Arthur Morgan manages to break John Marston out of Sisica Penitentiary after the failed Saint Denis heist. While that seems like great news to everyone, Dutch did not enjoy the news. Tensions between John, Arthur, and Dutch have been brewing for some time, and this certainly sets things off.
Arthur says the rescue was necessary, and John agrees, stating there were talks of hanging him. This leads Dutch to sarcastically state this quote as he walks back into his tent, ending the tense conversation. Without Hosea to help him, it is easy to see how unhinged Dutch is becoming.
7 "This Place… Ain't No Such Thing As Civilized"
When looking at Dutch’s upbringing, this quote makes more and more sense in regards to his entire outlook on life. Dutch was dealt a bad hand from the start and had to improve it by any means necessary on his own for as long as he’s been alive. How can a man be civilized when the world has been anything but to him?
It’s almost as if Dutch keeps this chip on his shoulder, and it’s never more evident than this quote. He made a pact with people he saw something similar in and created his own form of civilized life in a world full of madness.
6 "You Have Got To Keep Faith"
If Arthur Morgan and the gang had a nickel for every time Dutch mentioned he “had a plan” or that everyone has to “keep faith,” the gang might not have had to rob ever again. It’s Dutch’s most repeated line and for good reason. When the going gets tough for an outlaw, faith is about all one has.
Dutch made a living off of faith in himself and daring robberies, and faith is what he will have until his dying days. Faith that he is the last of a dying breed, that he will survive, and that he will not be crushed. This quote embodies his persistence to forge that outlaw living.
5 "I Am Just Trying To Make Sure Some Of Us Survive"
In the evilest of tones, Dutch speaks this line after murdering an innocent woman in Guarma. Dutch claims he knows some Spanish and that he could tell she was going to betray them, right after she helps them. Yet moments later, he changes his story multiple times, stating he knows how human beings are.
There is no good reason to murder, and Dutch is just naming excuse after excuse for his senseless actions. He tries to hide his bloodlust in a common goal: to make sure some of the gang survives. From here, Dutch only goes down a darker road, and his murder count only increases.
4 "The Game Ain't Over... I Ain't Played My Final Move"
A conversation between Arthur and Dutch, that very well might be the last time Arthur actually believes Dutch, results in this famous quote. The hesitation in Dutch’s voice insists he might also not be so sure anymore. When a leader loses the confidence to make decisions, win or lose, the whole camp morale sinks.
Dutch has gotten himself and the gang out of so many tight situations he believes he will do it again, but this quote recognizes the fact that even Dutch can tell it is different this time. The jig may finally be up. He appears vulnerable, showing a side to Dutch we haven’t seen up to this point.
3 "I Will Keep Trying, And You'll Keep Doubting Me, And We’ll Keep Failing"
One thing Dutch has always been great at is using people to his advantage. Most of the men in his camp are people he saved, creating a blind sense of loyalty. Truth is, he uses that loyalty to his advantage at all times, and during this argument with Arthur, it is never more evident.
Eagle Flies and his tribe are on opposite ends of the U.S. Army, and Dutch reigns in as a false helping hand, pretending to care when, in reality, he is using them to create a diversion for himself. Arthur calls him out on this statement, knowing what his true intentions are, and truly sees the man Dutch is when this quote occurs.
2 "There Ain't No Freedom For No One In This Country No More"
As things go from bad to worse, one morning at the gang's last camp, it is revealed that Pearson, Uncle, and Mary Beth have all abandoned the gang. Arthur understands why and most definitely sees the writing on the wall regarding the gang's downfall. He defends them and then suggests that John’s son Jack, his mother Abigail, and even John leave as well.
Dutch promptly and vehemently responds with this quote. He says there is no point to let them go because they will not be free regardless. Once again, this speaks to Dutch’s ego that the only place they will ever be free is by his side.
1 "We Rob Uncle Sam, And We Leave. The Poetry Of It All"
No quote sums up Dutch Van Der Linde better than this. A man with a love of literature, Evelyn Miller specifically, talking about the poetry behind the outlaw life. He finds beauty in his work, his sense of pride is obvious, and he really does enjoy sticking it to the country that wronged him.
The way he is and the chip on his shoulder come from his ego, a need to be smarter than everyone else. The minimization of hurting innocent people and robbing town after town and simply equating it to poetry is exactly who Dutch Van Der Linde is.