With the release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, we also received the five-part series Halo: Nightfall, which follows Agent Jameson Locke. The digital series is set in the original Halo where Locke is given the order to lead the push against the Covenant. So, why do we care about this? He’s not Master Chief — well, Agent Jameson Locke will be the Spartan protagonist in Halo 5: Guardians.
Halo: Nightfall is the origin story of Locke, and it takes place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. Nightfall follows the story where Locke leads a team of agents from the Office of Naval Intelligence to an ancient artifact on the faraway colony of Sedra. While on this mission they get caught in the middle of an insurgent attack.
In between the events of Halo: Nightfall and Halo 5: Guardians, Locke becomes a Spartan IV. This is a new kind of Spartan that is being trained by the oh-so familiar UNSC. However, Spartan IVs are all made up of volunteers this time around, rather than young children who are persuaded into the program.
Jameson Locke is played by Mike Colter in Halo: Nightfall. Colter described Locke as a man who is willing to die for a cause or mission that he believes in. However, Colter is kept in the dark about a lot of Locke’s motivation and past. He told OXM UK:
“What’s not known is whether I’m a friend or foe. The relationship between Master Chief and Jameson Locke is going to be interesting. Because, what’s the outcome? Is he dead or alive? Because that’s usually what a manhunt comes down to – dead or alive – but you won’t know what the purpose of finding Master Chief is [right away]. Or what will happen if we do find him, what condition he will be in, and where he’s at mentally. But I’m sure that’ll be a plot twist in Halo 5.”
Colter went on to say that he doesn’t know where Locke will end up because the writers tell him only what he needs to know for the scenes he’s working on.
It is very interesting to note how close to the vest they are playing it here. Halo 5: Guardians should be a doozy, especially with this kind of secretive nature surrounding the story lines and voice actors. So be sure to learn all you can about Locke before Halo 5 comes out and pick up Halo: The Master Chief Edition so you can watch Halo: Nightfall.