So, there have been mixed feelings about this most recent DLC and about some of the characters revisted or introduced. One of them being “Dr Benedict”. People think this is Gearbox retconning Krieg’s past since it has been previously implied that Dr “Sammy” Samuels was the one involved in the experiments.
I would like to introduce the idea that maybe this character is a construction of Krieg’s mind and maybe not a literal person. Maybe this is Krieg reconstructing Dr Samuels as Dr Benedict because it is easier to see her as a mad scientist than someone being manipulated into doing horrible things.
During this DLC, Tannis says that whenever we recollect memories, our mind needs to reconstruct them, which can result in changing the details of the memory itself. What if Krieg did this with Samuels? Based on the DLC, you can see that it is easier for Krieg to see things as black and white (example: good and evil Brick, Mordecai, and Lilith literally being constructed as black and white with Krieg’s mind to deal with these relationships and understand them, if he should hate them or love them).
But maybe this is nothing and Gearbox did “retcon” some things (which is also debated because some think Samuels wasn’t part of Krieg’s transformation).
My main point is that nothing in this DLC should be taken at face value. There is probably a lot more to Krieg than what this DLC tells. I have mixed feelings about this because a part of me wanted to know everything about this character, who was my favorite from the whole Borderlands series. But I’m okay with not knowing everything about him because I liked that unknown aspect about him. And if you wanted this DLC to talk more about his past, I feel ya.
The more I think about this DLC, I am starting to think this is more about experiencing a mind of a psycho. Krieg was used because 1) He’s a psycho, 2) fan favorite, and thus, people caring about him, and 3) To give him some character development. If we went into the mind of some random psycho, we probably wouldn’t care as much about what would happen. In BL4, maybe Krieg’s past will be expanded upon by running into someone from his past (like his wife and child, which we briefly got a glimpse of). Guess time will tell.