You may think, with all the fighting and decision-making of two games, that you're the one who ultimately controls the fate of Mass Effect's player-created hero Commander Shepard.
You do not.
The person actually in control of your Shepard's destiny is BioWare lead writer Mac Walters, who heads up the team of writers who've been working on Mass Effect 3. Walters' command of the Mass Effect fiction extends beyond the games, too, since he also writes the various comics spin-offs published by Dark Horse. I had a chance to talk to Walters about Mass Effect 3 and what it's like to work inside BioWare's sci-fi universe.