The Third Way
The Third Way is a mission for Franklin Clinton, Michael De Santa and Trevor Philips started by Franklin Clinton from the living room in his house in Vinewood Hills, Los Santos. It is one of three choices for the final mission alongside The Time's Come and Something Sensible.
|The Third Way|
Merryweather Security Consulting mercenaries
|Location||3671 Whispymound Drive in Vinewood Hills, Los Santos|
|Fail||Steve Haines is alerted of Trevor's presence at the Del Perro Pier|
To Live and Die in Los Santos achievement/trophy
|Unlocked by||The Big Score|
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| name = The Third Way
| game = GTA V
| for = [[Franklin Clinton]]
| target = [[Federal Bureau of Investigation#HD Universe|FIB]] agents
Franklin, at his house in Vinewood Hills, is visited by Devin Weston reminding him of his request to kill Michael De Santa. Once Weston leaves the player is given the choice to kill Trevor, to kill Michael or to save both. The third choice triggers The Third Way.
Franklin then leaves and phones Lester Crest, meeting him at his house in El Burro Heights to discuss how to take down his, Michael's and Trevor's collective enemies. Lester agrees to tell both corrupt FIB Steve Haines, looking to deflect attention for his illegal methods, and Devin Weston, majority shareholder of Merryweather Security Consulting, that the bullion stolen from the Union Depository is being melted at the foundry in Murrieta Heights - giving both an opportunity to recover the bullion for their own reputations. Lester agrees to phone both Michael and Trevor to get to the foundry in time.
Franklin, needing more help, phones Lamar Davis to ask for his assistance and, after picking him up from Forum Drive, heads to the foundry explaining the situation along the way. Franklin enters the building, leaving Lamar outside as a lookout, to find Michael and Trevor pointing guns at each other and threatening to shoot. Franklin calms the two down and the FIB agents arrive. Franklin, Michael and Trevor work together to kill all the FIB agents, who arrive to retrieve the bullion, although the Merryweather mercenaries arrive at this time. The three continue to work together until some of their attackers notice Lamar. Franklin then leaves to help his friend, killing all their attackers outside the building.
Shortly afterwards Trevor, under heavy gunfire, stops responding to Michael who kills all the agents and mercenaries surrounding him. Michael and Trevor leave the building killing off further agents and mercenaries both on the ground and in the air. After killing the last agents the three re-group. Michael and Trevor begin to argue once again, about the potential of Michael turning against his friends again. The three eventually agree to take out their mutual enemies: businessman Devin Weston, FIB agent Steve Haines, Chinese Triad boss Wei Cheng and Ballas associate Stretch.
Haines had previously made the three, Lester and others commit various crimes in order to advance his own career before attempting to betray Michael and fellow corrupt agent Dave Norton to the FIB before asking Franklin to kill Trevor. Devin Weston had similarly employed all three and Lamar to steal various expensive cars before refusing to pay them and had later asked Franklin to kill Michael. Wei Cheng had decided against working with Trevor and his drug manufacturing enterprise and work with the O'Neil Brothers, who were later killed and their operation destoyed by Trevor. In retaliation they had attempted to kill Trevor by kidnapping and killing Michael, believing the two to be lovers, although Michael was saved by Franklin with the two killing all the witnesses during their escape. Stretch, a long time imprisoned Chamberlain Gangster Families gangster had begun associating with the Ballas while in prison and, after being released, had attempted to get Franklin and Lamar killed by Ballas gangsters.
Lester quickly tells the group that Haines is filming his television show on the Del Perro Pier who Trevor agrees to kill and leaves. Lester then locates Stretch, through his phone signal, as being at the B.J. Smith Recreation Center who Michael agrees to kill as he is not a known associate of Stretch and heads off. Lester then informs Franklin that Tao Cheng, Wei Cheng's son, used his credit card at the beach club in Pacific Bluffs. Lester agrees to phone the three later when he locates Devin Weston. Franklin then begins heading towards Wei Cheng's location. The three each take out their targets, evading or wiping out the Ballas (Michael), the police (Trevor) and the Triads (Franklin) in the process.
Trevor phones Lester for a location on Weston who is being guarded by Merryweather men at his house in Tongva Hills. Trevor breaks into the gardens and, after killing the Merryweather guards, forces Weston into the boot of his own car. Trevor then begins to drive toward Paleto Bay in northern Blaine County with Weston begging for his life and promising Trevor anything he wants. Trevor, however, responds that the only thing he wants is to kill Weston. Shortly before reaching Paleto Bay they turn off down a dirt road toward the Sonar Collections Dock. Trevor waits for Michael and Franklin to arrive and, when together, the three decide to 'offshore' Devin, much like he offshored and outsourced the various companies he owned. The three then push Devin's car into the Pacific Ocean.
The three again agree to be friends, including the previously feuding Michael and Trevor. Franklin leaves on his motorcycle and Michael in his car both headed to Los Santos while Trevor walks away leaving the sunset on screen before the end credits appear.
The reward for completing the mission is the beginning of the end credits and the To Live and Die in Los Santos achievement/trophy is unlocked.
|Time||Complete the mission within 21 minutes 30 seconds.|
|Headshots||Kill 20 enemies with a headshot.|
|Accuracy||Finish with a 70% shooting accuracy.|
|Stick, Tick... Boom!||As Franklin, kill Wei Cheng using a sticky bomb.|
|Lead Lobotomy||As Trevor, kill Steve Haines with a headshot.|
|Stretched Out||As Michael, kill Stretch with a melee weapon.|
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