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In Mass Effect 2 it is possible to recruit Morinth into your squad by

Killing Samara instead of Morinth during her loyalty mission (Only possible with enough paragon/renegade).

With Morinth in your squad you can choose to romance her.

Even though she is an Ardat-Yakshi (They kill people by mating) she says that Shepard is strong-willed enough to survive mating with her. She mentions the Prothean beacon Shepard survived in ME1 as proof. When Shepard agrees to the mating, it will still end with death.

Was she lying?

If she knew Shepard would die I can't imagine she thinks she can get away with it. She is on a ship in space, together with all of the other crew. With Shepard gone they would surely get suspicious and find out. No way she could escape in the middle of space. Did she actually think Shepard would survive? Or is she simply insane and didn't think about it? She didn't seem very shocked in the end.

I assume this just is a little flaw they didn't really think about, since almost no-one will actually make this choice.

  • I am not sure when this site requires you to use spoilers. If I used them wrong I'd be thankful if someone could fix them. – Izzo Jun 3 '15 at 8:50
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While there is nothing that explicitly states that she lied, the Mass Effect Wiki does have a little excerpt on romancing Morinth.

Which can be found here.

If Shepard talks to Morinth on the ship, she claims her partners experienced pleasure far beyond that of a normal melding, and expresses her desire to mate with the Commander, as Shepard is unlike any other person she has had before. She even suggests that Shepard is too strong-willed to die if the Commander joins with her and proposes that after they complete their mission that they should celebrate by doing so. If they both survive the suicide mission, Shepard can choose to mate with her as promised; however Morinth's claims prove to be incorrect and Shepard painfully dies during joining.

What I get from this is that she had actually legitimately thought he could handle it, but was proven wrong.

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