In a videopart2 made by the user Its_Kev3nsgaming, himself explains that in the original storyline Ryder might have not been an antagonist. He brings up a lot of good points, including that every single mission Ryder gives benefits the Grove, and that Ryder never hesitates to fight the Ballas unlike Smoke, whose missions were always errands for C.R.A.S.H. Ryder was my favourite character in the game and it always bothered that he was never paid much attention to and practically stopped existing after his death.
I think everyone would be interested to theorise on what would've happened to Ryder had he not betrayed the Grove and stayed loyal to them. I'll say, I think in the mission The Green Sabre, he would be injured alongside Sweet, and after being caught by the police Tenpenny would send him to a rehabilitation centre. I think it would make sense for him to have some phone calls with CJ after this;
- After First Date, CJ would have a phone call with him, promising to free him out of rehab, which Ryder would doubt and find silly.
- After Yay Ka-Boom-Boom, Ryder would call him to question what he has been doing since his brother's incarceration. Just like Sweet, he would be angry that he hasn't put in any effort for the Families.
- After Fender Ketchup, a simple "catch-up" phone call where Ryder ridicules Carl's goals and his connection with the Triad gangs.
In Misappropriation, he would be freed by Tenpenny to assist him against the federal agents, since it makes no f*cking sense that Carl can easily kill some government officials without any effort or reaction. After this, he would make prominent appearances in the following missions.
- In Vertical Bird, he would be present in Madd Dogg's mansion, where he is constantly annoyed by Maccer.
- In Home Coming, he would be present with Carl on his task to pick up Sweet and revive the Families.
- In Beat Down on B Dup, he would be the one to tell Carl and Sweet where B Dup is hiding. And he would join them to him down, and later be fed up with B Dup just as Sweet was.
- In Riot, he would be with Carl and Sweet while they drive to Grove Street and witness the Riots.
- After Los Desperador, he would call Carl several times to inform of the information they gathered whenever Carl acquires a certain amount of territories.
- In the End of the Line, he would organise Grove members to assist Sweet and Carl in cars to pursue Tenpenny.
What do you think? How would Ryder play out in story if he was never an antagonist?