I’m going to cover all of this mess in this post. It’s just what I think could be the truly amazing story behind this amazing video series.
There are LOTS of questions in my own head and I’m gonna try answering (hopefully) most of them! Here we go!
WHO KILLED HIM NOW?
The biggest question raised is, obviously, who killed Markiplier? From what we could gather throughout the series, demons are likely to exist in this scenario.
Even the newspaper gives a hint that the mayor might have been a “demon in disguise”. So there are spiritual, supernatural things happening here. I, for one, can not answer the biggest question out of all, how he died and who he was killed by. I can only make one assumption; here’s my theory.
We know that Mark’s body went missing at some point. Where exactly is never shown or hinted at, but I have a likely theory that Mark himself was the one to hide his own body in form of his spirit. Or just, behind all that was happening in general. However, what we do know is that Mark, I quote (Damien): “(He) trapped us here in this broken shell and we had no way out.”
It seems established that, during the time we were outside to talk to the gardener, Damien and Celine tried to reach out to Mark(’s ghost), hence she wanted to “talk to the dead”. During that time, Mark took the chance to inhabit Damien’s body and trap him inside his own, dead shell that could not be used anymore. Whilst doing so he either accidentally killed Celine by possessing her first, her not being able to hold the soul inside her body, OR Celine did not die and let Damien inside her body to save him from being thrown into the corpse, which would explain why she was red and blue in the end sequence of Chapter 3. She also appears to be having two pairs of eyes above her head at one point. Possibly a hint that she’s two in one at that point?
Either way, we know that Damien represents BLUE and Celine represents RED thanks to the ending of Chapter 4:
Which is why it could very well be that She kept Damien’s soul inside her body for a short while to save his life. And of course Damien was PISSED after that, betrayed by whom he cared for, who he fought Will for and whom he thought was a good, a childhood friend he could trust. That’s for the angry step towards us, the angry stare. He looks at us, knowingly. He chooses his victim that very moment.
We are told to run. The door closes and Celine does not come out. Her shell possibly broke and both souls were set free without a shell, or she kept it up and waited for the right moment to talk to us.
The right moment being the time Will shot us.
And here is the thing; We did NOT die. If you listen closely, you can hear a faint heartbeat in the background during this very scene. They both tell you to believe them, tell you stories to make you feel sorry for them. Which, of course, you do. Damien seems pissed and loses his temper once more, like he did with the Colonel before, and shouts angrily that Mark walks around in his body. Which is why I think that part is true. He couldn’t take his anger in. He can’t, he has a low temper, that’s just it.
But Celine reminds him that he “can’t do this right now”. Reminds us to believe them. What you’re told is that Mark trapped both of them inside his old, dead body and that they brought you there so you have a chance to survive. Damien tells you that you can’t survive on your own and Celine says she can bring you back the same way she brought you there. But what Damien says afterwards is the most important clue.
He says: “But you can’t survive on your own. You’re .. dead, after all. (…) I know this all sounds crazy. Honestly, I don’t know what the fuck is going on. But I know that I trust Celine. And if you trust us … let me in. We can fix this.”
Gathered: Damien lies to you after all this time of actually being genuine. He was betrayed by Mark, knows that you trust him, wants revenge and is angry. He lures you into a false sense of security, tells you you can fix this together. He makes you feel like a friend by telling you that he feels the same way about all of this. And then, he mentions that oh so beloved trust of his. That one thing he completely lost thanks to Mark.
Also important to note; It is ONLY DAMIEN that inhabits your body after all of this. Why is that? Celine states that she can send “you” back, not “us”. She says “you” have a choice. And Damien ends his sentence with “let me in.” Not let us in.
You trust Damien and he tells you that it will work, he promises.
And it does work! You wake up in your own body, get up, meet the Colonel who is completely out of it by now.
He does not recognize us as a “Dark” or “Damien” because we don’t look like Damien yet and Dark doesn’t exist yet either. Damien, at this point, is inside our body and trying to take over.
We listen to what Will says and see him, in desperation and utter confusion, try to find his dear friends he lost.
Once he’s away, only THEN do we walk over to the mirror. And here is where it gets interesting.
We take Damien’s cane: Take a look at the hands.
A thin, female and young looking hand (possibly Amy wee i love her), but then something happens.
The hand changes, transforms into a different one. Into a hand similar to Damien’s. Because Damien is inhabiting your body by himself. Celine is likely still in Mark’s body or, as I mentioned earlier, never died to begin with. It’s Damien who was so fed up, he had to use you to get what he wants. And he gets it alright:
A body. A shell to use as a puppet. He transformed your body into a copy of his own. Mark likely still uses actual Damien’s body, but Damien had to make you look like him to finish this with you.
Then this happens.
And sad music plays in the background all throughout this scene and it broke my heart - but why did it break my heart? Because that right there is a representation of broken trust, my friends. Damien threw us out of the body he stole from us and trapped us either behind our screens or in that mirror (hence the weird noise light inside the crack). He used us. He manipulated us. We were his first victim.
And he feels bad about it at first. Note how Dark’s look changes after he throws us out? Because now we can see what he truly is; a broken man. He had so much trust in Mark, in us. He was a genuine, good and kind hearted man. He neglected his other friends for Mark only to then find himself betrayed by Mark or whatever he had unleashed that day. He is troubled, his emotions are a whirlwind and all the while he has to keep his anger inside. After all, Damien has a short and low temper. Guilty about what happened, he looks up at you.
Reminds himself that he has a goal now; take revenge. Looks at you now with almost disgust to make you feel even worse. This is a reflection of his own emotions that very moment. We are supposed to feel exactly what Damien felt. Betrayal, fear, loneliness. An end. The mirror itself is a genius metaphor for this.
He then leaves us. Clearly guided by rage and hatred and you can FEEL that, I get goosebumps just thinking about this. (@markiplier frickin amazing acting, dude!) Anyway, here he makes up his mind to take back control over what is rightfully his. Mark; his own body.
We are then left in darkness, questioning and clueless, sad and quite literally broken.
Dark’s origin, ladies and gentlemen.
(just my take on this. It’s probably, like, super wrong lmao also sorry for the long post ilyall)
I am broken. I’ve been abandoned and ignored too many times to still be whole. I don’t trust people anymore, not with something as important as my heart.
You were different. You slipped right through the cracks. I told you things I never meant to tell anyone, things I’d hidden so deep that I had to crawl through the darkness to find them. You brought out a version of me I didn’t know existed anymore. But, you didn’t fix me. I am still broken and now you’re leaving and that’s okay. I’ve been broken before, one more crack won’t kill me. Just please stop asking me if I’m okay. Please stop caring so much. Don’t make this harder than it has to be.
to take you out
you to put on
put on that shade
of lipstick that I love
and those heels
that make you
and the men
made you mine
but little do they know
you aren’t mine
you aren’t something
to be had
and I’ll smile
because I’ll know
that for one night
I’ll have the
in my hands
I used to play in a home-brewed “3.6” DnD campaign that our DM had been running for +20 years. One night, some of his old players came for a visit, so we played a mid-level one-off. Every one of us played some kind of bad-ass fighter except for me, the gnome bard that I had available.
We finally get to the Big Boss fight against a frost giant, and I’d used all my magic except for bardic singing and my once daily use of Dancing Lights. I look at the spell, tell the DM that I want to keep the lights 6" or so from his face to blind him and he says fine. I just had to make a concentration check every round and I couldn’t move more than 5’.
So the most boring fight for me ensued. I kept making my checks (I had ranks up the wazoo), and I stayed in the back until the end. When we divvied up the points, all 3 of them tried some variant of “All she did was cast Dancing Lights, she doesn’t deserve as much as us…”
The DM just looked at them and replied, “That spell partially blinded me and gave me a -4 to hit. Frankly, I lost track of how many times I would’ve hit you all if it wasn’t for that.”
I just saw a couple people who looked like they maybe walked out during [Strangers] and that’s not really a problem that we’ve ever had here before so I just wanna take the time to remind everyone that if you come to this concert you are agreeing to be a part of a safe space for everybody in the room. You bought a ticket to see a queer girl who loves her queer fans very fucking much. You see, I wanna make sure that you guys have the best night of your lives tonight and I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen, okay?
“Herondales.“ Zachariah’s voice was a breath, half laughter, half pain. "I had almost forgotten. No other family does so much for love, or feels so much guilt for it. Don’t carry the weight of the world on you, Jace. It’s too heavy for even a Herondale to bear.”
I remember when we first met and you held my hand everywhere we went,
I knew it would hurt when you finally let go but not this much, not like this,
The thing is, you never really did let go,
You just loosened grip,
Just to make me want to hold you closer to make sure you could never leave,
You left me hanging by a last string,
You made me believe I had you but only just,
Maybe you were never the one who was suppose to let go,
Maybe it was me all along,
So I guess this is me,
Loosening my grip completely,
Letting you go.
Being the one who lets go doesn’t make it hurt any less.
‘Remember? When we were kids, Clary and I, you brought us here. We roasted marshmallows. Clary got one stuck in her hair. And Jocelyn had to cut it out. Yeah? Clary cried, like, the whole way home because she thought she looked like a boy. But you told her that she was still beautiful, and that you would always love her.’
“You brought me back to life. Just let me be someone who deserves it.”
Was anyone else really torn up by this quote? It really gives you a look into the mind of this character, doesn’t it? I mean, Lars is at a point where he believes he does not deserve to live.
Like, this isn’t even one of those storylines where Steven had to make some kind of massive sacrifice or something to make it happen. The process didn’t exactly hurt or inconvenience anyone in any way, and yet he still doesn’t think he deserves to live.
1. “Guarding your heart and protecting your dignity are a little bit more important than clarifying the emotions of someone who’s only texting you back three words. I’ve learned that from trying to figure out people who don’t deserve to be figured out.”
2. “I’ve never felt edgy or cool or sexy. Not one time. It’s not important for girls to be those things. It’s important for girls to be imaginative, intelligent, hardworking, strong, smart, charming.”
3. “After Fearless, I had a lot of people say ‘She’s an 18 year old girl, there’s no way she carried her weight in those writing sessions.’ There was no way I could prove them wrong other than to write my entire next record solo, so that’s what I did.”
4. “If a guy shares his experience in writing, he’s brave. If a woman shares her experience in writing, she’s over-sharing, she’s over-emotional, or she might be crazy.”
5. “I say to Apple with all due respect, it’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”
6. “If a dude is threatened by the fact that I need security, if they make me feel like I am some sort of princessy diva—that’s a bad sign. I don’t have security to make myself look cool, or like I have an entourage. I have security because there’s a file of stalkers who want to take me home and chain me to a pipe in their basement.”
7. “For a long time I was drawn to—and still am drawn to—people I find very interesting. [But] someone who sits and talks about themselves for an hour, you start to maybe wonder if, rather than trying so hard to be interesting, they could be a little bit more interested.”
8. “I knew some people would hear 'Blank Space’ and say, See, we were right about her. And at that point, I just figure if you don’t get the joke, you don’t deserve to get the joke.”
9. “With 1989, I was really putting my neck on the line, because I was the one saying I need to change directions musically. And my label and management were the ones saying 'Are you sure, are you positive? This is risky.’ And I was the one who had to come back every time and say, 'No, this is what we’re doing.’”
10. “The stakes are really high if you mess up, if you slack off and don’t make a good record, if you make mistakes based on the idea that you are larger than life and you can just coast. If you start thinking you’ve got it down, that’s when you run into trouble.”
11. “I think there is a lesson in knowing that you can live your life in a way that you’re proud of and people are still gonna take shots.”
It’s the story of a failed — failing — novelist about to turn fifty. His long-time lover is marrying someone else, and he’s been invited to the wedding. To avoid the whispers and rumors that would abound, he takes the only course of action he can imagine: accepting every literary invitation he’s been putting off, a journey that will take him around the globe and well away from the wedding of the man he loved. Loves.
It had me from the first page, and I’m not even precisely sure why. The prose is wonderful, to be sure. Playful, rollicking, sly, observant. The main character, the anxious and vain Arthur Less, is boyish and gentle and smart and I adore him. The narrator (whose identity I guessed with increasing hope and anticipation as the pages went on) guides us skillfully through present events and past ones, uncovering the parts of Less that need to become More in order to find happiness. The settings —San Francisco, New York, France, India, Japan — are wondrously and precisely evoked. Side characters caper in with delicious specificity and purpose, both thematic and human. Is one of those aspects what I loved? Is all of them what I loved?
I actually think I loved it because of what it believes. There’s a line in the book — I had to fetch it to quote it exactly — that I think is what the book says on every page:
“Just for the record: happiness is not bullshit.”
That belief in happiness and love is what makes this novel a comfort read. Every character is desperately flawed and every setting has a rainy day and every relationship is complicated, but its over-arching naive and wavering pursuit of happiness is what made this book feel like something I wanted to curl up in for a long time.
- Monsters have a choice to be good or bad. Re-emphasised again by Kelly “it doesn’t matter who you are but what you do”. Did they just quote Batman? *insert Dean I’m batman gif* anyway, one of the gifs I’ve been using as a theme of season 13 since APRIL?
- Sam’s grief over Mary killed me, just…. YES this needed saying and I’m here for it. Sam is suffering for what he never had, the loss. Sam addressing it himself but also pushing back on Dean.
(also yeah I really really don’t want to make everything about Dean/Cas but the theme of grieving for something that was right there within reach but you never got the chance to have? COME ON!)
- Dean accepting at the end that yes he has valid reasons to be grieving but he shouldn’t take it out on Sam *happy dance*.
- Dean’s grief for Cas has already been shown over the last 3 episodes, I’m so ok with what we got here, it was great. We didn’t need more grief for Cas, we had actual Cas in this episode and we had another clear at the END of the episode link between Dean’s nihilism and Cas being his sunshine. Excellent.
- Oh, Jack talking about having emotions sometimes but feeling empty? Nephilim/grace issue? LINKED TO CAS TOO. PLEASE yes continue this theme I, human!Cas aficionado need this so badly.
- CAS FACING HIMSELF AND HIS DEPRESSION IN THE EMPTY. FIGHTING THE DEPRESSION EVEN WHEN IT TELLS HIM HE’S USELESS. FIGHTING BACK. WINNING. *insert every flailing happy gif EVER* ALL THE KUDOS. Then:
- Catharsis. Mentioning catharsis on the show. Which is what this whole show is with it’s psychological aspects for so many people, it’s what drags so many of us in. NOW THEY TALK ABOUT IT IN THE SHOW!! Addressing this. Amazing!
*Tink stares into the camera*
- Cas fighting his OWN way out of the empty YES THANK YOU THIS IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY EXACTLY WHAT WAS NEEDED.
- Dean addressing that the needs Sam to have faith because he has none. Because he is nihilistic, because he doesn’t believe in a damn thing…what is the difference here between Sam and Dean?
If they’ve both addressed their grief for Mary this episode? What is the additional thing Dean is dealing with? Why does he need Sam to be strong for him? Because he can’t? WHY IS IT WORSE FOR DEAN?
=> CUT TO CAS feeling the sunshine on his face in his new depression-less visual representation outfit.
Merideth can stay :p
I mean….. everything we have talked about is being made TEXTUAL. Not just Dean/Cas but all the rest too.