My intentions with you?
To be the one that makes you smile when you though it was impossible
To be the one you talk about when you get asked about love
To be the one that’s holding you so close at night that I can chase all your nightmares away
I want to be the one that keeps you safe and loved
I took notes watching the stream! Let me know if there’s anything integral that I missed– and you can bet SERIOUS MONEY that I’ll be piecing together more theories in the next few days!
CONFIRMED: WARFSTACHE PREQUEL.
“Bonjour” was an homage to ADWM.
Each character Mark plays has different quotes about “Life” (i.e. Life is for the living, life is ours to choose, life needs a bit of madness).
THE DRUNK SEQUENCE PREDICTS EVERYTHING!!
The Damien keg stand meant to signify that he’d be stuck in “the upside-down”, and when he tried to wake us up, that told us he was the only one who really wanted to help us!
ASSHOLE MARK NEVER DRINKS.
The Mayor turning gray means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.
Mark tried to make it obvious we would die, yet we were all still surprised (lmao).
CONFIRMED: In Mark’s own words, Damien is the only one with a “human” reaction to the death.
The Colonel was based on the hunter from Jumanji!
The Chef is scary, but inherently harmless.
Little Buddy’s “kill” mode is insignificant to the story and WAS an homage to FNaF.
CONFIRMED: COLONEL, MARK, AND DAMIEN WERE FRIENDS SINCE CHILDHOOD BUT HAD A FALLING-OUT.
And the dick on the body tape was 100% Ethan’s idea!! LMAO
CONFIRMED: The Colonel DOES “pop in and out of existence”, but he is NOT the only one to do so– just the most obvious.
Mark tried to make it “painfully apparent” that the Colonel was the one who did it.
Detective and Asshole Mark were friends at the same time he, Damien, and Colonel were friends– but the two did NOT know the Detective.
The long winding hall sequence with Detective was intentional– so we could get oriented with the house…
… because the house “does not follow the laws of physics”.
When following the Colonel out of the bedroom on the second floor, we warp with him to the first floor patio (with the pool).
The crib in the room was not a planned detail in the story.
CONFIRMED: The Colonel and Celine ran off together, and that’s what made Asshole Mark hate him.
CONFIRMED: IN THE WHOLE STORY, THERE IS NO HOST INVOLVEMENT WHATSOEVER.
CONFIRMED: The Colonel and Asshole Mark grew up together in that house, which is why the Colonel knows it so well and refers to it as “his own”. Mark even considered making those two characters be brothers!
“Hence the guns” is one of Mark’s favorite scenes in the series.
The cane is a sign of Damien’s high-class status as Mayor.
CONFIRMED: Celine and Asshole Mark were married.
Quote from Mark himself: “[Celine] wants what she wants, and she won’t let anyone get in her way”
Another quote: “She also has a temper… like someone else we know”
Mark’s original inclination was to make Damien and Celine be siblings, hence Celine’s adamant refusal of Damien’s help. (I caught onto this notion, but it didn’t really resonate with anyone else I talked to about it.)
Mark said that Celine wanted to use the viewer in the ritual because she saw them as expendable, since she didn’t know them personally.
There are no lightning strikes when George says “murder” because he hasn’t been inside the house for many years.
CONFIRMED: The house is cursed. (Make of that what you will.)
CONFIRMED: In the final door shot of Celine, she is possessed– because she messed with power beyond her control, and Damien was in the room with her at the time.
The Colonel looks out for Celine and Damien– but NOT Asshole Mark.
The odd glowy room-walking sequence was supposedly a small view into another world– “the upside-down”, it was dubbed (but there’s debate about whether that region specifically was “the upside-down”)
There is debate as to whether this is how the Colonel “pops in and out of existence”.
We don’t see the Detective’s investigation room until that chapter because the house hid it from us.
In that room, there are post-its reading “DON’T TRUST THE SEER” (which I caught, but it was a very minor thing I had to watch multiple times to see)
The Colonel owed Asshole Mark A LOT of money.
As we fall, William says, “It was an accident, I swear!”
The original idea for the final gun scene was that Damien would walk in and be the one the Colonel shot, NOT us.
CONFIRMED: Asshole Mark had killed himself many times before, but returned to his body from “the upside-down”. That’s why he was stabbed 37 times, poisoned, beaten, strangled, drowned, AND shot– none of those happened on the same day. Asshole Mark tried his hand at the dark arts to achieve this.
CONFIRMED: The black eyes we see when Asshole Mark’s body speaks to us after we die is NOT his own spirit– it’s the spirit of someone else trapped there.
CONFIRMED: Damien had every intention of helping us! He did! Mark confirmed it– he wasn’t manipulating us at all, he just wanted the best for us!
CONFIRMED (!!!): William/the Colonel spent ten hours watching our body overnight and cradled Damien’s cane the whole time. (THE FEELS ARE REAL, GUYS! THEY’RE CANON!!)
CONFIRMED: The reason Wilford Warfstache’s suspenders are pink is because they used to be red, but they faded over many, many years.
Mark didn’t realize how tragic the ending really was until he was editing it. In his own words, it’s “terrifyingly sad”.
And, finally, the one we’ve all been waiting for…
CONFIRMED: DAMIEN PUSHED US OUT OF THE BODY. But he wasn’t manipulating us for that… he did it because he cared for us and didn’t think we deserved the true hell of what resurrection really meant. He did it because he thought it was the right thing to do.
We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most. People try to bottle up their emotions, as if it’s somehow wrong to have natural reactions to life.