Just because the Silent Hill series is most likely dead doesn't mean we can't keep trying to pick the madness apart. Resident Evil may currently be seated in the throne of AAA survival horror, but Silent Hill still takes the cake when it comes to all things dreadfully eerie. Evidently, its lore and imagery are the gifts that keep giving within the fan community.
Who Needs 'Silent Hills' When You've Got These Silent Hill Theories To Tide You Over?
The last finished game we got from the series was P.T.—a playable trailer of the then-upcoming Silent Hills game. The series itself seemed to die soon afterward with the cancellation of Silent Hills. Just kidding, it died with that Korn trailer for Silent Hill: Downpour that you'll find just above.
The only thing we've got going for us now is the #Horror-filled legend of Silent Hill and its endless stream of stories.
Here are some of the most well-developed theories on the internet!
WARNING: There are definitely some series plot points spoiled in these theories.
1. Everything In Silent Hill Is About Circumcision
In 2015, the administrator of the #SilentHill wikia, AlexShepherd, went mad with power and made a string of bizarre edits to the site—all in order to reinforce his belief that the backbone of the Silent Hill story is, in fact, circumcision (and the injustices of America).
AlexShepherd claimed that his authority was based on the fact that he "grew up in Silent Hill" and is "one of five best Silent Hill fans" in the world. Most of his edits focused on the Walter Sullivan character page which has since been returned to normal. Click here to check out a side-by-side comparison of the page.
It's a tense topic that pops up every now and again but most likely has no relationship with Walter Sullivan's story. Regardless of how you feel about it, I think we can all say that this was and continues to be at least one of the most ridiculous moments in Silent Hill's meta history. Google it—I dare you!
2. The "Otherworld" Is Our World
Most of us are familiar with the transition between the real world and the Otherworld in the Silent Hill series. According to the creation story to which inhabitants of Silent Hill subscribe, the people of the world were suffering from the perpetual torture of immortality so they produced a God that introduced death to save them from their misery.
Twice in the Silent Hill series we've seen the birth of a new God being thwarted by the efforts of a protagonist—in Silent Hill and Silent Hill 3. Why would Silent Hill need a new God if we were truly living in the time after the arrival? It's because Silent Hill and the people inside exist in a cycle of time before the presence of the gods.
Though the Fog World may feel normal, there is a school of Silent Hill thought that states there is no "transition" away from normal. There is only "night" and "day" before the introduction of the night and day we know by God. The rest is up to perception that is influenced by the guilt inside of the individual. This would explain why there appears to be no escape for any of our protagonists despite our efforts in the game.
Leave it up to the holy trinity of Silent Hill to keep the terror going...
3. Valtiel Is The Red God Of Silent Hill
There's a lot to dig through when it comes to the in-game religion of The Order. The main idea is that there is God, she is female, and there are two gods that are her direct descendants—the Red God (Xuchilbara) and the Yellow God (Lobsel Vith). That is the holy trinity of Silent Hill.
While it was previously believed that the Red and Yellow Gods were Pyramid Head and Valtiel respectively, a recent theory asserts that it is, in fact, Valtiel that is the Yellow God. How? It comes down to the name.
The etymology of Xuchilbara is roughly "the spear that leads the flower." Treating the flower as a symbol of fertility—in line with the name's Aztec roots—it is implied that Valtiel is there, not to hurt Heather, but to ensure her safety en route to birthing God as she is meant to in Silent Hill 3.
Other references like the red robes of The Sect of Valtiel and the The Crimson Ceremony text found in Silent Hill serve to support both Valtiel's red status and place as the God of Silent Hill and controller of its realities.
The text reads:
I am the Crimson One
The lies and the mist are not they, but I.
You all know that I am One.
Yes, and the One is I.
So, fine. You're Red. But who's Yellow?
4. Heather, Alessa and Cheryl Are The Yellow God
If we are to accept that 1) God was born of a "man" and a "woman", 2) the couple in question has advanced to god status and 3) that the Red God is Valtiel, then the theory that Heather, Alessa and Cheryl—the perceived mothers of God—are the second half of the equation, Lobsel Vith, becomes quite valid.
Sure, they aren't particularly yellow. But Pyramid Head and Valtiel have appeared in all of their story segments to revive and protect them. Keeping the ladies alive is integral to making sure that God appears. They're a team. The most disgusting, horrifying and dysfunctional team around—but a team, nonetheless.
Despite the fact that gameplay implies that the birth of God is a failure every time, a newborn baby appears at the end of both Silent Hill and (at least originally) Silent Hill 3—Heather and "mystery baby" respectively. Though the crying baby in Silent Hill 3's ending was removed, monster designer Mashiro Ito has confirmed that these births are canon. Leaves me wondering when the next round of hellfire is set to begin...
5. Mary From 'Silent Hill 2' And Alex From 'Silent Hill: Homecoming' Are Related
Chances are slim that there isn't some relation between these characters. Their names—Mary Shepherd-Sunderland and Alex Shepherd—make things pretty straightforward. In a promotional diary for Silent Hill: Homecoming, Alex wonders, "Was she related to me?"
What's the theory about the reasoning behind this connection? Most fans are in consensus that Konami did it to get people to buy Homecoming in hopes that there would be a Silent Hill 2 connection.
Jokes on us, am I right?! Yes, the joke is on us. Forever.
6. Alex Shepherd From 'Silent Hill: Homecoming' Was Innocent The Entire Time
Speaking of jokes—Alex Shepherd's whole story continues to deliver. In typical Silent Hill fashion, he lands himself in the Otherworld by failing to grapple with his guilt over his brother Joshua's drowning.
Like James Sunderland before him, we are lead to believe that he was actually instrumental in his brother's drowning. However, one integral piece of information has turned the whole story into a lie: Pyramid Head never hurts Alex during the game.
What does that prove? Well, unless you are one of the mothers of God, Pyramid Head isn't there to protect you—he's there to punish you for your wrongdoing. But Alex is never punished by Pyramid Head. He appears to be punished by his own inablity to cope with the death of his brother. This leads fans to believe that perhaps Joshua's death was really an accident and Alex's suffering is merely collateral damage.
7. Silent Hill Was Influenced By The Zelda Games... Or Was It The Other Way Around?
This is the Silent Hill theory to trump all theories. According to a chain of evidence linked by Cracked's Kera Hildebrandt, The Order is actually a cult that was influenced by a Sheikah entity (from #LegendOfZelda) that somehow ended up on Earth. I know—what the f**k? Bear with me!
The theory is surprisingly sound. The symbols on the Gate Of Time from Skyward Sword represent the three goddesses that created Hyrule whereas Silent Hill's creepy halo has three blank circles on it while the goddess trifecta ideology hangs heavy in its history—as we know from the Yellow God theory above. When you put the symbols together, they fit perfectly!
But the coincidence doesn't stop with these symbols. Remember the Shadow Temple? We light torches in order to gain entry—it's a gesture that immediately references The Order's obsession with fire. Once inside, we see weapons of torture as replicas of Hyrule's greed and hatred-filled past. These things are not unfamiliar to The Order itself.
Then there are the monsters. Just take a look at this:
And there's these creepy beasts:
And those triangular tools that are meant to supress the power of demons in both story universes:
And finally, if you play around in the sewers during a New Game+ run of Silent Hill 3 you'll meet this lovely lady—a powerful fairy that upgrades your pipe!
It's almost too much Zelda shouting to handle. Even if it doesn't mean that a Sheikah entity had its fingers in the settling of Silent Hill, it would appear that someone at Konami loves the series as much as the rest of us do. Which is still pretty charming. Though, I must say, the extent of the coincidences—down to the ideological connections—makes it feel like there's something more going on here.
Yes, some of these theories are flat out weird. But, then again, so is Silent Hill and I'm pretty sure that this is exactly what we love about the games. Hopefully someone at Konami is listening to me and prepared to bring it all back. Who is that third baby, guys? Who is it?!
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