[Warning: spoilers for 'Five Nights at Freddy's', 'Sister Location,' and 'The Silver Eyes' abound!]
All-new Five Nights at Freddy's spin-off Sister Location was released this Friday to the delight of horror and FNaF fans everywhere (creator Scott Cawthon's trolling two days prior had fans questioning if the game would actually be released at all!), and it brought with it new scares, new animatronics, new game mechanics, a new story, and a whole slew of new questions.
Fans on Reddit are already hard at work deciphering not only the story itself, but every little detail, hint, and potential easter egg present in the dim recesses of the game... and they've come up with some wild (or not so wild) theories! Could the player character of Sister Location actually be The Purple Guy? A.k.a. William Afton? A.k.a. the child-murdering, Springtrap-possessing, robotic creator of Freddy Fazbear and all his friends? Some fans think so...
But for all the connections to make sense, we'll need to take a quick look back at The Purple Guy himself.
History of The Purple Guy in Five Nights at Freddy's
The Purple Guy's first appearance in the Five Nights at Freddy's series came in the form of rather disturbing, pixelated mini-games in Five Nights at Freddy's 2 where he's shown either standing in the background or pulling up in a car and harassing children. In all instances, his appearance results in once happy children transforming into pale, lifeless, crying ones, implying that he's responsible for their untimely deaths.
His role in the series is more thoroughly explained, however, in Five Nights at Freddy's 3—first through another series of mini-games, in which he takes each of the animatronics separately to the back room and destroys them, and second through the final "mini-game" where he's shown being threatened by the ghosts of the children he murdered, hiding in a nearby Spring Bonnie suit, and subsequently being crushed to death inside the suit once the spring mechanisms come loose.
"And if you trigger those spring locks, two things will happen: first the locks themselves will snap right into you, making deep cuts all over your body, and a split second later, all the animatronic parts, all that sharp steel and hard plastic will instantly be driven into your body. You will die, but it will be slow. You’ll feel your organs punctured, the suit will grow wet with your blood, and you will know you’re dying for long, long minutes. You’ll try to scream, but you will be unable to: your vocal cords will be severed, and your lungs will fill with your own blood until you drown in it." -excerpt from 'The Silver Eyes'
It's through this series of mini-games that we discover who Springtrap, the main antagonist of Five Nights at Freddy's 3 really is—The Purple Guy, his corpse forever trapped within the Spring Bonnie suit and keen on having its revenge.
Fast-forward, now, to The Silver Eyes, the Five Nights at Freddy's novel published in December 2015...
The Purple Guy and His Appearance in The Silver Eyes
The Five Nights at Freddy's novel, The Silver Eyes, follows 17-year-old Charlotte "Charlie" as she revisits the old Freddy Fazbear's pizzeria her father owned along with her friends to pay tribute to their friend Michael who was killed at the pizzeria ten years ago.
In the book, it's revealed that William Afton originally owned Fredbear's Family Diner alongside Charlie's father, Henry, and that William is the one who created the springlock suits. William is also the one who hid inside the suits and kidnapped and killed children, leading to the assumption that William Afton is The Purple Guy of FNaF 2 and 3 (he is killed at the end of the book when Charlie sets off the spring locks in his suit).
Up to now, William Afton has never appeared (by name) in an actual Five Nights at Freddy's game, leading some to disregard him as nothing but 'book-only canon'... but all that changed with the release of Sister Location.
William Afton and His Role in Sister Location
The very first thing we're treated to upon booting up Sister Location is a conversation between two men about the animatronics...
"There's no doubting what you achieved on a technical level. These are clearly state of the art. There are just certain... 'design choices' that were made for these robots that we don't fully understand. We were hoping that you could shed some light on those." "She can dance. She can sing. She's equipped with a built-in helium tank for inflating balloons right at her fingertips. She can take song requests. She can even dispense ice cream." "With all due respect, those aren't the design choices we were curious about, Mr. Afton."
There are a number of things made clear by this conversation. One, the second man speaking is William Afton. Two, they're talking about Baby, the new animatronic in Sister Location, and William Afton is her creator. Three, there's something decidedly wrong with Baby. And four, though you can't tell from the transcript alone, William Afton is British.
The reason why this last point is important is because for each night of Sister Location, you're treated to a short sound clip of a young British girl talking to her father about wanting to see Baby, almost as if they're memories... memories of you. The player. About your daughter.
Over the course of Sister Location, you're being talked to, advised, and led around the facility by the voice of Baby, only it becomes clear after a while that Baby is not actually herself—she's being controlled and emulated by another animatronic, Ennard. In the "official" ending, you're led into the scooping room where you're "scooped" of your innards. Ennard then proceeds to wear your skin in order to escape into the outside world much like Edgar in the original Men in Black.
The final image shows you looking into a mirror back at home... but it's clearly not you, unless you've somehow inherited glowing purple eyes (hmm... purple...) through some weird turn of genetics. You're now a walking, talking animatronic in a people suit, perfectly ripe for, perhaps, killing children?
If we take another look back at The Silver Eyes, there's even more evidence as to this hypothesis' validity. William is constantly referred to as appearing "inhuman." His eyes, for instance, are described as "glassy," just like an animatronics', and his skin is described as "saggy" with "symmetrical scars all over his body," almost as though the skin were sagging around an animatronic endoskeleton.
There's also the sound clips from the secret "fake" ending of Sister Location where you sneak into the private room and have an all-too-familiar FNaF experience attempting to keep Ennard from getting into the room and killing you. Over the course of the night, Ennard slips back and forth between Baby and William's daughter's voice in an attempt to lure you into helping him. Some of the things he says are very revealing...
“Isn’t this why you came? To be with her again?”
Who is the "her" in this statement? Why, William's daughter, of course! He's returned to the facility in an attempt to find her after she was kidnapped/swallowed by Baby. This statement would only make sense if the player is William.
There's another sound clip that plays when Ennard starts using William's daughter's voice:
“You’re always working/wanting/waiting to be with me again.”
This provides further evidence to support not only the previous statement, but also begs the question—why would Ennard use the girl's voice unless the player is William? Surely this specific girl's voice would only be effective on one man—William himself.
But What About the Plot Holes?!
Of course, with every theory, especially one developed so soon after a game's release, there are bound to be issues, plot holes, the like. After all, how are we to know Scott's true intention behind every little detail in the game? So much of the Five Nights at Freddy's series is left up to the interpretation of the player due to its subtlety and vague allusions... will we ever know for sure what Scott intends for us to take away from the game?
For instance, if you're really William Afton over the course of Sister Location, why don't the animatronics recognize you? And delving even deeper into the repercussions behind you being William Afton (as well as The Purple Guy), what would have prompted The Purple Guy to hide inside the Spring Bonnie suit after murdering the children? Could an animatronic like Ennard actually be spooked? And why would he bleed upon being torn apart by the spring mechanisms?
Perhaps these questions will be answered at a later time... and perhaps not. Perhaps we're never meant to know the full story. Perhaps, even, there are inconsistencies in the games themselves—after all, could Scott really have had all these new plot points and backstories in mind when he was making the first Five Nights at Freddy's games?
Nevertheless, it's quite fun to speculate and hypothesize over what everything in Sister Location could mean, and fans will surely keep doing so until Scott reveals more information (if he ever does). Personally, I'm not quite sure what theories I believe to be true. A part of me is fascinated by The Purple Guy actually being an animatronic inside a human suit, but another part of me likes envisioning The Purple Guy as his own separate entity.
But that's part of the fun of Five Nights at Freddy's. You can play around with multiple theories and canons and never be wrong.
In the meantime, though, why not watch this sweet vid of Springtrap/The Purple Guy in all its high-quality-animated glory?!