The Resident Evil story is one that consists of a long and convoluted history of corporate greed and bio-terrorism. It's nearly impossible to keep up and a lot of us aren't really sure we want to on most days. However, the release and success of Resident Evil 7 has shaken things up and now that the theories have begun, we're kind of on a roll.
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Here Are 7 Of The Best Theories About The Resident Evil Series
While it might seem unreasonable to generate theories based on what has already proven to be incredibly ridiculous content—there are quite a few relatively sturdy ideas that have developed in the #ResidentEvil community that are worth a once-over.
Check these out!
WARNING: This article contains light series-wide spoilers for Resident Evil.
1. Gina Foley And Rachel Foley Are Related?
It might seem silly. After all, the only thing we've go to go on is the fact that these ladies share a last name. But, what we also know, is that Capcom very rarely fools around with names for no reason.
How are they related? Well, most people think that they're sisters but there are others who think the two might be clones. Rachel, who turned and died in Resident Evil: Revelations, becomes available as a "skin" for Gina in Resident Evil: Revelations 2's Raid mode. So, maybe they aren't two but one. Who says getting blown up in the middle of the ocean has to mean the end?
Only future Revelations games will tell, I suppose...
2. Brian Irons From 'Resident Evil 2' Is Based On An Adam West Character From 'Zombie Nightmare' (1986)
When it comes to Resident Evil, it's not difficult to see that Capcom has found inspiration in many places. It has always been an innovative entry in the horror survival genre, but even the best need help. One theory floating around on the net handles a minor but dangerous villain from Resident Evil 2—Brian Irons, the last police chief of Raccoon City ahead of the "incident".
Brian Irons has got some issues. For one, he has an unfortunate obsession with human taxidermy and young women. He's also got a history of sexual assault and embezzlement having taken bribes from Umbrella to keep their business under wraps. It's almost uniquely unsettling—almost. Until you think about Adam West's sheriff role in the #Horror film, Zombie Nightmare.
In the film, West's Tom Churchman is a corrupt and bloodthirsty head of a police department in a city that's suffering from a bit of a zombie issue. Top that off with his own history of abusing women and we've got the conceptual grandfather of Brian Irons. Yikes!
3. Albert Wesker Is Still Alive
Alright, I know, I know. "Let him rest," you say. That's a fair sentiment. After all, Wesker has gone through a lot and not many people survive rockets to the face after injecting themselves with multiple viruses and then sitting in a volcano. But this theory really isn't too far off. Have you played a little game called Umbrella Corps?
Listen to this clip:
You're probably thinking about how there's a lot of crap going on in the series that never gets any follow-up. You're right. But, according to the game's producers, the events of Umbrella Corps are considered canon and it's set just after the events of Resident Evil 6. So, maybe our baby Albert isn't gone after all...
4. Barry Burton Sold Chris Redfield Steroids
Ever notice how Barry is always staring down the barrel of his gun and never really using it (except for that one time with Wesker)? As it turns out, he stores drugs in there and he shared some of them with Chris.
Check out this piece of dialogue:
Chris: Barry, it's time for me to make a change. It's time for me to become the man I was always meant to be—the gorilla I was meant to be, I mean.
Barry: I guess you mean D.K.—Donkey Kong. The leader of the bunch, I know him well.
Chris: Yes. How did you know that?
Barry: Chris, here's some steroids. It might be handy if you, the future master of boulder-punching, take it with you.
The source is currently unknown, but this conversation is confirmed to be canon by me. This explains Chris' appearance for Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil: Vendetta. It also explains Barry's disappearance ahead of Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and his general prison-related smarts in that game.
Now, back to our regularly scheduled theorizing...
5. The Merchant from 'Resident Evil 4' Is Luis Sera's Grandfather
I think the big question on everyone's mind after playing Resident Evil 4 is: "How the hell does The Merchant get around faster than Leon?" One theory is that he's Luis Sera's grandfather. It sounds weird, but bear with me.
We don't know a lot about The Merchant but we do know quite a bit about Luis thanks to Saddler's notes. In his notes, he makes it clear that Luis gets around using his grandfather's old trails and passages. The notes also imply that Luis' grandfather was also infected by Las Plagas, but something in him allowed him to maintain control so that he could go rogue.
Based on that description we've got an explanation for his ability to move around quickly and his creepy eyes—a sign of infection. Sure, the letters imply that gramps is also dead but we all know that no infected person really dies. The only thing that doesn't seem to be answered for is the stupid blue torch but it doesn't seem to be entirely relevant.
Either way, it sounds like a reunion is in order!
6. Clancy from 'Resident Evil 7' Is Still Alive
Jumping ahead for a little bit to the incredible #ResidentEvil7, we've got a tiny theory about Clancy—the cameraman we met in the demo and then later on in the main game.
Clancy dies a fiery death during one of Lucas' twisted puzzles. Much later in the game, we even find his charred body in a chair with some pretty important details attached to him. It would seem that it's mostly game over for him.
However, there are fans out there going with the "infected" logic who assume that Clancy was previously infected and is simply in for a long regeneration. Why else would they sit him in the chair so neatly like that instead of throwing him away?! It's not totally impossible but it seems like his corpse would confirm the opposite.
On the other hand, even if he is alive, who cares?
7. The Mother Of Wesker's Son Was A High-Level Umbrella Operative
This is one case in which the stuff that we already know is just too crazy to be true. Apparently Jake Muller, who we meet in Resident Evil 6, had a mother that raised him alone in Edonia—that is all we know. But there is one anonymous fan out there who has a different idea.
The same file from Resident Evil 5 that has led us to generate theories about Ethan's true identity—"Spencer's Notebook" is popping up again to lend us some help. While everyone on the list is listed as dead, one person on the list has a different status: "Whereabouts Unknown." That person is Jenny K.
The fan theory asserts that Jenny K. knew that Umbrella wanted her dead, but her desire to protect her son led her to flee. In terms of timing, it makes more sense than other theories that suggest that Wesker may have made the baby using Jill Valentine's DNA due to the viral resistance we discovered during Resident Evil 5.
If we really don't want it to be the case that Wesker had time to make a baby with a random Edonian lady, then I think it's actually more likely that Muller is the product of Umbrella's own work. Perhaps they just decided to clone a non-sh*tty version of Albert and make him a sleeper—much like Alice from the films—so, whenever Capcom decides to regress to its usual storytelling tendencies, they can unleash Wesker 2.0.
I think my head is actually beginning to hurt from the weight of my tinfoil hat, so that's it for now. Until next time, skeptics!
Check out the trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil: Vendetta film: