One of the main antagonists in The Evil Within 2
, Theodore, has been shrouded in mystery since the announcement of the game. A new video and information have finally been released and it is terrifying beyond anything in the real world.
We still don’t get to see a great deal of details on Theodore since you have to play the story and he is surrounded in mystery. What we do know is that he promises immolation and righteous fury to anyone who opposes him. Helping Theodore are the Harbingers. Unlike other characters in the game, Theodore bends normal people to his will and thereby creates the Harbingers. The Harbingers exist to burn anyone who opposes Theodore with flamethrowers. Theodore is a manipulator and the Harbingers are the means of that manipulation.
Game Director John Johanas had this to say:
Theodore is the kind of person who always hides his true face. He’s showcased as a religious figure, but he’s very much a manipulator in the way he speaks to you and tries to get you on his side. He portrays himself as someone who is friendly and trying to help you, but you can see clearly in his demeanor and the way he creates this world of his that there is obviously something very dark beneath the surface.
If Stefano has the ability to stop time with his camera in STEM, Theodore’s ability is that he can see through you. He can see what you’re hiding and what your weaknesses are and he can use all of that against you. That’s the spider’s web he traps Sebastian in. He makes all these grand promises, but he only serves his own purposes.
Writer Trent Haaga added:
He’s certainly charismatic. He uses the same sorts of techniques as a lot of cult leaders. It’s called neuro-linguistic programming. It’s the way in which you speak to somebody and the words you choose and the way you seem to be benevolent. You make them feel like you’re trying to help them, when in reality you’re just serving your own purposes. This is the very essence of what Theodore does.The Evil Within 2
is scheduled to release on the ironic date of Friday October 13th, because of course it is.