what wrote:I have to admit that it's an intriguing and original idea. I don't agree with it because it doesn't account for a lot of what's in the game. The whole plot concept of having killed her, and her having the disease and all, it really doesn't seem to fit all that well. Where do the over-arching concepts of guilt and grief come into play when the real catalyst appears to be a tragic accident?
Go on, tell me more. I want to be convinced.
Phew! Where do I begin? There's a lot of details that made me start questioning James' story and eventually lead me to my current interpretation/conclusion. I'll cover as much as I can in this post but I'm certain I won't be able to cover all of it.
In SH4 we're introduced to a Frank Sunderland who supposedly told Henry that his son and daughter-in-law went to Silent Hill and 'disappeared'. If the son referred to here is James, then the following questions arise;
-If Mary was indeed sick and died at home/in the hospital after they had returned from Silent Hill, how can she mysteriously 'disappear' in Silent Hill?
-If James left Silent Hill alive and well after SH2, how can he still be missing?
The Book of Lost Memories states that the Lake View Hotel was 'completely destroyed' by a fire before SH2 begins, yet in SH2 when James arrives at the hotel it's in perfect condition. When you make your way through the final part of the game, the hotel has somehow caught on fire.
http://www.translatedmemories.com/bookp ... reaMap.jpg
If James is reliving 'lost memories' from when him and Mary visited and they left before the fire incident, then I don't understand why the fire would be included unless they were there when it happened.
In the Toluca Prison part of the game there's a drawing of what appears to be Lake View Hotel engulfed in flames, the drawing is titled 'Burning Man'. Then there's this bizarre detail that is triggered by examining the heater oven in the Employee's lounge:
http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/sil ... 0213135012
Just.. what? Is that suggestive of the oven being what caused the fire? Why would this detail even be here if James wasn't around when the fire occurred?
Then there's "The Grinning Man", copy/paste from wiki:
"In The Grinning Man, the title character brings a number of people he has abducted to the Lakeview Hotel because, as officer Mayberry explains it, the hotel is temporally and spatially challenged. Anyone who could manipulate those conditions would be able to hide a lot of people in the hotel. The Grinning Man binds his victims inside and brands them with his mark so he can feed off of their vitality to power his magic."
Strange coincidence considering that the Lakeview Hotel would be the last place Mary and James would spend time in before leaving Silent Hill and returning home, and also that it's James' final destination on the very brief list of potential 'special places' in SH2.
Then there's Mary's mysterious disease that is supposedly incurable and unidentifiable. I posted an imagine of her earlier in this thread, doesn't her facial scarring seem very similar to third-degree burns? Her other symptom, coughing, is also something that would be a result of someone inhaling smoke/flammable gasses.
In the 'home' video shot at Lake View Hotel, we see Mary cough before he video it interrupted, assuming that this is a symptom of the disease then it doesn't fit with the story at all;
According to Laura, Mary must've died recently since Laura turned 8 that previous week. In Laura's letter Mary wishes her a happy 8th birthday in advance. When she tells James that Rachel gave her the letter James responds with 'Who is Rachel?'. If Mary's disease progression was three years long, how can James not know who Rachel is?
Then there's the progression itself. In the audio clip dialogue James listens to at the Lake View Hotel of the conversation between him and Mary's doctor he is told that the disease is unidentifiable, incurable and that she has anything between six months and three years to life. Aside from it being rather odd that they can give a prognosis like that in regards to a disease they know nothing about, I have to question the following;
-Why would James repeat three years as the amount of time Mary has been dead for? Why not six months, or anything in-between that and three years?
-If the max length of survival was three years, why was it James that ended up killing her? Wouldn't her fighting like a champ and surviving beyond what was expected give some sort of hope for recovery?
-If James made consistent visits to Mary during the three year period she was hospitalized before killing her, how does he not know who Rachel is? Or even Laura?
In the hallway monologue at the hotel, Mary mentions that the hospital is keeping her alive cause they're making a profit off of her. If the disease is unknown and incurable, how would the hospital be able to keep her alive, and how would they even profit from wasting resources on a terminally ill patient?
Then there's a detail I noticed by accident while looking for something else, and it could be entirely coincidental but I find it rather creepy in context with everything else. Mary's doctor's voice actor is Dennis Falt. He has voiced one more character in the Silent Hill series; Walter Sullivan.
Another detail that could be entirely coincidental but creepy in context is the numbers six months and three years repeating in Cynthia's 21 Sacraments description;
http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/sil ... 0417235920
There are tons of these little details suggestive of there being specific connections between stories, characters and/or events, begging the question if there details were added because there IS a link, or just at random?
One example being Walter Sullivan, from villains wiki: "Walter's in-game young model has blue eyes, while his adult model is central heterochromic with green and brown."
Central Heterochromia? Oddly specific, isn't it? It gets even more odd when checking the SH wiki article on Vincent; "Eye color - Central heterochromic: Green (outer rim), Brown (inner rim)".
Ridiculously huge coincidence or are they related/same person?