Hey guys, long time no see. I know, it’s been a while since I wrote something and posted it on this site, mostly regarding the art dumps or at least casual updates I used to post semi-regularly. Well. I’m going to kinda count this as one of them
I just (literally) finished reading The Twisted Ones, the second book in the novel spin-off of FNAF. And holy shit. So much went down. So much, that I’ve been suddenly filled with renewed energy to write a post about my thoughts on the matter. Also, there is a lot of information to digest down, so maybe typing/talking it out will help clear the air a bit. But since I will be discussing the book(s), as well as the lore/endings from all the games, be warned that there will be SPOILERS in the text ahead.
To make things a little easier, I tried breaking down the information I want to discuss in different sections of ideas.
Okay, one of the things I’m still trying to figure out is the actual relevance of Sammy in the overall story. He’s first mentioned in the first book, as Charlie’s twin brother, mostly as a side note to help them find more clues about the whole string of murders at Freddy’s. But in the second book, suddenly he’s this driving force for Charlie to follow, even though his presence is never actually confirmed in the book. I mean, maybe once towards the end Charlie puts her hand to the door in her father’s workshop and feels a heartbeat (??) but I’m not even sure if that could be considered a hint in his direction. I don’t doubt she had a twin. Heck, yeah, he could have potentially been abducted when they were children by the deranged psychopath killing the other children and people. But what’s weird is that again, he was never really confirmed, even as a presence in the environment. Charlie had feelings or whatever, but those were not the same as, say, what the friends felt with Michael the previous year at Freddy’s. That was more tangible, as if the spirit was actually trying to contact them. But with Sammy, it seemed as if it was just intuition on Charlie’s behalf, at that point. Sure, twin connections could be a thing, but it still seems a little far fetched. There isn’t really much information to go on for him. Yes, he was the beginning of “Dave”’s string of murders, but mentioning him in the second book so much felt like a bit too much of an exaggeration (imo).
This one is another big thing. Especially after the whole ideal with Dave saying towards the end that she was actually the one that he abducted, not Sammy.
I mean, what ??
We go through this whole story, both books, and follow the development of Charlie’s character alongside the happenings at Freddy’s. In the first book she seemed a bit unsure of herself, understanding her relation to her father and his animatronics, but towards the end transforming and feeling more at ease about the idea of who he was, what he did, and in turn realizing a new part of who she was as well. She had the nightmares (of course who wouldn’t after that shit), which probably would have driven any normal person to stay away from that sort of thing, but for Charlie in the second book, she is drawn further into the world of animatronics, and makes small doo-dads of her own. Of course the justification of that is she’s making them differently both physically, and for different intentions, but still.
As the string of murders begins to appear, her sudden interest isn’t that surprising. What is, is that the “idea” of Sammy comes to her in dreams and the twin intuition or whatever that compels her to look for more clues, and find out not only what’s behind the murders, but also what’s the actual truth behind the animatronics. She puts herself in harm’s way, literally using herself as bait for the new animatronics to find out what’s going on. And after that, is where it gets interesting.
So she basically gets eaten by new!freddy and shoved into its suit, then knocked out and forcibly taken to the location of another place, supposedly another pizzeria? As aforementioned the chip she found in the other animatronic caused people who saw them to hallucinate and envision things that weren’t really there. Illusions. What didn’t help, when Charlie finally got out, is that she probably had a concusion, so her vision would have been pretty shitty anyway, on top of that. But again, this is where it gets interesting. When she finds Dave, or at this point Springtrap, and tries to grill hik for answers he mentions that he didn’t actually take Sammy, it was she who he had taken. Which, throws a WHOLE lot of things into confusion, after this whole story just happened.
The only thing that I can see (for now) to use as justification is that, similar to FNAF 4, she was put into a coma somehow after Springtrap abducted her as a child. And then she lived out her life, even though she was still, in reality, unconscious? It wouldn’t be uncommon for you to see ghosts or spirits, or evil animatronics and killers on the loose in dreams. The living her life in the coma may be a little far-fetched, but again, Springtrap said he took her. It may have just been a thing he said to throw her off, but it could be true. Especially since Charlie often felt isolated away from people, even those closest to her. She felt closed off whenever she thought of her brother, which of course would be an intense moment she would cling to because it was the last real thing she remembered. The idea of her feeling he was close to her, especially in her dreams, could be relevant because he was actually alive, in the real world, maybe trying to twin-communicate to her in hopes she would wake up.
It’s a little far-fetched, again, but this is all I can (sort of) make sense of with this jumbled mess of information.
Relation of the novel’s plot, vs. the game(s) plot(s):
The novel seems like a familiar tale, similar to the one drawn out through the lore of the games, but it’s not quite the same. The games string together bits and pieces, each game with it’s unique information to share for the overall story. But with the books, it’s not exactly the same information. Sure, the idea of the murders is the same, and the kids spirits being restless enough to want to take vengeance on the next living thing they see, but otherwise it seems like its own story. There are bits and pieces from each of the games I’ve noticed, even the mention of Afton and his animatronics (which I believe was introduced in Sister Location?). The first FNAF game introduces the story, and through the phone calls from the guy (who I believe could be the Purple Guy) we can piece together the story of the kids being murdered, shoved into the suits, and left to rot away in the abandoned pizza parlor. The story is revisited in the novel, but of course with a twist because the perspective is told from the daughter of the man who made them. Similarly (as we find out in later games) rain isn’t the only factor the novel describes as what killed the Purple Guy. Charlie springs the springlocks in his suit, causing him to writhe and bleed “to death”. So the ideas are similar, but the novel is slightly different and on its own track.
Second game has another location ( I haven’t visited this information in a while, but I believe this was supposed to take place before the first game??) with the toy animatronics. The story kinda touches upon that, I think, as Charlie is taken by the evil Freddy to a mysterious location, which turns out to be another pizzeria like Freddy’s. Balloon Boy is the most noticeable one, which is why I would assume this is supposed to be the book version of the FNAF 2 location. The other toy animatronics don’t show up, nor does Mangle or the Marionette, but that seems as good a hint as any to throw in as a reference.
Third game revolves around Springtrap, and sheds light on the idea about the animatronics from the old Freddy’s being burned, but not completely destroyed. Purple Guy comes back as Springtrap, apparently not dead like we thought he was from the phonecalls in the first game (and I believe the minigames revealed in later nights in the 3rd one). The book references this as well, since Charlie thought she killed Dave back at Freddy’s. I still can’t rationalize, realistically, how he would survive that. I really don’t know. But apparently he’s back and controlling the animatronics in the second book, meaning to find Charlie because she has something he wants. (Still not sure what that is??) (Maybe it’s the fact that she’s related to Henry and he wants to remove all traces of him from the animatronics. Maybe Henry knew what Afton was up to, and how is animatronics were actually dangerous, and wanted to stop him. But when he lost his son, then his wife, then the other children, guilt ate at him until it was too much. He offed himself before he could piece together Afton was the one behind it. And since Charlie was his daughter, she would be smart enough, given enough time, to figure out his plans and stop him. So to keep that from happening, the only choice he had was to kill her too, and get rid of the evidence). The idea of the animatronics being burned was touched upon, but they seemed to just be more dismantled/decayed after the incident at Freddy’s, rather than set on fire. But they were a part of the book so I’ll list that as another factor.
Fourth game revolves around the first person pov of a child who we later find to be in a coma. I think this sort of related to the book as well, since they touched upon the idea of the illusionary disks Afton made to alter the appearances of his animatronics. Since they had seen the other for who they really were, the new animatronics looked distorted and evil, similar to the nightmare versions in FNAF 4. Although there isn’t any confirmation of this, like I mentioned earlier, I think there is a possibility Charlie is in a coma, and that’s why all these weird events are happening. (not solid on it, but for now, just putting it out there).
There’s more I want to write on this, like the spirits of the children, more on Afton/Dave/Springtrap, and maybe the animatronics, but it’s getting kinda late and I feel like I’m getting redundant on my ideas, so I’ll cap it for now. Might come back tomorrow if I have time and continue the rant if I still have enough fuel for it. We’ll see.