Could Ethan Winters’ presence in Resident Evil Village be far from coincidental? This theory suggests someone actually needed him there all along.
As the hype surrounding Resident Evil Village reaches fever point, more questions keep coming to the fore. While Capcom has been sharing additional news about the upcoming survival horror game, much of Resident Evil Village‘s plot is still being kept under wraps – including just exactly what, or who, brought protagonist Ethan Winters and his family to the village in the first place.
In Resident Evil Village, Ethan and his wife Mia have moved to an unconfirmed location following the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. The couple also now has a newborn daughter, Rosemary. While they have been shown arguing over what is alluded to as the trauma they experienced in RE7, they seem settled in their new home. This tranquil existence is thrown into turmoil by the arrival of Resident Evil regular Chris Redfield, who shoots Mia and kidnaps Rosemary for yet-unknown reasons.
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Resident Evil Village’s setting is hauntingly beautiful, so it does not exactly scream “perfect family home.” Amenities seem scarce, barring RE Village‘s merchant, The Duke. Its climate seems hostile – not at all conducive to a pleasant outing with a stroller. Any parent with small children will know the importance of support, which makes it unlikely the Winters family actually lives within RE8‘s titular village prior to the events of the game. However, Ethan may still have a connection to the village that makes Rosemary’s kidnapping even more personal.
RE Village Theory: Heisenberg & Ethan’s Unspoken Alliance
There is currently extraordinarily little known about Resident Evil Village’s Heisenberg. While his sister, RE8‘s famously tall Lady Dimitrescu, has had a demo based inside her grand and wine-soaked abode, Heisenberg has only been mentioned in passing. Even his trailer screen time has so far been fairly scarce, and he’s only been confirmed as the hat-and-glasses-wearing character fans suspected because of a short bio on Capcom’s official Resident Evil Village website.
What’s known as of now is that Heisenberg appears to have a sibling-like relationship with Lady Dimitrescu. It is unclear if these two are actually blood relatives, as they both have wildly different appearances, or if the “brother” and “sister” titles have stemmed from the village’s cult, just as Mother Miranda is not a maternal figure but a religious icon. Either way, these two appear to work together – but not always gladly. Lady Dimitrescu openly calls Heisenberg a “fool” and chastises him to others for letting Ethan escape his clutches.
Heisenberg doesn’t appear to have much love for Dimitrescu, either. In a recent trailer for Resident Evil Village, Heisenberg can be seen addressing Ethan Winters in some sort of cabin. Behind him are several pictures and papers pinned to a wall, like a character formulating a convoluted plan to get a clearer idea of their end goal. Included with these pictures is one that is undeniably Lady Dimitrescu with a large red “X” over her face. This seems to imply Lady Dimitrescu has been “taken care of” in some way.
Could it be that, within the story of Resident Evil Village, Ethan did not escape from Heisenberg as Lady Dimitrescu and Mother Miranda were led to believe, but rather Heisenberg let him go? Have these two been working together to bring down the bloodthirsty ladies leading the village’s cult from the very start? Even Heisenberg’s official bio questions whether he is “a friend, or a foe.” While he is perhaps not to be trusted 100%, Resident Evil Village’s Heisenberg may have more to do with Ethan’s presence and Rosemary’s kidnapping than it first appeared.
Resident Evil Village comes to PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on May 7, 2021.
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