Resident Evil 7 discussion: Let’s delve into unsolved mysteries

We’ve gone through Resident Evil 7 four times ahead of our spoiler-free review, and we’re starting to feel like we know the game back-to-front. Even still, we’ve got questions that remain unanswered.

Feel free to take part in this post — give us some answers or pose some questions of your own. Keep in mind, though, that this post is very spoiler heavy. It’s best to play through the game — perhaps even twice — before reading. You’ve been warned.

Let’s get started!

What happened to Clancy?

Update: Clancy’s fate is pretty simple — he gets tortured a bunch in various DLC bits and pieces, and then becomes the victim of Lucas’ birthday puzzle. Poor guy.

Original: It seems like this answer may come to us as part of Resident Evil 7‘s planned DLC (including the free DLC, “Not a Hero”).

Clancy Javis, the cameraman-slash-protagonist of both Resident Evil 7’s “Midnight Hour” and “Kitchen” demos, is listed as “L” by the Bakers. This is strange when compared to others (apart from Mia, obviously), who are listed as “Turned” or “Dead”.

Just what the hell does “L” mean? Any guesses?

What’s in the locked drawer in the Guest House? [SOLVED]

Update: This lockpick was the key to the first — and our final — Antique Coin. Huzzah!

Original write-up: The Baker’s Guest House, the star of the show in the “Midnight Hour” demo, makes a brief reappearance at the start of Resident Evil 7. It’s there that you first find Mia, and also go through the demo’s infamous “Derelict House Footage” VHS tape.

In the Guest House, one kitchen drawer is locked and requires a lockpick to open, but we couldn’t manage to find one. We even tried the ol’ demo trick of using the VHS tape and looking behind the microwave, but no dice.

Because you’re unable to return to the Guest House, we’re left to wonder: just what is in that drawer? Is it a mystery to solve or merely a remnant left over from the demo itself?

How the hell did Zoe fix’s Ethan’s severed arm?

Strong First Aid Med… and staples, for some reason.

No, seriously — it does wonders. On our third playthrough of the game, Jack Baker grabbed us before we could climb through the escape hatch and severed our leg with his trusty shovel. He then placed a bottle of Strong First Aid Med on the ground and said the green healing gel would do the trick… and so it did.

No staples required for that one. Crazy.

Just how does the infection work?

And don’t answer, “like Alma Wade’s!”

The easy explanation, provided through Resident Evil 7‘s narrative, is that antagonist Eveline manipulates your mind, taking control of your person bit by bit. As a person is more infected, they eventually lose their ego (but, I guess, retaining their id and superego?) and go a bit crazy.

That’s all well and good, but why does it impact the Bakers in different ways? Zoe, a Baker herself, would have been infected at the same time as brother Jack, mother Marguerite and brother Lucas, though she seems completely normal. We know she’s infected, because she tells us that she’s unable to leave the Baker estate, but she never shows signs of regeneration (the Bakers) or even loss of control (Mia).

Lucas, as compared to his parents, also raises more questions. He clearly has the ability to regenerate, but doesn’t seem to posses any other talents (that we’ve seen). I guess it’s safe to say that Jack and Marguerite were more infected.

Most puzzling if that the infection seems to turn the Bakers into ultra-hillbillies without any real explanation. Looking into their past lives, the Bakers seem well-educated, upstanding members of the community. Jack has clearly served his country in the past and Lucas displayed a fortitude for robotics. Lack of ego aside, the only reason the hillbillification seems to occur is to present the Bakers as more of a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-type crew.

What happened to Lucas and Zoe?

Zoe’s whereabouts are a bit easier to answer, depending on the choice you make midway through the game, but we’ll work on the premise you gave the serum to Mia over her. In that case, Ethan and Mia leave the Baker estate after Lucas runs off, with Zoe left to fend for herself on the dock.

This seems like another question that will be answered by DLC.

Does Mia work for Umbrella? Who created Eveline?

Two questions in one, here. First, is Umbrella behind Eveline? The only memo that really has information about her origins doesn’t say, merely referring to Mia’s role in the “Special Operations Division”, and with a warning that Eveline is at “a high risk of being stolen by opposing organisations”.

Though Capcom has said Resident Evil 7 places you in the shoes of normal, every day people, Mia clearly is an exception. Playing the ship VHS tape, she’s packing a machine gun and clearly knows how to use it. We’re dying to know more about her life before she became Eveline’s ‘babysitter’.

Who does Mia work for? Why is she working with the organisation? Should Ethan ever trust her again? So. Many. Questions.

Wait — Chris Redfield is with Umbrella now?

The weirdest thing about longtime Resident Evil protagonist Chris Redfield’s cameo — apart from his new (new, new) face — is that he appears to be working for the Umbrella Corporation.

The Umbrella logo on the side of Chris’ chopper is the same as the one the company sported in Umbrella Corps — right down to the double helixes in the logo’s white spaces, just like the game’s icon on PS4 — though Chris’ chopper has a blue-tinted one.

Does that mean this is a different organisation? If it’s the only Umbrella, is Chris using it for good? Is that even Chris, or just a (sort of?) lookalike using his name? Ahead of release, forums like NeoGAF were suggesting the man above is actually franchise mainstay Hunk.

Moving past the Umbrella confusion, just why did it take Redfield so long to come to Ethan’s aid, let alone that of the poor Baker family? Since she was clearly on his radar — as evidenced by comm chatter ahead of your final encounter — why didn’t Chris move against Eveline sooner?

Resident Evil 7 is available today on Windows PC, Xbox One and PS4. Read our spoiler-free review — not that it would matter in this particular case — here.

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