The Strange Man is John Marston's
Red Dead Revolver is a tall tale in Redemption.Red Harlow and Jack Swift may have lived in the same universe as Redemption, but the events of Revolver may have been greatly exaggerated. The story of Red's revenge may have spread over the couple of decades between games and gotten more and more outrageous with each telling until is was written into a Very Loosely Based on a True Story book. This could explain some of the wackier stuff from Revolver, which doesn't fit in with the more realistic Redemption.
Red Harlow, John Marston, and Landon Ricketts are Assassins.Each has the ability to use Dead Eye targeting (presumably Landon can since he teaches level 3 Dead Eye to John). Dead Eye could be another form of Eagle Vision. This makes Jack an Assassin too. Taking this WMG one step further, Edgar Ross and the Federal Bureau are probably all Templars. The pre-order Assassin's Outfit certainly doesn't hurt the theory.
John Marston is......Revolver Ocelot in Valhalla, living out his favourite fantasy for all eternity.
John is the son of Wolverine.It explains his regenerating health.
Red Dead Revolver is a dime novel Very Loosely Based on a True Story in the Redemption 'verseWe know it's a book that Jack Marston reads, but there are signs that it could have really happened in New Austin: Twin Rocks is a location in both games, and the two look quite similar (there's even a dry riverbed in Redemption where a stream was in Revolver). Brimstone looks pretty similar to Armadillo (even the saloon is nigh-identical), Rogue Canyon could be an exaggerated Pike's Basin. 'Ghost Town' could be Tumbleweed when it still had a few residents. Bear Mountain is problematic (the outside looks like Tall Trees, while the mine area looks like Gaptooth), as are Governor Griffon's mansion (Tumbleweed mansion? Somewhere in Blackwater?) and Annie's ranch (Warthington's? Critchley's? Maybe even Beecher's Hope). Revolver is so exaggerated and unrealistic compared to Redemption because a) all dime novels took liberties with the truth (Billy the Kid, Jesse James...) and b) Jack Swift's sections, at least (y'know, the ones with the teleportation) would have been second-hand from the start due to him dying in the final mission and being unable to tell anyone besides Red, Annie and the barmaids in the saloon (at which point he was drunk). Yes, I did just buy the Legends and Killers DLC and watch a playthrough of Revolver. Why do you ask?
The sequel will star Jack Marsten and be set during The Great DepressionRedemption was set in later time period than Revolver so the trend may continue. Jack would be an appropriate age to become a depression era bank robber like John Dillinger or Bonnie and Clyde.
Jack will be conscripted in the US Army (or as a special agent) against his will when the Americans join the warPretty straightforward, really. A young, healthy man, good with a gun, the war brewing over in Europe. America will get involved eventually, and his services will be drafted, possibly by the FIB (See my next theory below) to do their dirty work in Europe, as they wont care if he lives or dies, his death tying a neat bow on the whole Marston business.
Red Dead is in the same universe as GTA IVThere's no real evidence to support this, besides it being by the same developer using the same engine, but for some reason I just like to believe this is true. Both games share similar themes of confronting a criminal past and dealing with shadowy government agencies, in a crapsack world with black and grey morality. In further GTA instalments, I'd love to see little hints that this is true, maybe a history show on the TV about the turbulent old west, it's heroes and villains (Marston a villain, Ross a Hero...)
John Marston is a zombie in the Undead Nightmare DLC.Think about it there's a plague raising the dead and infecting people including Abigail Marston, maybe John is one of the zombies! Also, even though he doen't look like a zombie it could be because he hasn't seen himself in a mirror, or he's just really well embalmed, or a ghost, etc.
The weird glitches are intentionalThe Cougar Men, the Donkey Ladies, the flying bird people, we think they're all hilarious glitches but they're not. Instead they're intentional nods that something very strange is going on the old west, something that will come to a head in the Undead Nightmare Pack
Marston will survive Undead NightmareWhy? Because there's no FBI to betray him anymore and its not like any zombie is going to permanently put him down. Also, he freaking deserves a happy ending for once.
Edgar Ross organized the killing of John Marston because Ross was Genre Savvy and Leaning on the Fourth Wall.Think about how the average player would act in regards to the Homestead epilogue, after the false Everybody Lives Happily Ever After (TM) ending. Would they live on the ranch until the end of there days teaching Jack and doing mundane chores after having experienced the adventure the rest of the world has to offer? What choice did you make: to continue herding animals or to hunt down the train robbers? In short, Marston- as epitomized by the Player- CANNOT just stay on the ranch forever, no matter how much he may love and care for his family, just as he would have eventually roamed around on his own sooner or later if the BOI didn't step in and create a reason for him to do it sooner. Eventually, he will return to his old life simply because he cannot NOT do so. And when he does, there is a fair chance that he will do something unbelievably damaging or in general illegal, particularly with World War One and troubles from across the border looming on the horizon. Ross- probably having made a study of the Marstons- knew this, and it just added the final nail(s) to the coffin of his decision on what to do with John.
John Marston is a distant relative of Michael Westen.He is always helping strangers out of his own good (Er, depending on how you play I suppose), and usually finishes a stranger mission start with "I'll see what I can do." Plus he has the government out on his butt to do favors for him.
The Stranger is a manifestation of Marston's conscience.He appears randomly, and in the strangest places. He orders Marston to do morally amibiguous deeds. He never dissaproves of his behaviors, and he is invulnerable.
The reason the Undead never try to eat Seth in Undead nightmare..Is because he spent so much time talking to corpses. They probably appreciated that. Or it's just that he's not that appetising, since he's skinny and stinks worse than they do.
The whole story of Red Dead Redemption...Is actually a book Jack Marston is writing. He writes of his father's exploits before he goes off to deal with Ross. This is why after you finish that last thing, there's no more missions for him. Same for Undead Nightmare. All that are just stories Jack is telling us. (and the zombie thing is his attempt at writing a horror novel set in the Wild West. Of course, it begs the question as to why he used his own family and zombie-fied himself rather than making up a family.)
Ross is a lot more compassionate than John thinks.Ross, despite his abrasive attitude towards John, didn't kill him even when he had the perfect opportunity and cover story (John died killing Dutch). Knowing the feeling of being forced by the government to do their dirty work, he gave John a few, brief months of peace and comfort with his family before Ross carried out his standing orders to kill him.
Undead Nightmare is completely, absolutely canon with Red Dead Redemption.(Spoilered just in case.) The part of Red Dead Redemption where John Marston spends time with his family actually takes place over several months and Undead Nightmare takes place in between John coming home and John getting killed by the Army. When John cures the plague all the people who were zombified are brought back to life, even the ones who had their heads blown off (yes, I'm shamelessly calling A Wizard Did It on this one; just roll with it). Most everyone who was zombified thought they were just sick and delirious (Uncle thinks it was all a drunken dream) and the survivors are so overjoyed at having everything and everyone back to normal that there's an unspoken agreement to never speak of it all again. Even so, the events of Undead Nightmare have their subtle effects:
The May Incatec gods punish Abraham Reyes for his desecration of their temple by slowly driving him mad, and his growing paranoia turns him into a tyrant by 1914.
Overjoyed to have her father back, Bonnie acquires a new zest for life, gets married, and lives happily ever after.
Harold MacDougal's mind is unable to reconcile his memories of the zombie plague with his knowledge of science. He eventually cracks and assaults a fellow scholar at Yale.
Irish was so freaked out by the zombie plague that he commits suicide in an outhouse in Thieves' Landing.
Greatly disturbed by the zombie plague, Landon Ricketts throws away his guns, renounces violence, and becomes a farmer. Now that he's no longer getting into fights, he lives long enough to pass away peacefully in his sleep.
A zombie plague turns out to be the last straw for Marshal Johnson. He finally says "enough is enough" and retires.
Edgar Ross knows John was involved with the zombie plague somehow and uses this as a pretext for invading Beecher's Hope with the Army and murdering John Marston.
In 1914 Seth steals the May Incatec mask and claims it as the "treasure" he sought for so many years. He becomes the Zombie Lord and sparks a new zombie plague, which cause the May Incatec gods to resurrect John Marston as their Undead Avenger to put down the new plague.
Uncle was famousSo famous, that many years later a toy was made in his honor. That toy was named Stinky Pete.
Jack is a mutantHow else would you explain a boy growing so damn fast in only 3 years?
RDR is in continuity with the Jack Ryan titles.Dead Eye would continue to be passed down, except under the name "Mark and Execute".
Undead Nightmare is John Marston's purgatory/HellJohn is forced to suffer losing the family he fought so hard for, he has to watch society go to hell, fight horrific flesh-eating monsters,kill several friends and allies. And just when the poor bastard thinks his suffering is over, he's brought back as a rotting corpse, doomed to walk the infectd Earth for eternity. The whole 'Mask' thing was simply devised to distract his attention.
John Marston is an ancestor of Max Payne.They both heal rapidly with minimal medicine, and have some sort of slow-motion abilities. Marston's Dead Eye is remarkably similar to Max's Bullet Time, but John is using the power in a more simple, methodical way. Max grew up in a culture of Gun Fu and Heroic Bloodshed movies, and was inspired to try more acrobatic moves once he discovered his abilities.
Landon Ricketts is Red Harlow.This would explain why he is able to teach John and Jack the Dead Eye ability. He most likely changed his name after having killed Governor Griffon, as it's highly likely that the government would be after him and would probably be best living under a psuedonym. It also explains why he later fled to Mexico.
Jack Marston is really Dutch's son.
Undead Nightmare is a nightmare John is having.
Howard Sawicki is a secret agent who keeps tabs on John Marston
John Marston is Roland Deschain.
Edgar Ross is an ancestor of Thunderbolt Ross.
John Marston and Jack Marston are both mutantsExplaning there fast healing and Dead eye
John didn't die. That was the strange man, a shape-shifting god, and John's guardian angel. So where's John? He went into hiding and left clues for Jack to find him later.
The sequel will have a certain somebody as the (supposed) Big Bad.You play as a policeman, chasing around Jack Marston, believing him to be the mastermind behind some nefarious series of crimes, but in reality, he wants to escape his life as an outlaw (much like dear old dad). Depending on how desperate for justice you are, you either A) spare him and find who the real Big Bad is, or B) gun him down impulsively and lose a valuable ally. Any rejoicing will quickly be squashed by the fact that he's a much more appealing person in general.
The next Red Dead game will be based on the stories of Cormac Mc Carthy.The Red Dead series is the best Western you'll find in gaming, and Mc Carthy himself has stated that, at their hearts, all of his stories are Westerns.
The next game will bridge the time-gap between Redemption & LA NoireJack will become a bank-robber after getting back from WWI, and you play as a FBI agent trying to track him down through the Roarin' 20s and the Great Depression. Your exploits end up being dramatized into a series of books and movies that inspire a young Cole Phelps to become a police officer after the end of WWII.
The Strange man is The Slenderman.His motives are ambiguois and he knows evereything about John and what's going on. The Slenderman takes the appearance of an ordinary human because he can. He also appears randomly, as if Slendy is stalking John.