A man comes back to his hometown, witnesses how he's changed and how it's changed and how both have stayed the same. Poorly written, poorly acted, and Slender Man keeps appearing in the background.
The journal contains the key to bringing down the CollectiveThe Collective is deadset on getting it. Perhaps someone down the line found a way to kill them off or banish them to their native dimension? It explains why they never acted against Karl. They're afraid he might have read it and knows how to do them in, hence why they went after Mary, Milo, and Noah. They were vulnerable and didn't have anything to fear.
Milo isn't dead.Instead, he faked his death and is the one who delivered the package to Noah's house in Night Recordings.
The same person has been hacking all of Noah's videos somehow.
Noah's granpa Karl is being controlled by Slender ManThe facts:
Milo is the Observer.Either he faked his death, or Slendy pulled some necromancy. The Observer seems very close to Milo, not to mention how many times Milo showed up in HELLOTHERE and the newest one, COMECLOSER. Plus, the observer is clearly shown in silhouette with nearly the exact same hairstyle as Milo. It's pretty obvious that it's him.
Slender Man is trying to make friends with Noah.I'd heard the theory that he's just lonesome and trying to make friends (and accidentally cursing them/driving them crazy in the process, but it didn't seem plausible to me until I saw Tribe Twelve. Look at what he's done to Noah- he tries to visit him in his house, only for him to freak out every time he does so. So he gives him a cellphone and tries to call him. He also makes and sends him a lot of artistic video-letters, all of which are asking Noah to come visit him (maybe he's planning a party). He sends him another package of goodies, including a tissue for his nosebleeds (even with "Thought you could use this" written on it), and pills to help him calm down (Possibly Milo's psychiatric medication). In Nature Trail, he and Noah even play Hide and Seek! The portion where he starts filming even sums it up as such ("Hide and seek is fun [...] We enjoy playing.").
The Observer is a sort of vulture-like scavenger that follows Slendy.When we get our first look at him, he's clearly eating something. This is just after Milo drops his camera and disappears. If we assume that the bit where Milo O Ds on his medication is just a trick by Slendy to cover his tracks (which has been heavily implied throughout the series), it seems likely enough that the Observer is eating Milo. It's possible that while Slendy drives his victims insane and eventually kills them, the Observer follows along to feed on the bodies.
Noah is The Observer.When the Observer took control of Noah's Formspring, he talked about how he used to be human, and how he doesn't perceive time "normally". Someone later brought up that, since the Observer does not perceive time linearly, the human version of him could currently be alive. But, more disturbingly, when the Observer was answering the questions, he comes across as a Deadpan Snarker. A lot like Noah. If the Observer ends up converting Noah to the Collective, this could establish a sort of paradox/stable time loop.
Slendy's one of those failed supersoldier experiments created by the Nazis.First came to me while watching 'HAPPYBIRTHDAY' (For obvious reasons.) Okay, so Those Wacky Nazis were all about genetic perfection and shit, right? So who says they wouldn't have tried to make artificial genetically perfect soldier peoples? (It's not exactly uncommon speculation and may or may not have actually happened, but whatever. This troper's currently too hyped up on sugar to bother Googling anything.) So, as Artificial Human experiments that may or may not have Gone Horribly Wrong/Right have a habit of doing, Slendy eventually developed a mind of his own and/or the Nazis considered him a failure, and somehow he got unleashed upon the world, and so became the Eldritch Abomination most of us know and are scared shitless by today.
Noah's friend Kevin is the Observer.Most of the evidence for this WMG comes from the latest entry, November 11th, which shows Noah's latest kidnapping from his point of view. Around five minutes in, the video distorts, and we are shown Kevin, who the description states is a friend of Noah's who helped translate Karl's german. Kevin has the Observer's frizzy hair, his square glasses, and holds up notecards written in the Observer's scribble style. Also, Noah's response to seeing the Observer's face (although we don't) indicates that the Observer is someone he knows.
Milo is FirebrandWith the other members of the Collective coming to prominence, most notably Mr. Scars and Firebrand, it could be very possible that they are also people that Milo knows, going off of the above WMG. Then add in the November 11 footage, where Noah very clearly recognizes Firebrand...
Milo, John Fleischer, Sarah and Kat are members of the CollectiveAll of them have been killed off during the course of the series, with at least 2 of them being ruled a suicide. However, it is specifically said that Milo, Kat, and Sarah didn't leave bodies behind for burial. After they were killed, their bodies were reanimated to serve as agents of the Collective in order to use Noah's attachments to them in order to hasten his membership. It has been previously theoried that Milo is Firebrand. John Fleischer could be Mr. Scars, given the animosity between him and Mary Asher (Milo theorizes that Mary killed John, and Mr. Scars is supposed to kill Mary). Sarah is Swain, the Lover, the White Knight. What better symbol for someone who willing opens their door to a person being hunted by Slendy? Kat is Cursor, who's eyes have been covered with tape. Kat was known rather well for her oversized steampunk goggles, to the point that Noah felt having them after her death was an incrimination. Weather they are acting of their own volition (having been convinced that membership in the Collective is Better Than Sex) or because of brainwashing remains to be seen.
Noah COULD become Firebrand......in the same way that the Observer's vessel note could one day become the Observer himself. At one point in November 11, the Observer asks "REMEMBER OUR VISITS?" and at the end of the same video, a picture of Firebrand has "FIREBRAND REMEMBERS" as a caption. Also note that Firebrand's title is "The Stubborn" And Noah is resisting the Collective's influence. So either Firebrand was once Noah (or a version thereof, ) or his title is a coincidence and Noah's reaction is to something else entirely.
Firebrand was once stalked by the Collective.In relation to the previous theory, instead of Noah becoming Firebrand, Firebrand was once someone in a similar situation to him. Since Noah being Firebrand seems like it might lead to some non-linear time streams, it seems somewhat unlikely. Instead, Firebrand was just a past "target" in the same situation Noah is now. It could explain much of things about him; being titled "The Stubborn", helping/warning Noah, and especially retaining some sort of separation from the rest of the Collective.
The Observer is more than one person.I.e, he/she/it uses more than one vessel. The hand that strokes Noah's face in November 11th is suspiciously feminine, especially compared to the hand we see later, writing on him. There's also the fact that s/he/it very rarely uses singular pronouns to refer to themselves. We already know that the Observer is a hivemind, so it's possible that this mind is stretched across multiple bodies (possibly related to the Slendy cult).
Noah isn't going to die.And someone is going to make sure he doesn't. Take a close look at these three pics that Observer sent to his Twitter. They have some hidden, unusually reassuring messages in different type. Clearly some third entity is against the Observer's goals, even if Noah says otherwise...
Milo is Firebrand.... and he's on Noah's side, working from the inside to take down the Collective.
Noah's involvement with The Collective runs deeper than we think...Rather than just being a part of The Collective’s plans from birth, Noah’s involvement extends long before that. As in, “Noah” had past lives for the sake of being a part of their plans over the course of several generations. The title of Firebrand and "The Stubborn" may be construed as mockery by The Collective; he resists at first, but it is pointless, as he fulfills his job for The Collective anyhow, whether Noah knows it or not. Resistance is futile for Noah, and it’s a harsh lesson he has to relearn… forever.
The Chess Motif is a foreshadowing of dissension in the Collective.The Observer presents each member of the Collective as a chess piece, but he puts them on opposing sides.
HABIT wants Noah to read the book so that HE can learn what's inside it.If the Observer can't touch it and Slendy can't touch it, it stands to reason that HABIT's host bodies can't either. But Noah can read it. The book contains forbidden knowledge, most likely including how to kill or even control Slendy. Now, it's likely that Noah will read it cover to cover. We also know that HABIT can exist as a disembodied, invisible, spirit. Thus, it's a simple matter of reading Noah's shoulder while he looks it over. Now knowing all of the 'forbidden knowledge' HABIT can work on either tearing apart the Collective or even take it over using a host body of either Firebrand, Ethan, or both since he can posses multiple people, leading to a team up of Noah, the remaining HYBRID guys, Doctor Corenthal and an uneasy alliance with The Collective to stop the bigger threat, possibly ending with HABIT possessing SLENDY!
No time travel is actually involved, the Collective members come from an alternate universeIn this alternate universe, Noah becomes Firebrand and Milo doesn't die and becomes Mr. Scars. The other universe's Milo then comes over to the main universe and kills this universe's Mary Asher.
This universe's Slender Man is the world's first and only time traveler.More specifically, he's from the alternate future where Germany wins World War II, hence the connections to Nazi Germany. The man who would become Slender Man was appalled and disgusted by what Nazism has done to the world. He wanted to to fix this awful world and make it better. Thankfully, he's alive at the time when time travel is possible, but he can't afford a time machine. So he steals one, while fleeing from Gestapos in an epic chase scene, and travels back in time to World War II, 1945, and somehow created the future we live in now. One problem, however: he changed to future in a way that he would never be born. This causes the Grandfather Paradox to kick in, until he reaches a state where he both exists and doesn't exist. This is why the Observer defines the Administrator as "onedevidedbyzero" and claims that his Combat Tentacles are cracks in space and time: he's a victim of a temporal paradox, forced to never fully exist in reality. He can show up in this universe for brief periods of time, but he can only truly exist inside his pocket dimension. Where he is God, and Firebrand is the fallen angel.
Eons ago, HABIT had once been part of the CollectiveHis abilities/trait are very similar of the collective (several eon old entity with the power to posses people and commit violent/psychopathic acts. However, he was able to break off much earlier on by himself. However, he was much weakened (as he fought for freedom by himself) and could no longer exist without a physical vessel. He hates Slender of all the trouble he has caused him but still carries tendencies as the once former collective member (note that Firebrand had escaped with assistance of HABIT so he can still maintain a physical form, abeit distorted sort of).
Karl is/was PersolusOther than the fact it is an old man, the fact Persolus's title is "the hermit" might be seen how Karl shoos away others (like Noah). Karl had encountered Slender man which is when Persolus took over him. His session would have been getting the journal but ended before he could give it to the Collective/Slender man. It may be that after one's session ends, memories are general wiped/ stored somewhere (and Persolous could have left him due to Karl knowing the contents about the journal and how to protect). His memories/mind might have signaled Karl when Noah's involvement in Milo's case became apparent without directly asking anyone. He was able to sense that Noah will eventually become Firebrand which is why he shooed him away.
Robert is SwainAdding on to the above WMG, while Noah said to discount the earlier alignment of chess pieces, Robert is possibly Swain since: -he and Noah are in the same colour alignment in the cheese pieces -Firebrand told Noah he would need to see Robert - Swain's name is "The Lover" and Robert was Milo's real father so he would could be possibly be "The Lover" to Cursor (could also refer to how Mary said that Robert also betrayed her to by being one of Slenderman's henchman.