Red Dead Redemption 2 player may have just solved a huge mystery

In Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2, one of the biggest mysteries has been the identity of the strange man. A mysterious and otherworldly character, the Strange Man first appears in RDR1, somehow knowing a lot about John Marston and his past with the Van der Linde gang. Naturally, this catches John off guard, as he has no idea who the character is. In Red Dead Redemption 2, the strange man reappears and his cameo is even stranger [spoilers ahead].

During the epilogue, playing the role of John, players can visit an abandoned cabin with an unfinished painting. As players revisit this location, the painting slowly fills in until it displays a portrait of the strange man, who then appears behind John in the mirror, however, when John turns around, no one is not there. Beyond that, there are some NPC dialogues that hint at the character, but that’s it.

Who the Weird Man is Rockstar Games has yet to reveal, but one player thinks they’ve figured it out, and the theory is wild, yet surprisingly compelling. On Reddit, a post went viral for arguing that the strange man is “Cain of the Bible,” “doomed to roam the earth for eternity, marked by God so that all will recognize him.”

The following evidence / speculation is then provided:

  • After killing his brother Abel, Cain is marked by God, so that all will recognize him, and whoever harms him will take revenge 7 times. This is why John Marston recognizes it, but cannot say from where, and this is also the reason for something else, later.
  • He was the first murderer, that’s why in RDR2, if you photograph his house, the photo will be titled “Serial Killer”.
  • The strange man seems to have untold life experience, which would make sense if he was Cain, as he would have been alive before Noah’s Flood. That’s why he seems to know everything.
  • The town of Tumbleweed is abandoned, which could be in part due to its presence. He is doomed to wander the earth for eternity, and God even tells him “When you cultivate the earth, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a wanderer and a wanderer on the earth”. Cain is cursed, bringing death and misfortune to all with whom he interacts, and is doomed to wander the earth for eternity.
  • When John Marston says “Tell me your name or I will not be responsible for my actions” he responds “Oh, but you will. You will be responsible.” It could be in reference to his curse and how John Marston meets his destiny.
  • When John Marston says “Damn You!” He replies “Yes, many did.” He is doomed to walk the earth for eternity, so this answer makes perfect sense. After that he is shot down by John Marston 3 times. In the bible, it is said that those who seek to destroy Cain will take revenge seven times. When John Marston meets his disappearance, he receives about 21 bullets, 7 times the bullets he fired at the Strange Man.

Relying on the theory, Reddit user – Basketballjuice – goes on to note that Cain is also Jack Marston’s dog name, which is a very interesting name to give to a dog.

For now, this is all pure speculation, but it’s by far the best Strange Man theory yet. That said, and as always, feel free to leave a comment or two to let us know what you think or, alternatively, hit me up on Twitter. @Tyler_Fischer_ to talk about everything related to games. What do you think of this strange man theory?