Father Theodore is one of The Evil Within 2‘s main antagonists alongside the deadly photographer Stefano, and Bethesda is finally ready to share the first details about him.
“Theodore is the kind of person who always hides his true face,” game director John Johanas says. “He’s showcased as a religious figure, but he’s very much a manipulator in the way he speaks to you and tries to get you on his side. He portrays himself as someone who is friendly and trying to help you, but you can see clearly in his demeanor and the way he creates this world of his that there is obviously something very dark beneath the surface.”
“He’s certainly charismatic,” writer Trent Haaga adds. “He uses the same sorts of techniques as a lot of cult leaders. It’s called neuro-linguistic programming. It’s the way in which you speak to somebody and the words you choose and the way you seem to be benevolent. You make them feel like you’re trying to help them, when in reality you’re just serving your own purposes. This is the very essence of what Theodore does.”
Just like Stefano, Theodore has help in the STEM world. However, instead of using horrific creatures, Theodore uses Harbingers, normal people whose minds have been bent to his will. These Harbingers wield flamethrowers and will stop at nothing to carry out Theodore’s will.
“The Harbingers are people who do Theodore’s bidding,” Johanas explains. “Theodore doesn’t act on his own, as Stefano does. He’s a manipulator, so he gets people to join him, and those people become zealots whose mission is to protect the world that Theodore is trying to create. If Theodore is the puppet master, the Harbingers are his most powerful puppets.”
The Evil Within 2 launches October 13th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.