actually talking about the plot of bandersnatch rather than its game mechanics now, so definitely spoilers
the true ending? does not make sense to me??
i'm talking about the one where stefan gets his rabbit back, and then chooses to catch the train with his mother, which is clearly intended to be the true ending
every other path you go down follows more or less realistic physical laws. by influencing stefan's choices, you're basically selecting which timeline to view, and save for stefan or colin occasionally remembering something you tried on a "previous" timeline it could all conceivably happen in reality if those choices were made
but somehow, choosing to retrieve nineteen-year-old stefan's rabbit in the present? puts you onto a timeline where five-year-old stefan also retrieved his rabbit, caught the train with his mother, presumably died when the train derailed, and then somehow went to a therapy session fourteen years later?? at which point he spontaneously died again for no apparent reason??? what
this one particular path seems to rely on bizarre and idiosyncratic rules of time travel - if you kill your past self, then you're fine until the next day at which point you just randomly die in the present too - which no other aspect of the game depended on at all
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