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Marble Hornets (abbreviated MH) is a YouTube web series that inspired the Slender Man online mythos.[1] The first video was posted on YouTube on June 20, 2009, following a post that its creator, Troy Wagner, created on the Something Awful forum the previous day.[2]

Marble Hornets
MarbleHornetsTitleLogo.jpg
Title card
Genre
Created byJoseph DeLage
Troy Wagner
Based onSlender Man
Written byJoseph DeLage
Kirill Baru
Tim Sutton
Troy Wagner
Directed byJoseph DeLage
Troy Wagner
StarringTroy Wagner
Joseph DeLage
Tim Sutton
Brian Haight
Jessica May
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes133 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Joseph DeLage
Kirill Baru
Troy Wagner
Editor(s)Troy Wagner
Running time1-25 minutes
DistributorGrampo Co.
Release
Original networkYouTube
Original releaseJune 20, 2009 –
June 20, 2014
External links
Website

To date, there are 92 videos on the main channel (87 entries).[3] The series also has 39 accompanying videos from a side-channel, "totheark". These videos, as well as the eponymous "totheark", have been featured multiple times throughout the story.[4][5] As of June 16, 2019, the principal channel has over 100 million views.[6]

On August 3, 2015, a follow-up series titled Clear Lakes 44 was uploaded onto the Marble Hornets channel. As of April 2016, Clear Lakes 44 was cancelled after the members of the creative team went their separate ways, as confirmed by Wagner.[7] On October 16, 2016, a successor to Clear Lakes 44, titled ECKVA, was launched.[8] On December 27, 2017, Wagner posted a new photo to his Twitter page, teasing a comic related to Marble Hornets slated for a 2018 release.[9]

In 2015, a film spinoff Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story was released.

Contents

PlotEdit

Season 1

The series follows Jay Merrick (Troy Wagner), a young man who attempts to find out what happened during the filming of "Marble Hornets", an unfinished student film helmed by Jay's friend, Alex Kralie (Joseph DeLage). Three years before, Alex abruptly ended the project after only two months of production. Before cutting contact with Jay, Alex gave him the tapes containing raw footage from the film and told Jay never to talk about it with him again.

By watching the tapes, Jay discovers that the filming seemed to be hampered by a figure known as "The Operator" who constantly stalked Alex no matter what time and place; Whether on set with his actors, walking his dog to the park, or at his own home. Alex‘s physical and mental state became affected by The Operator such as Alex having severe coughing fits, severe paranoia to the point of affecting his personality making him more stressful, irritable, and aggressive towards his cast and crew members, and buying tons of tapes to film himself in order to catch footage of The Operator on camera. Along with this, Jay also finds that the tapes have extremely bad audio and visual problems such as audio distortion, visual distortion, static, inaudible audio at times, missing footage, and no audio. Most of these are assumed to be The Operator‘s doing. Jay does speculate that some of these problems might be Alex’s doing instead. The Operator soon begins invading Jay's personal life, inducing him to set up cameras in his apartment. Posting the tapes to YouTube as "Entries" also nets Jay cryptic and threatening responses from a user known as "Totheark". Jay's investigation leads him to meet with one of the film's cast members, Tim Wright (Tim Sutton), and sends him to the abandoned house of another cast member, Brian Thomas (Brian Haight) where Jay finds the house trashed and finds several important things there such as a bullet casing, a pill bottle, a bunch of Alex’s drawings, a water bottle in a closet door along with blanket, and a trail of blood upstairs that leads to the bathroom where Jay finds dry blood in them sink, and that the lights don’t work. Throughout his visit, Jay hears lots of strange noises and briefly has a severe coughing fit. Jay decides to take the stuff he found. Totheark then responds to Jay with a video revealing they were the ones making the strange noises and were watching Jay the whole time. Jay then uploads footage of he,Alex, and Tim doing a scene together while The Operator was standing outside watching them through the window. Jay then notes that he is distur by the footage since he has no memory of it ever happening. Jay then decides to go back to Brian‘s house in case he missed something important where he has his first encounter with a masked figure who tackles Jay before having a seizure and then Jay waking up the next day with the knife he brought with him gone. Jay then uploads the next entry revealing that like Alex, he himself had been filming himself for a while but found nothing important and recorded it to a hardrive until he found footage of the masked figure watching him sleeping before Jay disappears for 2 hours. Totheark then responds to Jay with a video showing where Jaw was during those past 2 hours. Jay then uploads the next entry where he analyzes all of the stuff he found during his first visit at Brian’s house. He finds that the pill bottle is empty and has had its label torn off even though he didn’t find it like that. He also finds that bullet casing he had is missing. Jay suspects that Totheark is behind this. Jay then looks through Alex’s drawings and finds a message telling him to go to a tower. Jay visits a red tower to find a tape that shows Alex leaving his cameraman Seth Wilson (Seth McCay) in an abandoned building when confronted with The Operator, with Alex subsequently determining that all of the cast and crew of "Marble Hornets" are "gone". Eventually, threats of stalking from Totheark causes Jay to flee his apartment, which is subsequently burned down. Jay receives video in the mail of Alex and his girlfriend, Amy Walters (Bethann Williams), being attacked by The Operator. As a result, Jay sets out to find Alex.

Season 2

Seven months later, an amnesiac Jay wakes up in a hotel room and meets with a similarly amnesiac young woman, Jessica Locke (Jessica May), who subsequently disappears. He unlocks a safe in his hotel room containing videos and a hard drive revealing the events that transpired during the previous seven months.

The footage shows that, during the missing seven months, Jay had a run-in with Alex, which saw them forming an alliance to find Amy. Jay also learned that the masked figure was Tim. Having been driven insane by the terror of The Operator and suspicious of Jay spying on him, Alex killed a stranger whose body was then taken by The Operator. The videos also reveal that a hooded figure has started following Jay, and that Jessica was Amy's friend and roommate, who, when contacted by Jay in his investigation, was unintentionally dragged into the case. When Alex attempted to kill Jay and Jessica for their involvement, the two escaped with the help of Tim and booked rooms at the aforementioned hotel, where an attack by the Operator caused the damage to their memories.

Season 3

With no leads in finding either Alex or Jessica, Jay enlists Tim under the pretense of finishing "Marble Hornets". While Tim is initially furious upon learning about Jay's true motives, he decides to continue assisting him after the hooded figure steals his medication from his home, causing him to have a psychological breakdown. It is revealed that Tim does not remember anything he has done while in his "masked" state, that he was formerly committed to a mental hospital due to hallucinations that he fears were caused by The Operator, and that his new medication is able to block him from switching to his "masked" state. Tim and Jay's investigation leads them to repeatedly encounter The Operator, who subjects them both to physical and psychological torment. Jay begins to experience hallucinations as a result of this frequent exposure.

Tim is revealed to have hidden a video showing that he (in his masked state) and the hooded figure are the ones responsible for Jessica's disappearance and subsequent encounter with Alex and The Operator, with this revelation causing a breakdown in Jay and Tim's working relationship. Jay shows up at Tim's house with a knife and zip-ties, but he is overpowered and tied up by Tim, before later being freed by the hooded figure. Tim and Jay set off to find Alex separately. Jay is later shot and killed by Alex, leading Tim to take over the "Marble Hornets" channel. A confrontation between Tim and the hooded figure leads to the hooded figure falling to his death, after which Tim discovers that the hooded figure was Brian.

Tim, realizing that Alex intends to kill him, attempts to lure Alex to his home, with the consequence of the house being burned to the ground by Alex. During Tim's final confrontation with Alex, Alex reveals that he wants to kill anyone who has encountered The Operator, as he believes this will prevent the spread of The Operator's influence, and that he has already killed Amy, Sarah, and Seth in addition to Jay, knows that Brian is dead, and believes that Jessica is also dead. This means that Alex and Tim are the only remaining survivors of the recording of "Marble Hornets", and that Tim is therefore Alex's last remaining target, after which he intends to kill himself. In the ensuing struggle, Tim finally manages to kill Alex by stabbing him multiple times in the throat. Alex's final words to Tim are that if he knows of any others who have come into contact with the Operator, then he should kill them and then kill himself as Alex had intended to do.

Four days later, Tim disposes of his mask and reunites with Jessica, who had survived the events of the hotel, despite Alex having thought otherwise. Tim had kept hidden before this point in order to protect her from any further danger. Tim's final encounter with Jessica ends ambiguously; Tim lapses into a coughing fit as the camera distorts and then cuts to black. It is therefore not known whether Jessica survived her encounter with Tim or whether Tim had acted on Alex's final words following the affect of The Operator and killed her. When the footage resumes, Tim is alone, driving away and stopping at an intersection while sirens can be heard in the distance. The final image of the series is a text card that simply states: "Everything is fine".

CharactersEdit

  • Troy Wagner as Jay Merrick: The person behind the "Marble Hornets" channel and the primary protagonist of the series until his death in Entry #80. A friend of Alex back in college, the series begins with Jay uploading the entries in an attempt to discover exactly what happened during the filming of "Marble Hornets". He is shot and mortally wounded by Alex in Entry #80, after which The Operator takes him away.
  • Tim Sutton as Timothy Wright (AKA The Masked Man): A former actor from the "Marble Hornets" student film, he is the primary protagonist of season 3 of the series, first in collaboration with Jay and then as leader of the "Marble Hornets" channel following Jay's death in Entry #80 until the series' conclusion in Entry #87. He makes several appearances in the Entries and on the Totheark channel wearing a mask; he was unveiled as the masked man in Entry #35. His fate at the end of the series is unknown due to the ambiguous nature of the ending, although he is one of two human characters (along with Jessica) that may have survived the events of the series.
  • Joseph DeLage as Alex Kralie: The director of the original "Marble Hornets" student film project and one of the series' primary antagonists. Alex used to attend the same school as Jay, but transferred to a different one. A large portion of Season 1 consists of tapes he filmed for personal use and for his uncompleted student film "Marble Hornets". He is stabbed and killed by Tim in Entry #86.
  • Brian Haight as Brian Thomas (AKA The Hooded Man): Brian was the lead actor in Alex Kralie's project and serves as the series' second antagonist. He appears throughout most of the Entries and on the Totheark channel as a hooded figure who works against Alex. He falls to his death during a confrontation with Tim in Entry #83.
  • Mary Kathleen Bishop as Sarah Reid: An actress from "Marble Hornets". She appears in front of the camera only once. Alex confirms that he has killed her in Entry #86.
  • Seth McCay as Seth Wilson: The cameraman for Alex's film, "Marble Hornets". Alex leads him to The Operator at the abandoned building in Entry #22. Alex confirms that he has killed him in Entry #86. He is likely associated with totheark, in part due to the fact that he owned several videos and sound recordings that Jay (and Alex) were not in possession of, and also being that he was the cameraman and co-editor of Alex's short film.
  • Bethann Williams as Amy Walters: Alex's girlfriend. Alex confirms that he has killed her in Entry #86.
  • Jessica May as Jessica Locke: A woman who Jay meets in the second season of the series. She is somehow connected to Jay as she has an adjoining room with him in the hotel, and consequently is somehow connected to Alex and The Operator. It is later revealed that she is the friend and roommate of Amy, hence her involvement. Alex believes her to be dead prior to his own death in Entry #86, but she is revealed to still be alive in Entry #87. Her fate at the end of the series is unknown due to the ambiguous nature of the ending, although she is one of two human characters (along with Tim) that may have survived the events of the series.
  • Totheark: An anonymous figure who makes cryptic video responses to the Entries throughout the series. Their identity is never revealed throughout the series and it is entirely possible that it could be a group of people, as opposed to an individual. However, the most likely identity of Totheark is Brian, as the channel's posts are antagonistic towards Alex, a position which Brian, in his guise as the hooded figure, also maintains throughout the series, in addition to which the Totheark channel ceased to release video responses following Brian's death in Entry #83. Other potential candidates for the identity of Totheark are Seth and Tim (in his masked state).
  • The Operator: An entity of unknown origin who begins appearing to Alex during the shooting of "Marble Hornets", and one of the series' primary antagonists. When Jay personally investigates Alex's disappearance, he starts to encounter The Operator as well. It is later revealed that Tim was the first person associated with "Marble Hornets" to have come into contact with The Operator, and thus the Operator's contact with other characters may have occurred via him. The Operator displays the ability to teleport or otherwise move in a logically inconsistent manner, to move people in a similar way, and permanent amnesiac states in people. While the Operator rarely physically threatens the cast at any point, its presence is shown to have a harmful effect on the human body and psyche, causing the various hallucinations and fugue states of the characters. Repeated exposure to the Operator is associated with a hard, painful coughing sickness. There is no indication as to the intent or goals of the Operator.

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally broadcast Total Length Ave. YouTube views
First aired Last aired
1 44 20 June 2009 18 April 2010 1 hour, 30 min. 1,510,000
2 37 23 November 2010 13 November 2011 2 hours, 22 min. 630,000
3 52 10 March 2012 20 June 2014 5 hours, 30 min. 340,000

Season 1 (2009-10)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDurationOriginal release dateYouTube views
11"Introduction"2:0020 June 2009 (2009-06-20)4,647,000
Shots of the exterior of a car are shown as someone drives, and text overlays this footage explaining the premise of the story from Jay's point of view.
22"Entry #1"0:4820 June 2009 (2009-06-20)6,451,000
Jay has started going through Alex's "Marble Hornets" video tapes and is posting various findings. Jay comments about how Alex had been recording himself constantly. Alex is seen peering out the front window and The Operator can be seen for the first time standing on Alex’s front porch, before Alex jerks back and runs to the back of the room as the clip ends. Some visual tearing is present in this clip.
33"Entry #2"1:3621 June 2009 (2009-06-21)3,645,000
Alex is shown driving at night, talking about how he was out walking his dog and saw a really tall dude, and that he took his dog back home and was driving to where the dude was at to investigate it.
44"Entry #3"2:2923 June 2009 (2009-06-23)3,026,000
This entry includes clips from several different tapes that show Alex filming himself doing various tasks in his home and in other places. Jay notes that Alex seemingly "wanted to have a camera on himself at all times".
55"Entry #4"0:4625 June 2009 (2009-06-25)2,818,000
This tape shows Alex running from the mysterious figure from Entry #1 in a playground.
66"Entry #5"3:3529 June 2009 (2009-06-29)2,479,000
Jay found a tape which includes Alex and Jay location scouting for the film "Marble Hornets". The audio is severely distorted. We see a gazebo, and also a red tower in the distance.
77"Entry #6"0:444 July 2009 (2009-07-04)2,732,000
Jay finds another tape that could be a possible continuation from Entry #1. In it, Alex is shown running around the house, peering through windows, as The Operator can be seen walking around the outside of the house and looking into the house as if searching for Alex.
88"Entry #7"2:017 July 2009 (2009-07-07)2,380,000
Alex and Brian are practicing some of Brian’s lines in the car. After the take, Brian leans back in the seat and The Operator can be seen in the back alley. Alex freaks out and drives off in a hurry, confusing Brian.
99"Entry #8"0:3712 July 2009 (2009-07-12)1,900,000
Jay finds a tape where Alex is drawing pictures of the figure, when the audio cuts out and he seems to panic.
1010"Entry #9"3:3619 July 2009 (2009-07-19)1,855,000
More raw footage from "Marble Hornets" reveals that Alex is constantly on edge during filming, and Jay presumes that the person following him is the source of the anger.
1111"Regards"0:1122 July 2009 (2009-07-22)588,000
The first Totheark video, with a message that reads "LOOK CLOSELY.".
1212"Entry #10"1:3228 July 2009 (2009-07-28)1,943,000
Alex runs through the woods, while being chased by his mysterious stalker.
1313"Operator"0:2231 July 2009 (2009-07-31)512,000
Totheark video with a message that reads "Lakes In Stillnesss will Take Every life of the Night.". The capital letters spell out "LISTEN.".
1414"Entry #11"1:589 August 2009 (2009-08-09)1,877,000
Jay finds another clip of The Operator and Alex. In this one, Alex is lying in bed. Visible on his wall are numerous black scribbles and drawings. Alex gets up, grabs the camera, runs to the window to check the street for The Operator, before returning back to bed. Once he is in bed, a shadow can be seen moving across the drawings on the wall.
1515"Deluge"0:1611 August 2009 (2009-08-11)425,000
Totheark video which contains the words "Watching You" and a reversed, slowed down woman's voice calling out for Alex.
1616"Entry #12"1:0029 August 2009 (2009-08-29)1,722,000
Another scene for "Marble Hornets" is filmed, but with some visual and audio distortion, and later an appearance by Alex's stalker.
1717"Impurity"0:341 September 2009 (2009-09-01)424,000
Totheark video with a thunderstorm and a message that reads: "THERE WAS MORE.".
1818"Entry #13"1:2910 September 2009 (2009-09-10)1,674,000
Alex and Jay are out shooting for "Marble Hornets". When Jay goes back to the car for more tapes, Alex goes exploring, and finds a strange symbol and his stalker.
1919"Exit"1:0715 September 2009 (2009-09-15)440,000
A Totheark video shows Jay walking to his car (referenced in Entry #13), and a hidden message that asks "WHERE IS THE ARK".
2020"Entry #14"1:5923 September 2009 (2009-09-23)1,979,000
The Operator enters Alex's room, but seems to disappear when the lights turn on. Alex then appears with blood trickling down his face. Jay decides it's time to find out where Alex is.
2121"Program"0:1826 September 2009 (2009-09-26)360,000
A shot of a house with rain, a moving S in the left corner, a bunch of zeroes, and the words "BLEED MORE" appear in the latest Totheark video. When the numbers are decoded, it shows that Alex hid what truly happened in Entry #14.
2222"Entry #15 – Interview with Tim"5:013 October 2009 (2009-10-03)1,421,000
Jay tracks down Tim, a former cast member from "Marble Hornets", and interviews him about the film under the pretense of starting the film up again.
2323"Advocate"0:2212 October 2009 (2009-10-12)358,000
Distorted footage of Brian is used, while "TICK TOCK" appears on the screen and a countdown in binary is shown.
2424"Entry #16"7:5716 October 2009 (2009-10-16)1,557,000
Jay enters the house that Brian was last known to be at, and starts experiencing some strange phenomena as he explores.
2525"Addition"0:1621 October 2009 (2009-10-21)375,000
Totheark video reveals that the person behind this account was in the house with Jay in the previous entry. And the audio is a slowed down version of Jay when he was in the house calling out for Alex and Brian.
2626"Entry #17"1:512 November 2009 (2009-11-02)1,353,000
Jay uncovers footage from the filming of "Marble Hornets", including The Operator watching proceedings from some trees, and things he doesn't remember happening.
2727"Signal"0:314 November 2009 (2009-11-04)382,000
Totheark video that features a man's voice and imagery from the 1966 short film "Silent Snow, Secret Snow" and the words "come back" and "find me" in text at the end of the video.
2828"Entry #18"3:3710 November 2009 (2009-11-10)1,762,000
Jay returns to the house at night. This time, the house seems to be more of a mess than before, as there are shreds of unknown items on the floor, and the couch is overturned. The closet is seen to have been inhabited recently. When Jay continues to explore, he finds a doll with unusually long arms and legs. He turns around and there is a person sitting on the couch, now right side up, watching him. Jay calls out to see if it’s Alex, and the person sprints directly towards him. The person is wearing a mask. He attacks Jay and audio distortion occurs, before falling to the ground in a seizure. Jay walks over to him to try to take off the mask and the man shouts “No” and tries to grab Jay again. Jay starts running out of the house, before collapsing again onto the floor in a violent coughing fit. He later escapes, but wakes up the next day with no memory of the events after and the same audio distortion at the end of the video.
2929"Messages"0:2621 November 2009 (2009-11-21)430,000
Totheark video with Pearl Harbor footage, an ominous warning, and a photo of Tim.
3030"Entry #19"2:2325 November 2009 (2009-11-25)1,703,000
Jay reveals that he has been filming himself like Alex, and finds out that the masked figure from the previous entry knows where he lives and has been entering his apartment whilst he has been sleeping.
3131"Return"0:112 December 2009 (2009-12-02)549,000
A shot of Jay, The Operator and the words "FOUND YOU" and "forever" appear in the latest Totheark video.
3232"Entry #19.5"3:109 December 2009 (2009-12-09)1,194,000
Jay runs through the items he found in the sixteenth entry, revealing that some items are missing, and expresses the fact that the trail might have gone cold.
3333"Entry #20"3:1815 December 2009 (2009-12-15)1,271,000
Jay shows us the last tape, with more things he cannot remember. He then decides to go to the red tower from Entry #5.
3434"Version"0:1016 December 2009 (2009-12-16)312,000
An inverted image of the red tower, with some fast-moving words that translates to "Proceeds Trees", which is an anagram for "Deeper Secrets" and the sentence: "Waiting for you.".
3535"Entry #21"5:2421 December 2009 (2009-12-21)1.21
Jay goes to the red tower and finds a tape.
3636"Entry #22"6:4622 December 2009 (2009-12-22)1.34
The tape found by Jay in the previous entry is shown. The footage shows Alex and "Marble Hornets" cameraman Seth come into contact with The Operator, before cutting to Alex speaking to the camera and revealing that everyone else connected with "Marble Hornets" is now gone.
3737"Attention"0:1410 January 2010 (2010-01-10)0.38
A Totheark video with old footage and the words "Return to us. Wake up." Then a series of jumbled up words, that when arranged form the sentence "Awaiting your arrival".
3838"Admission"0:4315 January 2010 (2010-01-15)0.34
Someone is inside a house, and the sentence "there are doors unopened" appears in this Totheark video.
3939"Entry #23"7:5428 January 2010 (2010-01-28)1.23
Jay returns to the house one last time and encounters the masked figure again. As he pursues him, he finds out that things are not what they seem.
4040"Warning"0:433 February 2010 (2010-02-03)0.46
The final Totheark video of Season One has quotes from the previous videos repeated along with footage of the Masked Man.
4141"Entry #24"2:5416 February 2010 (2010-02-16)1.05
Jay has set up surveillance cameras around his house, and they catch him somehow leaving his house without his knowledge, despite the exits being blocked, and then returning.
4242"Entry ######"0:275 March 2010 (2010-03-05)1.13
The "Marble Hornets" channel is hacked by Totheark.
4343"Entry #25"1:5424 March 2010 (2010-03-24)1.08
Jay has moved to a hotel for the time being, and gets a call from a friend to turn on the news to find that his apartment has been set on fire.
4444"Entry #26"5:1718 April 2010 (2010-04-18)1.63
In the first season finale, Jay plans to move away and get away from "Marble Hornets", before a tape shows up at his door proving that Alex is alive.

Season 2 (2010-11)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDurationTotal LengthOriginal release dateYouTube viewers
(millions)
451"Entry #27"6:146:1423 November 2010 (2010-11-23)1.01
In the second season premiere, Jay wakes up in a hotel room seven months after the last entry, with no memory of those months. He decides that he's going to lay low, and discover what has happened in the intervening time.
462"Entry #28"4:5211:063 December 2010 (2010-12-03)0.88
Jay searches his hotel room for clues, and meets a girl named Jessica in the adjoining room who may be connected to the missing time.
473"Entry #29"1:0712:1316 December 2010 (2010-12-16)0.90
Jay finds a video hidden on his hard drive entitled "noentry" and discovers that it shows a tunnel with blood on the ground and The Operator.
484"Entry #30"3:2915:4221 December 2010 (2010-12-21)0.84
Jay meets Jessica again, and notices some weird camera activity when she's around. That night, he hears weird noises coming from her room, but when he confronts her she denies the existence of the noise.
495"Entry #31"7:3423:164 January 2011 (2011-01-04)0.82
Jay goes looking for the place shown in Entry #29, but is concerned when a stranger appears to be following him. Later, he talks to Jessica again, where she reveals she may have been affected by The Operator.
506"Entry #32"3:0226:1812 January 2011 (2011-01-12)0.80
Jay gets confronted by Jessica, who is also having memory loss. The two decide to meet in her room to discuss the issue, while Jay uploads the entry in case something happens.
517"Entry #33"2:4629:0418 January 2011 (2011-01-18)0.86
Jay goes back to Jessica's room, but finds that she is missing. He also finds the combination to the safe in his room. After recovering the contents of the safe, the masked figure appears and attacks him.
528"Entry #34"4:3233:368 February 2011 (2011-02-08)0.80
Jay begins going through the tapes, starting with one from April 21st, which shows him going to the return address of the package he was sent.
539"Fragments"0:1833:5410 February 2011 (2011-02-10)0.26
Totheark returns with a video of torn-up pictures of Alex, and the words "you are broken" and "you cannot be fixed".
5410"Entry #35"2:1436:0815 February 2011 (2011-02-15)0.88
Jay goes back to the building with Alex, revealing that the two have been working in collaboration with one another, and the two run into the masked figure, who is revealed to be Tim.
5511"Broadcast"0:1536:2326 February 2011 (2011-02-26)0.26
Totheark video which has a person looking down into a body of water with a jumbled up voice in the background saying "Enjoying watching you suffer. Do you know me? I will always know you."
5612"Entry #36"2:1538:382 March 2011 (2011-03-02)0.79
Jay finds corrupted footage at the end of the tape from the last entry, and discovers that Alex was the one who sent the package to him.
5713"Sidetone"0:1838:5615 March 2011 (2011-03-15)0.24
A Totheark video which features Alex's voice mail and a coded message which decodes into "LIES".
5814"enttry #37"1:0840:0423 March 2011 (2011-03-23)0.87
The channel is hacked again, and we see birthday footage of Alex as a child, with some strange things added into the tape.
5915"Entry #38"3:2943:334 April 2011 (2011-04-04)0.78
Jay finds an unlabeled tape that has him and Alex walking through the woods, while Alex tells him a story about those woods. Jay is uneasy about how Alex acts.
6016"Entry #39"3:0346:3612 April 2011 (2011-04-12)0.74
Jay gets a call from Alex about a week after the last time they met, and Alex says to meet him at Rosswood Park. Later that night, outside Jay's car, a hooded figure is seen looking in at him while he sleeps.
6117"Forecast"0:4147:1721 April 2011 (2011-04-21)0.24
A Totheark video that starts with old distorted footage of dog's lungs being pumped in a lab, and then the video shows that Totheark was the one outside Jay's car, and that something sinister is going on.
6218"Entry #40"5:2252:393 May 2011 (2011-05-03)0.97
The day after Jay gets the call, he goes to Rosswood Park and can't find Alex. As he walks around, he encounters The Operator.
6319"Intermission"0:3253:1116 May 2011 (2011-05-16)0.25
A Totheark video that shows images implying that he was in the forest with Jay, and the message, "Did you see me? I saw you.".
6420"Entry #41"3:2356:3425 May 2011 (2011-05-25)0.78
After 15 minutes of silence on the tape from Entry #40, the camera is picked up and taken back to Jay's car, where it's revealed that the hooded figure was the one who brought it back.
6521"Indicator"0:2657:002 June 2011 (2011-06-02)0.35
A Totheark video which is shown in complete black and white with a child's doll and messages such as "MESSAGES EVERYWHERE, SIGNS EVERYWHERE". The telephone button for the number 0 (Operator) is in one of the eyes of the doll.
6622"Entry #42"5:311:02:319 June 2011 (2011-06-09)0.72
Alex makes it to the park and finds Jay hysterical, after coming into contact with The Operator. Jay later finds his camera in his car, with no idea of how it got there.
6723"Memories"0:231:02:5420 June 2011 (2011-06-20)0.22
Totheark video which includes the ominous message: " Years wasted. You've done nothing. So much more than time has been taken".
6824"Entry #43"7:041:09:5827 June 2011 (2011-06-27)0.81
Alex and Jay go back to Amy's house to look for Amy, but find nothing. Later, Alex goes to the woods alone and meets The Operator.
6925"Inquiry"1:011:10:597 July 2011 (2011-07-07)0.29
Another Totheark video about remembering who a person is. With an image of a brain and an arrow pointing at the area of the brain that controls memory, with Totheark asking, "Who are you? You are who you are. But who are you? Who am I?" A hidden message is then shown, that when deciphered reads "Do I help or do I kill?"
7026"Entry #44"4:091:15:0715 July 2011 (2011-07-15)0.73
Alex is alone at home when he starts coughing, drawing pictures involving The Operator symbol, and then seeing The Operator himself.
7127"Entry #45"3:121:18:1923 July 2011 (2011-07-23)0.71
Alex is at home, when he suddenly chases after the hooded figure outside. Tim (as the masked figure) appears and overcomes him, revealing that he and the hooded figure appear to be acting together.
7228"Entry #46"3:471:22:062 August 2011 (2011-08-02)0.80
Jay follows Alex to his house and sneaks inside, finding a tape before Alex catches him and retrieves it. The Operator appears, and Jay escapes, taking Alex's spare house key with him.
7329"Classified"0:181:22:2415 August 2011 (2011-08-15)0.25
Totheark video which asks the question: "Do you know what he did?" It also has a series of numbers, that when translated reads "The Twins", referring to the Hooded Figure and the Masked Man.
7430"Entry #47"7:401:30:0418 August 2011 (2011-08-18)0.63
Alex confronts Jay about the break-in, which leads to Jay and Alex dissolving their partnership, but not before Jay gets Jessica's phone number. He calls Jessica, who tells him that Alex has informed her that he had previously found Amy.
7531"Entry #48"6:421:36:4631 August 2011 (2011-08-31)0.60
Jay starts following Alex, and eventually discovers that he's been going into the woods, and to the same tunnel from Entry #29. He decides to look at Alex's footage to get a clearer idea of what's going on.
7632"Sidenote"0:281:37:141 September 2011 (2011-09-01)0.19
Totheark video that has a description that reads "Remain seated I will find you". With Totheark then possibly telling whoever they are working with and not to the viewer to "be silent", and that "this is the best part".
7733"Entry #49"6:371:43:516 September 2011 (2011-09-06)0.65
Alex goes to the tunnel as shown in Entry #48. A man in the white shirt follows him and when he confronts Alex, Alex kills him. The Operator then takes the victim's body. Alex tells Jay to meet him at Rosswood Park.
7834"Extraction"0:301:44:2127 September 2011 (2011-09-27)0.22
Totheark video connecting Tim with his alter-ego the masked figure. Toward the end of the video showing the words "How much do you hate? It is not enough.".
7935"Entry #50"14:071:58:2830 September 2011 (2011-09-30)0.65
Jay and Alex go to Rosswood Park, but end up finding nothing. Jay sees the masked figure. He gives chase but the Masked Man gets away. The next day, Jay sneaks into Alex's apartment again using the key he took on his previous visit, and steals the tape that Alex recovered during Jay's previous break-in.
8036"Entry #51"8:552:07:2312 October 2011 (2011-10-12)0.66
The tape that Jay stole ends up being more footage from "Marble Hornets". The truth about what happened to Brian comes to light.
8137"Entry #52"14:332:21:5613 November 2011 (2011-11-13)0.75
In the second season finale, Jay and Jessica meet with Alex, who leads them to a building in Rosswood Park. Upon entering the upper floor of the building, Alex pulls out a gun and attempts to kill Jay and Jessica, who are rescued by Tim in his masked state. Jay and Jessica escape Rosswood Park and regroup at the hotel that they were staying in during this season. They decide to store all of the relevant video tapes in the safe in Jay's room for safe keeping, and agree to set the code to the safe to "1102" as both of them can remember it (as it is the last four digits of Jessica's phone number). The Operator attacks both Jay and Jessica in their hotel rooms during their first night, causing the memory loss that both are afflicted with.

Season 3 (2012-14)Edit

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821"Entry #53"8:278:2710 March 2012 (2012-03-10)0.55
Jay tracks down Tim at a mental health clinic, and they swap phone numbers. Later, Tim tells Jay that he has some Behind-the-Scenes tapes from "Marble Hornets", and they arrange to meet up and exchange them.
832"Reminder"0:298:5615 March 2012 (2012-03-15)0.16
A Totheark video which shows that Totheark was stalking Jay during Entry #53. The text reads "Do you remember me? I have not forgotten".
843"Entry #54"7:0015:5625 March 2012 (2012-03-25)0.52
After getting to the clinic, Jay meets Tim and he gives him the tapes he promised. He explores one tape which shows the "Marble Hornets" crew arriving at Tim's apartment from out of a rain storm. Jay and Seth depart whilst Alex and Brian remain at Tim's apartment and the three hang out. Following a power cut in the apartment, The Operator arrives and apparently attacks the three present.
854"Decay"0:5716:534 April 2012 (2012-04-04)0.25
A Totheark video which exemplifies Totheark’s hatred for Alex with the messages "You caused this. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGIVEN. He will lead me to you. Lead me to death. Lead me to the ark". The video also contains a creepy animation of a face with the words "Always watching".
865"Entry #55"4:0120:549 April 2012 (2012-04-09)0.47
Alex, Brian, and Tim are walking in a neighborhood towards a shoot location for "Marble Hornets"". Tim recommends an abandoned building he knows that they could use as a shooting location. After taking some footage, Tim confirms a doctors appointment over his phone, mentioning he has a history of psychological disorders.
876"Entry #56"5:5926:5325 April 2012 (2012-04-25)0.50
Tim leads Alex to the abandoned building mentioned in Entry #55. Alex is dissatisfied with the state that the building is in but notes that there is another building nearby which looks better, although Tim is reluctant to explore the other building. When Tim puts down the camera to relieve himself, Alex attacks him with a metal pipe, knocking him out.
887"Entry #57"8:1135:046 May 2012 (2012-05-06)0.51
Tim wakes up on the night following Alex's attack in Entry #56. He makes his way outside into the woods and suffers a coughing fit. Tim then enters the building Alex had previously noticed and spots Alex walking around, still armed. Tim suffers another coughing fit and attempts to hide from Alex in a room of the building.
898"Session"0:3735:4114 May 2012 (2012-05-14)0.14
Totheark video of an old black and white footage of children in a classroom watching a film that appears to be about nature. With messages that reads "One day you will understand. Secrets everywhere. Liars everywhere. Look closely and you will know. See you soon". At the end there is a flash image of the Operator with the message "He's watching".
909"Entry #58"13:3749:1821 May 2012 (2012-05-21)0.52
Tim shows Jay to the abandoned buildings at Jay's behest, but becomes irritable when exploring the building that he was uncomfortable entering, which appears to be a hospital of some kind. Jay spots the hooded figure within the building and gives chase, but loses him down a maintenance tunnel, at which point he agrees with Tim to leave the site.
9110"Entry #59"5:2454:4214 June 2012 (2012-06-14)0.48
Tim angrily confronts Jay over his investigations after discovering the "Marble Hornets" channel online. He refuses to work with Jay any further in light of this revelation.
9211"Reference"0:2455:0622 June 2012 (2012-06-22)0.15
Totheark video that start with the words "Look to the origins" and an audio clip of Tim's angry confrontation with Jay, showing that Totheark was there watching. A quick image of the masked face, and with the message "Truth with light". And then a number sequence which translates to "His lies in the dark".
9312"Entry #60"10:071:05:1330 June 2012 (2012-06-30)0.70
Jay returns to the abandoned hospital building and follows messages left by the hooded figure to enter the maintenance tunnel. In the tunnel he finds Tim's medical records, and hears footsteps in the building above him. As he is leaving the tunnel, The Operator appears behind him and chases him to the exit.
9413"Entry #60.5"6:471:12:0014 July 2012 (2012-07-14)0.49
Jay goes through the information he has recovered in Tim's medical records.
9514"Observation"0:441:12:441 August 2012 (2012-08-01)0.16
Totheark video showing that Totheark is spying on Tim in his home.
9615"entry"5:551:18:398 August 2012 (2012-08-08)0.10
The "Marble Hornets" channel is hacked once again, and a video is uploaded showing the hooded figure break into Tim's home and steal his pills, with the effect that Tim suffers a seizure. When Tim recovers, he leaves home to go to an unknown location with the hooded figure following him out and speculating as where Tim may have gone.
9716"Entry #61"6:441:25:238 August 2012 (2012-08-08)0.55
The previous entry re-uploaded by Jay, with his own commentary and speculation as to what is going on.
9817"Entry #62"9:011:34:2431 August 2012 (2012-08-31)0.68
Jay located Tim in his masked state in Rosswood Park following the events depicted in the previous entry. Tim chases Jay and eventually catches him and knocks him out. Jay wakes up afterwards in a shack in Rosswood Park, with Tim waking up at the same time outside the shack.
9918"Isolation"0:461:35:0915 September 2012 (2012-09-15)0.14
Totheark video showing the woods and the shed that Jay and Tim woke up from together. With text asking the questions "Who is he? Who is she? Where is he? Where is she? Who are you? Meet again soon." And a figure standing in the woods who appears to be the Hooded Figure. And then a quick flash of the Operator with the message "Follows all".
10019"Entry #63"5:301:40:3925 September 2012 (2012-09-25)0.49
Jay and Tim meet up following recent events and Jay returns Tim's medical records to him, after which the two agree to work together.
10120"Entry #64"11:491:52:282 October 2012 (2012-10-02)0.59
Jay and Tim explore the building in Rosswood Park where Alex tried to kill Jay and Jessica, and then explore the tunnel where Alex killed his victim in Entry #49. Following a phone call to Jay from Alex where Alex tells them to 'leave now', the pair are attacked by The Operator, and only Jay escapes. He returns to the parking lot to find Tim already in his car. Tim drives off from the park at speed, despite Jay's protestations.
10221"Display"0:371:53:0525 October 2012 (2012-10-25)0.15
Totheark video that appears to be addressing Tim and Jay. With messages saying "Remember. You abandoned him. He (Alex) is searching for you".
10322"Entry #65"14:112:04:1619 November 2012 (2012-11-19)0.59
Video uploaed from Tim's chest-mounted camera of the events in Entry #64. After being attacked by The Operator it is revealed that Tim suffered a sequence of traumatic events, several of which involve Tim being underwater. He also came across the corpse of the man Alex killed in Entry #49. After eventually waking up in the parking lot, Tim got in his car and drove to the abandoned hospital, where he suffered more ill effects and eventually passed out. The entry ends with Tim meeting Jay and informing him that they need to return to the hospital at the earliest possible opportunity.
10423"Surveillance"0:522:05:0830 December 2012 (2012-12-30)0.18
Totheark video demonstrating that all major characters are being watched by this anonymous figure. With numbers at the end that translate to messages "Truly your fault. She's out there. Continue on. I am watching".
10524"Entry #66"13:492:18:5723 January 2013 (2013-01-23)0.40
Jay and Tim return to the hospital where Tim reveals that he was a patient in the hospital as a child and as concerned that he may have brought The Operator into the lives of all of the "Marble Hornets" cast and crew. Whilst looking for more information in the hospital, the hooded figure arrives and inspects a tape he had previously left. Jay recovers the tape, but the hooded figure manages to escape into the woods from Jay and Tim.
10625"Entry #67"7:582:26:5515 February 2013 (2013-02-15)0.39
Footage taken from the tape recovered in Entry #66. The hooded figure drags an unconscious Tim out of the hospital before returning to the building. He hides after spotting Alex, and then knocks out Alex after Alex heard Tim coughing. Alex is then tied to a chair where he is attacked by Tim. The hooded figure is about to kill Alex with his own gun when The Operator shows up and apparently saves Alex. The remaining footage shows the hooded figure, still with Alex's gun in his possession, at night, and Tim waking up in the woods next to his mask.
10726"Entry #67.5"4:192:31:142 March 2013 (2013-03-02)0.37
Tim and Jay leave their present location in order to prevent Alex from locating them.
10827"68"4:532:36:0710 March 2013 (2013-03-10)N/A
The "Marble Hornets" channel is hacked once again, and a video is uploaded showing the hooded figure living in a shack in some woods. He is attacked by Alex who questions him on the location of Jay and Tim. He escapes from Alex. The end of the video shows messages including 'you are trapped' and 'we are trapped'. This video was later made private.
10928"Entry #68"4:532:41:0010 March 2013 (2013-03-10)0.36
The previous entry re-uploaded by Jay, with his own commentary and speculation as to what is going on.
11029"Decline"0:472:41:474 April 2013 (2013-04-04)0.16
Totheark video with past footage of what the characters had been through, with messages "Everything is normal. Everything is fine. I worry about nothing because nothing is on my mind". There is an image at the end with numbers in a sequence with the Operator symbol drawn above, with the numbers translating as "He will pay". And then a hidden audio message that when encoded reads "Have you made me a liar? Or is he gone?".
11130"Entry #69"9:172:51:0412 April 2013 (2013-04-12)0.36
Jay and Tim have returned to the area where "Marble Hornets" was originally filmed. Whilst returning to the red tower to look for more tapes, Jay believes on several occasions that he sees The Operator, but on further inspection of the video footage they find nothing there. Whilst returning to the cars Jay accidentally falls in a hole, and on closer inspection by Tim the hole is revealed to contain several of the "Marble Hornets" tapes that Alex previously tried to destroy, two of which are not irreparably damaged.
11231"Entry #70"5:452:56:4928 April 2013 (2013-04-28)0.36
In the first tape recovered from the hole in Entry #69, Alex is driving whilst taking a call from Amy. Later in the video he is walking through the playground seen in Entry #4 when he is confronted by The Operator.
11332"Entry #71"6:113:03:0015 May 2013 (2013-05-15)0.31
In the second video recovered from the hole in Entry #69, we see footage of the occasion when Jay collected the "Marble Hornets" tapes from Alex. As Jay attempts to leave Alex's residence, Alex attacks him, and later leaves him in a wooded area. Jay claims to have no recollection of the events of the tape after collecting the tapes.
11433"Entry #72"14:113:17:119 June 2013 (2013-06-09)0.47
Jay and Tim explore the house where Alex was living during the recording of "Marble Hornets". They find some of Alex's drawings before Jay halucinates that he sees The Operator in the field outside, before The Operator is actually seen in the field when neither Jay nor Tim are observing the camera. After returning to Tim's car to retrieve their flashlights, they inspect the basement, only to find that a period of time has passed and it is now nighttime. The Operator then appears behind them, forcing them to escape the house via climbing over a gate into the field. Tim takes Jay's camera and then loses Jay, who collapses in front of the house. Tim rushes to Jay's aid and faces The Operator. Once The Operator leaves the scene, Tim assists Jay in getting to the car and they then leave.
11534"entry #73"9:273:26:3810 July 2013 (2013-07-10)0.34
A video posted by the hooded figure following another hack of the Marble Hornets channel. The hooded figure walks through several shacks in Rosswood Park and retrieves both Alex's gun and some of Tim's pills that he previously stole. As he has run out of pills, he returns to Tim's house and manages to locate some more pills in Tim's bathroom. The hooded figure then shows the location of a tape hidden beneath some plastic bags in a wooden box in Tim's living room. He then escapes from the house as someone is revealed to be descending from their hidden position in the attic - the person is revealed to be Alex.
11635"Entry #74"6:453:33:231 August 2013 (2013-08-01)0.28
Tim collects some supplies from a local garage, before returning to the motel where he and Jay are staying to find Jay wandering around outside. Tim brings Jay back into their room and informs him of recent developments - how Tim was able to stand up to The Operator in Entry #72, that he has given Jay some of his pills in the time since they escaped The Operator after realizing that they helped to counteract The Operator's effects, and that the hooded figure had uploaded entry #73 which showed Alex hiding in Tim's house. The pair decide to return to Tim's house due to the necessity of resolving the Alex situation and Tim's need for more pills, and have a meal of the food collected by Tim from the garage before they set out.
11736"Conversion"0:533:34:1612 August 2013 (2013-08-12)0.13
Totheark video with more past distorted footage of Jay and Tim, and the words "Who are the liars? Are you one of them? Are you both of them? Remember to look behind you." The end of the video has a numbered code which translates as "Undefined".
11837"Entry #75"10:163:44:3223 August 2013 (2013-08-23)0.29
Jay and Tim return to Tim's house and look for Alex. They find evidence that Alex had been hiding in the attic for a while but he's no longer there. A photo of Amy is found amongst Alex's things with an address written on the back. Returning downstairs Jay looks for the tape seen in the wooden box in entry #73 but finds that it is no longer there. However, he notices a suspicious looking bulge in Tim's pocket and deduces that Tim recovered the tape whilst Jay wasn't looking. Jay confronts Tim about the tape but Tim denies having it, leading to a scuffle where Jay manages to retrieve the tape from Tim. Tim explains that he was going to show Jay the tape but later, as the contents would cause problems for their working relationship. Jay ignores Tim and leaves with the tape.
11938"Entry #76"10:573:55:2912 September 2013 (2013-09-12)0.31
A video taken from the evening that Jessica disappeared in Season 2. The hooded figure is recording the footage whilst Tim in his masked state is removing an unconscious Jessica from the hotel to the nearby woods. Tim returns to the hotel to fetch Jay whilst the hooded figure keeps watch over Jessica. Alex arrives and frightens the hooded figure off and convinces Jessica, who has no memory of the events from Entry #52, to trust him, after which he leads her to the tunnel in Rosswood Park. Alex turns the gun on Jessica, but she manages to overpower him and take the weapon, before the hooded figure arrives again and fights Alex. Whilst trying to escape Jessica inadvertently runs into The Operator who disables her and takes her away.
12039"File"0:243:59:5310 October 2013 (2013-10-10)0.16
Totheark video commenting on Alex's continued failure to kill Jay and Jessica. The video was later made private.
12140"Entry #77"4:504:04:4316 October 2013 (2013-10-16)0.24
Jay attempts to attack Tim in his home in response to the contents of Entry #76, however Tim is anticipating an attack from Jay and subdues him. He informs Jay that he has worked out where the address written on the back of the photograph of Amy found in Entry #74 is and intends to go there alone, as he cannot trust Jay at the present time. He takes Jay's camera with him and leaves Jay tied up on the floor of his living room.
12241"Entry #78"2:474:07:301 November 2013 (2013-11-01)0.23
The hooded figure enters Tim's house and leaves Jay with both the camera in his possession and the means of liberating himself from Tim's bindings. Jay succeeds in freeing himself and leaves with the camera, spotting the message 'last chance' left by the hooded figure on a mirror prior to leaving.
12342"Entry #79"14:014:21:3121 November 2013 (2013-11-21)0.25
Jay heads to the school campus located at the address on Amy's photograph and looks around. He runs into the hooded figure but losses him again. After tracking Tim onto the maintenance floor of one of the buildings, Jay finds a room with photographs of Alex tied to a chair and a message from the hooded figure telling him to go to Benedict Hall and 'find Alex, find the ark'. Finding that he cannot get into Benedict Hall, Jay sets up a lookout point upstairs in an adjacent building, and maintains a vigil whilst waiting for something to happen.
12443"Quadrant"0:374:22:083 December 2013 (2013-12-03)0.13
Totheark video indicating that Jay and Tim should hold off from attacking Alex, and that Totheark themselves is feeling a certain level of doubt regarding events.
12544"Entry #80"6:214:28:295 December 2013 (2013-12-05)0.28
Jay is maintaining his vigil when he spots Tim running out of Benedict Hall. Jay enters Benedict Hall and explores the basement area before running into Alex, who promptly shoots Jay, fatally wounding him. Jay manages to barricade himself in a room from Alex, but The Operator appears in the room and takes him away. Tim finds the camera later, and after discovering what happened to Jay via the footage, frantically tries to find him. He sees the hooded figure and tries to give chase, but loses him after he exits Benedict Hall.
12645"Entry #81"14:264:42:559 January 2014 (2014-01-09)0.25
With Jay gone, Tim now continues running the 'Marble Hornets' channel alone. This entry shows the actions of Tim between Entry #77 and Entry #80. After thoroughly exploring the school grounds, Tim finds a way to get into the locked Benedict Hall via a maintenance tunnel. After gaining access to Benedict Hall Tim spots Alex and makes quick his escape. He returns to his car to retrieve his pills but finds that they are gone, and passes out in the back seat. After waking up, Tim returned to Benedict Hall and found Jay's camera, as was seen in Entry #80.
12746"Entry #82"10:014:52:566 February 2014 (2014-02-06)0.25
The entry commences with Tim giving a status update on his health following the loss of his pills. He locates Jay's car and finds Jay's laptop inside. He watches footage that he has not seen before. After watching the tape uploaded as Entry #76, Jay returned to the tunnel in Rosswood Park and finally walked to the other side. Finding a load of decrepit buildings, including the shack where Jay and Tim woke up after the events of Entry #62, Jay leaves Tim a voicemail to apologize for his recent actions and states that he is worried about the effect of recent events on his own health. He sees The Operator several times, and has a severe fit whilst The Operator is standing over him. Tim comments on the fact that he never received Jay's voicemail and that he realizes it was the effects of The Operator that caused Jay to turn violent in Entry #77.
12847"Null"0:414:53:3720 February 2014 (2014-02-20)0.22
The final video from Totheark. This one suggests the discovery of the location of the ark is near at hand.
12948"Entry #83"7:145:00:516 March 2014 (2014-03-06)0.27
Tim is exploring the building in which Jay set up his vigil and comes across the hooded figure. After the hooded figure taunts an ailing Tim with the pills he stole, The Operator appears and a chase sequence ensues, with both Tim and the hooded figure being teleported constantly between the major locations of the series. After seeing Jay's corpse lying on a load of Alex's drawings in Tim's own home, the teleportation stops with Tim attacking the hooded figure who is hanging from a ledge in the building they were originally in. The hooded figure falls to his death, after which Tim recovers a tape and his pills from the body. Tim attempts to discover the hooded figure's identity but is prevented by a reappearance of The Operator.
13049"Entry #84"9:415:10:321 April 2014 (2014-04-01)0.26
This entry is the footage from the tape Tim recovered from the hooded figure's body in the previous entry. The footage is of Alex's original casting shoot for 'Marble Hornets', at which only Brian and Tim show up. The video reveals that Brian was the hooded figure. Tim comments on the fact that he had no way of knowing that the hooded figure was Brian beforehand and bemoans the fact that Alex has been the cause of another friend's death.
13150"Entry #85"9:115:19:4314 May 2014 (2014-05-14)0.26
Tim returns home and waits for Alex to attack him. Knowing that Alex is watching him, and realizing that Alex will not attack until Tim makes a mistake, Tim attempts to lure Alex to his house by setting up a look-out post from down the street and not returning home. Eventually Alex appears and breaks into Tim's home, dousing the entire floor with gasoline and setting the place alight.
13251"Entry #86"13:235:33:0615 June 2014 (2014-06-15)0.47
Tim returns to Benedict Hall to finish the conflict with Alex. He looks for Alex but Alex spots him first and tries to shoot him. After Tim falls through some floor boards, The Operator appears and starts teleporting Alex and Tim in the same way he teleported Brian and Tim during their fight. Alex explains that he has been killing the other 'Marble Hornets' crew members to prevent those who have been in contact with The Operator from spreading his effects to anyone else, and that he has already killed Amy, Sarah, and Seth to accomplish this goal. To this end, once Alex kills Tim he intends to commit suicide. The confrontation ends with Tim fatally wounding Alex by stabbing him in the throat. Alex's final words to Tim are that if any of the others who had come into contact with The Operator are still alive, that Tim should kill them first and then kill himself to end the contagion of The Operator's influence.
13352"Entry #87"5:185:38:2420 June 2014 (2014-06-20)0.60
Tim disposes of his mask, and meets Jessica in a parking lot. After a brief discussion, Tim suffers a coughing fit and there is disrupted audio on the recording, indicating the presence of The Operator. Tim is then shown driving away with a serious expression on his face, whilst the sound of an ambulance siren can be heard in the background, before the words 'Everything is fine' are seen on screen. The ultimate fates of Tim and Jessica are unknown, as The Operator's final attack may have been beaten by their medication, or could have been successful in ensuring Tim fulfilled Alex's final request: that he kill the last remaining people who had contact with The Operator and then himself.

Development and receptionEdit

Wagner and DeLage began working on the webseries after reading about the Slender Man mythos and because both liked the ease of creating a YouTube series.[10] The initial budget for the series was about $500, which the two used to create the first 26 episodes.[10] They decided against making a set time for each entry, as they both determined that the characters filming the entries would not consider the length of the episode and that the random entry times would help add to the realism. The entire series is edited with the software Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe Premiere.[11]

After its release the series' popularity grew,[12] drawing comparisons to Lonelygirl15 and Connect with I.[13] In 2013, Dread Central named Marble Hornets one of their "Top 10 Horror Fan Films", noting that while it "isn’t technically a film" it still contained an "interwoven examination of the mythical Slender Man" and that they felt it was "what quality fanfare and found footage is really all about."[14] Early during the airing of season 1, the series received praise from Roger Ebert.[15]

In May 2014, the developers launched a Kickstarter campaign to raising funds for the DVD release of the third season. The response was overwhelmingly positive, with the original goal of $8000 in donations being exceeded by $76,271.[16] These funds went towards further projects, including a box set and new supplementary material in the form of scenes from Alex Kralie's Marble Hornets.

Film adaptationEdit

In February 2013, Variety announced that plans were underway to produce a film adaptation of Marble Hornets.[17] They also announced that the script would be written by Ian Shorr, that James Moran would direct, and that Doug Jones would be portraying the Operator in the film.[18][19] In October of the same year, Wagner announced on his blog that the movie had finished filming and it would not be a continuation of the YouTube series but would be set within the same universe.[20]

The film, titled Always Watching: A Marble Hornets Story, was released on video on demand on April 7, 2015, starring Doug Jones, Alexandra Breckenridge, and Alexandra Holden. The film opened in select theaters on May 15, 2015.[21] Critical reception for Always Watching was predominantly negative.[22]

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  2. ^ "Creepy Things That Seem Real But Aren't: The Marble Hornets Project". Crushable. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
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  7. ^ ""Announcement."". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  8. ^ ""eckvanet"". Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  9. ^ ""Smile for the camera"". Retrieved 12 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b Nolfi, Joey (24 August 2011). "The 'Marble Hornets' Web series becoming a smash on 'Net". Post-Gazette. Retrieved 18 December 2013.
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