The Dark Secret of Control's Shadow | The SCIENCE of... Control
SUBSCRIBE to Catch all the Theories! ►

Control is an experimental journey through not only a new world inhabited by beings called The Hiss, but through the mind of our protagonist. Jesse is the new director of an agency investigating the paranatural happenings in the world. She is chosen, not only for being in the right place at the moment, but because of her history with such events. Today, Austin is diving into the science that may explain exactly what happened to her and how she may have just created her own brother... Yes, you read that right.

Shout out to this reddit post ►

Join The SCIENCE on Patreon ►
Want to join in the SCIENCE discussion? ►►

Game Theories:
The Tragedy of Deltarune (Undertale) ►
How DEADLY Is Mario's Bob-Omb? ►►
What is a Kirby? The SCIENTIFIC PROOF! ►

How To SURVIVE A Nuclear Fallout! ►
MONIKA: Google's Newest Creation! ►►
Minecraft Diamonds DECODED! ►►
The Move That BROKE Pokemon! ►►

  • Pazuzu Deamon
    Pazuzu Deamon

    control is SCP from a different AU.

  • chiffmonkey

    "By bringing the subconscious to the conscious, you shine a light on it and it gets smaller." Oh hello Alan Wake. Also I think you've got it wrong. Dylan isn't Jesse's shadow. Jesse is Dylan's repressed anima, given the driver's seat for once. After all, he's the dreamer, she's a part of the dream. Control is a world where the rules of the psyche seem to apply to the tangible external world too - synchronicity. But it's to such a ridiculous degree that it's obviously just a projection from inside someone's head. Dylan is a representation of Sam Lake, the ideas guy behind Remedy games - hence the reference not just to Alan Wake but also to Max Payne, who literally wears Sam's face. When you play one of these games, you are exploring the inside of Sam's head. If you want to see The Shadow in a game though, check out the Ocarina of Time sequence from the Ice Cavern through to the Shadow Temple and pay attention to what Sheik says and the Water Temple mid-boss.

  • Clanso

    That German was....not 100% actually

  • Kylar Stern
    Kylar Stern

    Imma complain about spoilers anyway! You can't stop me! Who's driving so fast that they need down force to keep them on the road? That can't be that common!

  • N.S.C. h0r1zon
    N.S.C. h0r1zon

    Austin: Do not watch this because of spoilers cause I'll be explaining the plot Me who's broke: 👁️👄👁️

  • Jonathan Dubinsky
    Jonathan Dubinsky

    You made it sound like such a good game. I the video into my watch later..... And I still haven't played the game so I accepted I probably never will and accepted the spoilers willingly :( and cool cool idea I love psychology based theories

  • Pepco Rampouch
    Pepco Rampouch

    Bruh, dont care enough about that game in order to not spoil it, hit meeeeeeeeee! :-D

  • •Lemon CRY•
    •Lemon CRY•

    XDDDD Schattenprojektion XDD but it Was close lmao

  • Commenter

    You looking for me..?

  • JOSIAH M32
    JOSIAH M32


  • jayhalliwell

    So glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t play this game till this year 😅

  • FBC Researcher
    FBC Researcher

    This comment is writen in memory of Agent Philip. As of ███ ███████ of ██ / ██ / ████, he is considered MIA. From all gathered information, Agent Philip was locked in containment cell ████ for several hours. In Agent Philip's rescue attempt, Agent Philip was █████████ by ████████████ titled: ███ ██████.

  • WinterTrooper

    It's pretty much confirmed that prior to Alan rewriting reality Dylan and Jesse were one person.

  • Andrew Chuisano
    Andrew Chuisano

    Could really tell how much you enjoyed this different format from listening to the energy in your voice. More please!

  • Pogboi


  • Raydok

    I’m German, the J sounds like a Y

  • Red Neckster
    Red Neckster

    Here to drop a quick diss.

  • デカラインLARA

    *_The first seconds..._* *_I get Jean Grey vibes._*

  • Kaden Trenkler
    Kaden Trenkler


  • Rakhee Koshy
    Rakhee Koshy

    Please do madness combat

  • Sea Monkey
    Sea Monkey

    3:56 So basicly the UIU of the SCP Foundation? But like not a stinky side G.O.I.

  • J.K. :-p
    J.K. :-p

    Seeing an ad with MatPat before this video played was really trippy

  • Nova Star
    Nova Star

    The way Austin said X-Files when SCP was right there💀

  • Lee Hampton
    Lee Hampton


  • invexcium games
    invexcium games

    Matpat ad for big change before video, nice

  • Ꭱite


  • That one guy you saw in the comments
    That one guy you saw in the comments

    Ok x13

  • RegularPit

    Damn I love this game.

  • Moira Blair
    Moira Blair

    Hey Austin pleaser make an Adventure Time theory

  • Milkshake Draws
    Milkshake Draws

    That moment when you got an ad featuring MatPat, when you’re watching game theory:

  • Pjs raven
    Pjs raven

    I am really confused do these guys share a channel

  • Star Scapes
    Star Scapes

    Matt please do a video on Ahti

  • Thewebb 12
    Thewebb 12

    I don't care about spoilers 😜

  • Staff Bearer
    Staff Bearer

    Austin: Jessie and Dylan are the same person Me: transgender. * Dylan talks about his first dream * Me: Ok, now I REALLY think this is transgender. Am I the only one who thought that?

  • ReBoot

    Getting to know and to understand one's subconscious impulses, as well as learning to accept them and live with them, is actually a real useful part of therapy.

  • MuzDog


  • MuzDog


  • Mahmood Mohanad
    Mahmood Mohanad

    Really wow It had been 2 years ❓ Damn these years passing really really fast

  • BatalionHunter

    huh I just assumed that the adults disappeared because jesse used the projector to trap the bully's and adults in other slides and that's why she burned the slides

  • Elijah "DG III" McElroy
    Elijah "DG III" McElroy

    Wow. This is really deeply thought out and i love it. It’s now my personal head canon

  • jack patton
    jack patton

    This game has been in my recommended for a while. This video pushed me to buy it. It's bloody incredible, and I'm so glad I avoided that spoiler. Playing this game blind hits so good.

  • Sh1n1gam1

    I've been curious for a while now. What is the song used in the intro for this video?

  • Shawn Neufeld
    Shawn Neufeld

    How about a quantum break episode

  • Samuel Augsburger
    Samuel Augsburger

    1:58 onward felt like I was watching an episode of Beyond Belief with Jonathan Frakes

  • Alex Demirov
    Alex Demirov

    This is an excellent video and it builds up the lore of the game amazingly.

  • Isaac Becker
    Isaac Becker

    Explaining Control to someone who's never played it: scuffed SCP foundation shenanigans

  • Jacob

    Really??? Spoilers? You should've said so....... :|

  • Seb Tube
    Seb Tube

    Alt Title: This Is Gonna Happend In Control 2 | Her Secret Shadow | The Lost War

  • ThePavilion76

    Install it on an SSD, the loading screens take a long time, and if you are like me you will be dieing a LOT! Maxed health, used "assist mode" to further reduce damage by 20% and there were several times I rage quit, mostly because I didn't want to wait another 1-3 minutes for a loading screen again. I somehow always died very, very fast.

    • Ghost Nebula
      Ghost Nebula

      Had the same problem.

  • Jonah Tarlo
    Jonah Tarlo

    yes please figure out what Ahti is! btw I finished control a few hours ago.

  • gene sia
    gene sia

    D-does Austin not know about the SCP foundation???

  • Nikki Orr
    Nikki Orr

    one of these days I''ll finally finish it and be able to watch this video

  • Alex Zitro
    Alex Zitro

    Funny…I actually did what you told me…I stopped the video, played the game, just finished and now I’m back…what I miss??

  • Karen Himura
    Karen Himura

    QUESTION THEN: off-topic but could this be the reason of the belief in 'shadow work' in some pagan beliefs? to know the shadow, to work with your shadow, your hidden parts, to become a better person/practitioner and take care of yourself physically, mentally, and spiritually? could be another aspect they took into account with it being a supernatural game and saw the connection between science and supernatural belief?

  • asylum fan 2021
    asylum fan 2021

    Alan wake wrote the whole game in order to makes Jessie find him and save him from the darkness(that dark thing which is another object of power in that lake in alan wake game or last control dlc) so he can stop it before it spread around the world but it's too late in next game the whole world will enter the nightmare

  • ShadowClaw

    Ok but what about Control , Alan Wake and Quantum Breake being connected

  • Emanuel Torres
    Emanuel Torres

    I know its really late but can you pls do a theory on the elder scrolls?

  • Daeshuan Weston
    Daeshuan Weston

    I.learned a shite ton from this video. Thank you soooo much.

  • Josh Reid
    Josh Reid

    Austin... I don't know a single thing about this game other than telekinesis shenanigans... As of 2:30, you have my attention, and I love how your calm, "Let's go." made me shiver. Also THE SCIENCE OF EKKO'S Z-DRIVE FROM LEAGUE OF LEGENDS, come on man.

  • will wagner
    will wagner

    I think the part you got wrong was Jessie was the shadow of Dylan. She was a creation from a lonly little boy looking for a big sister to protect him. This would help explain how Jessie got away, she wasn't on any of the records. Also it seams like the things that happen to them make a little more sense if the memory's were a boy. The things like violence, and being left alone playing in a big junk heap are more things associated with boys then girls. Then when the hiss was growing in power her own power would call her to try and save her real body trapped inside. That would also explain why she wasn't infected until she was in contact with Dylan for a time, he was infected but she wasn't enough of a real person to be infected. Also explains how she can quickly gain such control over the objects so fast. She is also an anomaly so resonating with the objects is much easier. I think that mite also explain why Anti likes her so much, he too in a way is just an anomaly and can see it in her.

    • will wagner
      will wagner

      @ShadowClaw Yes but After and to convince her it didn't happen.

    • ShadowClaw

      Wasn’t there was audio tape of Jessie talking with therapist

  • Eero Rantanen
    Eero Rantanen

    This video came out literally 2 days after I started playing Control for the first time, so I had to speedrun through the entire game to watch this without being spoiled, only for me to forget this video's existance for a month


    4:00 i prefer to say it is the scp foundation of america only, or the part of FBI for anomalus if you kwon about groups of interest

  • Paragon

    Please do quantum break

  • Nightmare Bön Bön!
    Nightmare Bön Bön!

    That's me right there- 2:37

  • Tetra Sky
    Tetra Sky

    and that's a theory, a GAME theory.

  • Not Emir
    Not Emir

    i really love Control, thanks for the video!

    • Not Emir
      Not Emir

      oh my god they already have a recap in the video and i just watched a 10min recap vid, after playing control for 5 hours what a waste of time

  • WolfAssassin999

    me playing the game. "Did he suicide." Also me."So he was shot by a floating gun?!?!"

  • TRUE DARK Enitiy
    TRUE DARK Enitiy

    Seure Contain Protect

  • Streamer Yasi
    Streamer Yasi

    Austin uploaded this video right when i finished Control that time, waited this long to watch it xD

  • Random Duck
    Random Duck

    I started playing control but didn’t really enjoy it too much so I stopped, but I love watching theories. I have a problem

  • Light Knight
    Light Knight


  • mohamed elsheikh
    mohamed elsheikh

    Soooo. the SCP foundation?

  • MrBoom_Doom:}::

    Bad man

  • Darrin Gray
    Darrin Gray

    I hope you can do more of this

  • Mr. Wisk
    Mr. Wisk

    spoilers surprised pikachu face

  • Harry Potter Mega fan 1
    Harry Potter Mega fan 1

    Persona and shin magamitensei fans rise up and salute the psychologist that brought us personas and shadows, the metaverse and the Velvet room. Carl Jung

  • The Stranger Sound
    The Stranger Sound

    After finishing this game just a couple days ago, I am absolutely happy to find that my personal theory isn't just mine xD

  • nookleer

    I have to tell you.. often I feel some of these are just fun, wacky conjectures.. but I think you are 100% right on this one.

  • Brian Quintero
    Brian Quintero

    Where mat pat

    • Tegan

      Austin hosts twice a month. He has done that for a decade. This is nothing new.

  • Alexis Bagacina
    Alexis Bagacina

    Just curious though, will can this type of theory can be connected to the movie titled "A Monster calls" how the monster act some what his subconscious or shadow

  • Gingerfrost

    Nooooooo he brought up Alan wake and ran away. Come back, Alan wake is awesome...... Come back.

  • Ryan Taylor
    Ryan Taylor

    Please make more videos. Like one a week

  • Tristan Connor
    Tristan Connor

    Red green and yellow is Matt Pat blue is Austin What I mean by this is the color of the text on the thumbnail

  • Major Ghoul
    Major Ghoul

    Here's a fun idea for a Science of video, would it be possible for machines to run on blood like in Ultrakill?

  • Neta Hamiel
    Neta Hamiel

    sorry for the nitpick but the slide projector is an Altered Item, not an Object of Power...

  • Timothy McKane
    Timothy McKane

    I just beating the game last night, and I didn't even know that you can actually talk to Dylan (which I didn't actually do sadly).

  • Sheesh Media
    Sheesh Media

    if you wanna see your shadow try shrooms maybe lol

  • Kinos141

    Since not looking at a fridge can suck you into a alternate dimension, anything is possible.

  • Molnskuggan

    Video 5 of posting about otamatone lore

  • Lenta Jzx
    Lenta Jzx

    This game is well put together. It got me hook right away it was really really intriguing!💪🏽

  • Damon Mackwood
    Damon Mackwood

    Stepping through my shadow Coming out the other side

  • That one Cod guy
    That one Cod guy

    Wheres richest characters in gaming part 3?

  • rizzy

    i want to play this game but even with my rig i cant run it without having 30 fps :(

  • nicholas garrett
    nicholas garrett

    Amazing theory

  • Scott Feng
    Scott Feng

    *Persona 5 has entered the chat*

  • Asdrubal Leon
    Asdrubal Leon

    I love this game! there's a lot of unexplained stuff but that's what makes it exciting


    Am I the only one who, when he said, "lovecraftian sound monsters" thought, "pattern screamers"?

  • mrfuzzysg

    Feels like a reach, specifically because we have no evidence in files or otherwise that the slide projector is capable of splitting personalities. It simply projects a doorway to other realities using slides, and without the slides it does nothing. I'm not saying for certain that the theory isn't possible but I don't see the slide projector being the culprit, unless it's the first OOP with a multiplicity of functions.

  • TheAdvertisement

    13:12 I wonder if the way Headspace works in Omori was based heavily off of this?

  • Rival _67
    Rival _67

    Where is Mat Pad?

fail = smash egg
4,2 mil.