Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for 1899!
Hidden Details on Netflix 1899 suggest that Ada’s death may be even darker than originally thought. What starts as a simple mystery of a missing ship named Prometheus in 1899 turns into a chilling tale about the distorted nature of human perception and reality. Bye 1899 has a dark atmosphere from the start, the show’s plot takes a painful turn when a young girl, Ada, is found dead on the deck of his centership, the Kerberos. What follows is a series of mysterious events that show that everything in Kerberos is a simple construct inside a simulation.
Ada’s death sets up Daniel (played by Aneurin Barnard from Peaky Blinders season 6), a mysterious passenger who boards the Kerberos as 1899The main villain. He appears to be the only person who meets Ada and presumably does something to her with his remote control shell moments before she is found dead. However, as 1899 progresses, it becomes apparent that the passengers of Kerberos are living in a fake simulation, but at the same time are alive and supposedly healthy in reality. This twist not only confirms that Daniel is among 1899righteous characters, but also establishes that there is more to Ada’s death than meets the eye.
Why Ada’s Death Doesn’t Mean She’s Really Dead
To the final moments 1899 Season 1, Captain Eyck (played by Andreas Piechmann from Dark season 3) will suffer the same fate as Ada when the ship’s first mate, Sebastian, uses his remote control carapace to kill him. Like Ada, Ake shows no signs of fatal injuries, indicating that Daniel and Sebastian used their shells to manipulate the simulation code in such a way that Ada and Ake were simply destroyed from the simulation. Since nothing is real in the simulation, Ada and Ake’s exit didn’t necessarily kill them. This is further reinforced in 1899the ending when Maura escapes the simulation, wakes up on the Prometheus spaceship in 2099, and finds the “real” Ake with the other main Kerberos passengers hooked up to the machine that runs the simulation.
Ada may not have been a real person in 1899
Maura’s father, Henry (played by Anton Lesser from the cast Andor) seems to be carefully designed 1899ship simulation to make sure she finds the exit key. Even the triangular key symbol imprinted on everything from the ship’s doors to its carpets seems like a subliminal message to awaken Maura’s memory and help her find the key. Given how Ada asks Maura if she has children and brings up memories from her real life during their first interaction, Ada may be a construct, or rather an NPC in Henry’s simulation, fabricated to activate Maura’s lost memory.
In another scene, Ada tells Tuva a dark story about a ghost ship, as if she can foresee the future of Kerberos. This seems to be another clue to her NPC status. The Netflix series confirms this theory in the finale, when all members of Ada’s Danish family, except for her, are on 1899 final spaceship Prometheus.
Why there might be fake people in the 1899 simulation
Although 1899 never explicitly mentions it, some details suggest that Elliot is also dead in the real world and only exists in the simulation. For example, Maura and Daniel’s first simulation is a children’s playroom located under a grave in front of Henry’s hospital. 1899 also reveals that Maura created a simulation after Elliot fell ill because she couldn’t bear the pain of his supposed death and erased her memory to spend time peacefully with him in the fake reality. If Maura can create a fake version of her dead son to make her simulated reality more believable, then Henry can probably do the same to sell his simulation’s believability to the real people in it.
In the Netflix sci-fi TV show, Henry is likely using NPCs in his simulation as catalysts to drive events on the ship in a direction that will bring him the desired results. Since Daniel is killing Ada to start a chain reaction that will help Maura get her memories back, it is likely that Daniel is also using Kerberos NPCs to advance his mission in the simulation. There is a scene in support of this. 1899 Episode 2, where two workers in the engine room of Kerberos talk like real NPCs from a video game as they nonchalantly discuss how the wolves could have killed Prometheus’ passengers. In a similar way, 1899 Episode 1 also has a moment of glitch in the matrix when all the passengers in the Kerberos dining room are sipping tea in sync, hinting that none of their simulation characters can be trusted.
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