Life is Strange Wiki
Life is Strange Wiki
Alternative Timeline

This is a timeline for all the events and happenings in the alternative timeline of Life is Strange.

This timeline will begin in 2008; the year Max Caulfield visits in her photo trip and prevents William Price from dying.

Click here to view the original timeline.



  • The Price family goes on vacation to Paris, France.[1]
  • The Price family attend a carnival together.[1]


  • Thursday, March 11th, 2010 - Chloe is given her car for her 16th birthday.
  • Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 - Chloe is a straight-A student at Blackwell Academy.[2]


  • Chloe is paralyzed in a car accident.[3]
  • The Price family falls into debt due to their daughter's expensive medical treatments.
  • Max sends Chloe some letters on parchment paper.[4]


At Blackwell

Max enters the timeline in front of Blackwell Academy. She learns that the Max of this timeline is no longer the same person. The alternative Max is part of the Vortex Club, is involved with taking recreational drugs and partying, as well as being somewhat inconsiderate towards her parents. Max dresses differently, and is treated by Victoria Chase as the new "Queen Bee" on campus.

Max learns that Warren Graham and Stella Hill end up dating, and that David Madsen is no longer security on the campus, but becomes a bus driver for Blackwell instead.[5]

Beached whales can be seen on the beach, showing that the Meteorological Anomalies still happen in this timeline.

At The Price Household

Max is greeted at the front door of the house by William Price, and meets Chloe who is now a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. She and Chloe venture to the beach to discuss the past, and to catch up. Chloe reveals that she had never known Rachel Amber, and that most of her friends never kept in touch with her after the accident.

She and Max hang out all night and watch Blade Runner together. Max falls asleep, while Chloe ends up staying awake all night, despite the two joking that the opposite happened in their childhood. Chloe asks Max to fetch her morphine from the upstairs bathroom for her.

Max can speak with both Joyce Price and William, and discovers that Chloe's illness, despite bringing them all closer, has ruined the family financially. A letter in the house also reveals that Chloe's condition is terminal. Chloe's School Report Card and a letter from Principal Wells (dated the 8th of August, 2011) reveals that Chloe attended Blackwell, but after her accident and due to the lack of disability access available around the historic campus wasn't able to attend Blackwell anymore. Max gets the morphine for Chloe, and an old photo album. The two look through the album until they come across the photo Max used to travel back to save William. Chloe sidetracks into asking Max to end her life. Being in considerable pain everyday, and witnessing the toll her illness has taken on her family, Chloe begs Max to end her suffering, leaving her with their time together as her last good memory before her death. At this point the player must choose whether to accede to her last request or to leave Chloe. Either way, Max ends her time there by returning to the day of William's death through the photo.

Traveling Back

Max returns to her younger self, and prevents the changes she made previously, burning the photograph and letting William leave the house. She then returns to the original timeline, and finds herself in Chloe's room, piecing together the Dark Room Conspiracy.


During this time, Max receives different text messages from people in her new life, and records very different diary entries.

Polarized Timeline (2013)

Max enters the timeline by focusing on the selfie she took on Monday in Mr. Jefferson's class. Similarly to the first alternative timeline, Max's text messages are altered, reflecting the new events. However, her diary entries remain the same.

  • Monday, October 7th - Max warns David about the Dark Room by text. She hands in a photo to Mr. Jefferson and enters the Everyday Heroes Contest.
  • Tuesday, October 8th - The Diner Cop and two other police officers break into the Dark Room.[1] Max gives David's gun to Frank Bowers at the junkyard.[6] Jefferson and Nathan Prescott are intercepted in the Blackwell Academy hallway and subsequently arrested. Rachel Amber's body is discovered.[1] Max and Chloe meet at the lighthouse and Max comforts Chloe about Rachel.[6]
  • Wednesday, October 9th - Kate Marsh gives a statement at the police station.[6]
  • Thursday, October 10th - Max wins the Everyday Heroes Contest. Chloe helps Max to pack for San Francisco in her room.[1]
  • Friday, October 11th - Max takes a taxi from Blackwell to the airport. She and Principal Wells board a plane to San Francisco. Max enters the timeline and talks to Wells about the week's events. She gets a nosebleed. Sometime later, they arrive at the Zeitgeist Gallery. Max approaches her photo and has a vision of the tornado. She calls Chloe and discovers that the storm is approaching Arcadia Bay. Max then focuses on the photograph and returns to the day it was taken.

Traveling Back

Max returns to her room at Blackwell and tears the freshly taken photo, in order to not end up in San Francisco. She then finds herself restrained in the Dark Room on October 11th, in the middle of a conversation with Jefferson.

"Flicker" Timelines

During the comic series, Max briefly shifts into various different timelines one year after the destruction of Arcadia Bay. These timelines include:

  • The timeline where Max sacrificed Chloe in order to save Arcadia Bay.
  • A timeline where Arcadia Bay was not destroyed, and Dana Ward never terminated her pregnancy.
  • A timeline where Arcadia Bay was not destroyed, and Max and Warren are a couple.
  • A timeline where Max died at the age of 13, speculated to be the same car accident that killed William Price.
  • A timeline similar but slightly different to the "Waves" timeline where Max, Chloe, and Rachel are friends living in Arcadia Bay, and Chloe are Rachel are dating.

Waves Timeline

Max is eventually pulled to a timeline where Chloe and Rachel are dating and are living in Santa Monica. Max never moved back to Arcadia Bay in this timeline, and the Max from the original timeline encounters Chloe and Rachel on the beach. The three become best friends, and Max is unable to return to her original world, with the path back being blocked to her.

Max lives in Los Angeles with Chloe and Rachel for two years. Eventually, Max comes to learn that there is another person with powers in this world, named Tristan, and searches to try to find a way back to her own world with his aid.


  • There is a blue Awareness ribbon on the photo album in Alternative Chloe’s room. Among its meanings is ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), a medical condition that may be caused by trauma. (See here for all meanings).
  • During a conversation with Alternative Chloe, Max mentions the two of them watched Power Rangers as children. When Max looks at Chloe's IV drip, she makes a reference to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: "That must be her mighty morphine machine..."
  • Joyce's aunt, Aunt Dorothy, is believed to be a reference to L. Frank Baum's Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz.
  • In a letter addressed to William and Joyce by Ray Wells, Wells suggests taking Chloe to "Miskatonic Institute", a school that caters to disabled persons. In H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos, Miskatonic University is a fictional university that first appeared in the 1922 story, Herbert West–Reanimator.
  • In an article discussing the Prescott Family, the writer's name is Craig Kennedy. Professor Craig Kennedy is a character that appeared in Sherlock Holmes novels written by Arthur B. Reeve.
  • In a letter to Joyce from the Arcadia Bay Spinal Center, Dr. Anton Phibes details the Alternative Chloe Price's deteriorating respiratory system. Dr. Anton Phibes was a character in the 1971 British horror film The Abominable Dr. Phibes.
  • The Alternative Price family is apparently indebted to Donald Clamp lenders, which might be a reference to the corrupt local Clamp corporation from Gremlins 2.
  • On Alternative Chloe's computer, Max can find a conversation in an online chatroom with someone who's about to start watching Quantum Leap.
  • Alternative Chloe refers to herself as "Chloe of the Caribbean", which is a reference to the movie Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • When discussing Ridley Scott's Blade Runner, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Alternative Chloe mentions she wanted to dye her hair like Pris had. Pris, however, never dyed the ends of her bangs.
  • Alternative Chloe asks Max whether or not she believed Deckard was a Replicant. The question is part of a longstanding discussion that began following the release of the film in 1982. The "Final Cut" leans heavily toward the argument supporting the Deckard-Replicant angle. Ridley Scott has stated multiple times that Deckard was, in fact, a Replicant from the beginning.
  • Alternative Chloe refers to her morphine injector as "total Star Trek shit".
  • In her diary Max mentions Vangelis, the composer of the much known Blade Runner soundtrack.
  • When Max returns from the bathroom with the morphine, Chloe says, "Finally. Give me the blue pill…". This is a reference to The Matrix where the blue pill allows a state of blissful ignorance/illusion.
  • At Blackwell, Max notices that Warren has hooked up with Stella. Stella can be seen wearing a light blue top with the words and emoji "Cool Story :/". This mirrors the phrase on the patch that Max has on her bag strap in the original timeline.


Timestream Images

(add captions to the images)



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Evident from the new photographs in the time stream montage. Exact date unknown.
  2. Discovered from Chloe's Report Card in her garage bedroom.
  3. Evident from Principal Wells' letter regarding her handicapped access to the Blackwell campus for that year.
  4. We know that she sent letters to Chloe after her accident to attempt to keep in touch.
  5. Without Joyce in his life, David's passion for justice and security were probably less supported and he ended up taking on a simpler job with a routine in order to help with his PTSD.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Evident from a message from Chloe to Max.