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"I'm in this world to have fun." — Hayden in "Dark Room"

Hayden Jones is a student at Blackwell Academy. Max Caulfield doesn't have a negative opinion of him even though he is in the Vortex Club.


Like Dana Ward, he seems to be one of the more accepting members of the Vortex Club - extremely popular, but nice to everyone he comes across. Although he enjoys getting stoned, and seems like a lack-luster academic in class, Hayden seems to be a nice guy. He loves to party, and is presumably at Blackwell to study mainly photography, like Max.

Episode One - "Chrysalis"

Hayden is a student in Mr. Jefferson's art class. He seems half asleep, and pretty relaxed in the class. Max can see Hayden putting up posters in the corridors at the beginning of the game.

Later, on the main campus grounds, Hayden is relaxing with two girls from the Vortex Club. If Max speaks to him, he calls her the "retro-selfie master", referring to when she took a selfie with her analog camera in class.

He invites Max to hang out with the Vortex Club, and says that Rachel Amber used to hang out with the club. He says that Rachel was fun, attractive, and smart, and that she disappeared without a trace. Although Rachel hung out with the club, he says she was too cool for them, and "A club all by herself".

Hayden defends Victoria Chase and Nathan Prescott if Max mentions them, and says they are amusing when they are intoxicated or high. He comments that Nathan is like everyone's voodoo doll, implying that people pressure him without knowing what he's really like. He comments that Victoria respected Rachel, despite never showing it on the outside.

When Max decides to leave, he says he'd like to spend time with Max and Dana, but wants to be left alone to study for a test, and presumably to continue getting high.

Episode Two - "Out of Time"

Hayden is seen photographing Dana in Jefferson's class. Dana asks him to make her look beautiful, and Hayden comments on Dana being out of control. He is clearly consumed by the shooting session as he refuses to speak to Max.

When Kate Marsh attempts suicide on the dormitory roof, Hayden is one of the few people filming the event.

Episode Three - "Chaos Theory"

Hayden will leave a one-word comment on Max's social media page depending on Max's choice at the end of Episode 2.

Kate died
After the death of Kate, Hayden will leave a one word comment on Max's social media page. He'll write "Ouch".

Saved Kate
After Kate is persuaded to come down and is warded in hospital, Hayden will leave a one word comment on Max's social media page. He'll write "Epic".

If Max blamed Jefferson
If Mr. Jefferson is suspended from the Everyday Heroes contest as a result of his possible involvement in Kate's suicide attempt, a social media page is set up by his students in support of him. Hayden leaves a comment on this page to say, "Anybody notice weird sh**t going on around Blackwell this week?".

Episode Four - "Dark Room"

Hayden's first appearance in the episode is during the End of the World Party. He is extremely high, chilling on a sofa with some other Vortex Club members. He invites Max to get stoned with them, and tells her to chill out and take it easy. He has no information regarding Nathan's whereabouts.

Episode Five - "Polarized"

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He appears in the diner scene of Max's nightmare, standing in the back and holding his left hand in front of him.

In the Sacrifice Arcadia Bay ending, he is presumed to have died in the storm.

Alternative Timeline

As Max wakes up in the alternative timeline, he is sitting on the lawn along with the other Vortex Club members.



  • Nathan Prescott - Hayden is only one of very few people at Blackwell who defend Nathan and doesn't care what others talk about him. He thinks that everybody just prejudges Nathan and tries to cast the blame on him due to his wealthy family background. He actually describes him as alright and a fun guy to hang out with, especially when he's high.
  • Victoria Chase - Hayden mentions that Victoria is "bitchy", but he still defends her if Max calls her jealous. He says that Victoria is fun to party with and that she's funny when she's high.
  • Rachel Amber - They used to hang around a lot prior to her disappearance. Hayden describes her as fun, smart, and attractive. Hayden says that she wasn't a member of the Vortex Club, but she was "like her own club" and was actually too cool for him and the other Vortex Club members.
  • Dana Ward - Hayden tells Max in Episode 1 that he wants to get Dana out to party with the Vortex Club one night. In Episode 2 he is taking pictures of her posing, and says that she is "out of control" and instructs her to turn left and right. In Episode 4, Hayden is happy that he finally convinced Dana to attend a Vortex Club party.
  • Max Caulfield - Hayden is friendly towards Max and clearly interested in hanging out with her. He enjoys meeting her at the Vortex Club party offering her to spend some time with him and his friends and to take a hit from his bong. 

Memorable Quotes

"At the party... you actually plan to party at the party."
— Hayden to Max at the End of the World Party
"I just vaped some dank OG Bud, so I can barely see you... or these hotties next to me."
— Hayden to Max at the End of the World Party



  • His room in the Boys' Dormitory is Room 108.
  • When exploring the Boys' Dormitory in "Dark Room", his room plate says, "It's all good in the woods".


  1. On the map of the boys' dormitory, his first name is crossed and overwritten with "Indiana", as a reference to the same-named movie hero.