When using her rewind and/or timestream ability, Max Caulfield creates new major timelines that are relevant in the game Life is Strange. These sometimes drastically differ from the current one with different life events, character personalities and meteorological anomalies.
Original Timeline Edit
- Main article: Timeline
Referred to as the original timeline is the timeline Max originally follows, in which she rewinds only once to save Chloe in the bathroom in Episode 1, "Chrysalis". It is present throughout the whole game and beyond and can only end (for her) with her final decision when she sacrifices Chloe in Episode 5, "Polarized".
Alternative Timeline Edit
- Main article: Alternative Timeline
Referred to as the alternative timeline is the timeline, which Max creates in Episode 4, "Dark Room", by using the photo which Joyce Price gave her, with the intention of stopping William Price from taking the car to pick up Joyce leading to his deadly car accident.
Afterwards, many events change, most notably - William being alive and Chloe having a car accident herself, leading to her being paralyzed. Max reverts it after seeing Chloe dramatic state and final request, by focusing on the same photo again, which is in a photo album this time. [TBC, Further consequences]
San Francisco Timeline Edit
Referred to as the San Francisco timeline is the alternative timeline that is caused by Max rewinding to the first day of the week, where she informs David Madsen about the Dark Room and submits her Everyday Heroes Contest photo. She also comforts Chloe on that occasion and confronts Victoria with her video of Kate. Max reverts it after she realizes that Chloe is in danger by the storm by tearing apart her contest winning photo leading her to be back in the Dark Room because Mr. Jefferson burned her diary out of anger that she tore apart a great photo.
Dark Room Timeline Edit
Referred to as the Dark Room timeline is the timeline that is caused by Max tearing apart her Everyday Heroes Contest photo leading her to be back in the Dark Room because Mr. Jefferson burned her diary out of anger that she tore apart a great photo.
Between Realities Edit
Referred to as between realities are the moments which are restricted by photo boundaries like the plane to San Francisco and taking the photo in Max's room, which later becomes her Everyday Heroes Contest entry moments.