Norman Jayden talks with himself in an ARI environment. He discusses what he will do next and that things are worse than they appear. He panics when he sees the person he was talking to was himself. He is later found in a hotel room with three empty vials of Triptocaine around him, then he dies because of it.
"What are you going to do now?"
"I don't know... resign... try to forget. I don't know?"
"Is Tripto part of your plan to forget?"
"It's the most effective way I've found."
"Except it's not a solution."
"For the moment I'm not looking for solutions. I just want to forget."
"I'm afraid things may have affected you more than you think Norman."
"Why do you say that? I'm okay... I'm getting through this. Let's just take it easy... see what happens when it's all over."
After Norman stands up, he sees himself and is shocked.
"It may never be over, Norman."
Norman is then seen in a hotel room on the floor, clutching his head and bleeding from his nose with three or more vials of Triptocaine next to him, painfully dying.
- Norman must survive "Mad Jack" and "Fish Tank."
- Norman cannot die in "Solving the Puzzle"; rather he should falsely accuse the wrong suspect OR give up on the puzzle.
- Shaun Mars must die, or in other words, one of the following must occur:
If Norman survives but the requirement of Shaun's death isn't met, then the player will get the "Resignation" ending instead.
- This is one of five epilogues to have a death scene, the others being "Helpless," "Origami Blues," "Tears in the Rain," and "A Mother's Revenge."
- This can be considered as Norman's worst ending as it shows a death that is entirely his fault and that it was his own guilt that caused his undoing.
- Some players consider this to be Norman's second worst ending after "Uploaded," though it is possible for Shaun Mars to live if Norman gets that ending.
- This ending along with "Helpless," "Dead Heroine" and "Unpunished" are considered by many to be the worst combination of endings. This is because all the main characters except Scott die, including Shaun and Lauren.
- Despite being in the ARI environment, Norman is not wearing his glasses, which is an early hint that something is not right. It is possibly a sign that as a result of overuse his brain was altered to the point where he could see the ARI environment even without the glasses.
- Some players report that you get this ending if you allow Jayden to take Triptocaine in the game. This is untrue - you'll only get this ending if Shaun dies.