"I'm so sick of people trying to control me!"
— Nathan Prescott in "Chrysalis"
Note: This page contains spoilers for all the currently released episodes of the game.
|Nickname(s)||Rott (by Frank Bowers)|
Nate (by Hayden and S. Prescott)
Dickbagtheasshole (by Max)
Dumbass (by Mark Jefferson)
|Born||August 29, 1995,|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Died||October 10, 2013 (determinant)|
|Cause of Death||Killed by Mark Jefferson (determinant)|
|Hair color||Light brown|
|Love interest(s)||Rachel Amber (unconfirmed/presumed)|
|Relatives||Sean Prescott (father), Kristine Prescott (older sister), Harry Aaron Prescott, Martin Lewis Prescott (relatives), Mrs. Prescott (mother)|
|Friends||Victoria Chase, Hayden Jones, Max Caulfield (Alternate timeline), other Vortex Club members|
|Appearance(s)||"Episode 1: Chrysalis" |
"Episode 2: Out of Time"
"Episode 3: Chaos Theory"
"Episode 4: Dark Room"
"Episode 5: Polarized" (nightmare)
|Voice actor||Nik Shriner|
Nathan Joshua Prescott (born August 29, 1995) is a student at Blackwell Academy. Being the oldest in Arcadia Bay, Nathan's family is rich and influential, owning most of the town. The Prescotts fund Blackwell heavily, going so far as donating a new dormitory for the school's use. Nathan is one of the game's primary antagonists.
Nathan is associated with selling drugs at Blackwell. It is consistently implied that he is mentally ill and is in therapy.
Nathan is outwardly aggressive, spoiled, rich, and acts in the manner of an archetypal brat. He often uses his family's influence to escape any responsibility for his actions, believing himself to be above the law. He appears to lack empathy for others and shows no regard for the suffering of those he deems a threat to his authority.
Nathan is inwardly mentally unstable, has been in psychiatric treatment for years and takes various medications, as suggested by the pills found in Nathan's room in "Dark Room", and in his locker in the Blackwell Swimming Pool in "Chaos Theory", which in fact, his father had been telling him to take, evident from notes found in his room in episode four. These medications include Risperidone, an antispychotic medication used in treatment for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
It is suggested that Nathan may suffer from anxiety, paranoia and muscle spasms due to the bathroom scene in "Chrysalis". It's also heavily implied that he suffers from psychosis, judging from drawings found in episode three and four. Furthermore, one of his psychiatrists explained in a letter to his father that Nathan is "disconnected from reality" and considers him a threat to himself and the people around him. His medications suggest a diagnosis with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, the side effects of which (Restless Legs Syndrome) are visible throughout the game.
Nathan appears to be traumatized and bullied by many adults forcing him to act out throughout the game. He is under a lot of pressure, especially from his father, and thinks that nobody likes him and that his life is hell. He might be suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts, as evident by his photographic fable for dead animals and his admiration of graveyards. His excessive partying and taking drugs, as well as his outward egocentricity and lack of empathy might be his way of trying to cover up or redirect his emotional pain.
Nathan is cultured, and has a collection of art, film, and photography in his bedroom. He has an affinity for a dark expressionist style. His photography collection leads Max to believe he enjoys "tortured subjects" when she explores his room.
Homework is kicking my ass. I bet the teachers grade harder just to stop you from feeling special. But Victoria Chase and her snob minions still front like they're honored guests of Blackwell. The bros here aren't that different. Nathan is Victoria's male clone, with way more money and attitude, if that's possible.
His family is the oldest in Arcadia Bay and I heard stories about them when I was a kid. The Prescotts give a shitload of bank to Blackwell, so Nathan acts like he literally owns the school. Yesterday during class, he put his feet on the desk, started texting and the teacher didn't say jack!
I'd get suspended. But him and Victoria are part of this silly elite "Vortex Club" that puts on popular parties and so they get their way. It's good to be the king and queen.
Just when I thought Victoria Chase would be the worst of my social problems, now I have to deal with Dickbagtheasshole. But I guess he was the one who triggered my crazy rewind power by shooting that girl in the bathroom. He's 19 and already a scary fucking prick.
I guess I have a little advantage on Nathan by being able to manipulate time, but if he shoots me I may not be able to reverse anything. I have to be careful around him, especially since he's obviously got friends in high places as his family last name is practically branded on every building here at Blackwell. His money against mine...
On one hand, I do kinda feel bad for Nathan because he doesn't seem to be in control, like he's doped up or over medicated. On the other, he's an asshole who nobody has called out. And he almost killed (/did kill?) a girl on campus. Should I go straight to the police? What do I say about my rewind power? Like I'd say anything. I just have to watch my own back from now on. Oh, school days!
See here for a list of all diary entries related to Nathan Prescott.
The Prescott family is known to be the oldest and most influential family of Arcadia Bay. The Prescotts supply substantial funding to Blackwell Academy, and therefore his father, Sean Prescott, has a lot of influence on Principal Wells and his son's treatment. They are also responsible for a new development called "Pan Estates" that is scheduled to be built in Arcadia Bay.
Nathan is presumed to be the youngest son in the Prescott family and has a record of being violent and acting out, which is implied to be due to his family background and the pressures placed upon him by his parents (specifically his father), in order to keep the Prescott reputation intact.
Letters can be found sent from Nathan's father regarding Nathan's unruly behavior in school. However, Nathan's father seems to be willingly disconnected from his son and his son's mental health, and instead pacifies Nathan's outbursts with threats to the school and its financial support given by the Prescotts.
While searching through Nathan's computer during "Dark Room", Max can find a caring email sent to Nathan from his supportive, older sister, Kristine who states she is in Brazil, leaving Nathan on his own to deal with his father. Despite this, she tries to encourage Nathan to stand up to their father.
At Blackwell, Nathan retains the position as one of the main Vortex Club representatives, and, by most Blackwell students, a recreational drug dealer. Nathan is evidenced to cut his drugs with powerful laxatives bought online after buying them from local drug dealer Frank Bowers.
Nathan is also a known partier and drinker, and usually supplies the drugs and alcohol present at the parties he attends. Nathan's family influence affords the Vortex Club with prestigious benefits, such as note-worthy DJs and the lack of surveillance by the authorities--a fact indicated by Nathan while referencing The End of the World Party.
Episode One - "Chrysalis" Edit
In his first appearance, Nathan walks into the girls bathroom and begins talking to himself, visibly stressed.
After staring into the mirror and giving himself a pep-talk, a blue-haired girl enters and begins to demand money from him. Nathan is quick to respond that the money is not his, stating that it belongs to his family. The blue-haired girl, unconvinced by Nathan's reply, threatens to expose his drug dealing to his family and his mental instability to "everybody". This prompts Nathan to pull out a gun, startling the girl, which leads Nathan to push her into the wall while he holds the gun at waist level. Nathan then rants about how he is "sick" of others "trying to control" him. It is then that Chloe pushes Nathan. He accidentally triggers the gun but when she dies, he says, "No, please... god, no... I-I didn't mean to. You just kept pushing me. Everybody is always pushing me. Sorry... I'm so, so sorry... My life is hell. And I'm so busted."
However, Max reverses time to the point before the girl is shot. As the situation is replayed, Max is able to save the girl by setting off the fire alarm which in turn, gives the girl a chance to escape before the gunshot. If the player fails to set the fire alarm off, Nathan can be seen kneeling down, cursing and shaking the girl, regretful of his decision.
After Max successfully saves the girl, Nathan slips on Max's torn photo while trying to stand up before grabbing his gun and exiting. When Max leaves the bathroom, she is interrupted by the security guard, David Madsen, and then Principal Wells, who she can then tell on Nathan about the gun, or hide the truth.
Regardless of Max's choice, Nathan will confront Max in the parking lot demanding to know what she told the Principal and/or what she saw in the bathroom depending on the decision made with Wells. Similarly, depending on the dialogue chosen, Nathan will say different things. Ultimately, no matter what choice and dialogue was chosen, Nathan will become offended and say, "Do not analyze me! I pay people for that." implying that he is in therapy.
Warren intervenes in the confrontation and Nathan headbutts him to the ground. Max reaches to pull Nathan away from Warren which only results in Nathan grabbing Max by her neck and exclaiming, "Nobody tells me what to do. Not my parents, not the Principal, or that whore in the bathroom."
The girl Max saved in the bathroom suddenly pulls up in a truck and Max instantly recognizes her as her best friend, Chloe. Warren then pushes Nathan to the ground to stop him from attacking Max and Chloe and is beaten for it. Nathan can briefly be seen punching Warren in the face repeatedly before Max jumps into Chloe's car just as Nathan kicks the door closed, letting the two escape. David Madsen then runs up to Nathan and Warren to stop the fight.
Chloe reveals that Nathan is dealing drugs in Blackwell, but that he uses laxatives to cut the product down. As the conversation continues, Chloe declares that she was drugged by Nathan. On a night out, she attempted to get him drunk in order to steal his money. However, after returning to his dorm, he apparently slipped something in her drink without her noticing, leading her to pass out. When she awoke, she saw him "crawling" towards her with a camera. This motivated Chloe to kick at him and causing her to accidentally break his lamp, which startled Nathan enough to give her a chance to escape.
Nathan is absent for the rest of the episode until the final montage, where he is sitting alone with a camera, not paying any attention to the falling snow as the episode ends.
Episode Two - "Out of Time" Edit
If you reported Nathan, he will vandalize Max's room in the morning while she is in the shower, writing "Nobody messes with me, bitch" on Max's photo wall, and leaving a disturbing picture on Max's bed. If not, then the room remains untouched.
Later, in Jefferson's classroom, he and Victoria are sitting on Max's desk and talking about her. When approached by Max, the conversation that occurs is dependent on Max's interactions with both Victoria and Nathan. Afterwards, the two let Max sit in her seat and continue their conversation in the corner of the room before Nathan is forced to leave the classroom as Jefferson begins class.
When Kate is on the roof and Max freezes time in front of the Dormitories in order to save her, Nathan can be seen looking up with a strange expression on his face.
After Kate's suicide (or suicide attempt), Nathan is sitting beside Max in Principal Wells's office due to his responsibility as the organizer of Vortex Club parties and his appearance in Kate's infamous video. If Max blames Nathan for dosing Kate, he will either be suspended from Blackwell Academy or still in school with Max being suspended, depending on earlier choices. If not blamed at all, he will try to muddy Kate's reputation by stating that she shouldn't have asked to be "on a video macking on dudes".
At the end of the episode, he walks into Victoria's room and sees her crying. He seems to have a smile and lets himself in, in order to comfort her.
Episode Three - "Chaos Theory" Edit
Following the meeting in Principal Wells's office, if Nathan got suspended he sends an angry e-mail to Victoria expressing his anger toward Max, who got him suspended after she accused him of dosing Kate with a drug that led to her actions on the viral video. Nathan complains about the possibility that he will have to work for his dad, and notes that his parents had to be "dumb" if they thought Nathan represented his father's business.
When Max leaves her room later that evening, she has the chance to search Victoria's room. She finds several photos depicting Nathan and Victoria confirming their close relationship.
While Max and Chloe search Principal Wells' office for clues, they discover e-mails from Nathan's father to the Blackwell principal, threatening to cut off funding if his son is not treated appropriately with a spotless record. They also discover several creepy drawings from Nathan, proclaiming "Rachel in the Dark Room" hinting to him being connected to her disappearance.
Other files reveal that Nathan and David Madsen had accused Rachel Amber of drug dealing prior to her disappearance, and Nathan had behaved inappropriately at school for months. An Incident Report wrote that he had several crude outbursts, including throwing a desk in class, cursing at his English teacher Mrs. Hoida, lighting firecrackers in the bathroom, stealing school supplies, threatening the school custodian, Samuel, and attempted theft of the school's Tobanga Totem. A self-written file by Nathan says, "David M. always asks what's going on in my head. David always helps me follow those he follows", implicating a deeper involvement in both of them.
Max can also look through Nathan's gym locker after breaking into the Blackwell Swimming Pool, and will find the prescription drugs Diazepam and Risperidone. These drugs, as mentioned before, are used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Nathan will be in the Two Whales Diner sitting alone with a camera. When Max approaches him, he initially mistakes her as Rachel Amber by exclaiming Rachel's name in excitement as he looks up at Max, implying that he and Rachel were friendly. However, the conversation is consistently aggressive, the intensity of which depends on Max's previous decisions.
If asked about where to get drugs Nathan will tell Max to tell Frank she needs "higher education". If asked about his father, he will dismiss her, calling his father "an asshole". If asked about Rachel and Frank, he will say that she partied more than him and she was a "fiend on her own". He accidentally lets it slip that Frank made a "blood oath" with Rachel, but tells her not let anyone know he said anything. If Max rewinds, she can use the information about the blood oath against Nathan, throwing him off-guard. Panicked, Nathan reveals that Frank believed Rachel was in love with him, when Nathan believed all she wanted was his drugs and used Frank taking pictures of her to facilitate her drug habit. Rachel thought Frank was a liar and loser, like most in Arcadia Bay. If asked about Kate he will say that Max has no idea what is going on.
Episode Four - "Dark Room"Edit
While investigating the Madsen garage, Max can discover a note to David from Sean, thanking him for his help with Nathan. What this means is unconfirmed. There is also an anonymous email present if David has been suspended from Blackwell, which is possibly from Nathan, regarding feelings of unease and fear at Blackwell without David there to protect the students.
Chloe and Max decide that Nathan is a crucial piece of the puzzle regarding Rachel Amber, and decide to go to Blackwell to search his room. Max asks bystanders about Nathan's whereabouts to make sure he is away from the campus. Max then safely searches Nathan's room for evidence while Chloe watches for Nathan's approach.
Nathan's room is locked before Max breaks it with a nearby fire extinguisher. Max finds the room "dark, creepy and overly tidy" and observes Nathan's characteristic black and white photos of tortured subjects on his walls, the photos on his bed including photos of a dead bird and Pompidou if he got killed earlier, and a black and white slideshow on the wall that plays from a projector above the bed. Nathan is seen to have very expensive camera equipment as well as an apparent bondage fetish, as noted by Max as she observes a few posted pictures of women tied in bondage ropes.
When Max comes across Nathan's computer, she will find tabs open for strong laxatives, emails directed to him by his father and his sister, the video of Kate "macking on dudes", and an email from him to Victoria about The End of the World Party (the email may also talk about Max depending on the decisions made previously). Max can also find a Best Son In The World Diploma from 2006 signed by his father hanging on Nathan's wall. When Max is finished investigating, she pulls back the couch to reveal a bag containing a disposable phone.
After Max leaves Nathan's room to talk to Chloe about what she found, Nathan enters the dormitory. Furious, Nathan demands to know why they're in his dorm and calls Max a "nosy bitch" as he stalks towards her. He is stopped by Chloe and then pushed away by Warren, who intervenes by headbutting him to the ground. Once on the ground, Nathan pulls out a gun. However, Warren kicks the gun out of his hand and proceeds to kick Nathan in the stomach. Max can then choose whether or not to let Warren continue.
Warren will beat Nathan in his face until he is crying and apologizing on the floor. Before leaving, Chloe will grab Nathan's gun and taunt him as they leave. Max can stay after Warren and Chloe leave and will see Nathan curled into himself and holding his head as he lies on the ground. Nathan will say the statements, "Shit man this really hurts...", "I think my face is broken...", "sorry" and finally "Everybody hates me... Everybody".
Nathan will stand, grab the gun, and wave it briefly at Chloe, Warren and Max, and then limps away, holding his stomach while shouting, "Plus, my dad is on the way! You're all fucked! He owns you!".
Depending on previous actions, while evaluating clues in Chloe's room, Max can get a message from him, saying that they should prepare to die.
The girls discover that Nathan scored drugs from Frank on the night of the Vortex Party Kate was drugged. After combining the coordinates from David's investigation, along with photos of Nathan 's license plate, Max works out where Nathan took Kate during the party: an old barn owned by Harry Aaron Prescott.
Inside, they discover a survival bunker equipped with survivalist supplies and state of the art photography equipment, similar to that of Jefferson's. Red files with the names of girls on them reside in one of the cabinets. Max can read a letter addressed to Nathan, telling him to behave more appropriately during phone calls in public. Max assumes this to be from his father Sean Prescott. However, it is most likely to be from Mr. Jefferson. Depending on previous choices, Nathan's jacket may or may not be found on the couch in the room.
Upon examining the folders, Max and Chloe discover provocative and tortured images of Kate and Rachel bound by duct tape. Nathan is last seen in a photograph of him and Rachel lying on the ground of the American Rust Junkyard, looking "spaced out". It is uncertain whether Nathan was drugged during the shoot with Rachel.
Max and Chloe return to Blackwell to look for Nathan after discovering Rachel's body in American Rust. Max, while talking to students attending the party, may warn them to stay away from Nathan or alert her if they see him. Max may then choose to warn Victoria about him, who will comment that Nathan is her friend, and is not what everyone believes him to be. Victoria may mention that Nathan has been "freaking her out" lately, regardless of their friendship status. Most students will call Nathan "creepy" and report his unstable mental state and rudeness if asked about him.
When Max and Chloe leave The End of the World Party, Chloe gets a message from Nathan, saying that he "won't leave any evidence" by the time they get there. The text is grammatically correct and fully spelled out, unlike Nathan's usual style of misspellings and text language. Considering the unusual use of formal language, it is possible the text was not sent by Nathan, but by Jefferson in order to lure the girls to American Rust.
It's revealed that, according to Mr. Jefferson, he killed Nathan the evening before and wanted to use him as a scapegoat. Jefferson had taken advantage of his mental instability and his bad relationship with his father, and soon became his father-figure. He manipulated him into luring girls into the Dark Room and drugging them. Jefferson also claims that Nathan accidentally killed Rachel Amber with an overdose while trying to imitate him.
He sent a voicemail to Max, in which he apologizes in tears for everything he has done. He "didn't want to hurt anybody". Also he knew that Jefferson was going to get to him. It is not revealed how he knew or how he is killed.
Nathan is also featured in Max's nightmare , patrolling the hallways like the other characters, threatening and blaming her for not helping him or letting him get beaten up by Warren, but also saying disgusting lines like, "It's gonna be so sweet when I bury your carcass next to Rachel, and do an epic photo shoot", "You wanna say hello to Rachel? She's posing for me in hell" or "Holy fuck, Max, that was hilarious when you guys dug up Rachel's body, hahaha."
In the Two Whales Diner scene, he says, "Max, ehm, truly... I truly am sorry for... being such a bastard. You would've been cool to hang out with. I... just don't want everybody else to suffer like me."
If Max chooses to sacrifice Chloe, then she will focus on the photo of the butterfly she took in the bathroom at the beginning of the week. Unlike the last time, she won't do anything. Nathan will kill Chloe by accident, leading to Nathan's arrest and imprisonment. He eventually informs the police of Mr. Jefferson's deeds, which leads to Mr. Jefferson being arrested and Rachel's body being discovered.
If Max chooses to sacrifice Arcadia Bay, Nathan's fate isn't altered and he has been murdered by Mr. Jefferson.
Associated Deaths Edit
- Chloe Price - (Caused, Accidental, Determinant) Nathan shoots her in the Blackwell Girls Bathroom in the original timeline. This is rewound by Max in Episode 1. However, at the end of the story, if Max chooses to save Arcadia Bay, Chloe's death is inevitable as in the original timeline.
- Kate Marsh - (Involved, Indirectly Caused, Determinant) It is implied that Nathan dosed (or assisted in dosing) Kate, as she tells Max that he had been the one to offer to take her to the hospital and did not. This dosing led to her viral video which is the main contribution to her suicide/suicide attempt.
- Rachel Amber - (Involved/Caused, Accidental) It is revealed by Mark Jefferson that Nathan had a lust for Rachel, and kidnapped her to follow Mark Jefferson's footsteps by photographing her while she was drugged, but he accidentally overdosed her. However, it's also possible that Jefferson killed Rachel himself and just tried to blame it on Nathan like he did earlier with shooting Chloe.
Alternate Timeline Edit
Nathan appears to be more relaxed in the alternate timeline ; he no longer wears the color red, disassociating him from the rage and stress in the original timeline. This implies that he isn't involved in Mr. Jefferson's deeds in this timeline and the relationship to his father is much better compared to the original timeline.
Max, being a member of the Vortex Club, sits in the same group with Nathan on the lawn at Blackwell. He and Max seem to be friends since he texts her about hanging out and according to Victoria's texts, is worried about her since she ran off.
- Victoria Chase - As both popular members of the Vortex Club they've spent a lot of time together and became pretty close; she's seemingly the best and closest friend he has. A photo of both of them fooling around and several party shots as well as a lot of exchanged mails, which can be found in Victoria's room, prove their familiarity. Victoria seems to know Nathan better than anyone as she states he wouldn't be what everyone believes him to be, and that nobody really knows what he's actually going through. She evidently knows about his mental problems and how his family treats him, and from that, it's evident that Nathan trusted in Victoria and confided his struggles to her, since she clearly was someone who listened to him and tried to support him through his hard time. Nathan, for his part, also really seems to care for Victoria. When Victoria cries after Kate's suicide (attempt) he visits her in her room and comforts her. He's also seen to defend her if Max took the picture of Victoria covered in paint. Despite this, she mentions that he has been "freaking her out" lately, regardless of their friendship status, which proves that his mental state had become more unstable and although Victoria had tried to support him, she was unable to cope with his behaviour.
- Hayden Jones - He's one of only very few people at Blackwell who defend Nathan and who doesn't care what others talk about him. He thinks that Nathan is just like a "voodoo doll" who everybody prejudges and tries to cast the blame on due to his wealthy family background. Hayden describes Nathan as alright and a fun guy to hang out with who's also really hilarious when he's high.
- Rachel Amber - They hung out together frequently in the Vortex Club. It's suggested that they had a rather close relationship since Nathan seems to be happy to see her when he mistakes Max for Rachel, and he knows a lot about her relationship to Frank Bowers. On the other hand, he accused her of drug dealing before she disappeared, and, according to Mark Jefferson in episode five, Nathan was apparently obsessed with Rachel and in lust with her; he drugged her to follow Jefferson's footsteps, but accidentally killed her by giving her an overdose. After her death, he is apparently traumatized and feels deeply sorry for what happened to her, since he "never wanted to hurt Rachel, or anybody".
- Maxine Caulfield - He and Max seem to be friends in the alternative timeline since he texts her about hanging out and according to Victoria's texts, is worried about her since she ran off. It's indicated that they also could have been friends in the original timeline.
- Rachel Amber - Nathan was in lust with Rachel. They were likely engaging in intimate behavior before Rachel's disappearance. As Rachel was known to have hooked-up with many Vortex Club members. According to Jefferson, his obsession went so far that he chose her as a model by following Jefferson's footsteps to impress him and drugged her, but accidentally killed her by giving her an overdose. After her death, he's traumatized and feels deeply sorry for what happened to her, since he "never wanted to hurt Rachel or anybody".
- Victoria Chase - There are a few implications of Nathan having romantic feelings for Victoria such as starting many emails with "Hey gorgeous."
- Sean Prescott (father) - Nathan is put under a lot of pressure by his father regarding his role as a Prescott family member, and his father doesn't really seem to care about Nathan's mental health issues, since he doesn't support Nathan's therapist's advice and just urges his son to take various medications. Moreover, he always avoids actual confrontations with his son and just tries to solve his problems with his influence and money, instead of actually talking with Nathan and trying to help him. Nathan himself expresses a lot of hatred against his father, even calling him an "asshole" in episode three. His Best Son in the World Diploma from 2006, which still hangs on his room's wall, and several photos showing his father or both of them when he was still a child, indicate that their relationship hasn't always been that bad and that Nathan still wishes it to be better. It shows that Nathan values the respect and admiration of his father, and is desperately trying to redeem himself and win back the love he once had as a child, which drove him into looking for a substitutive father figure.
- Mrs. Prescott (mother) - According to the letter from Kristen, Nathan's mother has been worried about him and is aware and doesn't approve of Sean's treatment of Nathan.
- Kristine Prescott (older sister) - He has a positive and caring relationship with his sister, unlike the rest of his family. She cares a lot about his little brother and they text regularly.
- Harry Aaron Prescott (probably grandfather)
- Martin Lewis Prescott (probably a great-great grandfather)
- Mark Jefferson (father figure) - Due to Nathan and Sean having a bad relationship, Nathan looks to Mark Jefferson as a mentor and father figure, and Mark uses this to his advantage.
- Chloe Price - Chloe and Nathan despise each other. Chloe met Nathan at a bar when he was wasted, and tried to use his drunken state to con him out of money she could use to pay back Frank. But Nathan spiked her drink and took photos of her in her vulnerable state before she could escape his dormitory room. Deducing that Nathan deals drugs at Blackwell, she planned to blackmail him for money. Nathan grows angry at Chloe and threatens her to stay away, and even accidentally shoots her without Max's intervention. After it becomes clear that Nathan is partially responsible for the drugging, photographing and death of Rachel Amber, Chloe is on the warpath with him and resolves to get revenge for her friend.
- Maxine Caulfield (Determinant) - This can be determined on whenever or not the player has made choices that could harm Nathan in any way. Despite his apparent dislike for her, his behavior towards her is less aggressive if the player has chosen not to tell Principal Wells about him carrying a gun in the girls bathroom, to make fun of Victoria for getting paint on herself or to blame him for Kate's attempt to commit suicide. Regardless of the player's choices, in episode five, Max will get a voice message from Nathan in which he apologizes for everything and warns her about Mark Jefferson.
Spirit Animal and Symbolism Edit
Colour Symbolism Edit
Nathan is associated with the color red (his jacket and his car), which can symbolize a number of things including danger, rage, wrath and stress as well as passion, longing, lust, sensitivity and action. Nathan is most obviously characterized by his blatant aggression and stress and paranoid behavior, as signified by red. The circumstances of the pressure placed on him by his family name and several other people can also be presumed to be reflected by the color. He also strives to emulate Mark Jefferson's photography. The colour red also represents lust which Nathan has for Rachel.
Red is considered a particularly "emotionally intense" color that "increases respiration rate" and "raises blood pressure". This is a testament to Nathan's anxiety and quick-to-anger attitude, as well as the previously mentioned danger relation to his personality.
Spirit Animal Edit
It's discussed whether the whale could be Nathan's spirit animal. This is due to the fact that Nathan listens to whale songs, and also, the deaths of the whales in Arcadia Bay could have been foreshadowing to the death of the Prescott heir. 
Possible Theories Edit
Discussed Theories Edit
Note: These are theories developed prior to the release of Episode 5: Polarized.
It was speculated that Nathan could be partially responsible for Rachel Amber's death, as well as her being drugged and photographed against her will, although it was currently unclear to what extent Nathan was involved in the situation.
Nathan 's jacket's (determinant) presence in the bunker may confirm that he was there some time after seeing the girls at the dormitory. We know that his father was on the way to the dormitory before the girls left. It was speculated that perhaps his father was there with him in the bunker and could be connected to the events; considering there are survival supplies in the bunker, and that there are receipts for the construction of the place in Sean's name, it seemed possible that he would know about the activities there.
Nathan might not have been aware of Rachel's death, as he seemed surprised and happy to think she had returned when Max approached him wearing her clothes in the Two Whales Diner. It was considered possible that Jefferson is responsible, and that Nathan is oblivious.
It was considered rather certain that Nathan drugged both Kate and Chloe, which is evident by their memories and the photo taken of Chloe found in Nathan's room, but that probably he would not be responsible for what happened to them eventually. It was speculated that Nathan's used by Mr. Jefferson to drug girls for his purposes.
It was also speculated that Nathan was drugged for the photo taken of him and Rachel in American Rust, and, after realizing the danger of the situation that he is in, requested for safety from his parents which may explain both the thank you letter from Nathan's father to David Madsen and his surveillance of Nathan (and maybe also Kate), and the fact that Officer Berry has stated, while talking to Max in the diner, that he watches over Nathan while he is at Blackwell under the Prescott's orders.
Another theory was that Nathan even knew Rachel pretty well. Something could not have gone like it should with Rachel for Jefferson, probably with Nathan involved, and that would be why he also drugged Nathan and took photos of both of them and later killed her (she planned to leave the town anyway and Nathan is too important, killing him far to risky). The "Rachel in the Dark Room" drawing and his entire over-stressed, aggressive and unstable behavior could be a hint to him being traumatized by having experienced something horrible linked to Rachel and now having PTSD. Maybe he even tried to save Rachel and since then had been forced by Jefferson to help him by drugging girls. However, it was presumed that his unstable condition, including making those drawings, behaving unsustainable in lesson and visiting a therapist is all caused by that horrible experiences. That also was considered an explanation for him owning a gun and being under surveillance, regarding in what kind of danger he was. Given the principal would really be connected to the Dark Room events, then it could be that was also put under pressure by Jefferson or/and Nathan's father to hide all traces of Nathan's strange behavior, as Jefferson is as well an influential person at Arcadia Bay and especially Blackwell.
That would explain him shooting Chloe as an overreaction. It's also speculated that the twitch-causing side-effects of the Risperidone Nathan is on caused him to shoot Chloe by accident. It is shown after Nathan shoots Chloe, he immediately regrets it, saying, "Oh... Shit! No, no, no, no...", while he bends down and shakes Chloe. In Episode 5, if the player has chosen to sacrifice Chloe in order to fix the timeline, Nathan is seen repeatedly bending down to shake Chloe before he is later shown being arrested and confessing his actions to the police.
It was also speculated that Jefferson stole Nathan's phone to text the girls in order to lure them to American Rust after killing Nathan to blame the past and following deaths on him, explaining why Nathan didn't even show up anywhere or even at the Vortex Club Party after encountering Max, Chloe and Warren in the boys' dormitories. This also would explain why the informal language Nathan generally uses in his texts is not present in the text Chloe shares with Max.
Current Theories Edit
It's speculated that Nathan wasn't involved with Rachel's death and that Jefferson just tried to blame his fault on Nathan like he claimed Nathan would have shot Chloe earlier.
Another theory, that is supported by unused audio files, is that Nathan knew about the coming storm. But how he could've known about the storm is unclear. It is possible that he experienced visions of the tornado as Max did. However, his mental instability and vocal proclamations that everyone is "gonna die" would likely lead to people passing off these visions as psychotic episodes. One of the game directors later confirmed in an interview that it was thought to be in episode 5, but was scrapped pre-release because it didn't make enough sense story-wise and there weren't enough hints to this before the final episode. 
Memorable Quotes Edit
- — Nathan
- "You don't know who the fuck I am or who you're messing around with!"
- — Nathan in "Chrysalis"
- "Don't EVER tell me what to do. I'm so SICK of people trying to control me!"
- — Nathan in "Chrysalis"
- "Nobody lectures me. Everybody tries though."
- — Nathan in "Chrysalis"
- "Pussies can't fucking fight."
- — Nathan
- "Meow, bring out the claws! I love seeing chicks fight."
- — Nathan in "Out of Time"
- "Everybody hates me... everybody..."
- — Nathan in "Dark Room"
- "Max, It's... It's Nathan. I just wanted to say... I'm sorry. I didn't want to hurt Kate or Rachel, or... didn't wanted to hurt anybody. Everybody... used me. Mr. Jefferson... is coming for me now. All this shit will be over soon. Watch out, Max... He wants to hurt you next. Sorry."
- — Nathan's voicemail in "Polarized"
- "Just because I'm mentally ill, doesn't mean I deserve to die, Max!"
- — Nathan in Max's Nightmare
- Despite the fact that Max mentions Nathan is 19 in her journal entry about him, his school file states that he was born on August 29, 1995, making him 18 years old. This could be explained by Max simply being misinformed, as she did not know Nathan well beforehand.
- Although we know that Nathan's father is named "Sean" on his Blackwell Academy report, other names seem to be listed. Sean Prescott's signature on Nathan's Best Son Certificate doesn't equal that on his School Report.
- Nathan's dorm number is 111.
- According to the school file Max finds in the principal's office, his GPA is 3.7. Notably, this school file has been modified as per Sean Prescott's command to ignore any of his son's mishaps and instead portray Nathan in a positive light.
- He calls Max a variety of offensive names including Feminazi, Dyke, Max Cockfield, Max Crackfield, Max Amber (in mocking her borrowed clothes).
- In episode four, his room door slate originally stated "THE PRESCOTTS RULE THIS TOWN!!!". On the Limited Edition version that was released on January 19, 2016, it was replaced with "LEAVE ME ALONE".
- On his room's wall hangs a Best Son in the World Diploma from June 6, 2006, and signed by his father. 666 is considered the "Number of the Beast" in the Book of Revelations.
- He has stolen one of Max's selfies and it's now hanging in his dorm, it's unknown why he did this. (This is determinant on whether the player reported Nathan in the first episode.)
- Documents from Principal Wells' computer reveal that at some point, for unknown reasons, Nathan attempted to steal the Tobanga from school grounds. He had also been threatening the school janitor, Samuel, which could be connected to his attempted theft.
- Nathan's gun is a gift from an unknown source, presumably his father or Mr. Jefferson.
- Nathan's camera likely is a Sony NEX 7 (as seen in the diner in "Chaos Theory").
- Nathan's mobile phone code is 0829 (his date of birth, the 29th of August).
- He listens to whale songs, probably to calm himself.
- He took photos both of the dying birds and the dying whales, which could be a hint for him being involved with the events. It's possible that there's even a connection to the Whale Song CD in his room, making the whale connected to his character.
- If you warned Victoria successfully in episode four and she got kidnapped by Jefferson, Max will find Victoria's bracelet on a shelf in the Dark Room after David saved her. Max comments on it, "I bet Jefferson was going to use that to frame Nathan..."
- ↑ When Max examines his dorm room, she finds pictures of dead birds and a dead Pompidou if he has been killed earlier. For the Everyday Heroes Contest, Nathan entered a photograph of a janitor working at a graveyard.
- ↑ This can be seen on a flyer inside the Two Whales Diner.
- ↑ A Youtube video showing the email sent to Nathan by Sean Prescott; Episode 4: Dark Room
- ↑  Letter
- ↑ A Youtube video showing Kristine's email to Nathan: Episode 4: Dark Room
- ↑ Diazepam: http://www.drugs.com/diazepam.html Risperidone: http://www.drugs.com/risperidone.html
- ↑ Youtube video showcasing the conversation shared between Max and Nathan about Nathan's father: link
- ↑ The images in the slideshow could be references to the German Expressionism style of photography and film, as large dense shapes and points are used. The backgrounds are highly reminiscent of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It tells the story of an insane hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to commit murders. This can be seen as an allegory for Nathan's entanglement in Jefferson's Dark Room deeds as a manipulated victim out of their own control.
- ↑  Resource site listing off the symbolism of colors, including red.
- ↑ Check out these articles for more information on the Spirit Animal Whale: http://www.spiritanimal.info/whale-spirit-animal, http://www.spirit-animals.com/whale/