I’m going to introduce a personal conspiracy theory here, please feel free to tear apart, but I’ve been thinking about it since my first run through the Moxxi DLC…
I think Timothy in the Moxxi DLC is actually Handsome Jack himself!
Yes, I know, we all killed (or let Lilith kill) Handsome Jack in the Lair of the Warrior.
However, we also know that Jack had complete control over Hyperion tech. We also know that that tech is able to DIgistruct people around (fast travel being canon or not, I’m saying it is since it is required to complete one mission in BL2 (getting back to Sanctuary from the Highlands)), and my contention has always been;
If you can digistruct people, the process of digistruction must include storage (temporary or not) of that person’s physical and mental states.
Hence the Jack killed in BL2 had standing orders to have his essence recreated from the last save on news of his current bodies death.
So when Jack was killed in the Lair, his body was re-spawned by his minions. With Pandora temporarily lost to him, he fled to the Casino (which we didn’t know about) as a wholly owned and safe place for him to regroup.
Unfortunately, his systems were not up to date enough to recognize this eventuality, and they reacted to the news as real and locked things up without recognizing him. Hence his position as we start the DLC.
Why did this come to mind?
First, Timothy is a little too Jack-like. Yes yes, we are presented with a hand wave that says Oh, a little Jack DNA makes him act like Jack sometimes. Hogwash. Little Timmy never acted Jack-like in TPS. And the slips in the DLC are a way too accurate replication of Jack behavior.
Second, the purge of the body doubles referenced in the DLC. Timothy killed the other body doubles, he admits that. There is zero real reason why Timothy would do that, banding together to take out Pretty Boy would have been a more reasonable (and jack-mimicking)action. But in this case he had to eliminate the doubles because he didn’t need them any more, and when he escapes the Casino he cannot have the doubles also escaping and confusing the remnants of the Hyperion evil command group as to which was the real Jack.
Third, his insistence on quizzing Moxxi on whether she knew he was not Jack. This is played off as Timmy being a love-struck puppy about Mox. In my mind it’s more sinister, he is probing the most reliable test person he can find to see if she believes his masquerade as a body double. If he can fool Moxxi, he can fool the rest of the universe.
Fourth, he’s a little too happy at the end of the DLC. Finally getting out of the Casino is nice and all, but I would expect relief or a whew moment, not the kick up your heels as you leave moment we see. He’s clearly excited that his deception worked and he has a chance to get back out into the galaxy and start wreaking havoc again.
There are other little hints too. I think Jack is alive and now, after getting out of the Casino, very well and ready to start his climb back to super villain status.