- "The fuck is this? Y... You? You came here to fuckin' clip me? You? Fuck!"
- ― Michael De Santa
The Time's Come is one of the possible final missions of Grand Theft Auto V. The mission is triggered if Franklin chooses the option B (Kill Michael).
Steve Haines and Dave Norton task Franklin with killing Trevor Philips, due to him being a liability, despite having saved both of them. Later, Devin Weston shows up at Franklin's house and tells Franklin to kill Michael De Santa, due to him also being a liability, for Molly's death and his failure to kill his family." After Devin leaves, the player is given a set of three options on his cell phone, to kill Trevor (A), kill Michael (B), or Deathwish (C). Choosing B leads to this mission, and has him call Michael.
After choosing option B, Franklin meets Michael in a field of satellite dishes off Route 68 outside of Los Santos, where Michael reflects that through their partnership, Michael has developed a stronger bond with his family, he's in his dream job and, announced through a phone call, Tracey made it into college. Franklin then attempts to ease his choice in by reflecting upon their experiences and telling him that he likes him and he risks everything for him, but Michael quickly realizes he is sent to kill him and goes into his car, beginning a chase through the rail roads.
The chase leads into a nearby factory, where Franklin chases Michael up the scaffolding to one of the chimney walkways after several shoot outs and Michael's disappointment towards his choice, claiming that Franklin was "Like a son to [him]". They both then begin a small scuffle, with Michael showing anger and sadness at his decision and reflects on how he was the only decent person to him, while Franklin counters it by saying he was only ever Michael's "bitch". Shortly after, Franklin pushes Michael back, causing him to fall over the rail and is only held by Franklin. He then starts to regret his decisions, but Michael objects his decisions, and wishes he killed him before. Franklin can either pull Michael up or drop him to his death, however if he decides to pull Michael up, Michael will headbutt Franklin forcing him to lose his grip. Either way, Michael falls off and dies instantly once hitting the ground.
Afterwards, Franklin calls Lamar but ends up with his voicemail, regretting the decision he just made by the way he quotes Michael. Unable to become more than a hustler anymore and being back to where he was from the beginning, Franklin starts to walk away from the factory as the credits roll in.
- Follow Michael.
- Drop or save Michael.
Gold Medal Objectives
- Surpassed the Mentor - Kill Michael
- Devin Weston - Franklin calls Devin to inform him that he killed Michael and that Devin needs to speak with the FIB about him not killing Trevor. Devin says that he already talked with Steve Haines. Franklin ask if Devin has any more job to him, to with Devin says that Franklin is no more useful to him.
- Lamar Davis - Lamar calls Franklin, to say that he was right about Stretch, Lamar says that he will need to lay low for a while to keep himself alive.
- Jimmy De Santa - Jimmy will call Franklin two times. In the first time, he will ask Franklin if he knows where his father is and that he don't see Michael for a while. In the second time, he says that he knows about his father's death and will ask what Franklin knows about this, Franklin will say that he don't know anything, but Jimmy will ended up deducing that Franklin have something to do it.
- Jimmy De Santa - Jimmy will also call Trevor, telling him about his father's death, Trevor will try to comfort Jimmy, but will only make things worse.
- Tanisha Jackson - Tanisha calls Franklin to tell him that she is getting married the next day, Franklin wishes her the best.
E-mails and Text Messages
- Lester Crest - Lester will send an text message to both Franklin and Trevor about Michael's death. He hopes that neither of them had anything to do with it, and informs them that neither will see Michael's cut from The Big Score, since he will transfer them over to Michael's family.
- Lester Crest - Lester sends Franklin another message, saying he knows he killed Michael. He says he understands why it needs to be done. He tells him to move on and never mention it again.
- Trevor Philips - Trevor will send an e-mail to Franklin asking if it was really him that killed Michael, to which Franklin will reply to it that he wasn't. However, Trevor will not believe him, and after Franklin begging for trust, Trevor will send him another e-mail saying that he's dead to him.
- Amanda De Santa - Amanda will send an e-mail to Franklin saying that she knows he have something to do with Michael's death, she says to him stay away from her family and that she hopes Franklin "rot in hell".
- Lamar Davis - Lamar sends Franklin an e-mail, saying that he just discovered about Michael's death and asking Franklin if he knows something about it. Franklin responds that he knows nothing.
- Dave Norton - Dave sends Trevor an e-mail revealing that he was the one responding his letters to Brad. He says to Trevor behave himself and never contact him again.
- Ron Jakowski - Ron sends an text message to Trevor saying that he left an surprise to Trevor in his trailer.
- The player cannot play as Michael anymore after the completion of this mission.
- Michael won't take any damage from bullets fired at him, but can still damage you.
- Even if you choose to save Michael when he is about to fall, he headbutts you and dies anyway. This is ironic because Michael had promised his family that he would do everything he could to stay alive.
- Through this option, Franklin's story begins and ends in the same way, with him being threatened to betray the person he is working with or die.
- Trevor does not make an appearance in this ending (although he is heard), making this the only ending where all three protagonists do not appear.
- Michael's traitor personality comes to light when he is climbing up the ladder on the tower, trying to change Franklin's mind and suggesting to "roll on T right now" together.
- Jimmy will no longer go on friend activities with Franklin or answer his calls due to him being upset that he killed Michael.
- Similar to choosing option A (Kill Trevor), Trevor and Franklin will no longer have ties and they will not be able to hang out with each other. If the characters bump into one another in the street, Trevor will call Franklin "the traitor", while Franklin explains that he could have chosen him instead of Michael, and he was not to be trusted. Trevor says that this is proof that Franklin is also not to be trusted, and that Michael was too good to him. Trevor then tells him to stay away from him.
- When you reach the point of deciding to drop or save Michael, if you wait for a while while not choosing any of the two decisions given to you at the end of the mission, then Franklin automatically drops Michael to his death.
- Michael's death also represents how most of his story in GTA V went, with him starting at the top and falling to the bottom.
- The song "Sleepwalking" by The Chain Gang of 1974 appears in the credits for this ending.
- This ending was very ironically put by the developers, as it depicts Franklin betraying Michael as similar to Michael betraying Trevor. This is proven by Michael explaining his betrayal to Franklin justifying it by saying that "you keep running and all of the sudden, your legs can't run no more". After killing Michael, Franklin technically becomes similar to him as he would betray his best friend in order to please the higher authority and stop anyone coming for them, hinting that Franklin's time would come too.
- For an odd reason, Michael starts the mission wearing a grey suit, but after running up the stairs at the power station, he automatically starts wearing a leather jacket and jeans.
- Franklin's haircut will always be the standard one when he begins this mission.
- After Reuniting the Family, Michael receives an email from Amanda. A part of this email says "And I want to bury you, when the times comes, as your wife...".
- After this mission is completed, some Bleeter posts will mention Steve Haines death and Merry Weather closing its operation in the USA. Both of these events refer to The Third Way ending, and is probably an oversight of the game.