The great thing about any art is the ability for fans to interpret it in their own way. From paintings to classic literature to film symbolism, there is so much to decode that is personal to the person consuming the art. Oftentimes, usually in the case of television, fan interpretation can lead to theorizing. Many fan theories are within the realm of possibility. Some theorists are so attuned to what a show is all about that their theories actually come to fruition. But, then there are the crazy fan theories that probably aren't real but the fact that they maybe are blows our minds!
From sitcoms to breeding grounds like Game of Thrones, few shows are immune to crazy fan theories, the kinds that circulate the internet and throw Reddit into a frenzy. Theories range from how completely different shows may be connected to wild "they were dead the whole time!" conjectures. Sure, some of these assumptions are easily debunked. But a few just make so much sense! All we know is that these crazy fan theories totally blew our mind when we heard them!
Fair warning: a lot of these crazy fan theories are dark. The idea here is that the fictional setting of Bikini Bottom on the show Spongebob Squarepants is actually below Bikini Atoll, a real island that was used for nuclear testing in 1946. They set off several nuclear bombs there over the years, including one that was several meters below the water. This theory attempts to explain why Spongebob and his friends can eat, speak, and act autonomously below the deep blue sea. You know, instead of explaining it away with the "it's a kids show" defense!
There are lots of Breaking Bad theories out there, but this one meshes Bryan Cranston's TV histories together. Before he was Walter White, Cranston was Hal the goofy father of five on Malcolm in the Middle. While many "Walt becomes Hal in witness protection" theories are floated around, this opposite idea makes a little more sense. This theory states that Malcolm actually grew up to be Walter White. The characters last name on Malcolm in the Middle is never explicitly stated so it could possibly be White. Plus, Hal's father in the show is named Walter so it's possible that it was Malcolm's middle name. That would lead to him believably going under the moniker of "Walter White." Plus, he would definitely grow up to look like his dad! Though, we're pretty sure his mom would kick his ass if he was making meth!
Brace yourself, this theory will eff you up! It all begins with Angelica. The theory states that she was neglected by her parents and in her loneliness, she dreamed up the children of The Rugrats. But here's the truly messed up part: she didn't just make them up. She's imagining children that were at one time real and actually died. Chuckie died in a car accident with his mom, explaining why his dad is always anxious. Tommy was stillborn, which is why his dad obsessively makes toys for the son he never had. The DeVille baby was aborted and, since Angelica didn't know the sex, she imagined one boy and one girl. Oh, but Dill is real and that's why he's the only baby that can't speak. These childhood hallucinations lead to a drug problem down the road for Angelica and our fave childhood show is officially ruined!
Even a sitcom like 30 Rock isn't immune to crazy fan theories! This theory is all about our favorite NBC page, Kenneth (Jack McBrayer). Many fans think that Kenneth may be immortal due to some damning clues throughout the series. There are several references to Kenneth being alive way longer than makes sense and he has a resistance to confirm his age. The series finale all but confirms this theory when Kenneth is still youthful as ever and running the network in the very distant future. There are also insinuations that he can talk to supernatural beings (like Jacob from Lost) on the show. Honestly, by the end of the series, we're not sure what Kenneth even is.
This theory came from (where else?) Reddit and we can totally see it holding weight. The Redditor posits that since the It's Always Sunny gang is full of unreliable narrators, they may not exactly look the way we think they do. The series is really about their delusions of grandeur and the way they want to perceived in society. But, the theory also states that two people on the show are portrayed exactly how we see them: Frank (Danny DeVito) and Charlie (Charlie Day). The two have wholeheartedly embraced their weirdness and are perfectly fine with who they are. Their bar mates? Not so much.
Another dark theory about one of the shows you grew up on! This convincing theory asserts that the Magic Mystery Van wasn't just driving around to help solve mysteries — it was full of draft dodgers! The series first came out in 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War. It's highly possible that they were traveling to Canada to escape the draft and that's why they never seemed to have a clear destination in mind. Each person has their own reason for leaving. Shaggy is a typical hippie who is protesting the war with his dog; Fred is military dropout who went AWOL to escape the draft; Daphne is his high school crush who wants to stay by his side as he goes on the lam; Velma is an anti-war activist. How dodging the draft led to solving ghostly mysteries, though, is one thing we don't know!
Crazy fan theories about "secret Targaryen's" are everywhere these days. Most of them relate to the book content, but this is a huge idea people are theorizing for the TV show now as well. On the show, there are several things that back up this theory. First and foremost, the first time Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) meets dragons on the show, they are quite docile with him. A stark difference from the aggression they exhibit towards others that aren't their mother. Tyrion eventually kills his father in the series, but before he dies, he says to his son "You are no son of mine." Whether this is just a cruel jab or some underlying secret, we're still not sure of. Now that he's joined up with Dany (Emilia Clarke) on the show, he's closer than ever to the Targaryen bloodline and it could lead to this theory coming to fruition!
This is a theory that actually makes a childhood TV show seem less dark! The theory is all about the idea that Courage is really just a regular dog, and regular dogs are scared of the world. There aren't big scary monsters or crazy apocalyptic events happening to Courage and his owners. It's just the lens he sees the world through. We kind of hope this theory isn't real since we don't want to imagine our dogs seeing the world in such a terrifying way!
There is a shocking amount of crazy fan theories about Friends and this one is seriously scary. It's been speculated (by albeit unreliable Redditors) that Monica and Joey were both hiding drug dependencies during the show's ten-year run. Monica, they guess, was a cocaine addict and Joey was a pothead. Monica's addiction stems from her work in the restaurant biz where several chefs and sous chefs turn to the narcotic for energy in the fast-paced environment. Plus, she probably makes a lot of money and lives in an apparently cheap apartment — so where does her money go? To drugs, of course! It would definitely explain why she's so "go go go!" all the time. Joey's pot addiction makes natural sense because let's be real, anyone who can eat two pizzas by themselves is definitely smoking something!
Rest in peace, Will?! This theory kind of rips our hearts out. We all know the iconic theme song for the series, all about how Will (Will Smith) got into some trouble with kids in his neighborhood and was shipped off to his uncle's house in Bel-Air. Well, this fan theory questions if Will ever made it away from the neighborhood kids. Yup, the theorist thinks that Will died and Bel-Air is actually heaven. The taxi driver is "God" taking him to the good place and that's why the cab was so unlike any other! As far as crazy fan theories go, this is one we hope isn't true — it would be too sad!
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This adult animated series is rife with crazy fan theories! There is no shortage of assumptions and ideas concerning the multiple Rick's and Morty's along with the multiverse craziness. But this is the most prevalent theory on the internet these days. We learn on season three of the series that despite Rick not being around for most of his daughter's life, and not meeting his grandson until he was a tween, that there is somehow a picture of Rick with baby Morty. This can only mean one thing: the Morty he has now is not his original Morty. It being Evil Morty makes quite a bit of sense and would explain why he has such a vendetta against the Rick we know on the TV show!
This crazy fan theory would change the entire way we look at The Flinstones! This theory is rooted in a special called The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones where The Jetson family intends to go to the 25th century and ends up in Bedrock instead. But, what if they actually did end up in the 25th century? The idea here is that nuclear war led to a war-torn world that closely resembled the primitive nature of centuries past. This would explain why they do things that mimic technology they wouldn't have even known about in the past — like using "dishwashers" and cars!
If you are a fan of both of these shows, then you definitely already know this fan theory! It all hinges on how much Steve (Joe Kerry) from Stranger Things looks like Jean-Ralphio (Ben Schwartz) from Parks and Rec. The theory is that Steve is actually Jean-Ralphio's birth dad and Dr. Saperstein (Henry Winkler) adopted him. The fact that both of these shows take place in Indiana helps secure this theory. But the biggest piece of evidence? The big hair that Steve and Jean-Ralpio share!
Here's another of the crazy fan theories that surround Breaking Bad! This theory states that the blue meth Walter creates on Breaking Bad leads to the zombie apocalypse we see on The Walking Dead. We seemingly got a hidden confirmation that the two shows take place in the same universe, too. On Fear the Walking Dead (a proper The Walking Dead prequel), they use the song "Negro y Azul: The Ballad of Heisenberg" which was made specifically for Breaking Bad. The song tells the story of Heisenberg and his blue meth which may be a hidden easter egg that the blue meth has something to do with all these zombies!
This theory has tons of layers! The idea here is that Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is every single Brandon Stark that came before him. This would mean he was "Bran the Builder" who built The Wall as well as his uncle Brandon Stark who was killed by the Mad King. It would also connect to the idea that "there must be a Stark at Winterfell" since maybe it needs to be a Brandon Stark at Winterfell. He also may be able to connect to all the past Brans as the Three-Eyed Raven. No matter what Bran's true purpose ends up being, we're pretty sure it's no theory that he'll be hugely important in the war to come!
This is a truly depressing fan theory — but it's totally possible! If you'll recall, the audience barely sees Ben (Dylan and Cole Sprouse) after the eighth season of the show and he doesn't even meet his new half-sister, Emma. Even before that, Ross (David Schwimmer) rarely interacts the son he shares with his ex-wife, even though he was fairly active in her pregnancy even after they'd split. One theory suggests that Ross lost custody of Ben because he was just a really crappy dad and Carol and Susan were happy to raise the boy on their own. After his anger flare-ups (over a sandwich!), questionable romantic behavior, and poor treatment of others crop up during the last few seasons of the show, it's not out of the realm of possibility that his ex-wife sought full custody of Ben. He doesn't seem too heartbroken over not seeing Ben a lot, so we are kind of hoping this theory is true. Ben didn't deserve a deadbeat dad like that!