6 Fan Theories That Will Make You See TV Shows Differently

6 Fan Theories That Will Make You See TV Shows Differently

Was Gilligan’s Island set in Hell? Does Breaking Bad’s world turn into The Walking Dead’s? Creative fans can come up with some pretty wild theories about their favorite shows. While some ideas are just off-the-wall outrageous, other theories can actually make some kind of sense. We’re putting down the remote and looking at a couple of the craziest TV fan theories that will leave you looking at some of your favorite shows differently.
Gilligan’s Island is actually Hell

Most TV fans know the famous tale of the simple, three-hour boat tour turned tragedy when the S.S. Minnow’s passengers and crew were left stranded on a deserted island. According to Mental Floss, one fan theory claims that the crew never made it to the island but drowned out at sea. The island is thought to be a representation of Hell. The theory suggests that Gilligan is the devil himself—he did basically sabotage most of the rescue attempts during the show in order to keep everyone on the island.

The theory claims the other castaways represents one (or more) of the seven deadly sins. Mr. Howell is greed for worrying about his huge trunk of money that he brought with him—why would you even bring that with you on a three-hour-long boat tour? Mrs. Howell is sloth for pretty much doing nothing during most of the show, while The Skipper embodies both anger and gluttony, probably for his temper and constant snacking habits. Ginger, the sultry movie star, is of course lust, and Mary Ann is envy (no doubt envious of Ginger). Lastly, the Professor represents pride, because he’s immensely talented and useful, making all kinds of inventions to help the group survive the island.
The world of Breaking Bad turns into The Walking Dead’s

It seems that fans of both of these popular AMC programs are noticing some subtle references connecting the episodes of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. Dorkly speculates that the apocalyptic world of The Walking Dead takes place after the events of Breaking Bad. Walter White’s signature Blue Meth makes an appearance in season two, as Daryl Dixon goes through his brother’s drug stash, looking for medicine. In a later season, Daryl describes one of Merle’s drug dealers, and the person sounded an awful lot like Breaking Bad’s Jesse Pinkman. Also, Glenn is seen speeding off in what appears to be a red Dodge Charger in season one of TWD, which is the same kind of car Walter White buys in season four of Breaking Bad (though this could just be due to an endorsement deal AMC had with Dodge while filming both shows).

Recently, actor Steven Ogg, known for his role voicing Trevor Phillips in Grand Theft Auto V, appeared playing what was pretty much the same character in both worlds. In Better Call Saul, Vince Gilligan’s prequel show to Breaking Bad, Ogg plays a braggart bodyguard for hire, toting a overkill-worthy collection of guns with him. In the season six finale of The Walking Dead, Og is introduced as Negan’s lieutenant, pretty much speaking the same way to Rick and the group as he did to Mike Ehrmantraut in Better Call Saul. A guy carrying that many guns on him is likely to survive long in the zombie apocalypse. These could all be coincidences, but we’ll let you decide.
House is Doogie Howser all grown up

If you squint really hard, watchers can kind of see the resemblance between these two characters. WhatCulture claims the ’90s whiz kid grows up to become the surly but brilliant Dr. Gregory House. This theory hinges on the concept that the years of being questioned and doubted as a teen doctor, combined with a stressful experience, like Gregory’s leg injury (which sparked his addiction to painkillers), lead to Neil Patrick Harris’ spirited Doogie Howser turning into Hugh Laurie’s precocious Dr. House. It isn’t that hard for someone to buy a name change when they’ve been racking up a doctors’ pay rate since the age of 16.
Charlie Brown has cancer

This is definitely one of the more morbid fan theories around. In a Reddit conversation that debunks the darker and creepier sides of some our favorite cartoons, some TV enthusiasts think that Charlie Brown’s bald head might signify that he has some type of cancer. Is Charlie Brown’s famous pessimistic attitude supposedly a reflection of his life? That’s a total bummer if it’s true. Theorists suggest that the Peanuts protagonist is actually dreaming up his daily adventures. This of course ignores the 1990 Why, Charlie Brown, Why? TV special where the Peanuts gang were introduced to a character named Janice, who had cancer. Nevertheless, this theory claims the popular cartoon is apparently a fantasy world where Charlie Brown channels the angst of dealing with a life-threatening illness.
The Doctor’s name is a key

Doctor Who is the longest running sci-fi show according to Guinness Book of World Records, so there’s no shortage of zany theories about the centuries old Time Lord who travels across space and time with his numerous companions. A constant mystery that has plagued fans over the years is the Doctor’s name. Reddit user ColonelScience mentions an idea that implies the Doctor’s real name is actually more powerful than fans realize. The notion is that his name could possibly crack the Time Lock that has sealed off the Time War between the Time Lords and the Daleks. It’s an interesting proposition that if the Doctor’s real name is uttered, then the greatest battle of all time could be unleashed on the universe. While many argue about the validity of this fan theory, it could possibly be one of the show’s best kept secrets.
Hey Arnold! isn’t about Arnold

While our favorite football head was seemingly front in center in this popular ’90s cartoon, Reddit user Creepypasta suggests that Arnold wasn’t the star of the show. In fact, it’s all about Helga G. Pataki, the friend/bully who is secretly in love with Arnold. Think about it. Helga is a major character that is featured in a majority of the episodes in some way. She has a sketchy family life being the forgotten daughter of a self-obsessed father, the Beeper King—and a possible stoner or alcoholic mom. Fans mention the fact that Helga is one of the only characters in the show who has any monologues, and Arnold is one of her obsessions (suggesting the show only follows him because Helga is obsessed with him). She also basically gives the show the name Hey Arnold! when she shouts the phase—among others like “move it football head”—during the show’s intro theme. This is one theory that could get even the Stoop Kid to budge.

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