Internet theories can sometimes be the dumbest things you’ll ever read in your life. But then one theory comes along that actually makes you stop to think that it makes more sense to be completely false. And the theory regarding Homer having been in a coma since a 1993 episode where he has dreamt every following Simpsons episode is one of those theories that makes you wonder.
A fan of The Simpsons posted the theory on Reddit, asking people to look at the evidence which involves Homer talking to God in an episode where Homer asks what the meaning of life is. God replies asking, “You’ll find out when you die…you can’t wait six months?” In the next six months, an episode titled So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons’s Clip Show features Bart pranking Homer when a vending machine falls, crushing Homer and ultimately putting him in a coma. The episode ends with Homer waking up to choke Bart, and the credits roll. A timely coincidence, no?
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The more interesting part of the notion is The Simpsons characters haven’t aged which feeds into the theory that Homer has imagined his family and friends as he last saw them in his dead state. Sure, most cartoon characters look the same, but in the world of The Simpsons, we have actually seen these characters age on various occasions, so it is possible in their universe to do so.
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Here’s the fan’s theory in their own words.
This is why the characters don’t age. Homer remembers Bart, Lisa, and Maggie as 10, 8, and 1 year old, so they will always appear that way in his dreams. He is subconsciously aware of time passing, so his mind will often “update” his memories so that the year they occurred matches up with the age he thinks he is (eg. That 90’s Show contradicting other flashback episodes).
While the characters’ ages don’t change, the events happening to the Simpsons definitely did. The plots of episodes following the April Fools show are far zanier than beforehand.
He goes on to compare plot points in episode previous to Homer’s coma and after his coma, and I have to say, the fan makes a point.
It’s fun to think about, and one can’t help but wonder if Matt Groening were to see this theory, he might run with it. But then again, one of the worst finale’s in TV history was Roseanne‘s in 1997, where she woke up to find out that the entire previous season was not only a dream, but that her husband Dan played by John Goodman died of a heart attack long ago. Whaaaat?
So yeah, maybe it’s best that this is left as a fan theory because some twist endings aren’t worth the risk.
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