A super fan of The Simpsons has come up with an insane theory that is set to shake up everyone’s favourite cartoon.
In short, Redditor Hardtopickaname believes that Homer has been in a coma for the past 22 years of the show and that everything since then is all part of his imagination!
The fan references a conversation Homer had with God in an episode that aired in October 1992:
Homer: God, I gotta ask you something. What’s the meaning of life?
God: Homer, I can’t tell you that.
God: You’ll find out when you die.
Homer: I can’t wait that long!
God: You can’t wait six months?
Homer: No, tell me now!
God: Well, OK. The meaning of life is…
Then in an April 1993 episode (which was six months later), Bart’s April Fools exploding beer stunt lands Homer in hospital, where he is crushed by a vending machine and put in a coma.
The episode ends with Homer waking up and choking Bart, which “seems to be too convenient and sudden.”
The fan proposes that Homer never actually woke from that coma and that every episode afterwards has taken place in his head.
“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 argues.
To back up his theory, the Redditor points out that the plots were much more mundane before the coma episode and that afterwards they got “zanier”, including episodes where Principal Skinner is revealed as an imposter and Mr. Burns captures the Loch Ness Monster.
He also proposes that the numerous celebrity cameos over the years comes from “Homer’s imagination running wild… with no real world restrictions.”
Finally, the fan recalls Homer’s original conversation with God where he questions the meaning of life and suggests:
“For Homer, his grand purpose is obvious – he is here to entertain.”
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