For a show that has been going for 25 years and developed the kind of fan base The Simpsons has, there’s going to be some crazy fan theories going around.
One though may just change the way you view the programme forever. It actually makes sense.
Redditor Hardtopickaname has an unusual but possibly perceptive idea.
In October 1992, the episode ‘Homer the Heretic’ was first aired. It saw Homer deciding to boycott attending church, but the episode finished with a key scene that saw him talking to God.
Homer: God, I gotta ask you something. What’s the meaning of life? God: Homer, I can’t tell you that. Homer: C’mon! 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…
Remember that bit? “You can’t wait six months?” Well six months later, in April 1993, the episode “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show” was aired. In this, a prank goes very wrong, as Bart shakes up one of Homer’s beer cans, only for it to blow up the house.
Homer seems fine after the incident, however when he is in hospital, a vending machine falls on him and places him into a coma. He eventually wakes up by the end of the episode but the theorist believes this is too sudden a recovery and thinks something else is going on.
He states that Homer hasn’t woken up from his coma and everything that has happened since, is his imagination.
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).
As evidence, he states after that episode, the tone of the show changes. Storylines become a lot more surreal such as: Homer goes to space, Maggie shoots Mr. Burns and Homer works for Scorpio, which sees him ending up owning the Denver Broncos. This is also apparently the reason for all the celebrity cameos.
People in comas can sometime hear what people in the same room are saying. While Homer wouldn’t physically react, his mind processes that information and includes it in his dreams.
The theory is summed up by stating that it all shows the meaning of Homer’s life: to entertain.
Does this theory make sense? Has the last 15 years of The Simpsons all been in the head? Or do some people think about TV shows a bit too much?