will the king of ooo still be in charge of candy kingdom next season?
Unless something chages offscreen [which I don’t expect to happen]? Yes. He’s a really ambitious dude, and if he gives up the post, he’ll get discouraged with it first. Last we saw of King of Ooo in the finale was Toronto psyching him up to keep doing the job.
And that’s not even addressing how cool of a change this is for PB’s character, in my opinion! I’m gonna keep calling the not-Princess-anymore Bubblegum PB outta habit, if that’s alright with you.
You’re surely aware of PB’s moral gray as a ruler in the past, disregarding subsets in the interests of the greater good. Not least among this trend of hers is the systematic destruction of the entire Rattleballs army.
Midway through season 6, PB endangered the lives of every citizen in the Fire Kingdom in order to infiltrate their weapons storage and render their most powerful weapons useless, for the mere possibility of war against the Candy Kingdom.
And since FP called PB out on her behavior, PB has taken it to heart!
She’s been reforming! Her decisions before were made out of fear, acting against things she foresaw as threats. Since this incident, she has taken measures to relax, take a step back, and let things be.
Of course, she dismantled the video surveillance system that she had in place EVERYWHERE around Ooo.
And, more recently, we haven’t seen ANY measures she’s taken in light of her own croak dream, and she is ultimately cast down when she ignores PepBut’s pleas to respect the threat posed by the King of Ooo.
It’s a far cry from the PB who’d opt for genocide at the mere possibility of things getting out of her own control.
Say what you will about how lax the new PB is [keeping in mind that her surveillance grayble may have taken place at any point on Ooo’s timeline], PB’s development has been building towards her living in a cabin, with no real power, letting things come to pass, for a while now.
She has stuff she needs to sort out.
Coming to terms with what she can and can’t control, what she ought to and ought not to control. Maybe pushing her closer in practice to her idealism in Goliad.
Princess or not, we don’t foresee PB being out of the Candy Kingdom fold forever. We haven’t seen any Candy citizen near as enterprising as her, and the Prize Ball Guardian in 1000+ years looks like a heck of a project. We suspect her involvement in the scheme that hatched that behemoth.
While reading a compendium of Marxist literature the other day, something struck me: the societies found in the Land of Ooo are reminiscent of the stages of history as defined by Marx.
According to Marx, there are six levels of society: primitive communism, a slave society, feudalism, capitalism, socialism, and then a stateless and classless society that we call “communism”. Since no society in Ooo has reached perfect communism (with perhaps the exception of the Martian super-society, but since we don’t know much about that, I’m not going to speculate), I’m only going to discuss the first five.
Primitive communist societies are social groups of people who have no clearly defined leader and no concept of private property. This means that while everything is owned by the group, survival is a constant struggle. Examples of this type of society in Adventure Time are hard to identify. Perhaps the fuzzy friends (first seen in “It Came from the Nightosphere”) would fit into this category.
In a slave society, certain groups of people hold more inherent power and privilege than others and there is a clearly defined hierarchy, leading to a central authority, usually one person. It is in this type of society that concepts like despotism and freedom develop, as well as private property. The best example of a slave society in Adventure Time then is the Ice Kingdom. In the domain of the Ice King, there are two classes: penguins and the Ice King himself. The penguins are mere slaves to the crazy whims of their sovereign. Furthermore, private property does indeed exist (in “Reign of Gunters”, for instance, Ice King scolds Gunter for wanting to use a special brush that does not belong to him), and the concepts of democracy and tyranny seemed to have developed (in “Another Five More Short Graybles”, Ice King admits that he gave the penguins the right to vote).
The next type of society is the feudal society. These states, like slave states, generally have one leader, but they also have an aristocratic class. Slavery is not an integral part of the society (yay!), but certain classes can be hereditary (boo!). Most of the kingdoms in Ooo are feudal societies. They are nation-states headed by a leader who comes from a noble family. Theocracy can also be found, although it is generally more muted than one might expect (for instance, Elder Plops of the Slime Kingdom seems to be some sort of religious figurehead, but his role is not explicitly explained).
The next level is that of the capitalist state. Such a system is characterized by a free market, a democracy (although one that is still largely controlled by those in power), and a penchant for imperialism. After a period of time, the Candy Kingdom—which at the start of the series was a feudal society—became a capitalist state: it had a free market (as money exists in the society), democracy (see: “Hot Diggity Doom”), and imperialistic tendencies (Bubblegum decides to look for areas to found colonies in “James”). Another example of a capitalist society is that of Wildberry Kingdom (and it’s interesting to point out that the episode that revealed Wildberry Kingdom had been transformed into a capitalist state was itself critiquing capitalism).
After a capitalist society, we arrive at a socialist society. These states are categorized due to their planned economies and their lack of private property. Government is also controlled by a council or commune. No kingdom in Ooo has successfully transitioned to a wholly socialist society, although the Candy Kingdom got close. But while Princess Bubblegum strived to transform her kingdom into a socialist utopia, she over-stepped her boundaries and became a tyrant in the eyes of her people, and was quickly elected out of office (or at least that’s my interpretation).
The Candy Kingdom thus regressed back to a laissez-faire capitalist society, governed by the King of Ooo. I’m not sure if Marx would have agreed that history can back-pedal, but it certainly seems like in the Ooo-niverse it can.