Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Is Disney's Haunted Mansion about suicide? And is R2-D2 Luke's dad?

From a Reddit thread about fan theories:
In the Haunted Mansion at Disney World/Disneyland, "you" commit suicide during the course of the ride and become a ghost.
At the beginning of the ride the ghost host (the narrator) says the only way to escape the mansion is to die, and he shows that he hanged himself. Near the end of the ride there's a moment where the ride vehicle turns around backwards and you go off a balcony, which according to this theory represents you jumping to your death.
Before this part of the ride the ghosts are all trying to scare you, but afterwards they sing excitedly and invite you to party with them. (The Grim Grinnin' Ghosts song.) The only human character in the ride, a groundskeeper, appears after the balcony drop. He faces toward the riders and seems terrified of you.
Could be totally accidental, could be an intentional subtlety by the designers, but either way I've never looked at that ride the same way since.
This one's even better:
I remember a pretty solid one about how R2D2 was Luke's father.
This was before Empire Strikes Back came out.
Luke's father was mortally wounded by Vader. His brain was removed from his body and placed in life support inside a robot.
This is why C3P0 is so worried about R2's operational status. C3 knows that R2 has biological components.
Turns out Luke, who got VERY little Jedi training, isn't all that great--it's his Jedi father, inside of R2, every time. Think about it: Early on, when Luke does something with the force R2 is ALWAYS there. Except for the one time on Hoth--and what is R2 doing at that time? Deploying a long range force antenna we NEVER see again.
Also, Tom Bombadil was evil.

Also, and this may be a big Game of Thrones spoiler, maybe Jon Snow's parents are Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.  And that's why the series is a Song of Ice and Fire.