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With the rise of the internet and social media, fan theories have spread around like wildfire recently. Some of these theories are harmless, like the characters of Gilligan's Island representing the seven deadly sins. Others can be downright absurd, like Jessica Fletcher actually being a serial killer on Murder, She Wrote.
Whatever the case, people just love coming up with crazy explanations for their favorite TV shows and movies. Recently, one fan theory about Grease has been catching people's attention and sparking lively debates online.
For decades, people have always wondered why the red convertible Danny and Sandy are driving takes off at the end of the film. It's a huge break from reality and pretty unnecessary, unless it serves a point.
Now, there's a fan theory to explain the bizarre closing scene. According to Buzzfeed, the theory was first brought up in 2013 by the Reddit user atomicbolt. It explains Sandy's senior year of high school is actually a vivid coma fantasy that happens as she drowns at the beach.
In the song "Summer Nights," Danny describes saving Sandy's life after she nearly drowned. While her brain is deprived of oxygen, she imagines her senior year of high school with Danny, making up the experience and romance during her last moments alive. The red convertible flying at the end of the movie symbolizes Sandy's last moments as she crosses over to the other side.
If that ruined the movie for you, we're sorry. You're not alone. People across the country were outraged by the theory, and even offered their own counter arguments.
Reddit user DeZyphred explains the flying car quite simply. They said the shop class teacher says, "If the car were in any better condition, it would fly." The students continue working on the car, hence it takes off at the end of the film.
People also pointed out the sequel exists, thus discrediting the theory.
The musical's creator, Jim Jacobs, who also co-wrote the original book, even added his input. "Whoever made up the theory must have been on acid," Jacobs told TMZ. "Sandy was very much alive."
Well, there you have it! Sandy, Danny and the Pink Ladies were all alive and well in the film. But what do you think? Do you buy into this crazy fan theory?