A “Grease” fan theory that has gone viral is causing fans, including actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, to look at the musical in an entirely different light.
One silly (or maybe … not) hypothesis making the social media rounds today centers around the classic film, which is nearly 40 years old by now. The out-there idea from Redditor atomicbolt is that Sandy essentially dies drowning — meaning Danny didn’t save her, splashing around — and the rest of the film is essentially her coma dream. At the end, the perfect Sandra Dee ascends to heaven in the flying car.
“At the end of ‘Grease,’ Sandy and Danny get into a red convertible and drive away from the fair. The car promptly defies the laws of gravity and flies into the sky. How did the car fly? At the start of the film, we see Danny and Sandy meeting on the beach. Later, Danny explains through song that they first met when Danny ‘saved her life – she nearly drowned,'” the fan theory explains.
“Sandy actually did drown on the beach that day. As she drowned, her brain deprived of oxygen, she had a vivid coma fantasy involving her summer fling Danny, where they shared a magical year of high school together,” the theory continues. “The visions get increasingly outlandish as time passes, until finally, as Danny desperately tries to resuscitate her on the beach, she sees herself flying into Heaven in her dying moments. The entire movie was a drowning woman’s coma fantasy.”
A more-morbid version has Sandy killing herself toward the end of the film, which feels a bit out-of-character. That one notes the all-too-perfect endings for each of the characters — and, of course, that flying car thing again.
Here’s Randomd0g’s Reddit theory, which earned 214 points three years ago:
I have a similar one to this which makes it so it’s not just a complete “all in her head” theory.
Sandy kills herself towards the end of the movie and the entire last scene is her dying thoughts (and/or a dream sequence of some kind)
The last line of “Look at me I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)” is “Goodbye to Sandra Dee”
Everything that happens in the last scene is just a little TOO perfect. Danny and Sandy are back together despite everything, Rizzo SUDDENLY isn’t pregnant AND Kenickie suddenly decides that he actually loves her, the geeky kid gets onto the sports team, EVERYTHING is suddenly ok, just the way that sweet, innocent Sandy would have wanted it to be.
And in the last shot of the movie, she flies up to heaven with her dream boyfriend in her magic flying car.
“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Gellar’s mind, for one, is completely blown. Here’s what she posted on Facebook:
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