If you’re ready to put the ‘spring’ back in Springfield, we’ve got a wild theory fresh from The Simpsons that suggests Homer has been in a coma since 1993.
Since 1989, Matt Groening’s cartoon comedy has taken us into the lives of America’s most-loved family and introduced fans to a colourful cast of Springfieldians. However, have the past 27 years all been a twisted dream of Homer himself?
Although the theory is nothing new, it could be time to revisit the whole idea that Homer is in a coma. Posting on Reddit, u/Hardtopickaname suggests Homer has been out cold since Season 4’s “So It’s Come To This: A Simpsons Clip Show”. The April Fool’s episode memorably featured Bart playing a prank on Homer where he was injured by a super-shaken can of Duff beer and then crushed by a candy machine.
The impressive theory goes on to explain the celebrity cameos The Simpsons is known for. It muses that the A-list appearances are conjured up in Homer’s mind as his family discusses real-world events at his bedside for the past 27 years.
Elsewhere, it expands on some of the show’s more zany plots. Early episodes were sometimes mundane when compared to more recent ones. For example, pre-coma storylines included Bart cheating on his IQ test and Homer trying to give up drinking. Post-coma episodes have plots like Homer heading into space, Principal Skinner being exposed as an imposter, and Mr. Burns capturing the Loch Ness Monster.
The theory explains: “This is clearly Homer’s imagination running wild. With no real world restrictions, Homer’s mind is able to dream up scenarios of him and his family in fantasies.” In reality, it’s probably the writers coming up with more imaginative stories/running out of ideas. Even now, they continue to ‘try’ and come up with new stories like a Christmas-inspired clip show.
Interestingly, the earlier episode “Homer the Heretic” saw Homer talking to God and asking the meaning of life. The Almighty One promised to explain it when Homer died, leading to Homer grumbling he couldn’t wait that long and God’s response of, “You can’t wait six months?”. Jump forward exactly six months, and voila, you end up at “So It’s Come To This”. Coincidence? Maybe!
If you need more convincing, the theory also conveniently explains why none of the characters have seemed to age — despite many decades having passed since. There are obvious plot holes (like advancements in technology), but the idea blew up on Reddit and grabbed plenty of media attention around the world.
Even the most die-hard Simpsons fans will admit the show has lost its way and is undoubtedly shuffling toward its endgame. You only have to look at the recent debacle surrounding Hank Azaria’s retiring of Apu to see The Simpsons is becoming a relic of a bygone era. Confirming the Homer coma theory would jazz things up, but hold your horses.
Even if we’d like to believe the coma theory, sorry, this isn’t LOST or Westworld. Simpsons producer Al Jean told TMZ it’s absolutely false and explained, “It would mean back in 1993 we would presume the show was going on for years and years more and right before we left, threw this hidden monkey wrench in for all our successors.”
Jean added, “I’m afraid it goes with the ‘Dead Bart’ episode in the intriguing but false file.” Still, u/Hardtopickaname isn’t convinced and joked, “He says it’s not true but what does he know about The Simpsons?”
Ultimately, it’s just another wild Simpsons theory that belongs on the Springfield Tire Fire. Who knows though, maybe there’ll be an MCU-inspired Multiverse where Homer never woke up from his coma? Well, we’ve already seen Futurama cross over into The Simpsons. For the time being though, rest assured that Homer has escaped his grim fate of coma purgatory.
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