In “Grease”, the perfect high school fantasy comes true for Sandy and Danny. But was it too good to be true? About three years ago, there was a Reddit discussion about how one or both of them are actually dead.
For some reason, it just started trending again, and people are losing their minds over it. So here are some of the theories:
Theory 1: Danny did not save Sandy on the beach on the day they met. He tried to, but she drowned. And the whole movie is just a “vivid coma fantasy” her oxygen-deprived brain is cooking up as she’s dying.
That’s why the movie gets “increasingly outlandish as time passes,” ending with her and Danny flying into the sky in a red convertible.
Theory 2: Some of the movie really happens, but Sandy kills herself, and the rest of it is her fantasy. Apparently, it happens after she sings “Look at me I’m Sandra Dee”. . . because the last line is, “Goodbye to Sandra Dee”.
And then, according to the theorists, “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.”
Theory 3: Sandy and Danny are both dead. Danny tries to save Sandy at the beach, but neither of them survive. And the movie is actually his vision. That’s why the girl’s name is Sandy. You know, because of the beach. (Danny wasn’t the smartest guy at Rydell, right?)
Obviously, these fan theories are fun, but let’s not go overboard. I think we all know this movie was never meant to be about the fantasy created by a dying teenager’s brain firing its last few synapses. It’s about an innocent young girl learning that you get nowhere in high school unless you superficially transform into a cigarette-smoking, leather-body-suit wearing cool girl. Which has its own issues.