Are theories actually damaging film/TV shows?

After just completing Wandavision Season 1, I thought about all the theories that seemed to be circulating the rounds in the leadup to the finale.

Some were propagated from fans, others from entertainment websites, and the whole thing got me thinking; Could this hype and theorising actually be damaging the creative impact of the shows?

I’ll be the first to admit, I have certainly been guilty of this myself.

I cannot speak for everyone, but as I watched through Season 2 of The Mandalorian, I was coming up with and obsessing over all kinds of theories on who the mystery jedi that Grogu connected with in his journey to Tython may have been.

I thought on Ezra Bridger, Cal Kestis and probably the least likely (and of course the one I wanted the most) Mace Windu.

I had spent weeks watching videos, reading theories, discussing it with friends, family and colleagues and ultimately, the jedi was the one that made the most sense given the timeline and likely least surprising, Luke Skywalker.

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So deep was I buried in theories that even as his X-Wing arrived, and as he began slaying the Dark Troopers with his green lightsaber no less, it still had not dawned on me that I was, in fact watching Luke Skywalker.

It wasn’t until I noticed the right hand with the black glove that even the idea of a Luke Skywalker cameo began to process in my mind, and even then I still had my doubts.

What is worse though, is it left me almost disappointed.

Partly because none of the theories I had backed or got excited about were correct, but also partly because I have longed for years to move away from the Skywalker’s.

Regardless of my reasoning, the fact remains that had I not invested so much time and energy into trying to guess who it was going to be, I would have been able to sit back and enjoy the episode for what it was rather than be disappointed by what it wasn’t.

So this time around, when I watched through Wandavision, although I did see the occasional article talking about theories, I did not chase after them, I did not delve into the deep end in search of answers, I just sat back and enjoyed the show. And you know what? I liked it.

I think this will be my tactic now moving forward. Theory speculation is exhausting. Time to just enjoy what has been dished up.

By Tarkan

Thirty-something father of two who stays up later than he should to juggle playing video games, watching TV and working.