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Wait...Did Sandy Die At The Beginning Of Grease?

We all know Grease. We all love Grease. What could be better than a happy movie-musical about two people falling in love ending up together?

Well what if I told you Sandy from Grease actually DIES at the beginning of the movie?

That's what's being sent around the Internet right now. A fan theory has resurfaced explaining how it's entirely possible that Grease is about Sandy's dream she has while in a coma from drowning.

"During the song 'Summer Nights,' Danny and Sandy recount how they first met and started a summer fling. The line, 'I saved her life, she nearly drowned,' suggests that Sandy actually did drown and the whole movie is an elaborate musical fantasy due to the lack of oxygen getting to her brain. 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 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. Which would explain the movie's oddly surreal ending, which sees the couple fly off into the sky in a convertible."


The Internet has lost its collective mind.

Even celebrities are freaking out.

The theory definitely holds some clout. It would make the whole "flying off in a car" thing a little more understandable.

But because this is the internet, there are of course people who are proposing theories that make the whole Sandy-being-dead thing seem down right sensible.

What could possibly be crazier than Grease being a coma-fueled fever dream? Well what if both Sandy and Danny were dead/in comas?

According to this theory, when Danny tried to save Sandy from drowning not only did he fail, but he ended up losing in own life as well. Then everything that happens from that point on is either just Danny's coma/death dream OR it's actually a combination of both their dreams. Because reasons.

But wait, there's more!

There's also an even darker version of the "Sandy's dead" theory. In this version, Danny does save her from drowning, and the movie continues as normal for the most part.

BUT she ends up killing herself towards the end of the movie, leaving the final scene of the movie as her dying thoughts/dream. Redditor u/Randomd0g, who proposed the suicide theory, has some arguments to back it up that almost make sense.

First off, they point out that the last line of "Look at me I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)" is in fact "goodbye to Sandra Dee."

u/Randomd0g finishes up their theory by pointing out that "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."

You know what, I've clearly had enough internet for one day, these insane theories are almost starting to make sense.