The finale of the viral YouTube show ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ is coming this summer, after a staggering 33 million views, five episodes and a lot of fab comments. After launching in 2011, it’s safe to say we’ve we have been hooked on this surreal series. According to the forums, it’s widely rumoured that the finale could be out this week (June 19th) and we couldn’t be more excited. The children’s TV parody is proof that viral videos can be complicated and grow a long term cult following of fans which has even resulted in a clothing range with Lazy Oaf.
After five episodes, we debunk some of the main theories about each episode that might hint what will happen in the finale. Obviously we won’t be going through every single possible hidden clue – (trust us, there are millions) but we’ve rounded up what we think may be the most valuable ones. If you haven’t already watched the series we recommend you do to avoid any spoilers. You can watch it here.
1. 19th of June
This date appears in all five episodes of ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ and even appears in the Kickstarter video. It is seen in the bottom corner of the camera, on a wall calendar, on the computer and even on a missing poster. The main significance of these dates are as follows: 1) that it marks the start of the series and when the characters were kidnapped (perhaps by the father?) (which is shown in the Kickstarter) and 2) the fact that they have been missing since that date. The 19th of June is also the day that Fathers Day is celebrated in the UK which links to theory number two.
Roy was introduced in the second instalment of DHMIS as the Yellow puppet’s dad and appears in every episode since. Sometimes he is even lurking in the corner of the room in the dark and other times he is at the top of the room looking down on all the puppets. It is widely speculated that Roy is the villain in the series and may have kidnapped all the three characters and is keeping them in his basement. This theory is supported by the Kickstarter video which shows them being held hostage and the Yellow puppet asks, “Why are we in my dad’s house?”. There is also “Help” written on a post it note on the fridge which shows that the characters are in trouble.
3. Eyes And The Media
From the very first episode on creativity there are eyes dotted around the room and on random objects such as food items. This hints at the idea of “Big Brother” which is a concept writers have loved to explore for years. One whole episode of ‘Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared’ is based on computers, and how visible it makes us. The puppets could symbolise people feeling like they are being trapped by the media and can’t get away from the messages that the media wants us to consume.
Episode four ends with the Red guy’s head popping, and in the most recent fifth episode the Red character is missing. The fifth episode ends with the Red character leaving a red telephone box in the outside human world (possibly trying to communicate to the other puppets and let them know what is going on). The Green puppet also appears to die in this episode. A lot of fans like the idea of the characters being in purgatory and that they actually all died in the Kickstarter video. This could mean that the series is actually about each puppet learning and accepting their fate and when they do they get to leave.
The teaser trailer shows the Yellow puppet having what looks like a party. “Party” has been mentioned a few fleeting times throughout this YouTube series. For instance, right before the Red guy’s head explodes he is told that he is not invited to the party. Though there are not many theories that rely on a party, it is becoming more and more clear that a party is relevant to the plot. The final episode may include a party event as if the Yellow puppet has won and his peers had lost. The Yellow puppet never really questioned the things he was being told while his peers did. The creators haven’t really hidden the fact that it is a studio and the finale could represent a seriously messed up game show and the puppets were all contestants in a sick game.
Another fan favourite theory is that each puppet represent different stages of growing up. The Red guy is the adult, who questions when things don’t make sense and tries to be more logical. The Green puppet is a teenager showing more attitude and is more selfish. The Yellow puppet is the child who is incredibly impressionable and listens to everything he is told. The series follows them becoming older and rejecting the things that objects such as the computer is telling them and leaving the puppet world for the real world.
Are you excited for Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 6? How do you think it will end?