Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 6: What Does It Mean?

20 June 2016, 16:24 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:17

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By Gemma Bentley

Special thanks to Roy .

We (and basically the rest of the internet) guessed correctly and the final instalment of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared was uploaded on June 19th. However, what we didn't expect was that the last episode would STILL leave a lot of fans questioning what actually happened... and what it all really means. So we've decided to take a further look into what the hell it all really meant.


  • The Kidnapping Kickstarter Video

The one fan theory which was proved to be correct was the one that surrounds their kidnapping Kickstarter video. The theory from that particular video was that Roy was actually behind the camera. This theory looks into how there is heavy breathing and a flash of yellow arms in front of the camera screen. Roy then went onto appear in Episode 6 with that heavy breathing and signature long yellow arms from this original video, thus proving this theory to be correct.


  • The Subversion of Children's Entertainment

The main theory surrounding the conclusion episode is that it is all about the media. From the first episode, it was clear that the show was a parody of kids television programmes just as Sesame Street and The Muppets. It was assumed that was just the style and aesthetics the producers opted for, and that is really was not related to the actual plot.

It turns out that these visual cues could be very relevant to the story, and fans have gone on to discuss how all the puppets could actually be child stars and actors in an educational show aimed at children. Throughout the series you can even see glimpses of the fact that the room is actually a set. In Episode 6 you actually see the studio lights and how the roof of the set can be lifted off, therefore distorting how we see the media and the way children's shows are produced.

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You can also see the clapperboard for the series, in addition to seeing Roy hiding in the telephone box in one clip (seen below). The message the team behind DHMIS may be trying to portray is escaping the media and how creativity isn't an accepted source of pleasure in the adult world compared to childhood. This is suggested when we see the Red Guy in a mundane office job trying to think out of the box and express himself. In this moment, he also recreates scenes from his time in the puppet world, but this eventually causes him to be rejected from his new office peers.

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  • Quitting The Media For Good

The ending shows the Red Guy pulling a plug on a screen controlling the room as well characters appearing in front of the remaining yellow puppet. Pulling the plug could possibly represent mankind pulling the plug on all the media outlets we surround ourselves with and now pretty much depend on. The suggestion is that the three puppets could be breaking free from the fake reality and overly constructed teachings of the media, which we've seen them trapped inside since the very beginning.



  • An Infinite Time Loop?

The series has a final conclusion we never saw coming - a new date on the calendar of the 20th of June and a lead back into how the very first episode started. The three characters are essentially the same puppets we knew and loved from the beginning, but as well as being different colours, it turns out they've now become their favourite colours as previously mentioned in the Creativity episode.



  • We're All Trapped In A Prison-esque Education System

Currently the most popular theory in the comments section discusses how the setting for the whole series seems to be a prison-like school. Even though the Red Guy has clearly grown out of school and has now learnt his lessons, the Yellow Guy is still trapped by his father who now owns the school, runs the media and will only release him once he's passed all the tests and lessons. Sound familiar at all?



  • What The Fans Have Been Saying

These other theories from fans seem well thought out, especially the one that questions why it is always June 19th in each video and never any other date. Check them out and let us know if you agree or disagree with any of their opinions. The first person believes it's all set in one day and that the 20th of June spells bad things for the Yellow Guy, whereas the final comment centres on the "corporate manipulative subliminal messaging" seen throughout, regardless of the date or characters. Yup, that's the sounds of me being scared.

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What did you think of the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared finale -  Were your questions answered? We would love to know your thoughts and theories. But if you've much rather stay in the real world and see what other YouTubers are up to, check out our most recent SLAY or NAY video, in which no one is scared but everyone still needs a hug!