2019 was a banner year for geek culture, with the biggest franchises in fantasy, sci-fi, and superheroes all coming to some sort of epic climax. And alongside behemoths like Avengers: Endgame and Game of Thrones, smaller stories like Netflix’s Russian Doll and even DC’s “low-budget” Joker also sparked the imagination of fans, leading to endless speculation on niche subreddits, social media, and anywhere fans congregate IRL.
Here at Inverse, we love a good fan theory, and while it’s always a rush when you predict the way a story ends months before it’s told, the more ridiculous theories that delve into little-known lore are often just as entertaining. The weirder the better might as well be our superhero catchphrase.
So to celebrate the end of a year that launched a million of them, here are the 19 best fan theories of of 2019, explained, analyzed, and debunked if necessary. Grab your tinfoil hats, it’s gonna get weird.