The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has just joined UK Netflix, to the delight of fans of the show everywhere, but this theory about our favourite Philadelphia boy might make you see things in a different way. A darker way.
This theory is so heartbreaking that it would make the beloved TV show from the nineties quite hard to watch. Remember the famous intro? “In West Philadelphia, born and raised…” According to the theory, the gang that beats Will up after he accidentally throws a basketball at them by mistake ends up hitting him so hard that he dies.
Then we see him get on a taxi, and if you do the math, you can guess that a ride all the way to Bel-Air is pretty expensive, especially if you are a teenager with no means. So the taxi driver is God, taking Will to Heaven, which is his aunt’s house in Bel-Air, where he lives happily with the Banks family. And the times he sees his mother is because she is visiting Will’s grave. Yes, grim and depressing.
So, at the very end of the show, when the Banks family separates and they all go different ways, leaving Will alone, what is probably happening is that Will is finally finding peace and moving beyond. You know, like at the end of Lost.
Now re-watch one of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episodes and start crying. We are just hoping that Carlton took his Tom Jones CD to heaven with him.