“They were dead the whole time.” It’s a theory that has its roots in the stories of 19th-century writer Ambrose Bierce and, more popularly, in The Sixth Sense. Now, the idea that a seemingly living character is actually dead or dying has been applied to almost every work of fiction. Sean and Erik look at some of the most famous examples, including what really happened to Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle, the suspiciously fairy-tale ending of Minority Report, and at how the Ghostbusters supposedly got away with crossing those colorful streams. Here, they're joined by The A.V. Club’s Katie Rife, who shares what is possibly the only fan theory in the world about Rodney Dangerfield’s Back To School.


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