The show Friends is beloved by many people all around the world. As a result, a lot of audiences want it to come back. However, chances of a sequel are slim to none. This has forced many fans to resort to the old school DVD box sets.
During a binging episode of Friends, a fan noticed something peculiar about the box art of the fourth season.
On the front cover of the box set, all the main characters of the show can be seen sleeping in one bed.
However, Rachel Green, who is played by Jennifer Aniston, clearly has her eyes opened and is staring directly at the camera.
So, fans of the comedy decided to go to Twitter to find the reason behind the weird box art. A Twitter user by the name of thetedfox asked the question online: ‘Why is Rachel the only one looking?’
Immediately, people started coming up with their own goosebump-inducing and dark interpretations of what it could mean. This simple question led to numerous fan theories and even garnered a hashtag known as ‘Friendsgate.’
Some users came up with some pretty convoluted and complicated theories to describe the unique box art. But like with any crazy or wacky conspiracy theory, the more detail it has, the more compelling it sounds.
As Twitter user Phil Dunne puts it: ‘Rachel Green had a dream on the eve of her wedding day, she didn’t want to marry Barry so she had a major anxiety dream.’
The theory went on to postulate: ‘She created a fantasy in her mind and the five other friends characters as a way to escape her spoiled, trapped future life. This cover is her partially waking up from that dream at 5 am on the morning of her wedding day.’
Others had a similar albeit less detailed theory. One user known only as ‘The Resistance’ said: ‘The whole show is actually Rachel’s dream.’
Others, such as Elle Latham, complimented that theory by saying: ‘Obviously, it was all a dream.’ Some people were more critical, saying the ‘All Just A Dream’ theory is uncreative and always gets thrown around as a go-to ‘fan theory’ for literally every TV show ever made.
Can these theories be true or is the box art simply highlighting one of their best selling actors? Is the entire show simply based on Rachel’s dream or is there another sort of subliminal message incorporated into that specific box art?