When Twitter user Ted Fox noticed that Jennifer Aniston was the only one with her eyes open on the cover of the season 4 Friends box art, he wanted an explanation.
Luckily, the Internet was there to give it to him. And that's when things got... kind of crazy and dark.
The whole show was all a fantasy made up by Rachel to escape her loveless unhappy marriage to Barry. She starts it by running from the altar— Jon Perry (@heyitsmeyonboy) July 7, 2017
She's the only one who's actually alive. They all died in episode one & every episode since is in her imagination.— Jack Murphy (@JackDMurphy) July 7, 2017
Wait, how many people independently believe that the entire series of Friends is just a dream Rachel had? Many, many people, apparently.
Rachel had a breakdown, she moved into a mental hospital not an apartment. The rest are fellow patients— Sehri (@FromSehri) July 7, 2017
It was an elaborate coping mechanism
Oh God. Even non-American watchers bought into this theory:
C'est la saison où elle les tue tous (les autres saisons se passent dans sa tête)— vincent cocquebert (@vincentcocquebe) July 7, 2017
That translates to, "This is the season where she kills them all (the other seasons go on in her head)."
Other people, though, had a simpler explanation.
She alone knows the truth. She has seen beyond the veil, and knows that there is no way she should be able to afford that apartment— Woodstock's dad (@Burghpunk) July 7, 2017
Now it all makes sense.