If you haven’t been watching the gloriously trashy, yet very compelling teen dystopian series The Society on Netflix, you’re missing out. It’s the perfect blend of mindlessly staring at pretty people, while surprisingly deep, complex social interactions and intriguing micro-political issues sneak on to the screen somehow. All of which is wrapped up in a pretty bow of “what the f*ck is going on here?!”
So basically it was catnip for me, and I binged it all in a weekend.
There’s no announcement on whether there will be a season 2 of The Society yet, but honestly, with the amount of loose threads season one left us, it would be a crime on par with cancelling The Santa Clarita Diet after that cliffhanger in season 3 if Netflix decides to do us dirty like that (but, they probably won’t because the show seems to be wildly popular on social media.) My heart can’t handle that kind of heartbreak again.
Anyway, I wanted to justify the inordinate amount of time I’ve spent thinking about this show by compiling some of theories floating around out there for your own enjoyment, and of course, ranking them on their plausibility factor. Please feel free to share your own theories in the comments—and the more out there, the better!
Obviously, there are spoilers, below:
So this one is based on the fact the dog, who was maybe, probably killed by resident s*it head Campbell popped up in the very last scene of season 1, in West Ham, with Cassandra and Allie’s mom.
This is a highly unlikely theory due mainly in part to Cassandra. She was shot and killed in New Ham, and yet her name was still on the plaque of the missing in West Ham. So…sorry friends. This one is probably a no go.
Theory: Pfeiffer is the Pied Piper of New Ham
i just finished the society on netflix and it’s basically the pied piper fairytale like the bus driver is the piper who stole/lured the kids after the adults didnt pay and they’re in new ham/hamlin— kraeken (@enjrolras) May 12, 2019
Likelihood: oooh, maybe?
I mean, the tweet kind of explains it all, but if you’re rusty on the old fairytale, it’s basically this: the town of Hamelin (huh, that name sounds familiar) was overrun with rats, so they asked the Pied Piper to get rid of the rats for a tidy sum. So he does. He lures them away with the beautiful Kenny G-eque stylings of his flute, and either the music is so entrancing, or terrible, that basically he’s able to get the rats to voluntarily drown themselves in the river. Problem solved, right?
Wrong. The town of Hamelin refuses to pay up, because they’re jerks and that’s how capitalism works. So the Pied Piper is like “f*ck you this isn’t over, I’ll take something more valuable than money!” Eventually he comes back to the town (probably after drinking a lot, and nursing his grudge for a bit) and lures all the town’s children away, and they’re never to be seen again.
Oh, and you know what Pfeiffer means in German? Piper.
So, yeah. The plot of the fairy tale is basically exactly what happened in The Society. This one is too on the nose to be anything but highly probable.
Theory: Allie isn’t as good as a person as you might think.
Likelihood: I mean, aren’t all teenagers psychopaths at some point in their development?
It was weird how long she took to get the meds for Cassandra. A poster on the same thread even put up the theory that Allie killed Cassandra (hold that thought) but let’s also not forget these are teenagers going through a weird, freaky-deaky situation, so who knows how they’re going to act? I do think there’s more to Allie and her characterization than meets the eye, but whether she turns out to be a straight up villain? I mean, probably not.
Theory: Dewey didn’t kill Cassandra…her mom did.
Likelihood: I mean, duh, but also…huh?
Come on—they didn’t show us who shot Cassandra, and it’s television 101: if you don’t see who it did, then they’re clearly saving the reveal for later. It doesn’t matter that Dewey “confessed.” Let’s also remember he accused someone of planting the gun in his bedroom when it was found. There’s no way the first part of the theory doesn’t turn out to be true.
…but let’s unpack the second part of that tweet above: her mom killed her? I mean, here’s what we know. The dog, which her mom has a relationship with, was able to cross into both worlds (did he come with her?!) Additionally, her mom was part of the town committee that refused to pay Pfeiffer after he got rid of the smell, so she’d have more information than others would about what could be going on.
Anyway, the crux of the theory is that the footsteps you hear before Cassandra gets shot sound like high heels. The same sound that Cassandra and Allie’s mom’s footsteps make at the end of the last episode of the season. It goes that her mom killed her basically because her natural leadership abilities would get in the way of whatever experiment was going on.
So, the pieces of the puzzle add up, but I think the motivation is off. I think it’s possible her mom killed her, but if that’s the case, her mom is working with Pfeiffer, which means the whole smell and refusal to pay thing was a scam, and for me, that’s where the theory starts to fall apart.
Theory: The kids are dead and they’re in Purgatory
me when the finale of the society airs and it reveals they were just in purgatory this entire time pic.twitter.com/CAvlIIy7XJ— 𝐡𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐲 (@leulahie) June 4, 2019
Likelihood: Only if Lindelof and Cuse, the geniuses behind the Lost finale, are the secret show runners.
I think we all learned a valuable lesson from their mistakes, and it’s highly unlikely that all the teens are in purgatory. Now, whether that means that they’ll ever get home or not remains to be seen, but I can’t see the narrative point of including the scene at the end of season one in the real West Ham, if there wasn’t going to be some way to bring the two Hams together, if only for a moment. The dog is obviously the key, here. Just keep him away from Campbell, OK?
What theories did I leave out, and more importantly, do you think Cassandra’s mom killed her? Comment below!
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