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BTS - From HYYH to LY [Official 2018 Theory Guide]⌚️☔️☠️♻️

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    So for the past many years, ARMYs have been simultaneously suffering and enjoying never-ending theories and clues regarding the lengthy and very complex story that spans from HYYH to LY. Since another comeback is coming up and the storyline is expected to come to a conclusion after the Love Yourself series, it's once again time to revisit and revive plot theories.

    I've noticed a lot of new ARMYs are a little lost and confused about this storyline and all the fandom theories. So this thread is made for all you ARMY detective out there, or anyone confused about this continuous and convoluted storyline that has been build upon and presented to us since 2015.

    This thread will do 3 things:
    First, it will present you with all the story elements that we have been given by BTS themselves, in chronological order of release, so that you can make your own assumptions. Please note that we at this point in time, don't know if these narrative elements are actually in chronological order of the story's timeline. Also note that the MVs take creative symbolic liberties and incorporate inspiration from other arts for each comeback/album concept, and that because of this, not everything in the MVs should be taken literal or as relevant to the greater storyline. In other words, there's a difference between the storyline that's been presented since HYYH and the individual concepts and symbols they experiment with in every comeback. But what is what? We don't know for sure yet :oops:
    Second, it will take a closer look at the clues and symbols that have already been identified and deciphered within these presented story elements.
    Third, it will present and try to explain the most popular theories made by ARMY detectives out there. Afterwards, please feel free to comment your own theories, or discuss the already presented theories.

    Detective armeries go go go!

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    SEOKJIN
    2 March Year 19
    I followed my father into the principal's office that had a damp smell. It had been 10 days since I've returned from America, I heard that I had to start a year lower because the education system was different. "I am leaving him in your hands" my father said. I flinched without knowing when he put his hands on my shoulders. "School in general is a dangerous place, we need order and control" the principal said staring dead into my eyes. Every time he spoke, the fat around his wrinkly cheeks and area around his mouth would shake, and the inside of his black lips were dark red. "Don't you think so as well?". I was hesitating at the abrupt question and my father squeezed my shoulders harder. The strength caused shocks to go up and down the muscles of my neck. "I trust that you'll do well". The principal persistently continued to make eye contact and my father squeeze me tighter. He clenched his fists around my shoulders to the point that my bones felt like they would shatter. My body was shaking and dripping with cold sweat. "You have to tell me right now". "You have to be a good student" the principal told me with a straight face. "Yes" I squeezed out a response and the pain disappeared. I heard the laughter of my father and the principal. I couldn't raise my head. I could only see the brown shoes of my father and the principal's black shoes. I didn't know where the light was coming from but it twinkled. I was scared of that twinkle.
    Cr: @Rosoidae

    11 April Year 22
    I went to the sea alone. Through the camera lens, the sea stretched far and wide, so blue. The light reflecting off the water and the wind in the trees, are familiar sights. If you asked me if anything has changed, then the answer would be that I've changed as a person. Pressing the camera button, the scenery in front of my eyes changed to the day from 2 years and 10 months ago, and disappeared just as quickly. That day we sat by the beach shoulder-to-shoulder. Although we were exhausted, had nothing and had no idea of what the future held, at least we were together.
    Cr: @taejinsuga

    13 June Year 22
    After returning from that sea, we were all alone.
    We did not keep in touch as if we had planned not to. We merely assumed our existence by the graffiti left on the street, the brightly lit petrol station, and the piano sound from the old building. This was when the afterimage of that night came alive like vision. Taehyung's eyes looked as if they breathe fire, the way their eyes watched me as if they had heard something unbelievable, Namjoon's hand that tried to stop Taehyung, and I who couldn't suppress and threw a punch at Taehyung.
    Failing to find Taehyung who ran out, I returned to the dorm near the beach and no one was there. Only broken glass cup, blood stains which began to dry up, cookie crumbs brought me back to what had happened a few hours ago. There was a photo lying in the midst of this. In the photo, we stood together smiling while we posed with the sea as our background.
    Even today, I just walked past the front of the petrol station. The day when we meet again will come. Someday we will smile together just like the photo. The day when I have the courage to face myself entirely will come. However, right now, this very moment is not the right time. Even today, the damp wind blows like that day. And the next moment, the mobile phone rang like a warning. The photos I hung on the room mirror began to shake. I see Hoseok's name on the screen.
    "Hyung, Jungkook had a car accident that night."


    15 August Year 22
    I stepped on the brakes after realizing I had increased my speed, without even knowing, when I drove away from the intersection. The cars behind me honked in annoyance and passed me, and it felt like someone even cursed at me, but I could not hear it well due to the city noise. I saw a small flower shop in the right alley corner. I did not make a sudden stop because I had seen the flower shop. It rather felt like I had seen the flower shop after making a sudden stop.
    The store was under construction and I did not have any high expectations when I approached the owner, who was tidying up in corner of the flower shop. I had already visited a couple of flower shops, but none of those florists even knew of the existence of this flower. They showed me flowers that looked similar in color. However, I was not looking for something similar. The flower had to be the real one. The shop owner stared my face after hearing the name of the flower. The owner then said the flower shop has not officially opened yet, but said they could deliver and asked me "Why do you need that specific flower?".
    As I steered the wheel and entered the road again, I thought. The reason why I needed this specific flower. I had only one reason. Because I wanted to make her/him happy. I wanted to see her/him happy. I wanted to be a good person.
    cr: @peachisoda


    YOONGI
    25 June Year 20
    I opened the door with ta loud bang and took out the envelope that was inside the last drawer of my desk. As I turn the envelope around a piano key fell to the floor with a sound. I threw the half burned piano key in the trash can and laid down on my bed. The emotions that were brought up hadn't cooled down yet and my breathing was a mess, my fingers suddenly covered with singe.

    After the funeral ended there was a time where I once returned to the house that was in ruins after the fire alone. When I entered my mother's room, the piano that was burnt to the point of not being able to be recognized, caught my eye. I sank to the floor. I sat there as the sunlight shone through the window. In the midst of the last sunlight, a few keys rolled around. What kind of Sound what I hear from the keys if I pressed on them. I thought about how many times my mother's fingers had touched them. Out of all the keys, I put one of them in my pocket and exited the room.

    It's been four years and the house is always quiet. The silence makes people go crazy. After dad goes to sleep at 10 p.m. everything becomes even more quiet, to the point it becomes suffocating. This is the House rules. I'm tired because I have to live in such silence, follow a predetermined time-table and regulation. It's not simple to follow such a form. But what is even harder is that I have to live in this house, taking pocket money from Dad, eating dinner with Dad, listening to his scoldings. Whenever I have an argument with Dad, I always consider abandoning Dad and run away from home and live by myself, but I have never had the courage to actually do so.

    I got up from bed and picked up the piano key from the dustbin under my study desk. I opened the window and the the night breeze came in. The things that happened today feel like how this night breeze slap me in my face. I used all my strength and threw the piano key and into the cold air. It has been 10 days since I last went to school. Even if I don't want to, I guess it I will be kicked out of school. I don't know if it's because of deteriorated hearing, but I didn't hear the sound of the piano key dropping on the ground. I won't be able to know the sound of the piano key dropping to the ground, no matter how hard I think. No matter how much time passes, that piano will not make a sound again. I will never play the piano again.

    Cr: @TXYfifteen

    7 April Year 22
    I stopped walking at the clumsy sound of a piano. The only sound in the empty construction site was the popping of a fire someone has lit in an oil drum. I knew the sound of the song that was playing, but why? My drunken footsteps stumbled. I closed my eyes and walked even more carelessly. As the heat of the fire grew stronger the piano sound, the night air, and my intoxication all grew fainter.

    I open my eyes at the sudden sound of a horn, just as a car grazed narrowly past me. In the confusion of the headlights brightness, the wind of the car's passing, and my own drunkenness I stumbled helplessly. I heard the driver curse at me. As I came to a stop, prepared to curse right back, I suddenly realized I could no longer hear the sound of the piano. Amidst the sound of the blazing fire, the wind, the silence left in the wake of the car, the piano sound was gone. It seemed to have stopped. Why had it stopped? Who was playing it?

    The sparks from the fire surged forth from a drum barrel with a sharp noise. I looked at it for a long moment, spaced out. My face became hot with its warmth. It was at that moment that I heard the clanging sound of a fist slamming down onto the piano keys. On instinct I looked behind me. For a moment, my blood rushed so strongly that my breathing became erratic. The nightmares from when I was young. It was like a sound I had heard there.

    In the next moment I was running. Without any will of mine, I ran towards the music store. My body turning of its own volition to look behind. I felt somehow like this was something I had repeated countless times before. It was a sensation of having forgotten something important.

    The music store with its broken window. Someone was sitting in front of the piano. Although many years had passed, I recognized them in an instant. They were crying, their hands curled into fists. I didn't want to be concerned with someone else's life. I didn't want to comfort anyone else's loneliness. I didn't want to become a person who meant something to anyone. I had no confidence that I could protect that person. I didn't have the confidence to be at their side till the end. I didn't want to hurt them. I didn't want to be hurt.

    I walked slowly. I intended to turn back and leave, but I approached them before I knew it. A wrong note rang out. Jungkook lifted his head and looked at me. "Hyung". It was our first time seeing each other since quitting high school.
    Cr: @papercrowns

    8 June Year 22
    I put on a new t-shirt. The me that I saw in the mirror didn't look like myself. I was wearing a t-shirt that said “Dream” on it, and in all aspects that just wasn't my style. I didn't like that it was red, the word dream, or the way it fit tightly against my body. I took out a cigarette out of annoyance and looked for my lighter. It wasn't in the pocket of my jeans so I looked through my back and realized. They took it. Without care they took it out of my hands and what they threw at me afterwards was a lollipop and this t-shirt.

    I ruffled my hair and stood up from my spot, but I heard the sound of a message notification. When I saw the three letters on my phone screen, all my surroundings around me became brighter and my heart drop with a “koong”. I broke the cigarette in half as I checked the message. The next moment, the me in the mirror was smiling. I didn't know what was so great, but the me wearing a tight red colored t-shirt that had the word “Dream” on it was smiling like a fool.
    Cr: @Rosoidae


    HOSEOK
    15 September Year 20
    Jimin's mother paced back and forth in the emergency room after checking that the name on the head of the bed and the IV drop were properly placed. She brushed a strand of grass from Jimin's shoulder with one finger. I approached hesitantly, feeling that I should tell her why Jimin was in the emergency room, about the seizure at the bus stop. Jimin's mother seemed to discover my presence only then, and she looked at me with a long evaluating case. I didn't know what to do so I stood still. Jimin's mother only said "thank you" and then turned back to him.

    The next time Jimin's mother looked at me, the Doctor and nurses had started to move the bed, and I moved to follow. Jimin's mother said thank you again and pushed at my shoulder. Rather than pushing, it would be more correct to say that she touched me slightly and then pulled her hand away. But I suddenly felt an invisible line being drawn between Jimin's mother and myself. That line was sure and solid. It was cold and sturdy. It was a line that I could never surmount. I had lived at the orphanage for 10 years. I knew that much with my whole body, my sight, the air. In a moment of bewilderment I took a step back and fell to the floor. Jimin's mother looked vacantly down at me. She was a small and beautiful person. But her shadow was large and chilly. That shadow fell over me as I collapsed on the emergency room floor. When I lifted my head Jimin's bed had left the emergency room and could no longer be seen. After that day Jimin didn't come back to school.
    Cr: @papercrowns

    25 February Year 21
    I danced, not being able to take my eyes off of myself through the mirror. Everything became peaceful. Moving my body along with the music, apart from my feelings, nothing outside of that was quiet.

    The first time I danced was when I was 12 years old. I think it was for a talent show or retreat I went to. I stood on stage because of my friends. The thing I remember the most from that day is the applause and cheers, and the feeling of actually feeling like myself for the first time. Of course, back then I thought it was just joyful moving my body to the music. That was bliss, and I found out way later, that the bliss wasn't coming from the applause, but from within.

    I am tied to a lot of things outside of the mirror. I can't stand having my feet touch the ground even if it's for a few seconds, even if I hate it I smile, and even when I'm sad I smile. I take pills that I don't even need and faint no matter the location. That's why when I dance I try not to look away from myself through the mirror. Because it's a time where I can be myself, fly and drop all the heavy burdens, because it's a time where I gain hope that I can become happy. I look at those times.

    31 May Year 22
    I looked away and I felt my breathing stop all of a sudden. Although my breathing has been shaky due to dancing for a long time, it wasn't that feeling. I thought about how I'm like my mother. No, it wasn't a thought, or a form of recognition, or something I could explain. I couldn't even look at my friend who I've known for over 10 years now. We learned how to dance together, failed together and even gained strength together. Because of how much we were sweating, there were times we lay down together and threw towels at each other, playing around together. It felt as if a feeling I've never been able to feel before was being touched, and I stood up from my spot. I leaned against the wall. I tried to calm down my breathing, but I heard “where are you going Hoseok” from somewhere. A voice, it could have been a voice. The voice that called out “Hoseok”. The voice that makes me think about a time that I can't even remember, a 7 year old me.
    Cr: @Rosoidae


    NAMJOON
    15 May Year 20
    I went to the warehouse classroom that we claimed as our secret base, and always go to. I picked up a few chairs when I made my way in. I set the toppled-over table upright and patted off the dust on top of it with my palm. To humans, separation is always sentimental. Today was the last day of school and also two weeks till we move away. I don't know if I will ever come back here or whether I will be able to see my hyungs and dongsaengs again. I folded the paper into half and placed it on the table. Although I held a pen in my hand, I didn't know what to write. Time passed by. After writing some meaningless words, the pencil lead broke with a "tu" sound. "You must survive". I unconsciously doodled those words on the paper. Among all dark lead powder and doodling, I got reminded of poverty, parents, dongsengs, moving and other messy things.

    I folded the paper into a ball, put it into my pocket and got up from my seat. Dust was everywhere again when I replace the table back. As I got ready to leave I fogged up the window with my breath, and wrote 3 words. It is not enough at the moment, but it can be conveyed to everyone even if unsaid. "We will meet again". I hope this is a promise between us.
    Cr: @TXYfifteen

    11 April Year 22
    I was digging through a shirt sale that didn't cost much, and Taehyung reached from behind and took a shirt. It had the same phrases printed on as my shirt. Taehyung smiled at me and took his ripped shirt off. Hoseok looked at me with shocked eyes. Taehyung wore my t-shirt and look at himself through my dirty mirror. And then he laughed.

    “I was late because he wanted to do graffiti and got caught by the police, I had to pull him out”. I pretended that I was getting angry at Taehyung, and Taehyung acted like he was really sorry. Yoongi who was sitting in the corner of my trailer walked towards us and hit Taehyung on the shoulder.

    30 June Year 22
    I looked a little strangely at myself in the mirror. As if my hand has its own control, I pressed the ‘open door’ button. There were moments like this. Moments that felt like I had repeated countless times even though it was obviously the first time. The elevator door that was closing opened again and a bunch of people pushed in. A person that had their hair tied in a yellow rubber band caught my eye. I didn't press the ‘open’ button knowing that the person would be there, but I thought that it was obvious that the person should be there. I moved back, one step at a time. As my back hit the cold wall and I raised my head, the yellow rubber band caught my eye.
    A person's back tells a lot of stories. But I only understand a few of them. Some I’m able to faintly guess and some I can't understand and are forgotten about. I suddenly thought that you can only really know a person when you can read everything just from their back. Then wouldn't there be people who can read who I am just by looking at my back? I raised my head and made eye contact with them through the mirror. They looked away. There were many moments like this. I raised my head again, but all I could see was my own face, I couldn't see my back.
    Cr: @Rosoidae

    JIMIN
    30 August Year 19
    While Hoseok hyung was answering a call, I played around by stepping on hyung's shadow. Hoseok hyung burst into laughter and said "Jimin has grown has grown up". It takes 2 hours walking from school to home. If you take the bus it's less than 30 minutes, but it will be too little if you say it takes 20 minutes. But hyung always bring me to take some shortcuts, alleys or even climb over the bridge, and we will stubbornly walk this route. It's been a year since I was discharged from the hospital, and transferred schools. School is far from home and I don't know anybody, but I think it's fine. Anyway, I have transferred schools many times and who knows when I will be admitted to the hospital again. So I think this is nothing much.

    At that time I met Hoseok hyung. It was just after the start of the new semester. Hyung approached me and stayed with me for 2 hours. In regards to the fact that our homes are not even in the same direction, I only found out a long time later. I also didn't ask why. I was hoping in my heart that the 2 hours under the sun could be lengthened.

    After teasing Hyung and stepping on his shadow, while he was answering the call, I ran away. Hyung hung up the call and chased after me. Under the heat of the sun, my ice cream melted. I could hear the song of the cicadas. But I was suddenly scared. How long will these days last?

    Cr: @TXYfifteen

    28 September Year 20
    I stopped counting a few days after I was hospitalized. Counting is something you do when you want to get out, or you think there's any hope of getting out. The trees and leaves, far off outside the window, still look like people's clothes. So I knew not that much time had passed. At most, slightly more than a month maybe. Because of the medicine everything was boring and dull. Even so, today was a special day. The kind of day you have to write in a diary, if you keep one. But I don't have a diary and I don't want to have any problems if I did write it down. Today I lied for the first time. I looked into the doctor's eyes and pretended to be gloomy saying "I don't remember a thing".
    Cr: @papercrowns

    3 July Year 22
    In the end I sprawled out on the floor. I turned off the music and all at once my surroundings went quiet, and I heard nothing except the sound of my breathing and my own beating heart. I pulled up my phone and played the choreography video I had learned in the morning. In the video hyung's movements were smooth and accurate. That was the result of countless hours and sweat, the result of practice. And since I was nowhere near that, I was incredibly jealous. But understanding and hoping are different, so I sigh often. I suddenly stand up again. I imitated the turn as he'd done it, but my steps kept getting tangled. I kept making mistakes at the part where we had to match our flow when moving positions. We had decided to try again tomorrow, but until then I wanted to show that I was serious. Rather than the playful praise of "that was better than I expected", I wanted to be recognized as a serious and equal partner, one who could match breaths with hyung.
    Cr: @papercrowns


    TAEHYUNG
    29 December Year 10
    I entered the living room after taking off my shoes and dropping my bag, and dad was inside. I didn't think of how long it had been since I last saw him, or where he had been. I just ran into his embrace. I can't recall clearly what happened afterwards. Did I first smell the alcohol, hear him curse at me, or get slapped by him? It didn't know what actually happening. He reeked of alcohol, his breathing was rough and he had foul breath. His eyes were bloodshot and his beard was unkempt. Then he used his big hands to hit me, asked me what I was looking at, and hit me again. Then he lifted me high up in the air. Although his bloodshot eyes were scary, I couldn't cry because I was too scared. That was not my dad. No, he was, but he didn't feel like it. I kicked my legs in the mid-air. In the next moment, my head hit the wall and I fell to the floor. I felt like my head was going to explode. My sight became blurry and gradually darkened, and all I could hear in my mind was my dad's breathing.

    22 May Year 22
    I passed by the area of trees again when I received hyungs's call. Recently that thing kept happening. I moved to a place where no one could hear me. I purposely slowed down my pace and hid myself near the sea. Hyung didn't see me and just passed by me. "Aren't you just one year older than me? Anyway it is not something you have to be responsible for, I will take care of it".

    There was something cold that climbed up my back and disappeared. Everything in the world seemed to have collapsed. It was as if I was struggling in the deep sea, making people feel cold and scared. Tragic and lonely. I was angry and I felt that I couldn't tolerate anymore. I wanted to stop everything. I wanted to hit him, but that filthy me was still scared. In my my body Dad's blood flows. Is there violence in me too? There is something that wants to burst out of my tightly prepared self-defence net.

    Cr: @TXYfifteen

    25 June Year 22
    I purposely slowed my footsteps and perked my ears up at the small sense that someone was walking behind me. Today was the third time that we have met at the convenience store. If there was something that was different, it was that today they had run away as soon as they saw me. Then they had hung around in a small vacant lot, at the back of the store. But as soon as I appeared they hid again. They had hidden themselves well, but their shadow was reaching far towards the front of the abandoned lot. I giggled. I passed by, pretending not to see, but then they started to follow me.

    I entered a narrow alley. This was the only place in our neighborhood where the streetlamps weren't broken. The alley was long and the streetlamp was located somewhere in the middle. When the source of light is ahead, the shadow stretches behind. So now my own shadow was stretching out behind me. I could have been stretching all the way to the feet of the person who was following me with bated breath. As I pass beneath the streetlamp, my shadow disappeared beneath my feet. I started walking a little faster. Not long after, a shadow that wasn't mine appeared on the cement road. I stopped my steps. And the presence behind me stopped too. The two shadows of different heights stopped side by side.

    I spoke. "I'm going to wait until you come here". The shadow jumped, then it held still as if to say it wasn't there. "I can see everything". I pointed out the shadow. The sound of footsteps started to grow closer, purposefully noisy. I laughed.
    Cr: @papercrowns


    JUNGKOOK
    25 June Year 20
    I gently touched the piano keys with my fingertip, a move which left my finger smudged in dust. Using the slightest pressure in my finger to press the keys, the piano let out a sound different from the ones hyung would play. Hyung has not been to school for ten days. Today I heard that he had been expelled. Namjoon hyung and Hoseok hyung didn't say anything, and I didn't say anything because I was scared to hear the answer. Two weeks ago, before teacher had revealed the secret location, there was only me and hyung here. There was an open inspection that day, and I didn't want to remain in class so I ran to that place. Hyung didn't look back, just played the piano as I lay on two joint desks to take a nap. In theory, hyung and the piano exist as two separate things, but it was hard to see them apart. I don't know why, but hearing hyung's playing made me want to cry.

    When it felt as if the tears would soon fall I hastily turned onto my back. Just then, the door opened with an explosive bang. The piano music stopped. I was slapped so hard I fell to the ground. I huddled on the ground, listening to the barrage of angry words thrown at me, only for the sound to stop. I turned, and saw that hyung had pushed the teacher back, then sheltered me with his whole body. Past hyung's shoulders, I could see the angry expression on teacher's face.

    I pressed the piano keys again, trying to play a tune hyung used to play. Had hyung really been expelled? Will I ever see him again? Hyung said before that getting a beating was routine for him. If it wasn't for me, hung wouldn't have hit the teacher. If it wasn't for me, hyung would still be here playing the piano.

    11 April Year 22
    I finally fulfilled my wish. When I saw the hooligans on the street, I bumped into them and got a beating. As they beat me, I laughed. It made them call me crazy and hit me harder. I leaned against the shutters and looked at the dark sky. It's late at night. There's nothing to see in the sky. I saw grass that look like how I felt. Easily blown over by the wind, just like me. I felt the tears coming and purposefully that myself cry.

    When I closed my eyes I saw an image of my stepfather clearing his throat. My stepbrother continuously kicking me while laughing. My stepfather's relatives would look elsewhere or talk about meaningless things. As if I didn't exist, as if I was nothing. In front of them, my mother stood helplessly. I started coughing from dust. My chest hurt as if someone had taken a knife to it. I climbed up the roof of the construction site. The dark colors of the night seemed to overshadow the city. I walked on top of the railing, holding out both my hands for balance. In that moment I nearly stumbled and lost my balance. That gave me the idea that I could die if I just took one more step. But would death bring the end of anything? No one would be sad if I was not around anyway.

    16 July Year 22
    I stood by the window with my headphones on, humming softly to the song. It had been a week. I didn't have to look at the lyrics to sing along to the song anymore. I took the headphones off one ear so that I could hear myself practice. Although I liked the beautiful lyrics, they still made me shy. I scratched my head. The huge window let in the bright sunlight of July. the trees swayed gently in the wind, and every time the light shone onto my face it felt different. I closed my eyes. Closing my eyes filtered out the light and I started singing. I don't know if it was because of the lyrics, or the song, or what. But it felt as if my heart had been painfully broken.
    cr: @taejinsuga

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    • Butterflies
    The butterfly has almost become synonymous with HYYH. Besides featuring as the title of a song, this beautiful creature also appears in the Prologue, and can be seen on the HYYH cover art when the 1st and 2nd mini albums are held up next to each other. You'll also see the butterfly wings motif in multiple official BTS videos and performances.
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    • Smeraldo flower
    This mysterious flower appears to be significant to Jin in the HYYH notes. See the Smeraldo video above to understand how and when the Smeraldo flower was introduced to the canon theory, and what story it bears.


    • Madonna Lily
    This flower appears many times throughout this storyline. From the white petals Jin holds in his hands to the flowers in the vase he almost knocks over in the LY Highlight Reels. In flower language, the Madonna Lily symbolizes both virtue and purity (hence named after Virgin Mary), but also rebirth. They are often given as a parting gift to deceased at funerals, to symbolize that the soul of the departed has received restored innocence after death.
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    • Ambigrams
    An ambigram is a word or sentence that changes meaning when viewed upside down. On Tae and RMs shared LY poster you'll find the ambigram "Save Me/I'm Fine". This particular ambigram is often used in suicide prevention and awareness ads, as it shows what the stigma against mental health does to those who suffer. Namely preventing them from calling out for help and instead pretending to be fine.

    • Worm holes
    First introduced in the Japanese ver. of BS&T, and later recurring frequently throughout the LY series and its performances. A wormhole is a scientific concept that postulates a passage through space-time that could create shortcuts between two points across the universe. Wormholes are theorized to not only connect two separate points within the universe, but also being capable of connecting entirely different universes. Some scientists have conjectured that if one mouth of a wormhole is moved in a specific manner, it could allow for time travel.
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    • Mentions of turning back time

    In the LY Poster and Highlight Reel, Jin repeatedly mentions and muses over the concept of time travel. Most notably, at the end of the Highlight Reel he says:
    “If we can rewind time, where should we go back to? Once we reach that place, can we correct all the errors and mistakes, and can we then become happy?”

    “There are places that can’t be reached no matter how many seasons repeat. In the end, what we have to face is breaking through yet another storm. Loving without fear. Hesitancy and farewell. Living as who I am.”

    • Chinese Characters from the Highlight Reel 起承结轉
    This Chinese sentence stands for: introduction, development, turning point, and conclusion. In the LY press conference, RM mentioned that the albums of the LY series are gonna be based on that narative structuring, except they're not gonna be released in chronological order.

    • Herman Hesse’s Demian
    WINGS and BS&T are heavily inspired by this book. They draw symbolic parallels to this work of art all the time.

    Demian tells the story of Emil Sinclair's childhood during pre-World War I. Sinclair struggles to find his place in the world and is caught between good and evil (light and dark realms).

    • Ursula Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas
    This books is what Spring Day is inspired by. Not too long ago, a Korean publishing company explained the parallels and symbolic references between Spring Day and Omelas. You can read the translation of that MV explanation here.

    In the book, Omelas is a Utopian sea-side city where everyone lives in peace and bliss. However, as as they grow up, every citizen of Omelas eventually learns of a caged child's existence that is being forced to live in utter loneliness, filth, and suffering. This is the sacrifice and price the city must pay to continue its Utopia. The child's suffering is meant to teach the people of Omelas how cruel justice can be and how precious happiness can be. and is taught about the meaning of suffering. Horrified, some people walk away from Omelas, never to return.
     
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    Theory 1 - Wormhole theory

    In this theory, Jin has somehow obtained the power to travel back to the past. He uses it to try and save his friends from their own demons and eventual demise.

    There are many different sub-theories on the exact means by which he achieves this, the effects of his time travel, and what the chronological timeline look like.





    Theory 2 - Figment of Imagination
    In this theory, the members and their times together are either Jin or Jimin's figment of imagination.


    Theory 3 - Jimin the Lost Boy of Omelas
    In this theory, Jimin is sacrificed to save the other members and keep them happy.


    Theory 4 - They're All Dead
    In this theory, they all died during INU, with the exception of Jin (who either died long before them or is still alive). Jin acts as their guide to acceptance and heaven.


    Theory on Upcoming Album Titles
     
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    good work on the thread
    will you add the hints BTS gave us from award performances as well?

    also
    I found this video recently
    it is a good summary of everything so far

    I dont know if you'd like to include
    but it is a good introduction for new fans that dont know what's going on

    Edit: @K_Pop_Captain this place is for you
     
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    My ass has been stanning since 2013 yet I'm still lost af...i guess I will read up when I'm free. Thanks idun for this compilation.
     
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    wow thx for compiling this!
     
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    You are good at making the summary for BTS.
     
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    Can't believe you make this..
    This thread is awesome Idun..

    I'll just add This Timeline here..
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    The effort gone into this thread deserves a medal...

    Finally, unintellectual ARMY's like me can catch up. THANK YOU:loverr3:
     
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    Some thoughts (I don't have a lot of time rn so I just quickly skimmed over but noticed some things that I wanted to write down before I forget):
    1) The "sea" is used a lot. (maybe it's already been touched on)
    2) In the song "Sea", it uses the sea as a metaphor for their success.
    3) In the song "Sea", they are struggling to relax. They know that this place used to be a "desert"
    4) In LY posters, the maknae line (JK, JM, V) are paired with someone from the rap line and all have the caption "After returning from the sea, we were all alone", but Jin's poster says "If I could turn back time, I would go back to the sea of that summer." What happened at the sea?
    5) Sea=success(?)
    6) In a YT vid, someone suggested that HYYH is the story of a group of friends drifting apart as they grow.
    7) I think that BTS is afraid that during their time of success, they will lose their real selves and drift away from themselves and each other.
    8) V and Jin play a huge role somehow. (V is fallen angel and Jin makes a deal with the devil in BST)
    9) Maknae line is paired up w/ an older member and all members/pairs are connected w/ Jin in some way.
    Sorry for this very unorganized and random thought train that is repetitive and incoherent. Mianhae. Maybe a more logically wired ARMY will be able to make something out.
     
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    This thread is kinda amazing :whatk:
    Lemme save it so I can go through it later.
     
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    Found this YT vid that is helpful:
     
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    (i'm trash and created an account solely to post on this thread, also i did this half-asleep at midnight so i'm sorry if the writing is crap)

    i'm a fan of the time-travel theory tbh.

    this blog https://btstheory-finishi.tumblr.com has a more or less complete theory from hyyh through wings to the highlight reel and is currently updating for the ly: tear era. (warning it's a reaaaally long read and i had to keep going to back to re-read several parts to make myself clear about it). HERE is the masterpost. (i know there may be some parts you have doubts with, for me i just used fan theories collected from other discussions to fill in the gaps to help me understand. the whole thing is open to interpretation and truthfully speaking at this point there is no solid, 'correct' theory. you just gotta come up with one of your own or follow others if you need closure or answers.)

    and here's a timeline thingy i tried to do based on the above theory. it looks crazy i know, and it may not be right but maybe someone can use this as a starting point to further the discussion?

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    you have to read the whole theory on the tumblr blog if you really wanna go into specifics.

    if you're still following me after looking at the diagram here's the tl;dr of it:

    bts-theoryfinish's theory states that there are alternate timelines branching out from the main hyyh (original timeline where they were all together). each album is one timeline and jin is simply hopping in between the timelines (or resetting them) to try to straighten things out between his friends and himself (read the notes), but after 3 different timelines he basically gives up trying to fix the past or change it because he can't. (look at what he says in highlight reel in the end).
    but that's where this diagram ends for now, because once LY Tear theories drop the storyline will change too.

    please note that it's all speculation and anyone's guess is as good as this.

    on another note, from this thread i also found this really nice theory about spring day: https://bangtanbase.com/topic/825-the-mvs-theories-thread/?do=findComment&comment=35758 i think y'all should read it because it ties in the sewol ferry incident as well.

    i also just wanted to say that i've never seen anything more complex than their mv in-universe AU (whatever you want to call it). it's crazy and full of so many references i can't wrap my head around the whole thing just yet, but it's fun to speculate and i'm here for whatever comes out of it.
     
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