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BTS (Bangtan Boys) Omelas Theory

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BTS members - Jin, J-Hope, Jimin, Jungkook, Suga, V and RM.

BTS members - Jin, J-Hope, Jimin, Jungkook, Suga, V and RM.

Introduction

Once again, this is a theory based off BTS' MVs, but this time, it resolves especially around the newer ones: "Spring Day", "Blood, Sweat and Tears", "Live Trilogy Epsiode III The Wings Tour Trailer", "Boy Meets Evil", "Blood, Sweat and Tears" Japanese version, "Highlight Reel", "Euphoria", "Singularity" and "Fake Love".

Please note that this theory is the continuation of my previous theory. If you haven't read it please do, because you won't be able to understand this one. Read the theory here: BTS Demian Theory. Similarly to the previous one, in this theory I will mostly connect the MVs to the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas", so it would be great if you read it (it's a very short story), but then again, if you choose not to, I will explain and write about it here in this theory myself. Also, this theory will be updated with the upcoming MVs, so make sure to check it out.

As I wrote before, all of the MVs are still connected and it's hard to draw the line. Some of them happen simultaneously, or are intertwined, so it's hard to say that one MV happened before another one.

Announcement!

With the help of our ARMY friend, we were able to make the first BTS series which will be based off my Demian and Omelas theories and follow the story of BTS as explained by the theories. We made 4 episodes in total, but we may make more as new content comes out. You can watch them on our YouTube channel BTS CINEMATIX. I hope that you will check it out! :D

BTS Series Episode 1

Part IV: You Never Walk Alone

In this part I will analyse "Spring Day", "Blood, Sweat and Tears", "Live Trilogy Epsiode III The Wings Tour Trailer", "Boy Meets Evil" and "Blood, Sweat and Tears" Japanese version. "Spring Day" is the true ending of the story which took place in the HYYH era. The reason why I did not put it in the previous theory is because it connects to the next story which was introduced with "Blood, Sweat and Tears".

Spring Day Theory

After everything happened - Jin's death, V killing his father, the boys' suicide attempts - I wrote about the short films, which were connected to "Demian". During that time, a change in the boys took place. That leads us to "Spring Day", where the boys finally accepted Jin's death and are finally ready to let go and move on.

The same applies to Jin as well. I already mentioned something like that in "Young Forever". With this, we see that this MV and "Young Forever" are closely connected and represent the same thing, the same phase. The only difference is that in "Young Forever", we witness their change and their resolve to move on (that they were able to break free from the darkness that engulfed them).

It is more like we are shown their mental state; a big metaphor is being used in the MV to show us all that. But, in "Spring Day", we witness the happenings after - the sole act of their resolve to move on (what they did in order to fulfill that resolve).

Another important point is that this MV, not only ends the previous story, but connects to the new one as well, like a bridge. This MV is a mixture of 2 stories: one is precisely the ending of the HYYH era that I already mentioned, and the other one is a foreshadowing for the second story, let's call it YNWA era from now on.

As you can notice, the video starts off with V who is trying to kill himself. Now, that surely has nothing to do with the plot which is shown in the video, and which I mentioned. It is actually a clue as to what is waiting for us in the YNWA era. It's like a small teaser.

V trying to commit suicide.

V trying to commit suicide.

To support this claim of mine, please look carefully at the MV. The moment the train starts running at 0:35, it looks like the scene suddenly changed to a video tape (Notice how the quality of the video dropped). It's like they showed us one of the final scenes and then returned to the point where the story actually stopped.

The scene when the train starts running at 0:35.

The scene when the train starts running at 0:35.

First, I will talk about scenes which are connected to the previous era, and later return to the ones that predict the YNWA era. We are shown all of the BTS members separate. They are all in different places, and what connects them all is the train which keeps running and doesn't stop.

The train here is a representation of their life course. All of the train wagons represent one of the stages or events in their lives. That is why, when RM goes through the door, he ends up in one of the memories / events of his life.

All of the BTS members together in the train.

All of the BTS members together in the train.

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The first event is shown in front of a motel Omelas, where J-Hope and Suga are. After entering through the door, RM ends up in the train again with Jungkook in it. He repeats the same - goes through the next door - and ends up at the event of his birthday party.

RM, Suga and J-Hope in front of Omelas.

RM, Suga and J-Hope in front of Omelas.

Throughout the MV, we will witness other events / memories from the boys' life course: them fooling around, doing their laundry... All of them seem down and depressed in those memories, opposite to how it should be. That may be because of the current situation and what they have been through.

If either of them were to recall those events, it would trigger the painful experience they are trying to overcome, since they would be reminded that they can never go back to those days.

Everyone is down and sad in the memories.

Everyone is down and sad in the memories.

The act of Jimin holding the sneakers, and them later being hung on the tree are one of the major symbols. In some neighborhoods, shoes tied together and hanging from power lines or tree branches signify that someone has died. The shoes belong to the dead person.

Jimin holding the sneakers and them later hanging from the tree.

Jimin holding the sneakers and them later hanging from the tree.

The reason they are hanging, legend has it, is that when the dead person's spirit returns, it will walk that high above the ground, that much closer to heaven. In this case, these shoes are Jin's, which would also explain why they were at the beach.

If you remember the shore in "Prologue", you will see that it's the same place, and Jin was shown being there at the end of the MV. Plus, Jin was barefoot throughout the whole HYYH era.

The shore where Jimin is and the shore from "Prologue" and "Run".

The shore where Jimin is and the shore from "Prologue" and "Run".

This in itself shows us that the boys are mourning Jin's death, but, this time, they will move on and overcome it. They will no longer partake in actions they did in "Run" and "I Need U".

In "Run", we can also see Jimin holding their photo on that shore, and Jimin burns that picture. Maybe that is the reason why he came there again in "Spring Day". Unlike in "Run", Jimin has now come to terms with Jin's death.

Jimin burning the picture of that shore in "Run".

Jimin burning the picture of that shore in "Run".

This is also shown with the part of the video which is in sepia. We can see the boys climbing up stairs, while Jin is standing in the middle, just watching them quietly. This is a metaphor, which represents the boys moving on and letting go of Jin.

They are climbing the stairs as a symbols of moving forward, continuing with their lives. On the other hand, we have Jin, who is left behind by them. He has finally understood that he has to let them go and pass away in peace. With his fingers, Jin forms a camera for the last time, as if trying to capture the moment, which he normally did.

But, this time is different. The camera and the pictures were the things which were holding him trapped in this world (just like a spirit who won't pass away before he finishes his unfinished duties or due to past regrets). The fact that he no longer has a camera shows us that Jin is no longer tied to this world. He slowly takes his hands away as he glances at the boys going away from him.

The boys moving on and letting Jin go, and vice versa.

The boys moving on and letting Jin go, and vice versa.

The scene with the carousel shows this as well. At 3:13, we see Jungkook in front of the carousel and the other BTS members moving fast forward around Jungkook and the carousel. This shows us that despite the things that happen, time does not stop. It doesn't wait for anyone, and the worlds keeps turning. Jungkook sees this, thus he joins them. He decides to move on and continue with his life.

Jungkook in front of the carousel and the rest moving fast forward.

Jungkook in front of the carousel and the rest moving fast forward.

This is supported by the paper plane which J-Hope makes fly. He is making it fly, as a symbol of moving on. The boys take flight once more.

J-Hope and the paper plane.

J-Hope and the paper plane.

After they hung the shoes on the tree, we can see the boys from a distance. Note that there are only 6 of them shown, while all seven of them came to that place together. If you look closely, you will see that the one missing is actually Jin. This symbolizes Jin passing away in peace. He will no longer be bound to this world.

The six boys looking at the tree and Jin, who is missing, passed away in peace.

The six boys looking at the tree and Jin, who is missing, passed away in peace.

The carousel in front of which Jungkook stands plays an important role when it comes to foreshadowing. The carousel, at first, may not seem all that important, but it draws a lot of references to other movies and stories.

One of these is the musical "Carousel" from 1945. Now, this doesn't mean that those two are actually connected. But, here is the real shock. That musical features hit songs such as "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone". And in the MV, "You Never Walk Alone" is written on the carousel.

The carousel with "You Never Walk Alone" written on it.

The carousel with "You Never Walk Alone" written on it.

The musical is about Billy Bigelow, a carousel barker, who is dead. In the past, he tried to rob someone, but ended up dying, leaving his wife and their unborn baby behind. Now, 15 years later, Billy gets a chance to return to the Earth for one single day to make things right. Of course, the people would not be able to see him, except he wants them to.

This set up kind of reminds us of Jin, because he is dead as well. I wrote that Jin has finally passed on during this MV, so what does the plot of the musical have to do with this? What if Jin had to come back, just like Billy, in order to fix things? I believe that is exactly what is about to happen, or more precisely, this is what happened in "Blood, Sweat and Tears". For now, I won't write more than this, because I will explain it in "Blood, Sweat and Tears".

Another reference is the ending of "The Cather in the Rye". In my previous theory (read here), I showed you the connection this story has to that book. Here, another connection is made.

At the end of the book, Holden is watching his sister Phoebe riding a carousel and reaching for a ring. This represents the act of maturing, and Holden letting his sister go and grow up. Similarly, in this scene, Holden realizes that he has to move on from Allie's death. Just like the BTS members do.

But, there is one more reference. It is the movie "Logan's Run". It's about residents of a domed city of the future who are doomed to die on their 30th birthday, when they have to attend a ritual known as "carousel". Does this mean that the BTS members are meant to die, all of them, and not just Jin? I believe that this may have been a foreshadowing. In the later MVs, there are similar signs which hint towards this.

Jungkook looking at the carousel.

Jungkook looking at the carousel.

Maybe that connects to Jungkook and the scene when he is running from place to place, completely alone. All of the places where the boys were, are now empty. Jungkook is running desperately in order to find them. Then, they finally appear, but the train passes by.

Jungkook reuniting with the rest of the members.

Jungkook reuniting with the rest of the members.

Now there are two possible explanations for this. First, this was Jungkook's memory of how he was alone after Jin's death, but they managed to return to each other after coming to terms with it. Jungkook seeing it would be like his life flashing right before his eyes.

Jungkook surprised by the vision he saw.

Jungkook surprised by the vision he saw.

Or, second, after Jungkook's accident, Jungkook died / is in coma (like I explained in the previous theory - read here) and was completely alone and lost. Note that at 3:53 Jungkook is shown and his lips suddenly turn a purple color, just like with the dead. Him finding the boys would mean that they all died as well and joined Jungkook, who was the first one to leave, not counting Jin.

That is why, when the train passed by, Jungkook, who was in the train, was surprised. It was like a vision, a sort of foreshadowing. Different to the first explanation, the one actually watching was the Jungkook outside of the train.

Jungkook's lips turning purple at 3:53.

Jungkook's lips turning purple at 3:53.

When he saw the train pass by, it seemed as if he was reminded of the past him who was still on the path, on that train, and had yet to come to this part of the story. It is like a place where the past and the future cross paths.

(Also, note that RM, while going through the train, passes by Jungkook, and considering that RM is going through past memories, doesn't that mean that that Jungkook on the train is from the past as well?) It's the same with the scene when Jungkook is holding a matchstick and then the rest appear behind him.

The scene with the matchstick when the rest appear behind Jungkook.

The scene with the matchstick when the rest appear behind Jungkook.

I believe the second explanation is better than the first one, because there is more proof to support that claim. But, what could have happened to make all of the boys die?

All of this tells us a lot of things. But, what about V? If you look closely, you can see that V does not appear in some of the important scenes. He is not present in RM's memory of the birthday party, when they are throwing the cake. He isn't present in the sepia scene either.

That would mean that all of the mentioned things did not apply to V. In comparison to the other boys who overcame Jin's death, V didn't, not completely. Thus, the reason why he was not in that sepia scene. Also, in the video, V is shown forming a camera with his fingers just like Jin did, symbolizing that he is still hung up on that. He is still tied to the past and refuses to let go. He is making the same mistake Jin was dong up until now.

V forming a camera with his fingers.

V forming a camera with his fingers.

V has changed, as shown in the previous theory (read here). He is no longer himself. He locked up the part of himself which triggers these sad emotions. All that is left is the black V who is now taking control. This all connects to Omelas as well.

Note the sign "No vacancy" when Jungkook goes through that scene. Most of the fans believe that it's connected to the movie "Vacancy", but I don't think so. If you observe it carefully, you will see that the sign itself is not important, but rather the part of the sign which is flickering - "NO V".

Jungkook in front of Omelas and "NO V" flickering on the sign.

Jungkook in front of Omelas and "NO V" flickering on the sign.

This may be a huge hint which alludes to the things I have written so far about V and the things that will follow. It is obvious that V is going to have a great influence on the YNWA era. He may be the reason why Omelas is empty, and the cause of everyone's death.

Also, note that V is in the scene with Jungkook before the train passes by as well (he did disappear for a second, but V explained it was because he forgot to appear xD ), meaning that he died as well. So he really did commit suicide after all? Why?

Some of you may believe that thinking the boys will die is foolish or stupid. But there is proof. Look at the scene when all of the boys are on that huge pile of clothes. This is not just for aesthetic reasons. This is actually a reference to the famous "Personnes" by Christian Boltanski. "Personnes" is a strong metaphor which uses clothes to represent human beings.

Suga on the pile of clothes.

Suga on the pile of clothes.

The meaning of Boltanski's "Personnes"

You walk, you look. Here is a corduroy jacket, almost new, and a faded gabardine; there is a baby's knitted cardigan. They were young, they were old, they were not ready to die, poor departed souls who leave nothing behind but shucked garments. They have all met a terrible end. And as you walk, the sense is of honoring the dead. These grouped clothes may represent mass graves, or corpses, but they also constitute a kind of cemetery. There is nobody here and yet the place is crowded.

This work of art actually represents a mass graveyard. The boys being a part of it means that they are dead, just like all of the other souls symbolized by those clothes. That is why, after the scene with the matchstick, when the rest of the boys presumably joined Jungkook in death, they were all shown on the pile of clothes, symbolizing their death.

All of the BTS members on the pile of clothes which represent "Personnes".

All of the BTS members on the pile of clothes which represent "Personnes".

But, there is also one more thing the clothes represent which will become clear in "Highlight Reel". Still, it connects to this one as well.

The reason why V wants to commit suicide and how exactly he is responsible for the boys' death will be talked about later in the text, as well as the connection to the short story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin.

"Spring Day" Music Video

Blood, Sweat and Tears Theory

Before the events of "Blood, Sweat and Tears", there is a gap, since we don't know how it exactly came to all of this. But, I believe this is explained by "Blood, Sweat and Tears" Japanese version.

At the beginning of the MV, the boys are cheerful once again, after overcoming Jin's death. But, something seems wrong, as shown with Jin watching the painting "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder.

The painting shows us fallen angels, depicted as half-humans and half-animals. Falling from grace, they have lost their angelic natures and turned into a menagerie of yucky, hybrid critters and beasts. It gives you a kind of ominous feeling, that it's related to the future and the BTS members (some of the fallen angels have butterfly wings). Like they will be in the same position as those rebel angels. Please keep the word "fall" in mind.

Jin watching the painting "The Fall of the Rebel Angels".

Jin watching the painting "The Fall of the Rebel Angels".

The next scene shows Jungkook on a swing. Behind him is the painting "The Lament for Icarus" by Herbert James Draper. In Greek mythology, in the story "The Fall of Icarus", Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. Icarus and his father attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax.

Jungkook on a swing with the painting "The Lament for Icarus" behind him.

Jungkook on a swing with the painting "The Lament for Icarus" behind him.

Icarus' father warned him first of complacency and then of hubris, asking that he fly neither too low nor too high, so the sea's dampness would not clog his wings or the sun's heat melt them. But, Icarus ignored his father's instructions not to fly too close to the sun, when the wax in his wings melted. He fell into the sea and died.

We once again encounter the word "fall". Of course, this all has a meaning. The fact that Jungkook is shown in front of this painting represents a kind of connection to this story. It means that Jungkook will suffer a similar fate and "fall", and I don't mean that literally. But what could be the reason for his fall?

The painting "The Lament for Icarus" by Herbert James Draper.

The painting "The Lament for Icarus" by Herbert James Draper.

In the story "The Fall of Icarus", Icarus fell prey to temptation. He was tempted by the freedom of the birds and seagulls and wanted to be like them, thus he flew higher. The same is the case with Jungkook as well.

He was tempted and fell prey to that temptation. Also, notice that at the beginning of the MV, when all of the members are together, "The tempter" is glowing behind them. Also, the quote from "Demian" which was used in the MV also connects to this. "He, too, was a tempter. He, too, was a link to the second." But, who is this tempter? It's none other than V.

"The tempter" is glowing behind the BTS members.

"The tempter" is glowing behind the BTS members.

But, Jungkook is not the only one. RM also becomes a victim of that. What connects the two of them is the green drop from the candle that falls on Jungkook's finger. Throughout the video, RM is drinking absinthe and he is using the Bohemian Method to prepare it.

The green drop from the candle that falls on Jungkook's finger.

The green drop from the candle that falls on Jungkook's finger.

In the Bohemian Method, a sugar cube is placed on a slotted spoon over a glass containing one shot of absinthe. The sugar is pre-soaked in alcohol, then set ablaze. The flaming sugar cube is then dropped into the glass, thus igniting the absinthe. Also, absinthe has often been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug and hallucinogen.

The Bohemian Method of preparing absinthe.

The Bohemian Method of preparing absinthe.

After RM sets the sugar ablaze, the painting of the sparrow hawk starts burning as well. Here, we return to the theme of "Demian" again. In the previous theory (read here), I wrote that RM wanted to break free as well, but gave up on that idea, thus burning the painting of the sparrow hawk.

Here, we see RM who has completely strayed from the path to Abraxas and self-discovery, and gave in to alcohol. That is why the sparrow hawk is burning.

The painting of the sparrow hawk burning.

The painting of the sparrow hawk burning.

But, we are shown a mixture of colors at 1:45 maybe indicating that there is still time for him to change and find the right path, and that the bird is coming to life inside of him just like in "Reflection".

The mixture of colors at 1:45.

The mixture of colors at 1:45.

The fact that Jungkook is in a similar position is shown with the green drop I already mentioned. The candle is actually RM's since we saw him light the same candle at 1:37. And, we also see another green drop fall into a glass cup at 1:42.

The candle RM lights at 1:37.