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BTS (Bangtan Boys) Omelas Theory
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 green drop may represent absinthe or that temptation in general, and the fact that Jungkook consumed it, means that he became a victim as well.
Later, we see the two of them lying in a room full of smoke completely paralyzed and hypnotized, it's like they are in a trance. In the end, the scene where Jungkook is hanging in the air actually symbolizes his "fall", maybe even his death.
After that, the scene changes to Jimin and Suga kneeling down on the floor, holding an apple and a blindfold. I believe that those items are a representation of that temptation, the apple a symbol of tempting and sin, and the blindfold a symbol of ignorance and shutting our eyes to something.
Then, V, the tempter, is shown smiling and he jumped from the balcony. Behind him is the picture "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus".
Note that the main focus of this painting is the scenery and not Icarus. It's like we are just observing his fall from a distance. The same goes for V. He caused Jungkook's fall, and later everyone else's, and just watches from a distance with a smile on his face.
But why would V do something like this? He wasn't always like that. In "Stigma", as I wrote in my previous theory (read here), V formed a split personality which took over, the black V. Here, in "Blood, Sweat and Tears", V is shown under a white, see-through cloth.
It's like he is undergoing a transformation, and the dark V is about to come to life, about to be "born". The process of his transformation was completed later in the MV when the cloth was raised completely to reveal V's scars on the back.
When it comes to other members, some are in danger of becoming victims as well, like Suga and Jimin, and some are trying to stop that from happening, like J-Hope.
Suga is shown in a room with smoke constantly coming inside. That is the same smoke which was in the room with RM and Jungkook. It shows us that Suga may fall to that temptation as well in the future, as it slowly starts to take effect.
Jimin, on the other hand, has a blindfold and is struggling, not wanting to give in. The mixture of colors is shown again, as a representation of the sparrow hawk and the will to break free, but Jimin is unable to do so and falls on his knees.
J-Hope is completely different from them. He is aware of the danger and wants to stop it. He is shown holding a bow and an arrow and shooting it at the cause of this turmoil, V. He regards him as a threat.
Behind him is the sculpture "Pietà" by Michelangelo. What is important is that the mother Mary is holding the body of Jesus after the Crucifixion. She is holding the body of a victim. Similarly, J-Hope is in fear that his friends will end up like victims and wants to prevent that. Note how Jesus' body is geometrized. That means that the victim can be anyone, not just Jesus.
How it actually came to this is explained in the comeback trailer "Boy Meets Evil". The quote from "Demian": "My sin was not specifically this or that, but consisted of having shaken hands with the devil. The devil held me in his clutches, the enemy was behind me." Here, we can see that J-Hope thinks that they are in the clutches of the "devil", the enemy, and that they are in danger.
"Boy Meets Evil" Music Video
At 2:00 the room in which J-Hope is dancing suddenly changed as colorful smears appear on the walls, just like in "Mama". J-Hope is struggling once again to break free, and we see wings forming at 2:18, just like in "Mama".
J-Hope, as I explained in the previous theory (read here), is the only one capable of saving the others in this situation. He is the only one who is not and won't be tempted as he knows what his final goal is. Just like I wrote, the forbidden realm is only a means for him to get to his goal, Eva. Unfortunately, he won't be able to succeed, as "it's too evil".
Now, we finally come to Jin. After passing away in "Spring Day", Jin is spending his peaceful time in the other realm with his depiction of his friends (those are not really them, only Jin's imagination). Why I say it's the other realm is due to the appearance of the place. It does not look like a place on Earth, as the sky is completely unnatural and looks painted.
Suddenly, Jin notices something is strange as shown at 2:39. Something is happening and he doesn't know what. He is unaware of what is befalling the others and what V is doing.
But, since he realized that he needs to fix whatever is happening, Jin decides to return to Earth and reality, just like Billy from the musical "Carousel". Thus the saying "The evil world with which I no longer wanted to have anything to do". He didn't want to return to that world, but has to. He lets go of the balloon, as a sign of leaving his ideal other realm.
After Jin came to the real world, he sees everyone running happily with V. This shows us that they have all become victims of temptation. They are all about to fall. This is all accompanied by the music Suga plays which is actually Buxtehude's Passacaglia which was also used in "Demian".
This all gives a kind of unsettling and ominous feeling. Jin then finds himself in front of a statue with wings. He approaches it and kisses it. This kiss is, in my opinion, not a pact nor temptation, but it's connected to the ending of "Demian", which also ends with a kiss.
The ending of "Demian"
I will have to go away. Perhaps you'll need me again sometime. If you call me then I won't come crudely, on horseback or by train. You'll have to listen within yourself, then you will notice that I am within you.
Frau Eva said that if ever you were in a bad way I was to give you a kiss from her that she sends by me... I felt a light kiss on my lips where there was always a little fresh blood which never would go away. And then I fell asleep.
Demian kissing Sinclair at the end represents Demian becoming a part of Sinclair. It means that Sinclair's transformation and journey are at end.
Sinclair's thoughts after the kiss
Sometimes when I find the key and climb deep into myself where the images of fate lie aslumber in the dark mirror, I need only bend over that dark mirror to behold my own image, now completely resembling him, my brother, my master.
Though the same can't apply to the MV, it is important that in this way, Demian shows Sinclair that he will always be with him, be a part of him. The same goes for Jin as well.
He may have wanted to show V that he will always be there with him, even after death. He may have wanted to help V overcome what he couldn't himself. But, it was too late. Like I said, V's transformation was completed and he has discarded his wings (Those wings are the wings of the sparrow hawk that was supposed to come to life inside of him like it did with Sinclair and are developing in J-Hope and Jungkook).
Then the fireworks start going off, and J-Hope is shown completely destroyed and defeated, showing us that he too had failed to save his friends.
The face of mother Mary on the statue breaks as well, showing us just how grave the situation is and that there in no help.
Also, the statue with wings start crying and bleeding, but it's crying and bleeding colors. This is connected to the colors which were used as a representation of the will to change and break free.
But, now that it's too late, it is no longer possible to achieve that, thus the bleeding of colors. The process has stopped. The change can't take place anymore.
That is also why Jimin is crying color when he takes off his blindfold. It's like he has given up or stopped believing that the change will happen.
Then, Jin approaches the mirror. Above we can see a quote from Nietzsche's work "Thus Spoke Zarathustra".
"Man muss noch Chaos in sich haben, um einen tanzenden Stern gebären zu können."— Nietzsche
Translated into English, it means: "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star". To first understand this quote, we must know what chaos means, since the meaning is not the one you normally think of.
Nietzsche identifies chaos as "the creative potential within culture…the will to power…the fundamental essence of the world". It's the foundation to creation. Only when we have that foundation, that creative potential, are we able to create something as represented with the dancing star. But, in this video, we don't talk about creation, but about the power to change oneself which follows the same principle. We must have that chaos in ourselves in order to change.
But, as I wrote above, the boys have given up on that change, they have strayed and fallen. Especially V who ripped off his wings. They no longer have that chaos. That is also why, while looking at his reflection, Jin's face starts to crack. He is slowly getting destroyed.
Also, the flower which was reflecting in the mirror changed. Instead of white liles, we see gayfeathers, also called liatris. That flower means an apology. This could mean that Jin thinks that he is the cause of all this and is trying to apologize for it.
"Blood, Sweat and Tears" Music Video
"Blood, Sweat and Tears" (血、汗、涙) Japanese Version Theory
This MV is a direct continuation to the Korean Version of "Blood, Sweat and Tears". It even features similar or the same scenes as in that MV. Thus it connects to almost everything I wrote above for that version, but I will repeat it with a few additions this time.
Once again, the boys are separate. The MV starts off with Jungkook lying on a mattress. He is inside of a room with colorful smears on the walls, which we already encountered in "Mama" and "Boy Meets Evil". This, just like before, expresses the internal struggles of breaking free and self-discovery as represented by the sparrow hawk.
Behind him, on the mattress, we can see two stains in the form of small wings. This shows us that wings are slowly taking form, but they are still incomplete and have not emerged due to those struggles. Jungkook still has that potential inside of him.
Then, we have RM and Jungkook who are shown in the same room. RM is pouring absinthe from a bottle with "Absente" written on it into the glass. Absente is a brand name that has been marketed under the tagline "Absinthe Refined". "Absente" is also a French word that translates as "absent" in English.
RM then proceeds towards Jungkook and makes him drink it. The scene when Jungkook devoured the green drop in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" Korean version appears as well. That means that Jungkook falls to temptation, just like I stated before, as absinthe and the green drop symbolize that. This also confirms that RM was the one who caused that, to be precise, he dragged Jungkook into that after "falling" himself.
We can also see that RM's behavior is different and seems out of place. He somewhat appears to be "drunk" as he walks around the room by himself. Later, we can even see him watching glass shatter in front of him completely indifferent.
The glass shattering may refer to their bonds being destroyed, or anything he has ever regarded as precious being destroyed. This just confirms my statement that RM has long "fallen" and changed because of that, to the point that he is completely indifferent towards some things and even forces Jungkook into becoming the same.
Moreover, he also appears to have wounds and scars on his hands later in the MV. This shows RM's struggles. He may be trying to break free and stop what's happening, but is unable, thus the scars on his hands. This somewhat reminds of the scars on the door in "Awake". This is RM's failed cry for help and attempt to escape from this.
Jungkook starts hallucinating after RM made him drink absinthe. A scene with Jin lying in the car he used to drive in "Prologue" appears. Jin seems to be restless for some reason. It's as if he is sensing that something is wrong.
Jungkook is then shown running towards the toilet and throwing up, probably due to not being able to handle the alcohol. At 1:21 in the video, colors appear, just like they did in the Korean version of "Blood, Sweat and Tears".
The same happens with the green drop in the glass which appears at 1:23. This symbolizes the internal struggle between his wish to break free (the sparrow hawk), which is represented by the colors, and the temptation, which is represented by the green drop.
Suga is together with Jungkook and is trying to snap him out of it, but Jungkook refused his help and pushed Suga away. This is similar to the fight they had in "Run", but this time, Suga is the one being pushed away. In the end, Jungkook collapses on the floor being unable to handle it all.
Later, we can see smoke filling the room with Jungkook lying on the floor unconscious. This means that the temptation has won over the will to break free (the sparrow hawk), as we had the motif of smoke before, it symbolizing his "fall", just like in the Korean version of "Blood, Sweat and Tears".
On the other side, we have Jimin in another room with an apple in his hand. The apple, as stated before is a symbol of sin and tempting. As he holds it, it means that he is being tempted just like in the Korean version. His vision was being blocked by Suga's hand, but Jimin removed it and ran away from him, leaving Suga with the piano behind him.
This may symbolize that Suga, who was in the process of "falling" or had already "fallen" as shown by the smoke entering his room in the Korean version, was trying to drag Jimin into it as well. But, Jimin fought back, distancing himself from it, as shown with him removing Suga's hand and running away.
Jimin is later shown biting the apple inside of a room, which seems to be a kitchen. This scene is similar to the one in "Lie", which would mean that Jimin willingly accepted the forbidden realm. But, he then puts the apple inside of a mixer and mixes it. This means that he won't let temptation and sin take him over. He is going to fight. Thus, he destroys the apple.
Jimin keeps running throughout the MV. He goes through a hallway only to end up in the room where he was with Suga at the very beginning of the MV. Suga covered Jimin's eyes as he dropped the apple he was holding. That is when the other Jimin pulverized into colors and we can see him floating through a colorful environment.
This reminds us of some kind of paradox. It's as if Jimin is running around in circles. This means that, despite all his efforts to escape and break free, Jimin won't be able to do it. There is no escape, thus he ends up at the same place from the beginning. The same happened in the Korean version when Jimin struggled with the blindfold over his eyes, but had to give up, as he saw that there is no escape.
Jimin is also shown in front of a mirror dropping his head. This also connects to his disappointment and inability to escape. After that, the image of the room he was in flashes, but this time with orange details. If you look closely, you will notice orange stains on the floor which weren't there before. They look like blood and they are at the place Jimin stood. Maybe this connects to Jimin's death, because, as I said, all of them will die in the end
Then, another empty room appears. This time, it's the room RM was in. Behind the curtains is the painting "Landscape with the Fall of Icarus" just like we had in the Korean version. This connects RM and his behavior to V, who was the one who caused it. We can also see lots of broken glass shards on the floor.
Later, we see Jimin and Jungkook holding V while J-Hope points a picado dart at him. V seems to be scared and frightened in these scenes. We can see that J-Hope is intentionally targeting V. But, why?
We can even see the scene with the arrow in front of the Pietà from the Korean version. J-Hope fires that arrow towards V, and colors appear once more, this time in the form of liquid.
Just like in the Korean version, J-Hope is the only one who hasn't fallen and is trying to save everyone else. He knows that V is the cause, thus he targets him. He seems to have the role of the guardian angel. Then, we have J-Hope in another room. As he turns his head, we can see V turning his head out of fear.
After that, we can see all of the members in the room with J-Hope, as J-Hope throws all of his pills away. This shows us that he won't be tempted like the rest, as he is throwing the pills away.
Later, we have J-Hope and Jimin in the same room, but at different times. Above them is the fresco on the ceiling in Ljubljana Cathedral painted by Giulio Quaglio the Younger.
What is very interesting is that the backgrounds differ. Behind J-Hope is a blue background, while behind Jimin is a red one. We even have each of them dancing their own choreography. J-Hope dances the one from "Boy Meets Evil", while Jimin dances the one from "Lie".
It's as if we have two opposite poles clash. After seeing that it's impossible to escape, and "falling" as well, Jimin has once again become caught in a lie. He is unable to think clearly, thus that dance. On the other hand, we have J-Hope who is still sane, trying to help them and save them from temptation. Thus, his dance as in "Boy Meets Evil".
Later, we can even see J-Hope fire an imaginary arrow with colors spreading behind him again. But, in the end, J-Hope was unable to help them, as we saw in the Korean version as well.
Later, we can see J-Hope looking at wings. Now, this has something to do with the picture "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" and his role as the guardian and savior.
In the said painting, we have the archangel Michael. Archangel Michael is the leader of God's army against the forces of evil, and is shown in the act of driving the rebel angels away from Heaven.
J-Hope watching the wings may symbolize that J-Hope takes on this role, the role of archangel Michael. That is also why he is fighting against the tempter, the cause of this all - V (as he is like a fallen angel) by firing the arrows at him.
J-Hope has been seen with wings in other MVs too, in "Mama" and in "Boy Meets Evil", meaning that his role has been determined or at least hinted towards even before, as that was the time when J-Hope decided he would fight.
V is shown inside with the rest of the members, which seem to be frozen in time. V seems to be in a weird state of mind as he goes through the rooms. He looks as if he were hypnotized or in some kind of trance.
Then, we can once again see the scene with V under a cloth, just like in the Korean version. It shows us that the dark V, his split personality, is slowly taking control, he is about to be "born".
Afterwards, we have Jin who pushes V to the ground and starts hitting him. In the midst of it, Jin says "I'm sorry" to V. Jin is aware that V is causing pain to his friends and thus, beats him up, but due to V being his friend as well, Jin apologizes, as he didn't want things to come to this.
The one Jin beat up was the white V, as we can see that he was acting innocent and was scared of J-Hope. But, after he was beaten up, black V took over. He then takes a bottle and proceeds to hit Jin just like he did to his father.
Then, we can see V walking up the stairs while he cuts the wall with his knife. What is really unusual is his cynical smile, which we can see while he is doing that. Here we can clearly see that black V is the one currently in control. He has lost all sense, and friendship doesn't mean anything to him anymore.
Then we can see him going through a room full of cloths and textile. "Lone wolf" is written on his back. V, or rather Black V, has surely become a lone wolf as he refuses help and pushes away everything he held precious and even destroys it without blinking an eye.
Note that NCLW is written on his jacket on the cards. This actually stands for the life path of seven, where you have 7 positive and 7 negative traits. Its meaning is also related to loneliness, isolation and renunciation. As V roams through that room, he finds an opening and exits through it, only to find himself outside.
He stands there looking ahead, with the green sky and clouds above him. He even spreads his hands as if he finally obtained his freedom and is enjoying every second of it. That may represent that black V has now completely taken control with no hope of white V appearing. Black V is enjoying his freedom as he has been "born".
Lastly, Jin is seen watching the painting "The Fall of the Rebel Angels" once again, just like in the Korean version. Through his opera glasses, he sees the statue with black wings again, and someone's hands cover his vision. This reminds us of the happenings in the Korean version where Jin tried to approach V, as represented by the statue with wings, with the intention of helping, but failed.
Then, we can see Jin with cracks on the floor which keep spreading and nearing him. This is the result of the happenings. Everything is slowly getting destroyed. All is falling apart. That is also why we can see Jin and glass shattering right in front of him later in the MV. Also, note that Jin has a hole on his chest.
Lastly, we can see Jin in front of a big hole which sucks everything inside. This hole may have some connection to the Book of Revelation. In the Revelation 8-9, a period during the end times is described. During that time, the angels sound seven trumpets. Each of them signals the coming of a new judgement on the people.
It is also stated that when the fifth angel blows his trumpet, the Abyss, a great smoking pit, will open, and a horde of demonic beings will rise out of it. These creatures will be given the power to torture any person who does not bear God's seal. This may actually be the hole or pit Jin is staring at. Everything is coming to an end. Everything is falling apart and being destroyed.
This also connects to the fact that one of the circles which appeared in the Short Films is actually the poster of "Lust" by Alexey Malina (one of the seven deadly sins) which may have been the cause of this end or the pit opening.
I will come to the ending of this MV later in the text.
"Blood, Sweat and Tears" (血、汗、涙) Japanese Version Music Video
Live Trilogy Episode III The Wings Tour Trailer Theory
Just like name says, this is a trailer. Here we will see scenes and things that will be shown and explained in the future MVs. It's like a teaser.
First, we have Jungkook. The trailer starts off with him swinging on a swing in complete darkness, just like V was in "Run". He is all alone. Then, he suddenly disappeared and instead, fire was burning on the swing.
This is very similar to the scenes in "I Need U" Japanese version, "Begin", "Lie" and "First Love" where we have a burning painting of a white lily and a burning piano. This also represents death, just like it did for Jin. I already said that Jungkook supposedly died / is in coma, which is presented with the burning piano, but this metaphor shows it directly, using Jungkook instead of the piano to show us that he is actually dead / in coma. Plus, he is in complete darkness which just complements what I wrote above.
Later, he is shown with black ink on his fingers. He is about to consume that black ink. This scene reminds us of the one in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" where Jungkook consumes a green drop that fell on his finger.
As I wrote above, that green drop represented temptation and the beginning of Jungkook's "fall". But, this time it means something slightly different. The black ink represents corruption in a way. By trying to consume it, Jungkook is about to become corrupted. This will also be explained later, when we come to the part with Jimin.
Later, we see Jungkook in the air, floating just like he did in "Blood, Sweat and Tears". Everything around him is completely black. Just like in "Blood, Sweat and Tears", this symbolizes his "fall" and his death as well. But, I will explain it in detail later.
He is then shown opening a book with colorful stains which remind of a butterfly. This is actually the Rorschach test, a psychological test using inkblots.
This test is usually used to determine ones personality. Since the inkblot is in the shape of a butterly, and butterflies represent the BTS members, this could mean that Jungkook is alluding to a personality change, that someone in the group is completely different - and that one person is V.
In the end, we see Jungkook with colors flowing from his eye. This scene is similar to the one in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" when Jimin cries color and the statue bleeds colors as well. Just like that one, it has the same meaning.
The colors represented change, but, it's too late now, it is no longer possible for them to achieve that, thus the bleeding of colors. The process has stopped. The change can't take place anymore. Jungkook crying colors is like he has given up or stopped believing that the change will happen.
Then, we have Suga. He is shown lying on the ground. Behind him is a landscape of woods and a destroyed piano. The destroyed piano could symbolize the destroyed bond between them, now that V is causing all of this to happen.
Later, we see Suga watching seven butterflies flying above him. Those butterflies, like I wrote above, actually represent the BTS members. Suga watching them is like watching their lives flashing by and remembering their time together, as butterflies are usually connected to fleeting things/moments. This all prompts us to think of someone passing away and death.
Moreover, Suga then shows up with a butterfly on his mouth. That is actually an orange-tip butterfly. In my previous theory (read here) I mentioned several meanings of the butterfly. They are symbols of life and resurrection, but also symbols of the soul and passing of a loved one.
The fact that the butterfly is located on Suga's mouth means that it connects to Suga and the future happening concerning him. This may actually be a foreshadowing that Suga will die, just like everyone else as I wrote before.
Just like the rest, he is further shown flying in the air. As with Jungkook, this represents his fall and death.
Jimin is the next one to appear. Similarly to everyone else, he is lying on the ground, but with a blindfold and an apple in his hand. Behind him is a colorful painting. The apple and blindfold connect this to "Blood, Sweat and Tears" where Suga and Jimin held these items. As I wrote, those are items that represent temptation and Jimin holding them shows us that he has fallen.
Thus, suddenly, Jimin is being lifted from the ground and into the air, just like Jungkook and Suga. This symbolizes his fall and death.
Later, we see an apple resurface, and we know that in "Lie" we had a scene where the apple fell into the water. The apple is Jimin's symbol and it's used to represent Jimin. Unlike in "Lie", where the apple fell into the water to show us that Jimin is drowning mentally, this time the apple resurfaces.
This means that Jimin is struggling and fighting against that temptation. He isn't letting it drown him and is fighting to emerge from that water. This is also shown in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" when Jimin is struggling with the blindfold on his eyes.
After that, we see Jimin dancing in front of the painting. He is dancing as if warning of the possible danger. Suddenly, black ink starts covering the painting. Just like in "Blood, Sweat and Tears", it is too late. He is unable to warn the others.
The black ink, the corruption, is consuming the colorful picture, which is representing the change Jimin is clinging to. That black ink is corrupting, not only member after member, but is halting and preventing them from undergoing the change like in "Demian". And it's only getting worse.
Lastly, Jimin is shown crying a blue tear. Similarly to Jungkook, he no longer believes that he is able to change anything and is giving up, letting the temptation take over. Thus, he falls victim to it and is lifted from the ground like everyone else. The same happened in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" when he cried a green color.
J-Hope is shown lying on the ground surrounded by shot arrows. Behind him is the sculpture Pietà. In "Blood, Sweat and Tears", J-Hope tried to fight the malice and stop the others from becoming victims, but he failed.
This is shown with the huge amount of arrows around him which were futilely fired. Ultimately, J-Hope gave up, which is why he is lying on the ground defeated.
Just like the others, J-Hope is being lifted from the ground into the air. Since he gave up, just like Jimin, he gives in to temptation and "falls" himself. Like with everyone else, it also represents his death.
Then we have RM, He is lying on the ground surrounded by broken glass shards. RM is one of the few who fell victim in "Blood, Sweat and Tears". That is why he is lying on the ground already unconscious. The broken glass shards remind us of the broken mirrors from "Reflection", symbolizing RM's failed inner struggle.
Later in the video, RM is shown in the air, surrounded by bluish smoke which started appearing at 0:59. That smoke was shown in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" in the room with Jungkook and RM, and later with Suga. That smoke, just like there, shows us that the cause of RM's fall is temptation. Even as he is lifted, smoke is constantly coming out.
Then, we can see RM who is partly covered by a shade, which starts occupying his entire face, and the small illuminated part fades completely. This symbolizes RM becoming, not really corrupted, but very close to it. He is slowly being overcome by it. He is drifting further away as he is slowly getting engulfed by that darkness.
After that, we see Jin who is standing in front of the black pool. This is probably the pool in which V fell in the MV "Run". He looks like he regrets something thus he hanged his head. It's as if he is accusing himself for what happened to V and everyone else, just like the flowers gayfeathers showed in "Blood, Sweat and Tears".
Jin then puts his hand into the pool. This is his attempt to save V. He will enter that black water in order to try and save him from there.
Later, Jin is shown standing in front of a water-like mirror, similar to the one in "Awake", and kisses it. I think that the water-like mirror could actually be the surface of the pool he was standing in front of.
The kiss would then be an equivalent to the kiss in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" with which Jin tried to save V and show him that he will forever be within him no matter what (though we all know that Jin just wanted to try kissing himself and his handsome lips xD ).
Then, Jin's hand starts cracking and, after some time, his face as well. His hand even falls off. This shows us that Jin, just like in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" was unable to save and help V, thus his body starts cracking. He is slowly getting destroyed.
Lastly, we have V who is shown sitting on a wooden floor which is quite damaged. On his back, black wings are slowly growing and emerging. The black V is taking control and V is changing completely.
At one point in the MV, we can see V running and smashing his hands against a see-through canvas. He looks like he desperately wants to escape. This is actually the white V which was locked up in "Stigma" by black V.
He doesn't want to continue what black V is doing right now. He wants to break free and prevent the others from suffering any longer. Thus we see him desperately trying to escape, but he is blocked by that canvas. White V is unable to break free and escape from the clutches of evil; black V won't let him. He no longer has control over himself as black V takes completely over.
Then, he is shown with his wings fully grown. The expression on his face becomes ominous. Now it is too late. V's "transformation" has ended, just like in "Blood, Sweat and Tears". He is completely in control and will do how he wishes, causing all of the happenings so far.
Finally, the MV ends with V standing up and spreading his wings. Now black V has taken over and is dictating the fate of the other members. His wings are fully grown and he is showing them off with pride, signalizing that the worst is yet to come. He will not stop until he is satisfied. Why he exactly tore off his wings in "Blood, Sweat and Tears" is unknown, but it could have been just so he tricks Jin into thinking that he can still save him, and then destroy him afterwards.
"Live Trilogy Episode III The Wings Tour" Music Video
Now let us return to the connection to the story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas". As I already said, all of the BTS members will die as evident from the statements above. The one who will actually cause their death is V. He is the tempter who will cause their "fall" and death, just like with Icarus. All of the scenes where the members are floating in the air actually represent this.
But, why would V cause their death? This is where the story comes in. In the story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas", we encounter an utopian city Omelas where everything is perfect and everyone is happy. There is no corruption, nor sadness in that city. Well, except for one tiny basement.
In that basement somewhere in the city, is a child, kept in a cage, far away from human touch and the light of day. It has never left the cage, nor do people visit it, not very often at least. It lives surrounded by its own excrement, completely naked, and with the minimum amount of food and water.
Now that child is no secret in the city of Omelas. Everyone who is curious may have their answer and even visit the child if needed. There, they are confronted with the truth of Omelas. The child has to be there. That is because the people's happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child's abominable misery.
But, sometimes, there are people who, after they find out about the child's misery and knowing that they cannot help it, don't return home to weep or rage. They do not go home at all in fact. Instead, they walk the streets of Omelas and leave the city, forever.
Now, the story revolves around a society which is based solely on one child's misery. Their happiness, their luck, everything is thanks to the miserable life of that one child. So, if we connect this story to BTS, we can see that things are slightly different.
There, we have V, black V to be precise, who is trying to comfort himself and form his happiness by causing all of the other members' (and even white V's) misery. And, since he is engulfed by darkness, V is unaware of what exactly he is doing and that he will regret it greatly.
Now, in "Spring Day" we have V who is regretting his actions and trying to kill himself. Yet again, we have a time gap. We don't know how it actually came to this, and I believe it will be explained by later MVs. This is also connected to the ending of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas". The story ends with an explanation that some people, instead of returning home after discovering the truth, leave the city. Here is an extract from the story:
The ending of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas"
Each alone, they go west or north, towards the mountains. They go on. They leave Omelas, they walk ahead into the darkness, and they do not come back. The place they go towards is a place even less imaginable to most of us than the city of happiness. I cannot describe it at all. It is possible that it does not exist. But they seem to know where they are going, the ones who walk away from Omelas.
So, I actually believe that the people of Omelas are going to their deaths. They are going to commit suicide as they are unable to cope with the truth. They cannot accept that their whole life was based on a child's misery and that they are unable to save that child. Thus, they decide to kill themselves, and go to a place "even less imaginable", and that is heaven.
This is exactly what V is about to do. After realizing what he has done, and that he pratically killed the rest of the members, V, unable to cope with that, decides to kill himself. He is walking down the iron rails, similar to the people of Omelas. He is walking to his own death, while regretting his actions and mourning his friends.
Then, we have a scene where he puts his head on the rails, waiting for the train to take his life, so he can atone for his sins and join his friends.
Now, let's return to the ending of "Blood, Sweat and Tears" Japanese version. The MV ends with RM at the gas station which we saw in "I Need U" already. He seems to be working. Then a car approaches. That is the same car Jin drove in "Prologue". The window of the car opens to reveal Jin, who gives a lighter to RM. As RM looked at him with a surprised expression, Jin said: "It's been a while" and smiled.
This scene may be the most confusing part of the MV. Some may think that this is one of the many flashbacks or memories the boys have, but I don't agree. Why I think that, is because of what Jin said and did. I believe that time was actually turned back, a rewind so to say.
Now that everything is falling apart and being destroyed, and after all of them have fallen to temptation and sin, time is being turned back, and Jin is the only person who actually kept his memories. Note that this happens after V committed suicide in "Spring Day".
In my previous theory (read here) I wrote that Jin committed suicide when he threw the lighter in "Danger" and lit the chairs on fire. This time round, after time was turned back, Jin decided not to do it, as he wants to correct his mistakes and prevent the same thing from happening again. That is why this time, Jin gave the lighter to RM, as a sign that he won't be needing it, because he no longer wants to kill himself, but rather save the rest of them.
That is also why he says "It's been a while" as RM is looking at him confused. After Jin died, he wasn't able to speak or be with the rest of them. Now, that a rewind happened, he is alive once more, and able to do that, thus these words. RM doesn't understand as he doesn't have any memories. That is why he is so surprised by Jin's actions.
Moreover, note that this part of the MV stars with flower petals falling (at 3:45). Now this is something that is characteristic only for the HYYH era, especially "I Need U". This may also signalize that a rewind happened, since it feels like we were brought back to the beginning of the story, the start of the HYYH era, before Jin's death.
Part V: Love Yourself (Highlight Reel Timeline)
Love Yourself: Highlight Reel Theory
After Jin's time rewind, everything continued on as if nothing from the previous videos ever happened. Jin is alive, V did not kill his father... Everything seems to be in perfect order. Now, we are able to get a glimpse of everyone's life.
Jungkook is in a wheelchair seemingly hospitalized. Even despite the rewind, Jungkook seems to have got into an accident, but this time, he does not die or end up in a coma, even though it still seems to be connected to Suga somehow. While riding trough the hospital a bit frustrated because of the wheelchair, Jungkook stumbles across another patient and they grow closer.
Suga seems to be close with a female guitarist with whom he spends time in a studio. He also started smoking, even though the girl is trying to make him stop that habit by offering him lollipops.
RM has taken notice of a girl handing out flyers. He even approaches her to offer help with the scattered papers. They keep having accidental encounters and RM even find the hair tie that she lost.
V is now working in a shop as a sales-assistant. He catches a girl trying to steal from the shop and stops her, even taking the object to pay for it instead. But the girl just shrugs it off and leaves. We can later see that the two of them managed to become close.
J-Hope and Jimin are in their studio where Jimin is recording J-Hope's dance. They even celebrate J-Hope's birthday, even though it's not his birthday, when their friend, with whom they practice dancing, brings a cake as a surprise. While making his wish, J-Hope recalls his past memories, when his mother left him by the carousel, probably never returning again. The only thing that he had left was a chocolate bar. That is where his memories end.
Jin seems to live normally. He even accidentally meets a girl at the railroads and falls in love. While rushing, the girl drops a book / diary, which Jin picks up.
Everything seems to be fine. All of them are living a normal life in a normal timeline... But something seems strange. While V was hanging out with the girl, he kept having flashbacks of the imaginary world from the past timeline, the one where RM helped him up and they fooled around. Even though this timeline is supposed to be different. He then puts his phone on a bottle and hits it.
Jungkook sees the guitarist who was with Suga and suddenly recalls their memories of when they played the piano together in the empty studio. He then notices the lighter that was taken away from Suga with the initials Y.K.
Jin, on the other hand, after getting to know the girl from the railroads, is getting ready to meet up with her. While choosing his outfit, he notices that the vase with white lilies flipped over, but chooses to ignore it. This was actually meant to be an omen, a bad sign of what would happen, but Jin, after being convinced that he managed to fix things, ignored it. The white lilies represent the BTS members and with the vase tipping over, it meant that their lives would once again get out of control and become worse.
After this, things slowly start to go out of control, which is also evident from Jin's narration that follows. Even though Jin was in a good mood, after seeing the picture of them by the shore, he becomes restless and afraid.
Everything starts getting worse. Jimin who was practicing with the girl, accidentally hit her and cut himself while he fell. After washing away the blood in the bathroom, he runs away in the rain due to fear and guilt.
Suga became snappy after he received a call, which is believed to be from Jungkook, and ends up fighting with the guitarist girl. V and the girl, who were spraying graffiti, had to run away from the police that chased them, but ultimately could not escape, so V voluntarily let himself get caught.
J-Hope rushes in the rain to get the girl treated after he found her passed out in the dance studio. Jungkook goes to the hospital to visit his friend after getting discharged, but finds her room empty, implying that the girl probably died.
Not even Jin was spared. When trying to meet up with the girl, even preparing a bouquet with Smeraldo flowers, the girl ended up getting hit by a car while Jin was watching. That was the moment Jin knew that he hadn't fixed anything. Unhappy and unfortunate things kept happening, not just to him, but other BTS members as well. This was just another illusion of happiness that Jin had. Yet another fabrication.
That is when the most important part of Jin's narration comes into play. Jin recalls all of the happening from the past timeline, all of the bad things that happened, wondering exactly how much is he supposed to turn back the clock; to which moment.
If we could turn back the clock, where should we go back to? Once we reach that place, can all our mistakes and errors be undone? Will happiness be ours to stay?— Jin
This time, we return to the point in time where Jin was choosing his outfit for the meet up, 30th August. Unlike before, he did not let the vase with the white lilies flip, but caught it with his hand, implying that this time he would prevent the bad things from happening to the boys.
While doing this, Jin is sacrificing his time with the girl in return for the well-being of the boys. But, it is evident that it's taking a toll on Jin, as he seems extremely tired and lifeless. He takes off his clothes, putting on something plain instead. There, we can see a pile of clothes over the chair. This could very well be the number of times that Jin turned back time, each time leaving a piece of clothing over the chair.
Now, if you go back to "Spring Day" you can see that a similar scene is present. We can see Jin and V taking of their sweaters. This would surely imply that Jin turned back time in "Spring Day" as well. But just how many times did he do it? When seeing the pile of clothes that the members are on in the MV, we can see the other meaning that I mentioned I would touch upon later. That big pile of clothes could also represent Jin's rewind attempts and the members are in the center of it, since they are the reason Jin is turning the clock back.
And how many more times does Jin have to rewind in order for things to go well? Why do bad things keep happening despite whatever Jin does? There is one thing that I believe is making things worse each time the clock rewinds and that is the Butterfly effect.
For those who are not familiar with it, the butterfly effect is a phenomenon where a small and seemingly meaningless thing may cause large effects; for instance, the fluttering of a butterfly's wings can cause a tornado on the other end of the world. The same is the case here.
The more Jin turns back time, the bigger the consequences get. It starts off with fights, light injuries, people close to them dying, only getting worse with each rewind and that is exactly what will keep happening in "Euphoria". They can't escape from the happenings in the original timeline. In one way or another, similar things will happen again (like Jungkook getting hospitalized and V getting caught by the police).
"Love Yourself Highlight Reel 起承轉結" Video
Love Yourself Wonder: Euphoria Theory
At the beginning of "Euphoria", we see all of the most important moments from the original timeline. After Jin turned back the clock all the way to when he first woke up in the room with white lily petals, the timeline starts to slightly change. Jin's behavior and different actions are changing the happening in the new timeline.
Jungkook takes Suga away from the fire. He was able to stop Suga from attempting suicide, as we know of his suicidal behavior from the original timeline. Jin even appears before RM, maybe to comfort him. J-Hope leaves Jimin alone in the hospital presumably to go to V and help him this time. That is also why instead of V's father, J-Hope is sitting on the floor opposite of V. Even though there is a broken bottle and V's hand is bandaged, there is no blood, meaning that V does not commit the crime. We can then see that the blood is disappearing.
This time, Jin is sure that he managed to prevent the worst from happening. But, as I said before, due to the butterfly effect, this will only trigger a chain of new depressive events, this time the victim being Jimin and not V.
At one point in the video, we can see all of the boys happily running inside of the hospital, but the only one who is wearing a hospital gown is Jimin. Everything seems cheerful, but that is something Jimin only imagined inside of his head, as we can see that the one running is actually Jimin alone.
During the rest of the video we get to see the cheerful and happy moments of the boys together. But this is nothing than just Jimin's imagination - a fabricated world, though Jimin does not seem to be aware of that yet. Similarly to the original timeline, where V was left alone and fabricated a world where he could be happy again and where Jin was alive, in "Prologue", Jimin is doing the same in this timeline after he was left behind by J-Hope and presumably the others as well.
This is also noticeable due to the many similarities between the scenes in "Prologue" and here: Jin is recording with his camera, Suga and Jungkook are on good terms again, V was on the mattress, but this time with a bandaged hand, and RM helps him up... They fool around just like they did in "Prologue".
Later, they end up at the same place where V jumped into the water. This time, however, it ends up different. The one who climbs the tower is not V, but Jin. This means that he will do everything to prevent the same from repeating again. He will not let V jump into the abyss.
However, there are some things that you cannot avoid. Through the above mentioned, we can see that Jimin is the one suffering in this timeline, but this is not where it stops. That is why at the end of the video "Hyung, is there something you're not telling us?" is written accompanied by a flashback of Jungkook's car accident.
It is unclear whether the accident happened again and Jin was unable to stop it, or it was to stress out the secret about the original timeline that Jin is keeping from all of them.
"Love Yourself 起 Wonder: Euphoria" Music Video
Fake Love Teaser Theory
With this teaser, it was explained how exactly they came to the Highlight Reel timeline from the previous one. As mentioned at the beginning of the teaser, at work here is the Magic Shop.
The Magic Shop is a psycho-dramatic technique that exchanges fear for a positive attitude. This is exactly what happens both in the teaser and the change of timelines. In the teaser, each of them exchanges a symbolic object related to their short films, which in this represent their fears. In return, they receive an object that relates to the girls from "Highlight Reel".
Suga exchanges something (I don't know what that is, but it's probably something piano-related) for a lollipop, RM a glass shard for a hair tie, Jimin the landscape picture for an umbrella, J-Hope a chocolate bar for a cake, V something (it wasn't shown) for the girl's bag, and even Jin was there, though nothing was shown on his side. Just like that, their timeline of fears was exchanged for a new hopeful timeline - Highlight Reel.
The only person who didn't exchange anything was Jungkook. Unlike the others, he didn't give anything to the Magic Shop, yet he received a key. Now, this can have various interpretations, but I will go with this one. Given that the object that was supposed to be exchanged was their fear, Jungkook not having such an object would imply that he indeed didn't have any fears in the original timeline like the others.
Sure, he had his share of bad moments, but unlike the others, he didn't really succumb to the "other realm" by himself. Looking at the videos before and during the Wings era, he didn't have suicidal tendencies, he didn't commit any crime nor did he fall pray to other things, even though he was forced later, but he still fought against it, he still had / has the sparrow hawk within him, separating him from the rest who lost themselves. He was actually the voice of reason during those times.
That is also why he received a key which has nothing to do or in common with the Highlight Reel timeline. He doesn't need that fabricated world as much as the others. Instead, he was given a chance of some sort. Maybe to come to the core of the whole mess that has been going on this whole time. To be more precise, Jungkook received the key leading to the "basement of Omelas". The reason behind my word choice will be explained in "Fake Love".
After Jungkook uses the key and unlocks the door, he finds himself facing a hooded man, presumably in the room from "Singularity". Now, the question arises, who is that? You could think that it's the man from the Magic Shop, but I doubt it.
Looking at the room, first I thought it was related to V. But, after watching "Fake Love" I believe it's Jin. I will explain why in "Fake Love".
This brings us to the prelude to the actual MV for "Fake Love". Just what is behind the objects that the others left behind? And what did Jin exchange at the Magic Shop?
"Fake Love" Teaser
Fake Love Theory
Continuing from the point the teaser left off, Jungkook received a key to the rooms of Omelas. Now let me explain what I exactly mean by that and what is in those rooms.
Looking closely at the objects that were exchanged at the Magic Shop, and the happenings in the video, I believe that they actually exchanged parts of themselves. Yes, they did give the objects as shown, but that is of course a metaphor.
They left a piece of themselves - the weak and scared parts of themselves that they refuse to acknowledge and love, they exchanged them for a new life. Jungkook is the one going through Omelas and checking each and every room, where he finds those parts that the boys exchanged.
Let's start with J-Hope. The room, that Jungkook finds, in which J-Hope is locked in, is full of chocolate bars and objects that relate to the carousel and amusement park. It is clear that J-Hope wanted to rid himself of his past which we saw in "Highlight Reel", when he was left behind by his mother. That has become his biggest fear, thus he exchanges it as symbolizes by the chocolate bar he gave to the Magic Shop.
Then we have Jimin who Jungkook finds next. He left behind the part of him that is lost and has suicidal behavior, as shown by the water that fills up the room. This alludes to the past MVs where Jimin tried to drown himself or was drowning mentally. That is also present in the short film "Lie", thus the landscape picture as a symbol of his fear.
Similar to Jimin is Suga. He also left behind the part of him that was suicidal as shown with the flames that engulfed the whole room.
RM, as well, left behind the part of himself that we could see in "Reflection", which is also shown by his own reflection in the mirror. That is also the reason why he exchanges a mirror shard at the shop.
As for V, I believe that he left behind his split personality - the black V. The reason why I'm saying this is because each of them gave something to the Magic Shop to get a new life in return, and apparently it was their fear that they exchanged. So what did V exchange? We didn't exactly see an object that he carried that could indicate anything.
But, when talking about V's fear connected to "Stigma", I believe it is the fear of his second personality that has become destructive. Moreover, while watching "Singularity", you can see that V puts on a mask at the end, while crying a black tear. Still, there is more to it.
As you can see, the V in "Fake Love" does not seem to resemble the destructive one we have seen before. That is because he wasn't always destructive. This personality came to exist due to fear and loss of trust that V suffered when RM didn't answer his phone call. This can be seen with the mobile phone that turns to ash in V's hand. It's just like a nightmare, unableing him to call his friends.
The same is also shown by the numerous phones that are flickering on the wall. He is constantly haunted by it, yet unable to grasp it with his own hands as it would turn to ash immediately.
This is also their final attempt to get help and for someone to save them. This can be seen by the writing on the wall Save Me / I'm Fine, which is already known due to the concept photos that BTS published before "Highlight Reel".
Now, let me explain why I insist on using the term Omelas. As already known, Omelas is a story that tackles the theme of a whole town building its happiness upon the misery of a single child which is located in the basement under the town.
In a similar manner, the boys are building their happy Highlight Reel timeline upon the misery of the parts of themselves that they exchanged. That is why I am saying that Jungkook got the key to Omelas. The boys just discarded these parts, just like the child in the story of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" was.
But, the difference is that Jungkook will not walk away. This is the reason why he asked Jin if there was something he wasn't telling them in "Euphoria"; it was because he knew of these parts that are locked inside of Omelas for the sake of the new timeline.
Now, let me get to Jin. As we saw in the teaser, Jin was at the Magic Shop as well. But what did he exchange and what did he receive from the shop in return?
I'm still not sure about what he exchanged. But, I think that he received the Smeraldo flower in return, as it connects to the girl from "Highlight Reel". Moreover, we see him protecting the flower at the beginning of the MV. It could have also been the timeline itself, as we can see that he is alive in that timeline.
Unfortunately, Jin is unable to protect the Smeraldo flower as it turns to ash inside of the globe. This could be similar to V and the phone that tuned to ash. The flower haunts Jin, but if he tries to grasp it, it would turn to ash just like in the video.
Later, we see Jungkook entering a room with a great amount of ash / sand on the floor and with the same globe the Smeraldo flower was in. It is obvious that this was the place Jin was at and that all of his flowers turned to sand.
Moreover, when Jungkook touches the ash / sand, we can see flower petals rise from it. We even see Smeraldo petals floating trough the air before the passage opens up. It is like a shadow that follows Jin, in the same way the phone flickering is all around V, fire around Suga, water around Jimin, chocolate bars around J-Hope, mirrors around RM.
The Smeraldo flower is deeply connected with "the truth I couldn't tell". This is further connected to Jin and his past.
Judging from all of these signs that are connected to Jin and indicate that he is near, I believe that the one in the room, the hooded man that Jungkook meets, is the part that Jin exchanged. Moreover, we have already seen all of the other members except Jungkook, who didn't exchange anything, and Jin.
It seems that in the next videos we might get Jin's backstory that would explain just what happened to him in the past.
"Fake Love" Music Video
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