Final Fantasy VIII: Squall’s Dead

Final Fantasy VIII (FF8) happens to be another one of my favorite games of all time.  FF8 was my first introduction into the world of role playing games, and boy was that a wonderful experience.  I know a lot of people have issues with FF8, that it tends to be very controversial, and well, I’d like to throw an extra wrench in it.


Squall Iced

Ouch. That's gotta hurt.

I stumbled upon a theory and possible interpretation of FF8 the other day, and at first when reading through it, I was furious.  The idea is that Squall, the main character, essentially dies at the end of the first disc, when Sorceress Edea stabs him with the ice shard.  What happens from then on is basically ‘life-flashing-before-your-eyes’, except with a twist.  Instead of seeing what he’d already done, Squall sees the neat closure to the adventure and story they started in the beginning.  Essentially, everything from Disc 2 on is all just a dream.

Again, when I first saw this link, I wanted to scream.  I wanted to kick the computer.  I wanted to pound on the keyboard and yell that it wasn’t true.

But the further I read, the more I started to see how it was plausible, if not necessarily likable.

It’s true that once out of Disc 1, the twists and surprises start rolling in.  And, strangely enough, a lot of these twists connect the characters together.  All the main characters, minus Rinoa, all grew up together.  The Guardian Forces cause memory loss, which is why no one remembers each other.  Edea is married to Headmaster Cid.  Etc, Etc.  It almost seems…too neat.  Too tidy.

Squall's Dead

Squall's wholy. And potentially dead.

Even if I prefer the neat and tidy wrapping up of the story, with all characters happy, I have to admit that this theory made me think.  Made me wonder.  Is it possible…that everything was just a dream?

Check out the site and theory for yourself at  What do you think?  Does the theory hold up?

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Jun 17, 2010
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no because he dies at the end of the game and is brought back by sorceress rinoa. why would he see himself die and then brought back in a convinent wrap up flash thingy makes no sense and blows that theory outta the water.

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Sep 12, 2010
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Florence Mills

max payne is my favorite game character and i love to play that game too,`;

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Nov 06, 2010
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Devyn Shockley

Now this dude had me going until the very end of the article.
-If Squall’s life ended in Disc One, where Sorceress Edea killed him, how could he have possibly saw Rinoa in space? That happens in Disc Three. The same goes for Ultimecia, how could he have possibly had a flashback of her, without ever seeing her before?
But no really, do Lions ever cower in fear when you approach them? I think not.
-There’s too many of these to be specific, but with all the plot twists, they do mention them in the game after they happen.
Example Being:
-After killing Norg in Fisherman’s Horizon, if you choose to go to the Shumi Village, they will tell you how NORG got to be so hideous and loud and…Norgish.
-Lunatic Pandora is mentioned several times after the actual dungeon. I’m not going to list all of them because there are actually that many.

That pussy ass bullshit Ice Spear didn’t kill Squall!
Cloud got stabbed all the way through by Sephiroth and even managed to throw him into the Lifestream.
Now mind you, this wasn’t even Super-Solider Cloud, this was that pathetic little reject that grew up in Nibelheim.

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In my eyes, I can’t see the game any other way. The idea fits too much, and even if I am wrong I really don’t care. I’ll still see it that way.

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