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.
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.
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 SquallsDead.com. What do you think? Does the theory hold up?