There’s a lot of interesting aspects to the character of Willy Wonka, and most of that stems from how unpredictable he is. There’s a certain sense of lunacy to him, where he could easily switch attitudes or perhaps even personalities instantly.
The character is first presented as an older business man and slowly we see how crazy he actually is. And now a new fan theory has cropped up which suggests the candy maker actually intended for a kid like Charlie Bucket to find a golden ticket.
Naturally, the theory comes from Reddit, as typed up by user paulvs88. His theory begins by explaining that the news report about the last golden ticket being discovered in South America was made up by Wonka. (And, rather subtly and hilariously, the supposed discoverer of the last ticket was actually a picture of Martin Bormann; Adolf Hitler’s personal secretary.)
According to the theory, the report was falsified so that the true finder of the last ticket would simply be someone wanting to enjoy a chocolate bar – not someone who greedily wanted to win.
The next part comes in with the candy store employee, which the theory suggests was an undercover agent of Wonka’s much like Slugworth. His job is to give the winning candy bar to the right child, perhaps someone poor but with a good heart. And when Charlie decides he wants the biggest chocolate bar available, but puts it back in an attempt to save his grandpa’s money, the store owner ends up handing him the winning candy bar.
It’s certainly an interesting theory, and it makes you wonder whether or not Wonka rigged the contest for someone like Charlie to win.
What do you think, could this theory be true? Let us know in the comments section below!