The OA Theories Only Lead To More OA Theories

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While some viewers have succumb to their anger and frustration over the season finale of The OA on Netflix, others have put their thinking caps on to try to make sense of the whole thing. The series has left us all in a state of disorientation that forces us to question what, if anything, was real about the OA’s (or Prairie’s… I don’t even know what to call her anymore) experiences in both the afterlife and captivity.
In the last episode of the season, Alonso breaks into the Johnson home, where the OA lives with her adoptive parents, and finds a set of books that could have very well been the background research for an elaborate performance of a lie. But in the grand finale, the choreography that the OA taught him, Betty, Jesse, Buck, and Steve seems to stop a school shooter from claiming the lives of any students. Sure, the OA gets shot in the chest — but what’s a little bullet to the Original Angel? At any rate, the major question seems to be: Is Prairie the interdimensional angel she claims to be or nah?
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I think the books can be dismissed as evidence that the OA is lying. We can tell from her runaway note that Prairie reads and writes English at about a third-grade level, at best. Her first language was Russian and then she was blind, and then she was in captivity. So when would she have picked up the literacy skills to get through one of Homer’s texts if it wasn’t in braille? I barely got through The Odyssey in high school. And I seriously doubt that she was spending her time post-kidnapping reading up on oligarchs.
Luckily there are theories on theories on theories out there to unpack all of this and I've taken the liberty of rounding up a few of the best ones. Get ready to question everything and think really hard.
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OA doesn't actually stand for "original angel."

Some theorize that "OA" actually derives from DOA, an acronym for "dead on arrival," indicating that she's been dead all along. Or, OA could refer to "alpha" and "omega," the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. This is an allusion to a Biblical theory that the end of creation comes before the beginning.
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I think the FBI victim’s advocate, Elias Rahim is involved in those books being in the OA's room. He was mysteriously in her home at the same time that Alonso was snooping around. It's possible that he planted the books in an attempt to get the OA committed. It wouldn’t be the first time a man decided that a woman was crazy and took matters into his own hands to dictate what happens to her.
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Here is a theory I'd like to know more about. I think there's a deeper connection between Homer and the OA. What if together, they represent some interdimensional Adam and Eve with the ultimate power of the universe in their hand spirit fingers?

The OA is in love with Homer, but that doesn't explain why Alonso sees himself as Homer in the mirror after breaking into the OA’s home. And in the last episode, when Steve runs after the ambulance that is transporting the OA (or perhaps just Prairie’s body — I know I’m not the only one who heard the mythical “whoosh” that fuels Dr. Hap’s work after the EMTs close the ambulance doors), it’s almost exactly how she describes running after Dr. Hap’s car with Homer still inside of it.

What if Homer is also trying to find OA and using her local misfits to get the job done?
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Is the OA living in the same universe as the one Stranger Things is based on?

The similarities between the OA and Eleven are striking. They can both travel through time and their nose bleeds a lot. There are also entities and people trying to experiment on them at every turn.
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Even though I really want to believe the OA, it's worth delving into some of the theories that lend themselves to the idea that Prairie is the world’s greatest send-off.

The main one is that Prairie has some kind of mental illness that is creating a psychosis. In the beginning of the season, a young Prairie is diagnosed with schizophrenia after talking about her near-death experience (NDE) on the school bus. Some viewers think that we've actually been following Prairie's evolved delusion into adulthood.

A grown up and mentally ill Prairie ran away or was abducted, and sustained the marks on her back as a result of torture. The story she shared about her captivity is actually just a fantasy she created in order to deal with her trauma.

This would also explain the weird fangirl at Olive Garden who assumed Prairie was raped and completely invaded her personal space.

But none of this explains how she got her sight back.
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Another far-fetched idea is that young Nina survived the horrific car accident and is in a coma imaging this elaborate future for herself.

The big problem with this is how a young Russian girl is envisioning an American life for herself in the future?

It’s all so much. Hopefully, the second season will come with some answers, even if we do have to wait a year to watch.
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