It’s been 50 years since Gene Wilder starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on Roald Dahl’s classic novel of nearly the same name. And in recent years, fans of the film have been sharing all sorts of theories about the storyline. The latest, which has proved particularly popular, claims Willy Wonka initially sent only four Gold Tickets instead of five.
Reddit user jacksonwhipple pointed out that their theory only applies to the 1971 film and not to the Roald Dahl book or Johnny Depp remake Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
They wrote: “When Willy Wonka sent out the golden tickets, he sent four first and waited for someone to make a counterfeit to send the last one.
“It’s safe to assume he knew exactly where he was sending the tickets, as Mr. Wilkinson showed up almost immediately after they were found.
“At least this is the case for Charlie, as he showed up minutes after finding it.”
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The theorist continued: “Since we found out that this was all a test at the end of the film for Willy Wonka to find a successor, he probably wanted to pay more attention to placing the ticket.
“He said he didn’t want it to go to an adult because they would do everything their own way.
“It’s a bit of sheer luck on his part that kids eventually found”[ing] the first four cards.”
They pointed out that as soon as the announcement went out that there were five tickets, the whole world was crazy looking for them.
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka
The theorist argued, “Charlie was the exception because he couldn’t afford to look for it. Everything then calmed down after it was announced that the gambler had found the fifth ticket.
“The candy store owner even said he didn’t have to hide his Wonka bars again once he was found. (Let’s not rule out that he was there too).
“So I think when the announcement came that… [that] ticket was fake, Willy Wonka sent the last one. With the whole world engrossed in this match, it was probably inevitable that someone would eventually try to make a fake.
The fan noted that once everyone thought the match was over, the Candy Man went to his local neighborhood with the fifth Golden Ticket so it could be discovered by someone who wasn’t specifically looking for it – a kid who just wanted to buy. a little chocolate.
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The theorist added: “Even with the devastating news of the ticket inception, it was likely that no one actively participating would want to spend any more money on Wonka bars.
“Going back to the shop owner, he gave the bar with the ticket to Charlie when he said he was going to get it for his Grandpa Joe. With something like sharing and generosity [lacking in] the other kids, maybe this was a sign the candy store owner should watch out for? [someone] to give the ticket.”
They also pointed out that he had given Charlie a bar on display, rather than a bar that other kids could access.
The theorist concluded, “Since Willy Wonka is the genius and potential manipulative sociopath we know, it would make sense for him to try to control the competition as best he could to find the right person to entrust his life’s work to. “
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