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Chell died at the end of Portal 2. The turrets shot her and she died instantly without noticing the turrets shooting her, since it happened so fast.
According to Greek Mythology. Heaven is a cornfield. As you rise to heaven, you are accompanied by your friend and hear calming music.
The turrets break into song. Then you get shoved out of a shed into a field of wheat, accompanied by your only friend, the Companion Cube.


Okay, lemme just start off by saying that it could be true. Although Valve have not confirmed this, but it IS a possibility.

Portal 2 already made a Greek Mythology quote, this being said by the 'Different Turret':

"Prometheus was punished by the Gods for giving the gift of knowledge to man. He was cast into the bowels of the earth and pecked by birds."

Prometheus IS indeed a greek god. (To my knowledge.) So, this theory could be true.
If you watch the end of the game, she is shoved into a field of corn/wheat and there is NOTHING in the distance. Nothing. No trees, no landmarks, NOTHING. Which again, supports this theory.

Others would still say, "Oh wait, Wheatley was her friend! Why isnt HE there?"
Greek mythology isnt my strong point, but I can only say, that after what Wheatley did to her, Im sure anyone would no longer consider him as a friend. I know I would hold a loooong grudge against him. And thats coming from a Wheatley fan.

But, others would say "Chell can NEVER die. She is unbeatable." ...Possibly. That might be the case, but one always has a weakness. She could have frozen in shock and the turrets could've shot her right there and then.

The real question is..."Did GLaDOS REALLY delete Caroline?" My opinion...? Yes and no. GLaDOS practically IS Aperture and she controls everything, and I mean. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Im sure it cant be too difficult to delete a little womans voice at the back of your head. Cant be too hard, since Apeture is filled with advanced technology beyond anything we know currently. And, my 'No' opinion, is that if she DID delete Caroline, then she would've killed her.

But THATS where the theory stops, and this one suddenly jumps in.

Valve come up with crazy shit to confuse their fans and practically snort at the thought of our complete and utter confusion of some things. Im sure this theory has been discussed in the Steam community online, but I'm not sure.

It could be true. If it was, I would be depressed forever. Mostly because Wheatley would've not been able to say Sorry before she died, and she died HATING him...And its also sad, because Chell NEVER saw the outside world, never even got to breath REAL oxygen. Its a depressing theory and I hope its NOT true. But maybe the fans are over-thinking things. I hope Valve tell us the truth of this theory one day, because I have mixed feelings about this theory.

What do YOU guys think? POST BELOW YOUR THOUGHTS!
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JackHarkness42 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  New member
Wow. Where are you getting this "Greek Mythology" crap? The Greeks had an underworld where everyone goes. Some parts of it are better than others; some parts are nice, some parts are hell, one part is a bottomless pit, and one VERY small part where almost no one gets to is basically heaven. You are escorted there by Charon, the boatman, who takes you across the River Styx in a ferry. There is no concept "heaven and hell," there's just one place divided into sections. There's no rise to heaven, there's no calming music, no friends, and there's CERTAINLY no corn. Corn doesn't even grow in Greece, being a) native to the Americas, and b) not at all suited to the Greek climate. The Ancient Greeks had never even HEARD of corn.
That being said, it is still entirely possible that Chell is dead. The turrets look at her and start singing, instead of shooting. the Animal King turret is there, which Aperture would never manufacture. All this is dangerously close to the hallucinations (or actual visions, if you happen to be religious) of angels, God, and demons/devils that survivors of near death experiences report. Plus, if you've seen the Game Theory video about the Companion Cube, it explains that the cubes are most likely filled with dead people. Yes, the Weighted Companion Cube is "weighted" with dead bodies. GLaDOS certainly has no shortage. So what body weighs down the one that is spat out at the end of Portal 2? YOURS.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
No Chell did NOT die, the lyrics to the song that Glados sings to her in the end reveals this. Many don't understand this because Glados sings it in latin, but that dosn't mean that it can't be translated, and it is a song of a loving mother that wishes Chell good luck and that she may live far away from "Science" (that is aparture science).
Besides Glados owes Chell, if she killed her like that she would be in a gratitude debt forever, but if she just let her go, they would be square, so yes, Chell is free.
Free to live in a world that is controlled by the combine, but somehow I think she will manage to survive that.
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haromiataru Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So there's a lot of doubt that glados would put turrets there to kill her, but then the theory came up that glados killed her intentionally to save her from any more sadness, or that the truth of the outside world is too harsh for Chell, and she would die on her own. So glados killed her intentionally so she didn't have to suffer, and it makes the whole thing infinitely more depressing.
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WildShadow2786 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
(srry if this was already posted, i wasnt going to read thru all the comments) in the co-op section of the game, in the DLC, wen something is messing with the facility, GLaDOS thinks 'she' is back, obviously referring to chell...why would GLaDOS be afraid of someone if she killed them?
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Derpderpderppppppp Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Valve planned to have another character,instead of chell, I'm portal 2. But pulled her out in the last minute,after play testers where frustrated with GLaDoS not addressing them as chell. So,in theory,it could be her.
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Sruggs Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013

It's been one year, Half life 3 has been hinted to be announced next year, in space.

Nothing about Portal 3, but I would guess, if it's being developed at all, that it would come out slightly a half year after Half life 3.

And I'm having a hard time thinking that GlaDOS would kill her with the Turrets, as she actually saved her, from flying out into Space, with Wheatley.

I mean, why would she have saved her, if she planned on killing her, after introducing her 'replacement' (Alpha + P body)?

 

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CMZneu Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
duuu! because she hadent deleted caroline up until that very last second where she changed her mind and killed her
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Numerion Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Few things are wrong with this theory...

First of them is that you don't know greek mythology...if you knew you would know that even half-gods like Achilles went to underworld after death.
Also the underworld is the only afterlife, all of it is grim and dull. No cornfields (hey, corn is an american plant -> it got to europe only after europeans found America), no wheatfields (Someone mentioned gladiator walking through wheatfield...the thing is, he was going home to his family in his head...at home he head wheatfield. That's why wheatfield.)

About the no landmarks part: it's the same universe as Half-life is in. There's this thing about Half-life's story events most likely destroying anything standing all around -> no landmarks anywhere.

Why didn't Valve set a clear ending? Well...they did. Chell escaped aperture, she is alive, she has portal gun and a companion cube. Only thing that is unknown is that we don't know where she is. Well, that's how I like my awaiting new chapters in whatever: Two parts of knowledge, one part of mistery.
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Giggapuff Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
While it wasn't a corn field, there is an area similar in greek mythology: Asphodel Meadows, where souls who were not either good enough to get to the Elysian Fields, nor bad enough to deserve the Fields of Punishment. It was a field of white asphodel flowers, where souls did nothing for eternity
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for your input, I was merely discussing the theory <3 In all honesty; it would suck if Valve killed Chell off.
Yes, it's also true that I am rusty on Greek Mythology, but in most theories of the after life it is discussed that the after life is in a Wheat field where you walk forever and ever, this would be known as limbo, no beginning nor end.

Yes, but Portal 1 and Portal 2 are set 50,000 apart from each other, so there would be time for buildings to corrode and eventually turn into nothing. Although these universes are the same, the games are not set on the same part of the timeline, and who knows? Maybe there is an apocalypse? Maybe Chell is the last being on earth (apart from all the subjects in Aperture of course.)

Chell will not survive on her own. It is like capturing a horse and keeping it in captivity for years, and it will be relying on the person who captured it to feed, clean and care for it. Then, if you suddenly put this horse back into the wild, it will have no idea how to fend for itself. Now, if Chell was captured as a Child, there would be no way for her to survive. She would likely die of starvation (if the world did 'end') or she would go back to the facility begging for GLaDOS to let her back in, which will not happen. Maybe the world didn't 'end' and Chell is safe.
It is obvious Valve will not be admitting to anything anytime soon, the the only thing we could do is wait.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
False, listen to the lyric of the song, Glados is calling Chell her daugther and wishing her to go far away from science (meaning Aperture science). If you listen to the lyrics, which is in latin but there are plenty who can translate you will know that it anything but meaningless calming music
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think we all know about that by now :I Even I know. But, it's a song from a mother to her child, a rather calming context. I would say that a mother singing to her child is the most calming thing to ever hear, especially since Chell has been deemed an orphan the entire time, I can only imagine how uplifting it must feel to finally be sung to by your mother. I would say it's calming music, and most latin music is very beautiful.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Yes besides GLaDOS owes Chell, she helped her regain control and to discover her own past. All that is left now is to await Portal 3: Glados vs the combine
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
There is no Portal 3 :I There might be a crossover because of the Borealis, but there will be no more Portal games.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
maybe, but does that mean we have heard the last of GLaDOS and Chell?
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Chell either died of starvation or she really is dead, or she is okay.
GLaDOS, yes, she is strapped to the ceiling, she ain't going nowhere.
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rphb Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Why would Chell be dead, last we saw her she was in a cornfield, that means that someone is growing corn, she could get a meal with the farmer, then she could go join Gordon Freeman's resistance
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
_ That's the theory, my friend. In Greek Mythology, when you die you end up in a cornfield, in other words; limbo. Limbo goes on and on forever, did you see any trees or landmarks in the distance at the end of the game? No, you don't. Limbo warps and goes on and on and does whatever you want to do. The companion cube was somebody who accompanied you in the first game, and Chell had an emotional attachment to the cube herself; and it ended up with her in limbo.

Who's to say the Half Life and Portal timelines meet exactly? Nobody. The date of Portal to Portal 2 is widely unknown. Even GLaDOS stated during the boss fight in the first game; "Things have changed since the last time you left the building. What's going on out there will make you wish you were back in here." Which could mean that perhaps she is referring to the Half Life apocalypse with the aliens, as the Universes are both similar. But, that doesn't mean that the Portal and Half Life collide. Chell could be hundreds of years into the future. After that experience with killer robots, there would be no way in hell I would trust anyone after that. I don't think Chell will either. I think anyone would just pose as a threat to her; because the only person who helped her was Rattman, and he is dead and she has never met him.
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BreadbinBurrows Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure the cornfoeld-heaven thing alone is false, as corn was introduced to Europe way after ancient Greek times and so they wouldn't have even known what it was let alone symbolise it to heaven. And technically there is no heaven in Greek mythology in the first ace, they all go to the underworld, just different parts of the underworld if you did good or bad things.
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NearSightedBehemoth Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Just to clearify, Prometheus is a Titan.
But back to the post, I find it very interesting. It makes me wonder if "Chell's Death" was Valves way of saying "No Portal 3!"
God, I hope that isn't the case lol
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metalsonic3000 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
Prometheus wasn't a god, he was the son of one of the titans I think.
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weinbrenner00 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
I hope this is false because this was a great game. But if this is the last in the series the I would want it to end like this cause that is an awesome ending, much better than just having you die, this will add suspense. After all valve can't count to 3. Anyone else see the portal Easter egg in a left for dead DLC
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lewok Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I really hope that this isn't true, but this and the prometheus bit aren't the only references to greek mythology in protal, and thats what worries me
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Plasmius94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
this is the main fact that conflicts me about the portal 2 ending.

look at this: [link]

now IF the theory on chell's real parents is in fact true and the lyrics in the opera is GLaDOS message to chell then she is alive

however

i would say that the opera goes under "calming music" before i knew the lyrics but with a meaning like that it just becomes all the more reassuring that the nightmare of apature science is over for chell's part. this can be both an introduction to the after life or the reassurance caroline would give chell that she is now free
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Plasmius94 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
i guess that in the end you are free to analyze the ending however you want.

for me, chell lives. the parent theory is true. wheatly dropped down from orbit soon after chell came out (the portal WAS pointed towards earth (chell fired a portal and the face of the moon is still compared to earth)) and apologised and then adventure (in equestria because fuck you) happens
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Redeadhunter Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but if I were GLaDOS, I wouldn't elevate Chell to her doom. I'd want to kill her right in front of me, and see it with my own eye instead of some remote camera. And there'd be no better time to set it up than while she was unconscious, which she did in the upper levels.

So, I think GLaDOS just wanted to scare her and Chell didn't really die.
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
That's a pretty good point :meow:
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AMattz-de-StudioM Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mon dieu. If this is the case, then Valve is as fickle a mistress as GLaDOS. Although, it would make sense, as basically, Chell was put through "HELL". The end could actually symbolize the "death" of "Aperture Chell", the Chell that was basically imprisoned in Aperture. So this could actually be a symbol of Chell becoming free of her trials. She's fought a long battle, and now, she can rest.
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Jockomo36 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
If you liked the movie Gladiator, then yes, Chell probably died.

Remember at the end of Gladiator, Maximus died and went to the afterlife by way of walking through a giant wheat field, where his wife and son were waiting for him.

At the end of Portal 2, Chell is released into a wheat field....and is then given the Weighted Companion Cube, which she had to "euthanize" in Chamber 17.
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Never seen Gladiator, I just like Greek Myths all in all, and my boyfriend takes a great interest in it so he helps~
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mikeymikesh Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
chell's alive. the turret's didn't shoot her. BUT! maybe she died AFTER the ending. maybe companion cube killed her, or glados
says: SUPRISE! i lied. i'm going to kill you now. *deploys turret*
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elecxra Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think Chell died when she passed out after being in Space. Part of the mythology on heaven is that before the go to the field, you make up with your family members. Chell was an orphan, and there is theory to GlaDOS/Caroline being her mother, and at the end she does meet a final time with GlaDOS and of course GlaDOS sets her "free"; forgiving her. Then of course; the opera and the wheat field and so on.
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hmm...
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elecxra Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's slightly more logical as Chell does pass out.
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GafferGames Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
The thing is, do you want to know the ending? isn't that part of the fun? :)
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anthony09833 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
i mean dicide
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anthony09833 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
she might have because at the end she did fall and in the bible it says that you see heaven and then its all left to your mind to divide what's next
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raintalker Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
I don't think she died :) The greek myhtology thing is a metaphor, an inspiration source, I wouldn't take it as far as killing her off just because she's in a golden field....idk.... I think she had been kicked out into a wheat field as a victor - getting her reward, the cube, freedom.... the wheatfield was just hinting, that she's really the victor and that heaven - aka-good things await her from that point on (since Aperture is basically hell).

Caroline probably hadn't been completely deleted - the ending song states that "little Caroline is in here too"...so she probably just hid her in some dark corner of her harddrive :) She even states that she "feels bad with Chell gone" and stuff like that - there's a bit of sentiment in her...so Caroline is probably still there in GLaDOS. That's why she also let Chell go and kept her word, not killing her.

Just my opinion, though. Truth is - Valve really does enjoy screwing with fans minds :'D
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
They just sit there in that little building of theirs. Mocking us. MOCKING US :noes: Anyway, I heard this on Facebook, on a picture, and my friend is a Greek Mythology geek. I swear, every few months, I discover something new. Like, the 3 corrupted cores represent Cave Johnsons personality. Rick: His adventerous side, and possible flirtatious. Space: His love for space. (moon rocks) Fact: His 'matter of fact' personality.

Its always nice to hear peoples opinions on things like this! But I strongly disagree that Cave and Caroline are her parents, its just too easy, and besides, the timeline of 'Old Aperture' can really destroy this conspiracy!

Thanks for your opinion~
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GafferGames Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Not necessarily, think about it, in portal 1 GLaDOS kept saying how Chell was adopted, and that was supposedly set sometime between Half Life 1 and 2, so between about 2009 and 2029, and Cave Johnston died in about 1988, and Chell looks to be roughly 25 or so, which would mean she could possibly have been adopted by them only a few years before Cave's death, and when Caroline was turned into GLaDOS, Chell was put into the relaxation chamber. This relationship would also explain GLaDOs's strange obsession with Chell, not only as an enemy, but as someone she loves too, in a twisted way.
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rosiEwoLF47310 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, intresting. now every time i beat the game im going to think of that D: valve please tell us the truth!
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amandabs28 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is strange. :iconderpynoesplz:
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Pinkrosie9090 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm......
Trolling. Its gotta be trolling.
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:XD:
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AkaiNeru Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh you had guessed I would comment on this, hadn't you?

I have never heard of the said theory.
Personally I think it would make very much sense if the theory was to be true! also that would shut up some of those screaming fans out there, hungering for the next portal game. I never thought there would be another game. and it's not that I didn't like the games, no not at all! I love them! but... It feels right for the second game to be the last. it is a proper ending... no obvious cliffhanger if you ask me. okay there are some unanswered questions, but that just makes it more interesting! it makes sure that the games are not forgotten even if it is the end of the games.
That was very irrelevant... whoops.
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:XD: Its true. I would LOVE there to be a Portal 3, I really would...But Its not coming. :(
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AkaiNeru Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's not coming, no.
But hey.. we have mods! and not all of them are bad. and we have co-op. you just got to co-op with the right people! I'm an awful co-op partner btw... I'm the kind that mess up things.. sometimes on purpose.
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Argh...I only have it on Xbox :(
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AkaiNeru Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaawhno! D:~
I have it both on xbox and pc... but only because I could get it really cheap one day!
if I see it on sale on steam... should I tell you?~
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PandoraThePirate Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wait...Do you have xbox live?
And yes, please do! But, my cpu is quite slow...
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