One or more of the characters is a Time Lord.
The pocket watches are the new version of the state alchemist watches from Fullmetal Alchemist.The world of Pushing Daisies is the world of FMA Exty Years from Then. All the characters live in Amestris, which has become a democracy. Chuck's father, Ned's father, and Dwight Dixon were all state alchemists traveling together; hence, the pocket watches.
Ned is a virgin.It is a fairy tale world, and so Ned will lose his power if he loses his virginity. Then he and Chuck can live happily ever after after she forgives him for his dalliance.
Olive and Chuck are relatedIt would certainly explain their mutual attraction to the Piemaker, also we see that Aunt Lily and Olive are able to touch Ned without consequence in "Girth", not to mention in "Pie-lette" we see that Ned was able to kiss Chuck as a child without killing. Perhaps their is some gene in the X-Chromosomes of the Charles family that helps protect against "The Death Touch" (but not resurrection touch) or Lily and Vivian are indeed witches who have gone to protective measures after the death of Charles Charles.
Someone in the neighborhood has a Death Note and a twisted sense of humor.He or she derives entertainment from making people commit murder in weird ways (exploding scratch 'n' sniff book, trampling with a horse, strangulation with a life-sized doll, etc.).
Aunt Vivian has powers like Ned.It's been mentioned repeatedly that she does not like to be touched. The first time they mentioned it was done in a way that seemed like important foreshadowing. Also, the name "Vivian" means "Alive" (Although that may just be to fit with "Lily", whose name is probably a reference to funeral flowers).
The show is set in a retro-themed region of the modern-day world.This is why there are always more retro cars than modern cars; the modern cars belong to outsiders passing through or visiting. Any other aberrations in the retro aesthetic can be attributed to the influence of the outside modern world.
The show is a coy present-day retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone.Chuck wasn't literally abducted by Ned, but she IS forbidden by him to go home. His pies (and perhaps, metaphorically, his love) are the magical "food of the dead" that keep Chuck in Ned's "kingdom".
Ned's dad was/is deliberately trying to breed a kid with Ned's powers.Remember that one episode of The X-Files where there's a demon who's set up multiple families and is methodically trying to produce a non-demon kid? What if Ned's dad were doing something similar? When Ned's mother died, her husband—not realizing that she'd already been brought back and died again—concluded that their son lacked the ability, and abandoned Ned. Much later, that's why he abandoned the twins and their mother, too; at some point they must have demonstrated to him that they didn't have the power.
Ned's dad was brought back to life by someone else with Ned's powers.He has to abandon his families because he's immortal and changing identities. A side effect is that the touch of resurrection is passed on to his children. This means the twins most likely have the power too.
Ned's father left to protect young Ned.Believing his wife's death to be a hit intended on his life, he ships Ned off to the safety of the Longburrow School for Boys and assumes a new identity, eventually Becoming the Mask until another event led him to flee for his life again, leaving his other two sons behind.
Ned's "real" name—or his dad's—will turn out to be "Edward Edwards".So Charles Charles, Dwight Dixon, and Ned's dad all served in the UN Foreign Legion or whatever, and each came away with an engraved pocketwatch. The two we've seen (Charles' and Dwight's) have been engraved "CC" and "DD", respectively. The show's propensity for symmetry and repetition suggests that the third (Ned's dad's) will be engraved either "BB" or "EE"—and "Ned" can be short for "Edward".
Chuck is immune to the "after a minute, someone in proximity dies" clause, Ned is immune to it as well.In "Oh Oh Oh, It's Magic," Ned's watch timer GOES OFF (the minute is done!) while he's still talking to the Great Herrmann. Chuck is the only one within proximity, but she doesn't re-die. Ned doesn't either.
In the third season, Ned will be imprisoned for accidentally killing someone who had been legally dead and brought back to life with Science.His touch of death affects "anyone who has been brought back to life." The narrator doesn't say "anyone who has been brought back to life by the power of his touch of life, and not, say, a person who was legally dead for two and a half minutes under a frozen pond."
Ned and his brothers have all been dead. Ned's dad has the power and took off so he wouldn't run the risk of killing his kids again.Found here.
Those who die in proximity are immoral or bad people or (in some cases) animals.When Ned's mom was alived-again, Charles Charles died, we later learn that he was not the man that Chuck made him out to be. When Young Ned was doing his experiments with the fireflies, it wasn't another firefly that died; it was a spider that was not part of the experiment. When Chuck was alived-again, one of the funeral home directors died. He was robbing from coffins. When Charles Charles was alived-again, it was Dwight Dixon who died.
When it comes to human life, Ned's power isn't random; it targets the owners of the pocket watches.When he alived-again his mom, Charles died. The decision to bury his watch with Chuck put the watch in to an ownerless state (since a dead person can't own anything) until the funeral director decided to take it. When Chuck was alived-again, the funeral director was the closest watch owner. The reason that Dwight died when Charles was alived-again is because those who have been revived by Ned can't be used in an exchange; thus, despite being a watch owner, Chuck wasn't a valid choice.
The original series finale would be someone with a stolen death touch making a mish-mash type Body Horror.Another character introduced at the second-to-last season finale or last season premiere would have gotten away with a touch of death, the reverse of Ned's touch of life. He touches someone living, they die. His and Ned's powers stack, so that if Ned brought someone to life and killed them, he could do the same, and if he killed someone and brought them back to life, Ned could do the same. He touches them again, they come back to life, permanently. He spent the first couple of seasons stealing the corpses from Ned's cases, mostly grinding them up and turning them into a big blob o' undecaying flesh, arms, and brains, and brings it back to life after deactivating Ned's power. Ned would have to restore his power (probably through introspection or giving up Chuck) to defeat it.
Ned's touch works by literally giving and taking back a life.The last thing anyone remembers after being brought back is dying. Ghosts (real ghosts) would be possible if all he brings back is the physical shell, which includes recorded memories, and restarts it with a different life (the spark). If the body gets too firm a hold on the new life, Ned pulls a replacement "backup life" from somebody else, without any choice in the matter. He does (subconsciously) try to keep things equivalent, though; for example, fireflies and a spider, Pidge and the other bird, Chuck and the funeral director, his mom and Chuck's dad, even though it's all still exactly one life for one life. Digby was so much more intelligent than the average dog after being re-lifed, and most characters brought back tend to act like the Theme Park Version of themselves or even get a complete personality change, as though they went from being the same them to a completely new them who simply had the exact same set of memories. This would raise the question of if Ned would give himself his own backup life, since he appears to be immune to the one-minute proximity rule — if he would turn into a corpse, bring himself back and lose his power, or bring himself back and take another person's life.
Ned's touch of life returns things to the exact time of death, then makes them immortal.The only person brought back after more than a couple of days was the dead prisoner in "Pigeon"; though he looked a bit shrivelled, the only thing that would have necessarily happened after his death was the rotting eyes, which were covered by Chuck's sunglasses. The fruit and leaves return to the state they were in when they were picked or the tree decided they had outlived their usefulness. The bearskin rug was never elaborated on. Pushing Daisies is in the some Continuity as the rest of The Verse, an Anti-Hero could theoreically be resurrected easily. Ned might have issue with this, but with an upcoming Zombie Apocalypse, there could be plenty of victims that Ned doesn't feel bad about.
Bearskin Rug Girl was killed by the alivened rug.That's why only Emerson and Chuck know about Ned's touch of life. ( Only Emerson and Chuck.) The narrator said so in Season 2 (that they were the only ones who knew, that is).
Chuck never believed that touching Ned would kill her.As far as we know, if Chuck ever touches Ned she will instantly die. Logically speaking she should treat him like a leaking vat of Sarin or the "third rail" of a subway. Instead she wanders around bare-armed, frequently missing him only by inches. She obviously knows that he's lethal on an intellectual level, but she's never fully accepted it.
Charles Charles is the same person as The Secret of Monkey Island IV: Escape From Monkey Island's Charles L. Charles.So that's where he got to!
Pushing Daisies takes place in the same universe as Babe and PenelopeBoth movies and this series are set in a brightly colored patchwork city/country of uncertain time and place (for instance, Penelope is set in New San London Town) where the magical and the mundane often collide.
Immediately after "Kerplunk" ended, Lily and Vivian's heads exploded.Since they had just seen Chuck, and the narrator outright stated that their heads would explode if they found that Chuck was alive.
Chuck won't actually die from Ned's touch.The Touch Of Death wears off after a given period. Ned just hasn't conducted enough experiments to know about it.
The people Ned ressurects are completely seperate people from their souls.If there was ever a ghost of Chuck or her father, they would be probably be vastly different then what she and him would be after being ressurected. Probably she might not really be in love at all with Ned or might hate Lilian for abdanoning her.
It's all in Young Ned's head.Psychologically traumatized by the death of his mother and his subsequent abandonment at a boarding school by his father, Young Ned concocted the entire in-show universe as an escape from reality.
Ned is slightly AutisticGranted the emotional connection to people he lacks is because of his powers, but what if its also a lack of understanding of people's emotions and such? The way he speaks in a one sided, precise and fast manner can stem from this too. The way he was so upset from Chuck moving in the Olive's apartment across the hall made him seem very upset over change and it has been said he doesn't like change. He is rather smart and shy, two signs of Autisim. More thean likely its higher functioning autisim or asperger's syndrome as he is relatively normal and doesn't have too much of a problem with eye contact or communication.
Ned's dad may have his powers - he may also have been a detectiveIf Ned's dad has a tendancy to cover-up, as in the Norwegians episode, he may have Ned's power and the emotional distance that entails. However, he also managed to plant forensic evidence consistent with grave-robbing and body-burning in Dwight Dixon's room so well that it fooled the scientific prowess of the Norwegian detectives. He could even have paired up with Emerson's mom after her son left her business and Ned's dad finished his time in the Foreign Legion.
Ned's dad is the narratorWe never see Ned's dad and we only hear him for a few lines. It's possible.
Ned inherited his power from his mother... And the rules are that when he first touches something and brings it back, she dies so he would bring her back, she would touch him again and teach him about the 2nd touch=dead forever rule. Ned and Chuck can't really have kids together for obvious reasons. So Ned would be immortal.
No one knows Ned's last name because of his crippling intimacy issues.And so much other stuff's happening all the time that no one ever thought to ask.
Ned does have some control over his powersThat is, the only real rules are that first touch revives dead people, a second one kills them forever, and if someone brought this way for more than a minute something else has to die. But that's it. If he's thinking(consciously or subconsciously) into something, it will happen. He has some control over HOW the deceased will return, as Digby was ran over by a truck and killed, should by all means, have at least some blood and broken bones, yet, when Ned touches him, he's as good and new, and even immortal to boot. This is not a rare effect of the touch, but Kid Ned actively hoped that his dog would be all ok, and made it happen. And what child wouldn't want to have his pet live forever and never growing old? Chuck is more or less the same. She doesn't show any symptom of ever being dead, despite being suffocated. Most other people Ned makes come back he doesn't have a particular affiliation, so they come back as he sees them, but in a painless state, and ready to tell him who killed them, instead of, say, freaking out about them being dead in the first place. Likewise, if Ned doesn't want someone's live taken in exchange, then it won't be taken. Obviously, this makes himself immune to the rule, but by now it has made also Chuck, Digby and anyone Ned likes immune as well. (Emmerson was considerably closer when Chuck was revived, for example, and with Pidge, he didn't want the squirrel to die. With the bees, he explicitly stated that he hoped the water bugs would die)
Assuming he never touches them again, Chuck, Digby, and anyone else dead he brings back to life and leaves alive, will die permanently the moment Ned does.