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  • The reason that this is the actor playing Pippin's first time in the role is everyone else who's ever played it commited suicide at the end.
    • Either they burn up, or they forsake the role (which specifies a young man desperate to be extraordinary) for an ordinary life outside the show. Either way, they never play the role again.
  • I could be wrong on this, but Catherine is a widow. Each of her "husbands" was a Pippin that was incinerated in a previous show. She finally stands up to the leading player because she is tired of losing those she loves.
    • Continuing on that point, it's more than likely that one of the dead Pippins is Theo's father.
  • Given the Leading Player's claim that the show tells the true life story of Pippin, the reveal of the show's intended finale means that this is how the real Pippin died. He became so despaired over his apparent failure of a life that he decided to set himself on fire—and unlike the "Pippin" in the show, he actually went through with it.
    • It also means that the "real" Pippin never reunited with the "real" Catherine and Theo after leaving the estate, and they never saw him again before his suicide. For all we know, they might not even have learned of his death.
  • "No Time At All," Berthe's song about living as much as you can during the time you have on Earth, isn't meant to show Pippin the meaning of life. It's a warning about the finale.
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    • Or it's encouragement to burn himself out, since "Berthe" is just a character performed by one of the players.
      "When you're as old as I, my dear, and I hope you never are..."
  • The Leading Player responds to Pippin's near-breakdown at the end of "On the Right Track" by laughing and telling him he's, "on the right track". Pippin's breaking down is the right track to wanting to commit suicide.
  • "Spread a Little Sunshine" plays pretty nicely as a straightforward Villain Song, alternating between pious lyrics and bump-and-grind dance breaks as Fastrada's faux-heartfelt talk of reconciliation inspires Pippin to murder his father. Seen in context of the ending, where she, along with the rest of the company, chants "think of the sun" to encourage Pippin to his final Self-Immolation, it's clear that she was never trying to orchestrate a coup for the sake of a coup. The murder itself was just another step closer, closer, closer, closer... towards the Finale:
    "And if we all could spread a little sunshine,
    All could light a little fire,
    We all would be a little closer
    To our heart's desire..."
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  • The Finale completely changes the line from the opening number, "We've got magic to do, just for you," once the audience has been encouraged to take Pippin's place, and been told that the players are already in their heads. Since so much is made of the "magic" being taken away when Pippin chooses ordinary life over self-destruction, it implies that right from the beginning, the audience has been ensnared in the same kind of madness as Pippin, and just by viewing the "show" the viewers prove their potential to become part of it.
  • Most of these could be considered Fridge Horror as well.

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