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Spear's mother/parents died protecting him.
Which is why he stops and realizes that Fang is Not So Different with her own young in the first trailer.
  • We don't know what happened to Spear's parents. He realizes Fang is Not So Different because he also tried (and failed) to protect his wife and children from the very same dinosaurs.

Fang's children die and the show is about Spear and Fang getting revenge on their killers.
  • Half confirmed, Fang's children are devoured by the same dinosaurs that killed Spear's family but the two of them team up and kill them in the first episode.

It isn't actually prehistoric times
Rather, it's in a another dimension where creatures of different time periods have been placed together, similar to Turok.
  • As the Season 1 finale suggests that bronze age civilizations exist in this world, this is entirely possible.

The giant ape-monster that grabs Fang in the trailer is the leader of the ape-men.
He's Large and in Charge (after all, he's the size of King Kong), and the fact he's wearing a Triceratops skull as a helmet implies that he's more intelligent than a mindless beast. Since the ape-man episode will be the last one in Season 1, he'll be the Season's Final Boss.
  • Close enough. The tribe's leader is a shaman, but Krog, the skull-wearing gorilla-man, is a champion warrior chosen in combat to be worthy of drinking the strength-inducing potion.

The caveman punching the ape-man and tearing it in half is not Spear.
It's a slightly spoilery moment from the Season 1 finale, where other cavemen show up in a Big Damn Heroes moment, saving Spear and Fang after they are nearly defeated by the ape-men.
  • Jossed: That's Spear after he drinks some magic potion and the ape-men seemingly kill Fang. Those damn dirty apes!

The ultimate enemy of the franchise
Genndy has stated that as the series goes on, Spear and Fang will face challenges more and more dangerous and insane. In the end, their greatest challenge won't be a dinosaur, an ape, or any sort of animal. Instead, it will be a meteor strike, one that ends the age of dinosaurs. This is, logically, the most fearsome thing any prehistoric being can face, for no creature, no matter how strong, fast, or vicious, can compare to the sheer power of a natural disaster. The world itself is the greatest threat to the two.

Fang will die in the final episode
She's described in the synopsys as "a dinosaur at the brink of extinction". Since the show is Darker and Edgier, it wouldn't be surprising if it ended with one of the protagonists' death, and Fang is a more likely choice than Spear. She probably would pull a Heroic Sacrifice to save the caveman.
  • She seems to be killed in Episode 5, but since there are 5 more episodes to be released, she'll probably turn out alive in Episode 6.

Fang will turn out to be alive in the next 5 episodes
While so far only 5 episodes have been released that concluded with her dying at the hands of the ape-men, she will probably be back in later episodes as Genndy noted that here are actually 10 episodes with the first half released in fall of 2019 and the second half in a later date. There were some screenshots in earlier trailers and other media where Fang is seen with Spear in shots that were not shown in the past 5 episodes. She is more likely unconscious from the episode 5 battle and will come back as a suprise to Spear and the audience.
  • Confirmed:She's alive and well in Episode 6.

This series is on the same universe as Samurai Jack
Based on the finale having a black goo and a cult attached to it, which makes it similar to the Cult of Aku.
  • Not only that, but Spear could be the ancestor to Samurai Jack himself. If real-life genetics shows, Spear could also be the ancestor of almost all of mankind. It could be noted that in Samurai Jack's universe, Aku brought the end of the dinosaurs so maybe by the end of the season he could be the main Big Bad in the shape of an asteroid that will kill off the dinosaurs but bring in the rise of human evolution.

Creatures featured in Episode 6-10
There are several iconic prehistoric animals that have yet to make an appearance, and will likely be featured in Episodes 6-10:
  • A Smilodon-like saber-toothed cat (likely exaggerated in size).
  • Terror birds.
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  • Cave bears.
  • A few more Stock Dinosaurs, such as sauropods and ceratopsians.
    • Both sauropods and ceratopsians are confirmed to exist in the universe (the former as one of Spear's shadow puppets, the latter both among the spider's prey and as the ape-man champion's helmet), but have yet to make an appearance alive.
    • Sauropods (along with another stock dinosaur, Parasaurolophus) appear in the episode "Plague of Madness", with one of them catching a rabies-like disease and attacking its herd-mates.
    • "The Night Feeder" features a herd of ceratopsians, somewhat resembling Styracosaurus, as victims of the eponymous creature.
  • Woolly rhinos, or rhino-like beasts such as Megacerops, Arsinoitherium or Uintatherium.
  • Marine predators such as Megalodon, Mosasaurus, Liopleurodon or Elasmosaurus.
    • "Slave of the Scorpion" features a pliosaur (possibly Liopleurodon judging by its size).
  • Giant arthropods such as Meganeura, Arthropleura and Pulmonoscorpius.
    • "Scent of Prey" features a swarm of scavenging euthycarcinoids about the size of a human's fist.
    • "Slave of the Scorpion" features large dragonflies that may be Meganeura.
  • Dire wolves.
    • "Scent of Prey" features a pack of small but persistent scavenging wild dogs. In "Coven of the Damned", the witches' leader turns into a massive wolf-like beast.
  • Giant ground sloths.

Some of the more monstrous creatures are under the influence of the same Super Serum that the ape-men use.
The giant spider and the demonic bats from Episode 4 were originally regular-sized animals, but they are consuming the black liquid and gain their horrifying forms and monstrous size as a result. Perhaps even the Tyrannosaurus rex from the first episode were more similar to Fang before, and became these enormous, horned beasts thanks to the serum.

Spear is the distant ancestor of Brock Samson.
He is the first in a millennia-spanning lineage of overly violent ass-kickers that lives on in the present day through Brock.

Spear is the Identical Grandson of the caveman Dexter took to the present day in "Old Flame".
The Reused Character Design is no coincidence, the two are related. Since the caveman Dexter met was the one who discovered how to use fire, and Spear uses fire regularly, it means Primal takes place slightly later than "Old Flame". However, Spear didn't inherit his grandfather's fondness of jumping rope.

Primal, Samurai Jack and Dexter's Laboratory all take place in the same universe.
Combining the above suggestions (Spear resembling the caveman Dexter meets, the Super Serum and the cult around it resembling the Cult of Aku), the three shows are all part of a greater "Genndyverse".

The ape-men in the fifth episode have Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism.
Similarly to real-life gorillas and orangutans, as well as some early hominids like Paranthropus, fully-grown adult males are far larger and bulkier than females. This means that the five warriors are the only adult males we see, and the smaller apes are either females or adolescent males.
  • Who's to say that the big ones aren't the females?

The ape-men we see are different species.
Symbiotic relationships between different primate species are not unprecedented (red colobus and diana monkeys provide mutual protection against predators). So it's possible the ape-men we see are actually comprised of multiple species, with the gorilla-like warriors being a different species from the smaller, skinnier spectators. Maybe even the shaman is a separate third species, given how different he looks from the rest.
  • Perhaps the big ones are Gigantopithecus and the small ones are either australopithecines or dryopithecines of some sort.
  • The shaman looks quite different from both big ones and small ones - he/she's more slender, more upright, has shorter fur, paler skin and longer snout. Perhaps he/she represents the third, smarter but less numerous species, and learned to control more primitive apemen with rituals.

The giant spider was created by Aku.
Continuing with the "Primal and Samurai Jack take place in the same universe" theory, it's possible that the giant spider is a minion of Aku. The spider is clearly an unnatural creature (breaking the Square-Cube Law and having Mind Control powers), probably created by dark magic, and Aku clearly has a preference for arthropod-like minions (in the Bad Future they're robots, but in this prehistory they might be magically-created organic monsters).

Fang will save Spear's life by killing a giant Snake.
Conquering her fear of them

The Plague of Madness is the result of the Ape Men's black goo applied to sick, dying, or dead animals.
The black ooze that the Ape Men use makes them stronger, faster, and more violent, which the infected Camarasaurus also happens to be. What's to say that an Ape Man or someone else isn't using the black ooze on dying animals?

There'll eventually be a dragon in Primal
Mostly a throwaway guess, but considering how there's giant spiders, zombie dinosaurs, and magic potions that cause hulking out... perhaps a dragon isn't too much a stretch anymore?

There will be civilized reptilians in one episode
The show features more and more fantasy elements as it goes on, and the stakes are escalating, so it is not so big of a stretch to imagine Spear and Fang getting captured by a tribe of civilized, probably magic-using beings in one of the last episodes. They won't be humans to keep the show's prehistoric feel, nor will they be apes because that would feel too much of a re-hash of Episode 5. Instead, they will be Lizard Folk, potentially with dinosaurs as beasts of burden.
  • Alternatively, they'll be Bird People and they'll be highly advanced.
  • Or both could appear, leading to Spear and Fang being caught up in a war between the two species.

The ape men's elixir is Chemical X.
It's a black goo, it gives you super strength if you drink it, and to top it off, it turned a monkey green! Related to the above theory about Samurai Jack, Primal could take place in the prehistory of the entire broader Cartoon Network universe.

The Plague is what ultimately causes the extinction of the dinosaurs in this universe.
Pretty self-explanatory. We only ever see it infect non-avian dinosaurs, with no evidence so far that it can be passed on to mammals (Spear only contracts it in a Nightmare Sequence).

Spear and Fang will be joined by others.
During their journeys, they'll encounter other prehistoric beasts and/or primitive humans who have also lost their families and will choose to travel with them since they have nowhere else to go.
  • Confirmed, as of "Slave of the Socrpion". Spear and Fang are joined by a more modern-looking human named Mira.

The Plague of Madness has something to do with Aliens
It resembles no disease known to man, and otherwordly things aren't new to this show in the slightest. Perhaps it's some kinda weird alien bacteria that's driving the dinosaurs insane.

Plague of Madness canonically takes place before Rage of the Ape Men
Which explains why there's no trace of Fang's brutal injuries from the previous episode.
  • Jossed. Instead, "Plague of Madness" takes place after "Scent of Prey", wich explains how Fang recovered from her injuries.

The giant spider, the black potion, and the Plague of Madness are all interconnected
  • It's possible. Note the *speed* at which the disease progresses. No natural disease progresses that fast - there is always an incubation period of days to weeks, with very mild or no symptoms, before the disease spreads sufficiently far to create major pathology. It acted far more like a venom or toxin - spread was very rapid over the body and massive pathology started appearing immediately, quickly followed by intense agonizing pain and finally uncontrolled aggression. It's quite possible that such a venom could have ended up in the black potion of the ape men, considering that uncontrolled aggression was a side effect. The spider is more tenuous, but still possible, as it was far larger than a normal spider and very aggressive as well. Will be interesting to see if this bears out.

Spear's Wife was (more-or-less) a Homo Sapiens
Obviously Primal has a fairly light approach to evolutionary history given the mix around, but in our evolutionary history there is a bit of evidence that there were periods of interbreeding between "archaic" and "modern" humans, so it wouldn't be all that strange for Primal to have had a more Neanderthal/Heidelbergensis-like hominin (eg. Spear) get together with a more Cro-Magnon-like hominin (eg. his wife), with both quite likely already being the result of admixture to different degrees.

Giant bats are actually evolved apes.
While their overall look suggests bats, they also have pretty big craniums and eyes for a carnivorous bat, their torsos and limbs look strangely hominid and some of the noises they make are clearly monkey noises. Perhaps they are descendants of apes who evolved into flying predators.
  • This is supported by the original animatics for the episode, which identify them as "Man Bats".
  • Taking it to its logical conclusion, and considering their resemblance to similar creatures from another of Tartakovsky's works, the Bats are literally vampires, being the precursors of the original, monstrous vampires of folklore as opposed to the sinister and seductive predators of later literature.

Another red, horned Tyrannosaur will appear in a future episode as an ally.
It will at first seem like an enemy and bring back the trauma of Spear and Fang losing their families to its kind, but will turn out to be protecting its own family in a conflict against savage dinosaur-hunting cavemen. Ultimately, Spear will realize the parallels and the duo will help them and depart on good terms, Spear finally putting his demons to rest.

The Plague of Madness was not a plague at all, but a toxin or venom.

See above. The speed of pathogenesis once the hadrosaur bit the Argentinosaurus is far, far faster than any disease, which would have a long incubation period and more gradual onset of symptoms. But a poison would spread just that quickly, even through a sauropod's body, and pathogenesis would be instant in whatever target tissues it spread to. Many toxins and venoms also cause agonizing pain, which (along with central nervous system effects) would produce the 'zombie aggressiveness.'

  • The Concept of a venom that grants the victim the ability to inject the same venom themselves honestly makes just as little sense as non-supernatural zombies do.

The Plague was made by the witches from 'Coven of the Damned'.

Self-explanatory. Granted, it seems to go against their MO, so in this case it was probably created by accident.

The Plague of Madness is what happens when the Super Serum is applied to dinosaur (and possibly other reptilian) subjects.

Related to several entries above. Whatever the serum actually is, the dinosaur body is utterly unable to properly acclimate to its effects and this is the result of attempting to administer it to them.

A future episode will feature one or more feathered dinosaurs.

Word of God has indicated that they did originally want to give feathers to the raptors in episode 4 after all, so it's hardly out of the question (especially given how fond the show seems of subtly showing their work every now and again).

  • Confirmed—"Slave of the Scorpion" has an appearance by a feathered oviraptor of some kind and a couple of smaller, more ambiguous feathered dinosaurs (identified as Anzu and Kulindadromeus, respectively, by Word of God).

The Night Feeder is a small theropod that drank the ape-men's potion.
It's unusually strong and unusually bloodthirsty, slaughtering large animals for apparently no good reason - exactly like Krog and Spear under the potion's effect.
  • Alternatively, the potion is made from Night Feeder blood.

The Ape-Men are being set up as the ultimate Big Bad of the series
Notice how so many of the WMG's above refer back to them and their black serum? That might not be a coincidence. They're the only antagonists so far who have appeared in more than one episode (they debut in "Rage of the Ape-Men", and members of the same species appear in "Slave of the Scorpion"), and in the latter episode they're established as the ones who kidnapped Spear's new ally Mira.Logically, then, the story arc of season 2 will revolve around Spear and Fang tracking down the ape-men and rescuing Mira, while possibly also learning the true nature of their plans.
  • Probably unlikely since, towards the end of Slave of the Scorpion, the group of Ape-Men who kidnapped Mira are later found dead, pelted with arrows, while Mira's screams can be heard from a boat sailing away, presumably crewed by whoever killed the Ape-Men from earlier.

The main antagonist of the second season, and presumably the series as a whole, is the leader of Mira's slavers
When Mira explains her origins to Spear and how she came to cross paths with him she draws an image of a massive humanoid with horns on his head, who commands his followers to attack and enslave others for his own purposes. Spear will find a way across the sea to find Mira, and eventually confront this Horned Humanoid at some point.

"The Scorpion" is an expy of Scorpion II
Simply put, the leader of the civilization that enslaved Mira's is going to turn out to not be an actual scorpion but is known as such and will have similarities to the Protodynastic Egyptian ruler known as Scorpion II, aka King Scorpion, aka the namesake of the Scorpion King from The Mummy.
  • Mira herself does look vaguely Egyptian, so this isn't without support.

Humans that appear in season 2 will not speak English
If more humans are going to appear on season 2, it wouldn't be surprising if they speak languages other than English, like how Mira spoke in Arabic. It would keep the immersion of not using regular language to tell a story.

Fang is actually a Godzillasaurus.
Fang's head looks suspiciously identical to the Godzillasaurus seen in the lower right corner in a piece of official artwork from a Japanese Rebirth of Mothra book featuring prehistoric-era Japanese monsters and dinosaurs battling Death Ghidorah. Fang's intelligence and badassery are certainly Godzilla-ian in nature.

The Plague of Madness is the result of Nurgle wanting pet dinosaurs
Hey, someone had to say it eventually.

The setting of the show isn't really prehistory or another dimension.
It's actually set in historical times, probably at least the Bronze Age if not later, and Spear and Fang's prehistoric home is in fact an isolated Lost World undiscovered by mainstream civilization (at least until Mira shows up).

The setting is actually a game of Civilization
It was already an Anachronism Stew with dinosaurs, Neanderthals and whatnot. What we have now with the Scorpion is a player faction a full era ahead of Spear and Fang's world discovering them. In this spirit, the series finale will see Spear going against Gandhi's army of nuclear-powered death robots.
  • Heck, why not go a step further? I'll raise you and say Gandhi is the Scorpion. Mira's never actually seen him in person, which is why she depicts him as a towering demon-man.

Our protagonists' climactic face-off with the Scorpion will be a walking Shout-Out to 10,000 BC
Spear and Fang will discover Scorpion slaves building pyramids or similar monuments with the aid of woolly mammoths and/or Domesticated Dinosaurs, which Spear and Fang will likely free in order to cause chaos amongst the ranks of their enemies and trigger a slave uprising. In the midst of the chaos, Spear will confront and kill the Scorpion himself, who will turn out to be an Expy of the unnamed warlord from said film.

The virus that causes the Plague of Madness will eventually mutate into the Crossed Virus

The resemblance isn't perfect, since only humans can catch the Crossed virus, while the Plague of Madness is capable of infecting dinosaurs. The symptoms, however, are eerily similar— those affected become extremely impulsive, driven to act on their most violent instincts and attack anyone around themselves. But the similarity is enough that they probably come from a very similar source. Perhaps, after the dinosaurs became extinct (for whatever reason they did in the Primal universe), a form of the virus that caused the Plague of Madness mutated to infect mammals, ultimately evolving to attack humans. Even if "Homo Tortor" isn't canon, we still have cover art in Crossed showing cave paintings of people with the virus, so it must have happened a long time ago.

Tyrannosaurus in the Primalverse exhibit Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism.
Adult males have horns (the number and size of which vary between individuals) and striking black-on-red colouration, while females like Fang have a duller greenish pigment and no horns. We can therefore presume that the "villainous" tyrannosaur pack from the pilot episode was an all-male group.

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