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The cougar was a part of the nuclear conspiracy all along.
Otherwise, the events surrounding Kim Bauer in season two have no relevance to the rest of the plot. Besides, the cougar's timing of showing up just when Kim is out of danger seems highly suspicious. It's likely that the cougar was recruited to keep tabs on Kim in case she would be needed to control Jack Bauer later in the day.
One or more of the characters is a Time Lord.
Jack Bauer was a Sith Lord.
By the time her cover was broken, Nina Myers had shifted her loyalty to Jack and CTU.
Upon re-watching season one, it becomes clear that Nina missed numerous opportunities — every opportunity — to impede Jack in his investigation of and thwarting of the Drazens, whom she supposedly works for. She could easily have passed information to them that would have helped them without blowing her cover. Her relationship with Jack doesn't appear to have had any strategic benefit for her — and since Teri Bauer could tell Nina had been seeing Jack (and wasn't over him) from one look on Nina's face at a time when Nina would not have been feigning feelings for Jack, those feelings must have been genuine. The only instances we know of her working against CTU is when she kills Jamey, which was necessary to maintain her cover, and when she tells the Drazens that Palmer's still alive, which she didn't do immediately after finding out - which she should and could have done; instead, she waited until after she learned that Teri Bauer was pregnant. Perhaps she did it in a fit of irrational jealousy. Until then, she had thoroughly become the mask.
  • And then she kills Teri for absolutely no reason. Uh... hang on...
    • Repeat: irrational jealousy. She was Yandere enough to think Jack would go for her if she murdered the hypotenuse in the Jack-Teri-Nina love triangle.
    • Many viewers forget, but she actually did have legitimate reason to kill Teri. It's in two key lines of dialogue.
    Nina's Employer: Make sure nothing can connect you to Germany.
    Teri: You speak German?

The events have all been controlled by an unknown Kira.
The CTU is a wing of the SPK set up to locate and capture this Kira. Jack Bauer was hired as the only man tough enough to shrug off a Death Note. Or perhaps he's destined to die already...
  • Well, he's died twice now. If anything can take him...

The Big Bad of the final "day" will be...Jack Bauer.
Think about it. He was under tremendous psychological strain the first time around, and it's been getting worse every single season. His patent pending Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique already puts him on the slippery slope with his knees bent. Jack finally snapping and taking it out on America as only Jack Bauer could almost seems like the only satisfying way to end the show.
  • So, the final episode is Bauer making the entire Earth explode.
    • So Jack would have to be stopped by Agent Walker?
      • What a delicious theory! No, he'll be stopped by the other Agent Walker and.....a reformed Tony Almeida.
  • He'd need some real confidence shakers to break his trust in America to do that.
    • You mean everything thus far isn't enough?
    • Confirmed! Because of Renee's death he is about to assassinate the Russian President which would trigger World War Three, until Chloe talks him down.

Wayne Palmer is brain dead.

The swearing-in for Allison Taylor in the movie Redemption did not have any former Presidents visibly present (which would be a near-impossibility in real life); but the fact that the almost immediate former President Palmer is entirely, completely absent from the picture implies that he is in such a physical condition that he could not attend the ceremony in any way - maybe attached to an iron lung. Why not dead? Word of God has said he is "somewhere" in the world of 24.


Jacks granddaughter will get kidnapped or used against him in the next season.

She is Kim's daughter.

Marwan was actually aiming at Shelbyville with that nuclear missile in season 4.

Now we know what day that Simpsons crossover took place.

In the last hour of Season 8 Jack will perform Heroic Sacrifice and die.
Cause if this is really Bauer's last day, this is how writers should end it - of course if they keep their tradition of Bittersweet Ending. Of course this Troper will be more that happy to find out that he is wrong and Jack and Renee will live Happily Ever After. But does it really sounds like something in show's style? No.
  • Then who will be in The Movie?
    • Jack Bauer, of course. It's going to be a Prequel to the entire series. This seems to be what Kiefer Sutherland wants, as he's been lobbying for Leslie Hope to reprise her role as Teri in the movie and Hope is also in favor of this.

Tony's back.
Now there is only one way how we can see Tony again. He must be in prison now. So somewhere in the middle of the season it will be revealed that while working with terrorists for 3 years he got information or, more likely, some connections, which he can use to help Jack now. There is also a very big chance Tony will die trying to help because Redemption Equals Death and Anyone Can Die (not to mention Bittersweet Ending). Poor Tony.

Every single person who's ever been affiliated with the CTU is secretly working for someone else.
Behind the scenes are various groups with their own interests that are waging a secret war with each other. They use the CTU as a way of keeping track of their enemies' agents. The reason why whoever does the screening lets these people in is because they are part of a secret conspiracy that's been manipulating every single organization involved. The reason torture under Jack Bauer works is because the true mastermind has been convincing various terrorist groups (probably truthfully) that Jack Bauer is one of the people who are ultimately in charge of everything.

Jack Bauer goes to the bathroom during the commercial breaks
I don't care how badass you are. No one can hold it for twenty-four hours.
  • There were actually plans to show Jack coming out of a restroom after a commercial break, but it was scrapped.
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  • Theory: Jack had a urostomy. He doesn't need to hold it, just change bags during the commercial.

Wayne Palmer was a Republican, and by extention, Alison Taylor was a Democrat.
We know from Day 1, that David Palmer was a Democrat. And his opponent during the Presidential elction in season 3, John Keeler, is logicaly a Republican (or at least some fictional party that is similar to the Republican party), as was his Vice President that became President, Charles Logan and his V.P Hal Gardner. During Day 6 Wayne Palmer is President. Now logically you would assume he'd be a Democrat like his brother was. But I'm not so sure. See, after the evnts of Day 5, the Republican party was thrown into chaos, given that in one term they went through 3 different Presidents. So Tom Lennox, a major figure in the party, got with Wayne Palmer and asked him to run for the Republicans. Now, it's not unlikely that Wayne was already a registered Repbublican when he was his brothers Chief of Staff. After David Palmer sacked Mike Novik, he wanted someone who he knew would be loyal to him (as Novik conspired to remove him from office), but would also offer constructive criticism to any of his decisons. His brother Wayne being a member of the rival party, could always give him the other sides point of view objectivly on any issue, but would always be loyal to David because he is his Brother. So Wayne Palmer ran for the Republican party, he was a risky choice as he had limited experience, but he still won both the primary's and the general election for a number of reasons. A) He is the Brother of seemingly one of the most popular presidents in recent History. B) His experience in politics may be limited but it was as the Chief of Staff, which has to count for a lot! C) Given that the Republicans went through 3 presidents in 1 term, its likely that the Democrats choose a safe, but weak candidate as they thought the election would be a breeze. It wasnt, and Wayne Palmer won by a nosehair. However, after Wayne was incapacitated, the public had finally given up with the republican party, and given that the Democrats choose Alison Taylor, the first Female Presidential candidate, Daniels got absolutley destroyed in the election.

Max and/or Trepkos are members of Wilson's group.
If there's any way to tie most of the series together, this could be the best way to do it.

Jack Bauer is a Super Soldier.
Come on, how else would Jack be such a crazy-arsed bad ass like he is?

Josh is Jack's son.
It's not really that wild if one thinks about it. Jack and Marilyn had a relationship prior to her marriage to Graem, so who's to say she didn't sleep with Jack, get pregnant, and then claim it was Graem's kid? And to be honest, the way they chose actors made Josh look a lot more like Jack's kid than Graem's. Also, according to the executive producer of the show, even the writers think that Josh is Jack's son.

The real mole is the one of CTU's human resources people.
How else can there be so many moles in CTU?

Gary Matheson is the father of Miles Matheson from Revolution.
Both characters are played by Billy Burke. Gary could have had sex with a number of women and Miles would be his illegitimate child.

Mandy was Killed Off for Real offscreen.
She had a Presidential pardon, but given her Nina levels of sociopathy it's not outside the realm of possibility that she was either caught working for terrorists and killed, or a covert operation was launched by Michelle, Jack or even Palmer. Do you think she wouldn't have been watched very closely? Do you think she would have behaved?

Jack's niece is none other than Buffy Summers.
Her watcher in the movie and mother in the series were Donald Sutherland and Kristen Sutherland respectively. Jack is played by Kiefer Sutherland, who was a vampire. Okay, something of a Casting Gag, but just where did Buffy learn the Buffy Summers Interrogation Technique that she used at the start of season two? Where would she had gotten the idea from? 24 was a few years from airing yet and she quite likely wouldn't have been a fan if it had. Who could have taught her that? Uncle Jack? And Sarah Michelle Gellar is married to Cole Ortiz. About the only reason this is not canon is because Awesomeness Is Volatile.

The unnamed US President William Devane was playing in The Dark Knight Rises is James Heller.
Which puts Jack Bauer and Batman in the same awesome universe.
  • Along with Colonel/General Jack O'Neill and the rest of the Stargate gang.

James Heller directly succeeded Allison Taylor as President.
It's difficult to imagine that Taylor would have kept with Mitchell Hayworth as her Vice-President, given that his actions during the White House siege showed him to be at best an indecisive idiot, and at worst being so power hungry that he was willing to let Taylor be killed. Therefore, given that she and Heller both seem to be Republicans, she likely forced Hayworth to stand down between Days 7 and 8 (no doubt employing the dirt that Olivia had previously dug up on him) and replaced him with Heller, who subsequently replaced Taylor herself and became the show's only President to actually get re-elected.

  • Jossed by the novel 24: Deadline, which shows that at the very least, Hayworth was Taylor's direct successor. Though it's admittedly not beyond imagination that Heller became VP to Hayworth, somehow ended up succeeding him before the term was over, and actually managed to get elected to a term of his own.

The plot of Day 10 will revolve around trying to free Jack from the Russians and lead into Jack attempting to stop an attack in Russia.

Day 9/LAD's ending just about confirms this as being a potential plot point. The additional scene added to the Blu-Ray release of LAD shows that Tony is getting ready to break out of prison after being there for eight years. Additional info gained from the scene also shows that two years have passed since the end of LAD due to the eight years Tony has been locked up matching up with Day 7>8 and 8>9 time skips and leaving two years left to count. As a result of the scene it's highly likely that Tony will be the one leading the mission to save Jack who will likely be in the hands of Russia for two to three years at this point. This event will line up with a new attack and will likely be what finally gets Russia to just let Jack walk away once he saves them.

Jack suffers from severe Stockholm Syndrome.

Not with any of the terrorist groups or rogue governments, but with his own. They basically never do a decent thing to him, and in fact do everything they can to screw him over, never believe him when his tells them things, and let him be taken by regimes notorious for brutal treatment of prisoners (China & Russia). This treatment is regardless of who's in charge. The government keeps gnawing bits off his body and soul, but he keeps coming back. In Day 8, he tries to leave, but gets pulled back in with only token resistance. He may be a badass, but his actions are like an abused spouse who won't leave the abuser.

24 and ''Chuck take place in the same universe.

Kate Morgan really is Sarah Walker, "Kate" being another identity Sarah assumed after returning to the CIA, and she managed to recover her memory after the series' end. Her husband who committed suicide was in fact Chuck.

Mandy is actually the Big Bad of the whole series and involved in every single plot.

Here would be her side of the timeline.

Before Season 1: Mandy is the younger sister of Nina Myers. Nina teaches her all about the art of being a Magnificent Bastard.

Season 1: While Nina works personally for Victor Drazen, Mandy involves herself at a lower level of the organization by working as Ira Gaines's assassin. This way, the sisters together have access to every rung in the Drazens’ organization and plot. Nina's surprise at the beginning of the season when Ira Gaines orders Jack to kill her is genuine, because she assumed that Mandy would have done something to prevent it. However, because Mandy was off doing another job for Ira Gaines (specifically, coordinating with Joseph Wald and Nina’s CTU schematics to begin smuggling season 2’s nuclear bomb into the country), she wasn’t around to help Nina.

Season 2: After the events of season 1, Mandy surpasses Nina in reputation, because she got away with blowing up a plane while Nina had her cover blown and ended up in jail. Her boost in reputation gets her the job as the personal assassin of Max. Max himself, as well as Alexander Trepkos, are actually members of Alan Wilson’s Omniscient Council of Vagueness. Together, Max and Mandy orchestrate season 2’s plot through Peter Kingsley. When he fails, Mandy personally carries out their back-up plan in the season finale. Mandy also brings Nina into the group behind the scenes during the second half of season 2, which is why Nina is on Max's boat in the deleted scene.

The Game: Mandy and Max continue their work together, and she kills James Radford as part of their plan. When Max dies, Mandy takes his place on Alan Wilson’s council. She also has Nina begin work on getting access to season 3's virus, which is why Nina is going through related names when Peter Madsen contacts her during the game.

Season 3: Mandy goes to North Africa to help Nina escape from the exiled immunity that David Palmer put her under. Mandy wants to get her sister onto Alan Wilson’s council too, but the group demands that Nina prove herself first. To help Nina do that, Mandy sends her to Mexico to obtain Stephen Saunders’s virus herself. However, things become complicated when the other buyer is Jack Bauer. This obviously ends poorly and Nina winds up dead. Alan Wilson’s council is not impressed, and demand that Mandy redeem herself.

Season 4: Mandy teams up with Marwan to fire a nuclear missile at Los Angeles and regain her reputation. This is why she’s back on the front lines at the end of season 4. Even though Marwan’s plan fails, the council is still impressed by her ruthless tactics and ability to get away as a Karma Houdini once again, and she is re-promoted.

Season 5: Mandy and the council use Charles Logan’s incompetence as a president to build on their own interests. They manipulate him into selling nerve gas to Russian terrorists. Mandy, seeing the competence of Jack’s power team from previous seasons, knows that they are the biggest threat to their plan. So she tells Christopher Henderson to kill David Palmer, Michelle Dessler, Tony Almeida, and Chloe O’Brien. When this draws Jack back out into the open, she and her group are easily able to make Logan the fall guy (because he is the most powerful, technically) and avoid Jack’s revenge themselves. Once things begin to look too dangerous for Logan, Mandy contacts Cheng Zhi with Jack’s whereabouts to get him out of the way. While this succeeds in saving the council, it is unfortunately too late to save Logan himself.

Season 6: Jack returns from China and learns about his brother and father’s involvement in David Palmer’s death. Phillip Bauer is a member of Wilson’s council, which means that Jack is getting closer to identifying and apprehending them. Mandy works with Abu Fayed behind the scenes to keep Jack distracted. When Jack kills Fayed, Mandy calls on her old friend Cheng Zhi to go after him again, which Cheng is more than happy to do. The crisis is averted when Phillip chooses to die on the oil rig rather than expose his group. Mandy, seeing Cheng as a valuable asset, begins to work on a plan to get him out of prison.

Redemption: Mandy and Wilson’s council use Jonas Hodges as the main guy to orchestrate everything that Jack deals with in Sangala.

Season 7: When Tony tries to enter Wilson’s group himself, Mandy remembers him from season 4. She vouches for his competence but also knows better than to blindly trust him. The council initially plans to make Mandy his contact, but to keep her distance, she convinces Cara Bowden to take her place. This proves to be a smart move when Tony kills Cara. Wilson’s group falls apart on the surface, but Mandy is able to usurp his position as the only member of the council to not get identified and caught after season 7.

Season 8: She uses the remains of Wilson's group to become the new most powerful Man Behind the Man and keeps the organization alive. Only now, due to the loss of favor with the American government because of Taylor’s capture of Wilson himself, Mandy is forced to shift the new group’s allegiance to the Russian government. Because the peace treaty of Allison Taylor and Omar Hassan would hurt the group’s profits, Mandy plans to kill Hassan herself and ruin the treaty. Deciding to play it safe, she instead hires Davros to do it for her. This, once again, proves to be the smart move when Jack gets involved again. When Renee is killed and Jack begins his Roaring Rampage of Revenge, Mandy is smart enough to stay out of it and uses Logan as a fall guy again. She knows how much Jack hates him, so she gets him back in favor with Taylor’s administration via Ethan, promising public redemption which she knew Logan would be too egotistical to turn down. However, this was actually insurance for herself and her group, because she knew that Logan’s attempts to cover up Russian involvement would get Jack off of her trail and back onto his. From here she uses Villain: Exit, Stage Left again to screw Logan and save herself.

Live Another Day: Mandy, continuing to work with the Russian government, still intends to capture Jack Bauer to ensure that he never interferes with her plans again. She helps Margot Al-Harazi go after President Heller, because she remembers the friendship that Heller and Audrey had with Jack, and counts on Jack leaving his state of hiding once again to save them. This goes exactly as she planned, except that Jack kills Al-Harazi too early. To stall for time, she brings in Cheng Zhi, who she recently helped break out of jail, to work with Stolnavich. She has him work with Cheng on his plans of revenge. However, this was really only meant to stall for time, and it works because it keeps Jack in the open long enough for him to get captured by the Russian government and therefore into the hands of Mandy’s group.

Legacy: Mandy works with Bin-Khalid to start a conflict with the U.S. and therefore increase her profits. She uses Khasan and Amira Dubayev as personal agents to enter his group. Though Bin-Khalid’s plot fails, it does make her aware of a new agent that could be a potential threat: Eric Carter. Because of this, she will continue to antagonize him from behind the scenes.

After Legacy: In the distant future, after Jack has broken out of Russian prison, she and him will meet again face-to-face for the first time in decades. They will have a final battle of absolutely epic proportions that will end with a Mutual Kill, putting to rest the long rivalry that spanned most of their lifetimes.

9/11 was to promote the show.
Of all the conspiracy theories, whether it be Bush helping Elvis fake his death so his alien buddies can help or it was actually Vince McMahon to use pro America pro military wrestling this makes the most sense. Fox committed the terrorist attacks so everyone would be all for anti terrorism, then they make the show center on torturing and killing terrorists.

The whole series is just clever political misinformation/propaganda for the masses
Watchers of the show are known to be indoctrinated with certain "truths":
  • Terrorism in a legit way to prevent Terrorism.
  • Urination is overrated. Real Americans can live without it.
  • If you ever want to commit some act of terrorism, the best way to cover up your secret and overly complex plan is to first attract the undivided attention of your worst antagonist. On purpose. That is called "diversion".
  • San Francisco does not have any traffic issues (and is definitely not the fourth most congested city in the world[1]). Any traffic jams one perceives in real life are just a products of your imagination.

Kim Bauer is cursed.
Seriously, she seemingly has the worst luck in the whole series. She gets kidnapped as often as she breathes. The bad guys always seem to know exactly where she is and always target her. She was the one who discovered Gael was "dirty" (Granted, Gael's double crossing, it was part of Jack's undercover plan to get in with the Salazar's. But still).

Everyone who gets within 10 feet of her is most likely going to die or suffer some sort of horrible fate. Janet is struck by a car, the male prostitute gets beaten to death, she somehow gets caught in a drug deal and get's arrested and gets attacked by a mountain lion. The DEA agent (Krugman) is murdered near her. And that's just the 1st season. Carla was killed, the liquor store owner was killed, the cop who escorted her to the Matheson's house? Dead too. Why? Because he got close to Kim Bauer.

Seriously, you wanna survive a season of 24? Then get as far away from Kim Bauer as possible. And never date her, as all of her boyfriend's in the first 3 seasons have either lost limbs or ended up in the same hotel Chuck Cunningham lives in. Wherever she was born was probably built on top of an ancient indian burial ground.

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