K-Pop fans, both Korean and international, have a thing for looking for hidden meaning and underlying theories in their favorite idols’ teasers and music videos. So when TWICE dropped a bunch of beachy photos for the July comeback, ONCEs took them and ran wild to come up with a spooky, fun theory!
At first, fans saw this teaser image as a cute getaway spot at the beach. When a Korean-legend-savvy ONCE noticed the candles, it came to potentially have a whole other meaning!
The fan suggested it could be hinting at the tradition in Korean folklore that associated candles with human lives.
“Couldn’t the candles in the teaser be a clue? You know the old folktale about the cave with infinite candles? The candles mean human lives. Since there are red, yellow, white, green (but let’s say it’s blue), and light purple candles here, this could mean only Chaeyoung, Jihyo, Dahyun, Tzuyu, and Sana are alive and the other members are all “dead” or ghosts… Just a theory though.” — ONCE
Once this theory began trending, other ONCEs added that the outfits must play into the whole thing too and that members dressed in black are probably “ghosts”.
Apparently K-ONCEs are guessing that all the members in black outfits are ghosts they are wearing outfits that look like they're from another era after all… pic.twitter.com/zwS8IVF1Jn
— Sam (@sqkpop) June 26, 2018
— hee #DanceTheNightAway (@ofduskanddreams) June 26, 2018
omg wow najeongmomi ghost theory is cool
— once #DanceTheNightAway (@JustATwiceFan) June 26, 2018
As the colors of the five candles in the teaser are actually the official colors of Chaeyoung, Jihyo, Dahyun, Tzuyu, and Sana, fans are finding this strangely convincing!
THAT GHOSH THEORY!!!
NO WONDER THE GIRLS IN BLACK ARE KINDA IN AN AWKWARD POSITION?!!! ESPECIALLY MOMO WTH
ITS LIKE THEYRE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PICTURE#TWICE #DanceTheNightAway #DTNA #SummerNights pic.twitter.com/hj69z7eeVl
— TzuTzu #DTNA #BDZ (@twionce99) June 26, 2018
Is twice entering the theory game ???? @KpopGeezmel
— kpop with dave (@kpopandmorekpop) June 26, 2018
To an island with ghosts where they will dance the night away
— TWICE WILL DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY (@TwiceSonChaeng) June 26, 2018
Will any of this actually become true in the music video? Only time will tell. With such fun theories developing around the teasers, TWICE fans remain super excited for the girl group’s summer return!