Parks and Recreation may have ended in 2015, but we're still not ready to move out of Pawnee and into a world without Leslie Knope. While most of us are content watching reruns and dreaming of a world where Leslie Knope actually became president, some of us just can't let go of our crazy and unbelievable Parks and Rec fan theories.
There was a lot that happened during Parks and Recreation's seven seasons, and if you're a fan of conspiracy theories, that's a whole lot of fodder. You may be contemplating the meaning behind Ron Swanson's will or trying to figure out Leslie Knope's secret (don't forget she's an Eagletonian!). You may even have crafted a crazy theory about Jerry on P&R (seriously, he's a beautiful enigma). If you look beneath the surface, Pawnee, Indiana, is far more than a fictional town. Some Parks and Recreation enthusiasts swear Friends and/or Stranger Things take place in the same world. Some believe that The Office is happening just a few states away. Could everything really be connected?
While some Parks and Recreation fan theories are more plausible than others, there's one thing we can't deny. Each and every one of these fan theories are so delicious they're better than – dare we say it – Leslie's favorite waffles. Which ones do you believe?
Ron Swanson is a rugged outdoorsman and someone who wouldn't trust traditional banks to hold his money. This is why it makes sense that his life's fortune isn't tied down to bank account – it's a stash of buried treasure. Redditor Prufrock451 decoded the symbols on Ron's will, and they appear to be directions to the exact location of where his fortune is buried.
You know that one friend you have who has such a perfect life that you can't help but want to knock them down a peg? According to a Reddit fan theory, that person is Jerry. It makes sense – everyone's life on the show is filled with drama, heartache, and uncertainty. Jerry has it all figured out. He's in his dream career with a gorgeous wife and beautiful children. He's also a painter and pianist with the biggest erm... member... a doctor has ever seen.
Some attribute this to chance, and some attribute this to something a whole lot more mysterious, but – in an episode filmed in 2015 – Parks and Recreation predicted that the Chicago Cubs would win the 2016 World Series. In Episode 2 of Season 7, "Ron and Jammy," the characters visit Chicago in the summer of 2017. One of the characters mentions the Cubs' World Series win. Spooky!
Leslie Knope shouldn't be a wealthy woman since she's on a very average government salary, but one fan theory suggests that Knope, an Eagletonian on a technicality, is actually pretty rich. She certainly spends. Leslie paid for Ann's trip to London, frequently buys people gifts, donated $1,000 to the Rec Center, and even filled a pit that she couldn't get funded through the local government. Some naysayers mention the time she got pregnant, and Ben was worried about making ends meet, but it's possible she kept her wealth a secret.