Here’s a theory that could explain the new persona of Bray Wyatt and what his Firefly Fun House truly is all about.
Bray Wyatt’s new persona has been shrouded in mystery and hasn’t been clearly explained as of yet, but there are definitely some hints that have been dropped that could help explain the meaning of his character.
Wyatt’s new persona revolves around four things: His calm Mr. Rogers-esque character, his puppets, the Firefly Fun House and The Fiend. Here, we will attempt to present a theory that would help explain each of these elements and how they fit into Wyatt’s overall character.
Wyatt’s new Rogers-esque character is definitely a departure from his previous bayou cult leader persona, but the two may have a unseen connection. Wyatt went away for a while after his tag team with Matt Hardy fell apart but this may have been a much-needed time for contemplation for Wyatt. Wyatt may have realized in his hiatus that his attempts at changing the world with his cultish tactics had hit a wall and something needed to change.
Wyatt used to have a pretty clear direction in who he was targeting with his message, and that was exemplified perfectly in his 2014 feud with John Cena. Wyatt’s target audience is children. As time passed, his message and his target audience became very hard to read and his overall attempts at gravitating people towards his cause became very muddled. But Wyatt may have realized that and decided to try another tactic.
His new persona is driven towards being easy for kids to understand, and he uses childish mannerisms, not unlike hosts of shows like Blues Clues and Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, to appear as relatable to children. Wyatt tries to be as relatable and magnetic as possible while in some episodes even attempting to discredit other authority figures in his viewers’ lives. Famous cult leaders of the past have used the tactic of discrediting family and authority figures to recruit people to their cause. He wants to subtly influence the next generation of fans to only trust him so they can help spread his evil message to the world.
The Firefly Fun House itself is a vessel that Wyatt uses to brainwash kids and influence them. He uses childish characters and games to disguise his message as a harmless kids show but he slips in subtle advice and commands to his young audience. It is almost an homage to the “satanic panic” of the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and how some parents believed music and tv shows were influencing their kids in horrific ways.
Wyatt wants to be as relatable and innocent-looking as possible while slipping in his creeds and his ideology. As his show has gone on he started to not hide as much behind the disguise of a kids show, but at the same time he always seems to reel himself back in and end each episode back under the guise of innocence. A solid example would be when he seemingly murders Ramblin Rabbit and treats it like it was nothing, subtly disregarding the severity of his murderous actions. Another example would be when Mercy The Buzzard attempts to eat Ramblin Rabbit and Wyatt blows it off by claiming that all expression is okay. Each episode has had one of Wyatt’s ideals hidden, and yet promoted, inside of it.
The puppets are figments of Wyatt’s subconscious that sometimes speak for different parts of his mind. Mercy The Buzzard is the only character that is hard to identify as not much has been revealed or highlighted about him. His violent nature and standoffish attitude (and style of dress) seems to indicate that he could represent Wyatt’s time as the bayou cult leader. Ramblin Rabbit seems to be opposed to the Fun House and Wyatt’s dark intentions, so he could represent a small part of Wyatt that isn’t evil or malicious.
Huskus the Pig Boy is very easy to identify as Bray’s internal disdain for the Husky Harris character and his past physique. Abby the Witch is the most interesting puppet as she seems to be reluctant to be attached to Wyatt. In one of the later episode of Firefly Fun House, Abby implores Wyatt to let her rest and says she hates being stuck in her limbo. Abby may represent Bray’s attempts to keep his important childhood caretaker Sister Abigail alive in his mind and now in real life.
The Fiend is Wyatt’s way of channeling his dark energy and isolating it into something that he can detach himself from and attach himself to whenever he wants. Wyatt hasn’t been able to fully detach himself from his past dark character, and that is hinted at several times. The painting of the burning cabin is the best example of his difficulty in letting go.
But Wyatt has found that he can isolate his anger, his sadness, his dark impulses into The Fiend and that allows him, in his normal state, to focus on his brainwashing and his manipulation, like how he just put out his Fun House Play Pack. Wyatt says that The Fiend remembers everything and that shows that Wyatt is trying to distance himself from his memories and his pain by only thinking about them when is inside the mindset of The Fiend. The Fiend also acts like a guard dog for The Fun House and attacks anyone who questions its ideals and Wyatt’s actions.
This theory proposed is backed up by lots of facts and examples but, at the same time, take it with a grain of salt, because the true meaning behind The Firefly Fun House seems to be a closely guarded secret by Wyatt and WWE, and fans may never get a full explanation on the true nature and meaning of The Fun House.