*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Maybe you think Severance is a mind-blowing romp through the “existential dread” of modern corporate life. Maybe you think it’s high-concept schlock that can’t deliver on its own premise. Either way, there’s no denying that the Adam-Scott-helmed, Ben-Stiller-directed 9-episode show (now streaming on Apple TV+) is thoroughly addictive, starting with the premise itself: Employees at the mysterious Lumon undergo a medical procedure to “sever” their brains, such that their outside-of-work-selves (outies) can’t remember anything about their inside-of-work-selves (innies) and vice versa.
But while the internet is awash in theories about WTF is going on at Lumon, or who is doing what over in O&D, after watching the six episodes currently available, I can’t stop thinking about why we haven’t seen Helly’s outie…and what on earth she’s trying to achieve by sending her innie back to work each day. Here are my six theories, ranging from sort of plausible to totally bonkers.