This dark 'Friends' alternate ending is going viral, but misses an important thing: they’re friends.
A 'Friends' fan tweeted an idea about how the show could have ended.
The alternate ending takes everything you thought you knew about Friends—mainly, that the six main characters are friends—and turns it upside down. What if Phoebe, the kindest and most appealing member of the clique, was actually a crazy lady? And what if instead of having a lot of friends, she didn't have any friends? Interesting pitch, Xenophon Moscrop. Someone from the network will get back to your agent.
The detailed theory that Phoebe is homeless and that the entire series was her "meth-addled fantasy" about strangers she stares at through the windows of the Central Perk coffee shop makes some bold assumptions about the character. Like, the fan writes that "every episode she made everything about her." Um, are you thinking of Rachel? Hey, I just thought of another amazing idea for a dark alternate ending!
What if the entire series was Rachel's daydream while standing at the altar about what would happen if she left Barry and tracked down her old friend from high school, Monica? And then in the finale, while still at the altar, Rachel realizes that even though she could have a fulfilling life with a wonderful friend group if she ran away right then, she's too scared to take the risk. Then we see her go through with the wedding, live a comfortable but unhappy life, and die feeling lonely. Then at her funeral, a glamorous old lady shows up looking fly as hell, rich, and happy. It's Phoebe, and her life turns out amazing.