Within a couple of a days, the BTS 화양연화 On Stage Prologue has become one of the most viewed entries on my site. First of all, thank you fellow A.R.M.Y. and non-A.R.M.Y. for coming to read the theory and I hope it answered your questions about the video. Some have shared the post in other places, and for that, I thank you. Every little bit helps.
I have seen the search terms which brought many here. Sadly some of the terms that linked my site didn’t happen to answer questions inputted in the search bar. So this post will be a follow up to some of the questions asked before the second part of the Most Beautiful Moment in Life happens in October.
- Why was Jin’s part removed?
I don’t have an answer for this. I wasn’t aware until someone searched it. And sure enough, the original video linked was turned to private and when the re-upload happened, the scene after the credits was missing. I’m sure it was meant to be there in the first place, but maybe they took it out to have it expanded at a later time. Who knows, they might do more additional scene teasers up until the release or even during to understand the entire plot line from I Need You into this album.
- Why did V jump?
Since I do not work for Big Hit Entertainment (even though I would like to), I didn’t come up with the story line. But this is merely speculation and it was lightly touched on in my previous entry.
If the theories hold true that all the members die except for Jin at the end, then V has to die somehow. In I Need You, he is seen stabbing an abusive partner of his ex’s (or someone important to him. I assumed it was his ex, but it could have been his sister) to death. He only has a couple of options:
- Turn himself in for murder, thus meaning to spend the rest of his life in jail or the death penalty.
- Live his life on the run and hope that the female doesn’t go to the police, someone doesn’t file a missing person report, or anything that would get the authorities involved.
- If the event weighs heavily on his mind and he is filled with regret, kill himself because he doesn’t see any viable option to continue his life knowing that he killed someone.
- What does V say?
With the limited Korean I know, it sounds like he says, “Hyung, I want to see you.” The subtitled video that I linked to replace the Big Hit one in the original post says the same thing. Although, I think I remember seeing someone else translate it differently. But like I said, I’m sure he said he wanted to see his brother (ie. what males call an older brother, doesn’t have to be blood related). And to follow up with that, I believe he called Jin.
- What does the song Butterfly mean?
Honestly, I don’t know. Again, working with limited Korean here and I don’t think anyone has subbed the song or at least the parts of it heard in the video (truthfully I haven’t looked). I will be able to answer this question more thoroughly once I hear Butterfly in its entirety and know what the lyrics mean. But my guess is that it talks about freedom and letting go.
- What’s the meaning behind I Need You and Butterfly?
I Need You is one of BTS’s most successful songs. That song and video leads you into the prologue and Butterfly. Generally, a handful of BTS songs talk about freedom in some form or another (N.O., Move) which if you think about it, is the opposite of I Need You. I Need You is about holding onto someone that has walked out on your life that you need versus Butterfly which can symbol a release and a new beginning.
Butterflies are usually used as a metaphor to mean change; a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. I guess you can think this way: caterpillars can only look up at the sky which is out of their reach. It’s tethered to the ground, with the ability to climb yes, but that’s as far as it will get. During that time, it falls victim to attacks from those higher on the food chain. Let that serve as an analogy for the hardships in life that one faces. Perhaps the time in the cocoon is the time between the two releases of the song. And Butterfly represents coming out of the dark moments in life to become a new person that can face the day and touch the sky it desired. You can look back at the ‘place’ you were in. Once you overcome it the hardships, you become a new person and realize that you are stronger that you actually believe.
Speculation of course.
- Does Jin die in the prologue?
No, I believe Jin is the only member alive. He’s in the pictures by himself, he records the memories he holds dear, and has no scenes leading up to his death or an implied one. Although, that doesn’t mean a couple of things:
- He stayed strong for the others, thus lived.
- He watched V die right in front of him.
- Losing all of his friends triggered a mental illness of him living in the past (ie. Borderline Personality Disorder).
Honestly, between these two videos, we know the least about Jin. Of course we find out more in the prologue, but Jin in I Need You has very little backstory and build up. It would be out right crazy if Jin is actually dead and all the other members are alive, but I highly doubt that.
That covers the concerns and questions I saw come up. If there are any additional questions about the prologue or I Need You, please ask and I will try my best to answer them! Remember this is what I think, my theories, and not necessarily the outcome and thoughts of Big Hit Entertainment. But if I happen to be right, petition Big Hit to hire me. I’m joking, but that would be totally awesome if that happened as an outcome.