WARNING: The guildmaster's old theory has been at least partially validated by official My Little Pony Friendship is Magic material released today. This blog may contain the phrase "I knew it!" and other pompous expressions.

Holy smokes.

Exactly twenty-three months ago, I posted a complex blog in which I spoke my thoughts on Discord, Star Swirl the Bearded, and the direction in which the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic series was headed. The most fundamental principle of this blog post was that there exists a relationship between the series and modern science. When considering this point, one must also consider the nature of magic. There are two basic truths concerning magic in the series.

  1. Friendship is magic, proven by Twilight Sparkle
  2. Magic is science, also proven by Twilight Sparkle.

Might there then be a third precept? Can friendship be science? Might they all be the same thing? I think it is certainly possible.



In my previous blog, I discussed what this might mean for Twilight Sparkle and Star Swirl the Bearded, both of whom are renowned for their studies of both magic and friendship, though Star Swirl failed in the latter regard. Both of these ponies, being so studious and dedicated to research, are akin to scientists. Star Swirl in particular is worthy of attention.

After Magical Mystery Cure (the end of Season 3), here were my observations.

Star Swirl the Bearded...

  • studied magic for much of his life.
  • established several groundbreaking theories and made monumental discoveries.
  • earned an incomparable reputation as the greatest wizard ever to grace ponykind.
  • attempted to create a "god spell."
  • wrote the foundation for this spell in a journal.
  • failed to finish the spell because he did not attain harmony (between ponies)

Sound familiar? I won't waste any more time with build-up, since I did that in the first blog. The idea here is that Star Swirl is not supposed to be analogous to Gandalf or Albus Dumbledore. Instead, back in the spring of 2013, I proposed that Star Swirl is actually Albert Einstein.

Here are the notable details concerning Einstein.

Albert Einstein...

  • studied quantum mechanics for much of his life.
  • established several groundbreaking theories and made monumental discoveries.
  • earned an incomparable reputation as the greatest wizard ever to grace the modern world.
  • attempted to create a "god equation."
  • wrote the foundation for this equation in a very famous journal.
  • failed to finish the equation because he did not attain harmony (laws of electromagnetism and gravity)

New evidence

There you have it. The gist of my original theory about Star Swirl, which led to my theory about Season 4, which I will also discuss in just another moment. However, the reader may now be wondering why I am trying to revive this old theory that never got much attention in the first place. What's the big deal?

The answer to that is FIENDship is Magic Issue 1.

Behold the Star Swirl poster found in the ancient bedroom of the young Sombra... AND its counterpart.

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On this day, April 1st, 2015, we receive a genuine comparison between Star Swirl and Einstein, capturing one in the exact same pose as the other in that one beloved photograph seen on so many posters across the free world. Finally, there is evidence that Star Swirl is a parallel to Einstein... or at least an acknowledgement of the likeness. Kudos to Brenda Hickey for making this official.

So what?

I am not saying all of this for a second time just to make the appearance of the matter known. There is some insight that can be drawn from this, and consequently, I think it may be possible to predict the course of Season 5, close to its arrival though we may be.

Most importantly, this poster evidences the Friendship-Magic-Science triangle upon which I build my Season 4 prediction. Therefore, I propose that my prediction for Season 4 will actually come true, only about a year too late. I think my "Friendship is String Theory" conclusion may actually prove true for Season 5, not Season 4 as I predicted.

Unification and harmony are the core of this idea. Whereas Einstein failed to unify the laws of nature, Star Swirl failed to unify the hearts of ponies. Nevertheless, a certain Twilight Sparkle succeeded where Star Swirl failed. Likewise, scientists today are trying to fix up Einstein's work and unify the sciences in a concept called string theory.

To reiterate what I said in 2013, this is what I believe Season 5 will be—the string theory of friendship. The princess and her friends will travel the land, endeavoring to create a harmonious paradise in which every citizen of Equestria can experience the enlightenment she found by friendship. Her mission will be uniting Equestria—the ponies, the griffons, the untold monsters, etc.—as the one who solved Star Swirl's eternal problem.

This is what I predicted back when Twilight became a princess, but I seem to have overestimated her ability. Now, however, she is finally settling into her role. Cutie Markless, Part 1 will begin her greatest labor with a trip to a mysterious town in dire need of her gift. Then comes Castle Sweet Castle, which will consolidate her position as the wielder of the map and the leader of the effort.

Great. Now what?

Well, what do you, the reader, think? Is there a connection between friendship and science? Is Star Swirl really a ponified Einstein, or am I nuttier than the wizard himself? And finally, will Season 5 be about spreading harmony to the farthest ends of Equestria, unifying the citizens across its expanse?

Thank you for reading.