Fundamental to Neo’s quest across the Wachowskis’ The Matrix trilogy is whether or not he is, in fact, “The One,” the being with a world-altering destiny to be fulfilled. The mystery of Neo’s claim to that role, one he questions throughout the series, is inherent to his journey, and though he eventually aims to accomplish the goals of “The One,” one particular fan theory posits Neo isn’t actually “The One” after all.
A new video posted on io9 explains the long-standing thesis that Neo (Keanu Reeves) isn’t “The One” — Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), the suited Matrix AI program who takes takes the lead in hunting down and quashing the anomaly to the system that is Neo, is.
The video touches on some moments from across the trilogy that point to Agent Smith being the all-important figure in the story, including signs that point both to him and Neo, and other aspects of “The One’s” mythology that fit Smith’s characterization far better than Neo’s.
The theory isn’t a new one — The Film Theorists put together a much more in-depth investigation of the theory last year — but io9’s video offers a solid introduction into a theory that only adds more mystery to the trilogy’s biggest questions left standing years after it concluded.
Watch the theory video above.