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Um, Did "Fuller House" Just Kill Off Michelle Tanner?

โ€œItโ€™s so nice to have three daughters again." ๐Ÿ‘€

Fans of Full House and Fuller House...prepare yourselves.

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There's a fan theory floating around the internet, first pointed out by Screen Rant, that suggests the Tanners' beloved youngest daughter, Michelle (played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen back in the '90s), is now dead.

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And, I regret to inform you, there is some evidence to support this theory.

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Without giving away any Season 5 spoilers, in the latest batch of episodes there's a scene where Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) embraces two of his daughters, DJ and Stephanie. He then hugs their best friend, Kimmy Gibbler.

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โ€œItโ€™s so nice to have three daughters again,โ€ he tells them.

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Uh, excuse me??? What the heck happened to Michelle?

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Of course, if you break the fourth wall, this line is a slightly shady reference to the fact that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen refused to participate in the Netflix reboot, despite many requests from their former castmates.

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BUT...in the world of Fuller House, what the heck does Danny Tanner mean? What actually HAPPENED to Michelle in the Fuller House universe?

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In Season 1, her absence was explained by saying she was in New York working on her fashion line (another reference to the real-life Olsen twins, of course). But now, according to Danny, she doesn't exist at all.

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And, as Screen Rant pointed out, recent references to Michelle on Fuller House have only been in the past tense โ€” like how she once hit her head and got amnesia as a kid. But the Tanners no longer speak about Michelle as if she's a person still alive today.

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And so, this begs the question: Is Michelle Tanner dead? Or just completely estranged from the family to the point that Danny no longer considers her one of his daughters? Either way, I am very distraught!!!

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And if you think killing off Michelle would be too dark for a family TV show, keep in mind that this is the same show that literally STARTED by killing off Danny's wife, and then opened its reboot by killing off DJ's husband. NOBODY in the Full House Universe is safe!!!

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So, what do YOU think happened to Michelle? Sound off in the comments, please.

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