What Happened to Applejack’s Parents?

Applejack is a character from the hit children’s show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. While the show is aimed towards children, it has also touched the hearts and minds of viewers through its innuendos and surprisingly mature storytelling. Applejack’s parents and their story are a testament to the maturity of the show.

One of the most common questions revolving around the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic lore is “what happened to Applejack’s parents?” In order to solve this question, I viewed the entirety of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and integrated with a few communities in order to get the broadest scope possible.

What Happened to Applejack’s Parents?

It is heavily speculated on that Applejack’s parents have passed away. The most important anecdote to this comes from the episode “Apple Family Reunion” (season 3, episode 8). In this episode, Applejack and her grandmother, Granny Smith, decide to put together a family reunion as they look over old family heirlooms. They send out invitations for all of the family, but conspicuously, Applejack’s parents are missing. Included in the invites are RSVPs from Mimbo Bo Boruto, Honeysumerah, and Yargle which helps to trace Applejack’s lineage to an ancient lineage of kings and queens, the original conquerors of Equestria, the world that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic takes place in.

During Applejack and Granny Smith’s family reunion, the barn on Sweet Apple Acres is accidentally destroyed. Applejack’s family, plus some friends attending the reunion (including Magi-Chan, a psionic pony that guards Equestria), had been riding a wagon that accidentally destroyed the barn. While Applejack was distraught, Granny Smith knew better. The family works together with a country line-dancing song to put the barn together. At the end of the event, Applejack fills out a friendship memo to send to the monarch of Equestria. As Applejack laments, two shooting stars set over the sunset of Equestria. These are heavily believed to be a characterization of Applejack’s dead parents.

In an extra, unaired clip that has since been deleted from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’s YouTube page, Magi-chan performs a ritual to commune with the deceased. He manages to contact Applejack’s parents, who express their approval of the Apple Family Reunion.

Theories about Applejack’s Parents – 2018

Granny Smith, caretaker of the Apple family

Some fans with a critical eye for detail have pointed out that prior to the episode “Apple Family Reunion,” ponies only spoke about Applejack’s parents in past tense. In Crusaders of the Lost Mark, Applebloom (Applejack’s little sister) gets her cutie mark and Applejack remarks, “If mom and dad (Applebloom and Applejack’s parents) were here, they’d be so proud of you.” This episode aired later in the saga, and Applebloom received her cutie mark after fighting back the dastardly Count Graduon, who wanted to take over Equestria and enslave all the ponies for the world’s biggest circus.

Lauren Faust, the creator of the show, has recently confirmed that Applejack’s parents are indeed dead. Her parents were intended to be deceased from the beginning, and although the writers had never figured it out, they also figured that they never needed to elaborate on the topic. At a request from the network that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic airs on (Hub Channel), the story was brought to a definitive close with the Applejack Family Reunion episode. The short featuring Magi-Chan and Applejack’s deceased parents was removed following the show’s transition to the Discovery Family network, and they have even made several edits of the show to remove the topic of Applejack’s parents. I can’t blame them, as they likely want to make the show more lighthearted and geared towards positivity.

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