Encanto has inspired plenty of weird theories about the Magridals, with one about Dolores making the Bruno rule only their second-best kept secret.
While the Madrigal motto goes that “we don’t talk about Bruno,” an odd Encanto theory about Dolores claims the family has an even more unspeakable secret. With the Madrigals being the most influential family in Encanto, the characters – primarily Abuela Alma – try to keep the family scandal to a minimum, with Bruno being the most-talked-about secret of the story. However, controversial theories about details in Encanto suggest “we don’t talk about Bruno” isn’t actually the family’s biggest secret.
Aside from Bruno and Mirabel, one Madrigal character who has had theories abound about her is Dolores, the daughter of Pepa and Félix. Dolores is gifted (or, as some believe, cursed) with the ability of enhanced hearing, which revealed that she had been able to hear Bruno’s mumbling all along. While Dolores is typically a more quiet Madrigal character whose big moment in Encanto occurs when she and Mariano get together at the end, her backstory is largely a mystery compared to her other family members. As such, it’s no surprise that so many theories about Dolores have come about, some of which take a dark turn for Encanto.
In a discussion about viewers’ least favorite Encanto theories, Reddit user TropicallyGrownEMT aptly mentioned one that says Dolores was outrageously theorized as the real mother of Antonio. While Antonio is established as the son of Pepa and Félix in Encanto, the theory suggests that the Madrigal family was lying about Antonio’s parentage to cover up the scandal of teenage pregnancy and because Dolores wasn’t ready to be a mother. The Encanto theory is also based on the notion that Pepa was 45 when she had Antonio, which would have made the health risks of pregnancy much higher, while Dolores would have only been 16. However, it’s still possible for women in their 40s to have healthy babies, even without the mother having a sister with magical health-cooking abilities.
The theory has proved to be one of the most controversial Encanto fan speculations, which isn’t all too surprising considering its implications. If it somehow happened to true, it would mean that the Madrigals are much better secret-keepers than “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” gives them credit for, as there was absolutely no gossip in Encanto about a Dolores and Antonio scandal. Since “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” proves that gossip always gets around in Encanto, even about the most taboo subjects, it’s virtually impossible that the Madrigal family would have been able to hide such a secret. Similarly, the theory makes Encanto’s family much more scandalous than necessary, and takes away from the cohesive family unit theme that the film achieves by the end.
While Dolores will likely want kids Mariano, suggesting that Dolores already mysteriously had a child posed as her younger brother doesn’t hold water. Furthermore, the speculation about Pepa’s age when having Antonio has already been subject to some relatively more believable theories, such as the idea that Abuela pressured them to have Antonio to make sure the miracle was still alive. While the theory about Dolores and Antonio being mother and son adds much more scandal to the Madrigal family, it would be a wrong step in terms of trying to rid Encanto’s characters of their already pervasive generational traumas.
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