Groundhog Day theory: Ned Ryerson is the DEVIL who imprisons Bill Murray ...

GROUNDHOG DAY sees Ned Ryerson's devil trap Bill Murray in a time loop, according to a popular fan theory.

PUBLISHED: 15:16, Mon, Feb 3, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:33, Mon, Feb 3, 2020

Yesterday, marked Groundhog Day and a new fan theory about Bill Murray’s comedy classic has proven to be very popular on Reddit. Why Phil Connors was trapped in a time loop living the same day over and over was never explained in the movie. But what if it was the ever annoying Ned Ryerson who cursed him, because he was the devil?

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Reddit user SuperConductiveRabbi wrote: “When Phil first encounters Ned he insults him.

“Immediately after the insult Phil steps into a puddle, and Ned remarks, ‘Well-ha-ha! Watch out for that first step, it's a doozy!’

“The ‘first step’ Ned refers to [is] literally the first step Phil takes after being placed into the time loop, and Ned is laughing at the irony that Phil's first step was so unpleasant.

“It's a cruel irony that only Ned is able to enjoy.”

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The theorist continued: “Immediately after Phil takes his ‘first step’ into his hellish torment, the framing of the shot prominently shows a red coffee cup with steam coming off it as Ned laughs devilishly.

“Perhaps this symbolizes the fiery torment of hell, directed at Phil as Ned points his finger at him.

“On the last day of the loop we see that Phil has purchased

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