Wait, Mufasa and Scar AREN’T brothers?

Look, I know you’re going about your day, blissfully unaware that everything you thought you knew about your childhood is incorrect — but I’m afraid I have to serve up some cold, hard truths about The Lion King.

Maybe you should sit down.

So, you know how Scar and Mufasa are essentially the lion versions of Claudius and King Hamlet from Hamlet? Two brothers, one of whom betrays the other in order to assume his throne? Well, as it turns out, Scar and Mufasa apparently aren’t even blood relatives, much less brothers.

How could this be??

Well, according to The Lion King director, Rob Minkoff, and producer, Don Hahn, the two lions simply occupy the same pride (more or less). However, they aren’t related by blood. Hahn explained to HelloGiggles how the pair’s dynamic in the pride is more in keeping with the natural behavior of lions.

“There was always this thing about well, how do you have these two (male) lions?” Hahn told HelloGiggles. “Occasionally there are prides that do have two male lions, in an interesting dynamic because they’re not equals. One lion will always kind of be off in the shadows.”

“We were trying to use those animal truths to underpin the story so we sort of figured Scar and Mufasa couldn’t really be from the same gene pool,” Hahn added. “In fact, that’s what (Scar) says. There’s a line, he goes, ‘I’m from the shallow end of the gene pool.'”

Apparently, Mufasa calling Scar “brother,” and any reference made to Scar being Simba’s “uncle,” is a merely figure of speech.

Mind = blown.

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