Millions of viewers worldwide are still recovering from the nerve-shredding movie. Although the smash-hit horror ended on a “hopeful” not according to Bier, actually what comes after those nail-biting final scenes is even more disturbing. It may seem like Malorie finally finds sanctuary but things can only get worse. With over 46millions views worldwide, the appetite is already overwhelming for a sequel, but do fans really know what they are asking for?
When Malorie finds Rick’s sanctuary, she discovers that most of the survivors are people who were born blind. This means they are immune to the creatures. In the original book by Josh Malerman, the scene was rather more upsetting, since the people had actually brutally blinded themselves to survive.
Either way, the future is clear. Assuming the monsters are not somehow destroyed, humanity will have to evolve. More and more children will be born blind through genetic necessity, following basic Darwinian principles, since only those born blind are guaranteed to survive. Meanwhile, everyone else will have to blind themselves, a disturbing and upsetting thought.
However much a loss of sight may be frightening to those who can still see, it is not related to any loss of basic humanity. The second scenario is far more frightening.
The only people who have seen the monsters and survived appear to be, in some way, insane. The chilling scenes with Tom Hollander’s Gary hint at a truly horrifying future. The natural outcome is a society where those insane and/or sociopaths will become the dominant strand of humanity.
Is there any hope at all?
Bier told Bloody Disgusting: “I would not have wanted to do an apocalyptic movie that didn’t have a hopeful ending. I’m not particularly interested for the audience to leave, from the cinema or their own screen, with a kind of completely bleak point of view. That’s not really what I believe in… There is a hopefulness in trust. That is a hopefulness in love.”
Which is all very lovely, but not much use if everyone is insane.
So what about a sequel?
Bier told People: “We only just finished it! It’s funny, I’m kind of reading people asking for a sequel and I’m like, ‘Hey, hey, hey, we really just finished!’ So let’s just enjoy it for now.”
At least this way fans can still daydream about that “hopeful” future…
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