Let’s Talk About The Ending Of The Predator, Shall We?

Let’s Talk About The Ending Of The Predator, Shall We?
It’s still just weird that this image is from a Predator movie but, alas, it is. (Photo: Fox)

Whether you loved or hated Shane Black’s new film, The Predator, you probably walked out and immediately wanted to talk about that ending. Yes, it’s bonkers. It’s out of left field. And we’re here for you.

Obviously, don’t read below if you haven’t seen the movie. We’re about to ruin it.


At the end of the film, the government has recovered the mysterious pod they believe the main Predator was bringing to Earth to help save humanity. It slowly opens to reveal what Rory (Jacob Tremblay) calls “a Predator Killer,” a gauntlet that, when worn, transforms into a Predator suit that seemingly makes a human into a Predator. Kind of like an Iron Man suit. “What is that?” a scientist asks. “That’s my suit,” Quinn (Boyd Holbrook) says. “I hope it comes in a 42 long.” End of movie.

ImageThis guy brought hope to humanity, why is he killing everyone? (Photo: Fox)

Now, if a sequel actually gets made, that ending gives us a fairly good idea of what could happen next. Humanity now has a suit that would help them battle any Predators who come to Earth to take it over. So maybe it’s as simple as that. Maybe the suit even allows that person to travel to the Predator planet. Maybe the result is a massive war, some kind of one on one hundred scenario. Either way, the suit clearly teases a very action-packed, violent continuation of the story. Which is fine but doesn’t really mesh with everything else we’ve seen in the film.

First and foremost, The Predator makes a huge deal that the aliens want to take over the Earth because of climate change. The idea is Earth is heating up, eventually rendering it inhabitable, and their species thrives in that kind of environment. So, unless this suit kills predators and also repairs the ozone, it’s not going to do anything except delay the inevitable. Even if a billion Predators come to earth and this suit magically defeats them all, the climate is still going to kill everyone.

Knowing that, why does the Ultimate Predator even care about it? We’re led to believe (at least I think we are, the movie is very confusing) the Ultimate Predator comes to Earth to kill the first Predator for A) betraying their race, B) stealing the suit, C) bringing it to Earth for the humans. Let’s forget the question of why the first Predator does this at all because it’s a whole other article. (When he wakes up he starts killing humans which is a weird way to treat a species you may have been trying to save).

What we definitely know is the Ultimate Predator does not want humanity to have this suit. Fine. But, again, if climate change is just going to kill everyone anyway, can’t the Predators just wait it out? With the suit, without the suit, humans will just wither away in a few generations anyway. Let them suck on that suit as they boil in their skins.

ImageBeep, boop, beep. (Photo: Fox)

Then there’s the flip side. I can’t be the only one who was expecting something else when that pod opened. My first idea from all the climate change talk was some kind of seed or tech that could help save the environment. Then I thought, maybe it was Arnold Schwarzenegger in there. Which would have been sick (and, rumour has it, was the original scripted ending of the movie which Arnold didn’t want to do).

Finally, when Rory called it a “Predator killer,” instantly the pod design looked more H.R. Giger-like and I was sure a xenomorph was going to pop out, ready to kill any Predators that come its way. Alien vs. Predator 3!

But no, it’s a suit. Which is just so damn weird. It’s almost like there was some kind of explanation or justification in the film at some point but it was either cut or happened so fast, I just straight up missed it. Which, as we know, is possible with this movie.

Anyway, even though we didn’t love The Predator or its ending, we hope there’s room for the franchise and characters to move forward, even if it does revolve around this dumb suit.


  • You’re gonna LOVE what else they filmed that was in that pod if you didn’t like this:

    Ahnuld WAS going to film a cameo, but it wasn’t the pod. According to script writer Fred Dekker Ahnuld would have appeared to the survivors at the end:

    He would have said, ‘Come with me if you want to live.’ Shane had a talk with Arnold but at the end of the day, the sequel wasn’t a done deal and this is really not a lot of screen time for Arnold to go and fly to Canada and do a half day.

    Dekkers original script, according to Birth, Death and Movies described this:

    Instead [of the Predator Killer scene], McKenna, his son, Rory (played by Jacob Tremblay) and Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) have all just survived the final attack of the Super Predator (referred to as “The Upgrade” in the script) when a helicopter lands. Out climbs…Dutch Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), his “face haunted; etched by pain.” Dutch tells the trio to come with him, and when Rory asks, “Uh…me, too?”, the franchise’s second-most iconic badass smiles and says “Especially you.”

    Oh yeah they also filmed this hilarious alternate ending too:

    “We shot 3 different endings for The Predator, all variations of a Predator Killer. This unused ending was Predator Killer Ripley wearing a breather mask we created for the film. You can see her name on her costume. Breanna Watkins played Ripley under the mask instead of Sigourney Weaver. The moving ‘fingers and tail’ were deemed too ‘facehugger like’ on the day and were cut and removed by someone… sorry @jon_k_miller who headed up making the breather mask for us…”

    They also had a pod with a grown up Newt with a breather mask as well played by Rebecca Jordan.


  • Yes because a single suit will save us from an invasion force in spaceships…

    This entire movie sucked – end of story. It makes Predators look like a masterpiece.

  • Its literal plot armor, the plot for the next movie is in the memory.

    Whens the last time an Alien or Predator sequel setup actually resulted in anything even clise to intended. They had 3 drafts all terrible and cliwue. We will never see that suit again…

  • I only watched the film a few months ago and had to read the article to remember what the ending was. So it obviously didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.

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