Close to the end of The Thing (2011), Kate Lloyd burns the snow vehicle (or did she blow it up, one of the two). After that we are left to our own devices on her fate. Was this intended for us to Stack Exchange Network
As she returns to the screen for Netflix Original, Kate, fans are intrigued by what the ending holds. After killing a man in front of his daughter, something she swore to never do, Kate is re-thinking her role in the business and even contemplating retirement.
Unable to find them, Kate turns to find the Juliette-Thing in mid-transformation. Crushing the Thing beneath a large shelf, Kate flees from the storeroom, shouting warnings to the rest of the base and alerting Karl and Lars to the situation.
Given that the film was supposed to be “prequel” of the 1982 John Carpenter Classic and that Kate was not found by the American search party in that “sequel” it can be reasonably surmised that she either allowed herself to freeze to death, or she perished while trying to drive the Snowcat away from where the “Thing’s” spacecraft took off.
Did Kate survive the end credits?
It’s actually very easy to imagine that Kate survived the ordeal. Because, it is only the next morning that the scenes of the end credits (2011)/opening scene of (1982). So even if she survived she wouldn’t have been able to warn anyone of the danger before others showed up.
The fact that she never reappears, and MacReady and the rest of the American team at Outpost 31 don’t seem to know anything about what happened in the Norwegian camp, suggest that Kate really did die in the middle of nowhere, probably by her own choice.
What is the movie The Thing From Another World about?
Carpenter’s film — the story of an arctic research station slowly brought to its knees by an unseen alien form — is a confluence of Carpenter’s love of the classic film The Thing From Another World and his matured skills as a director after great work in the 1970s. Together with great makeup effects by Rob Bottin and a fantastic ensemble cast led …
The most memorable gore effect in the entire film comes during the defibrillation sequence, when Copper (Richard Dysart) is attacked by the thing in the form of Norris, who had just seemingly suffered a heart attack during the confrontation with MacReady. As the group fights to incinerate the creature, it rips off Norris’ head, which then pulls itself across the floor and sprouts legs and antenna. This means, according to MacReady, that the thing is not just one organism — it can divide itself, and each part has its own form of sentience. The head was trying to survive on its own when it knew the rest of Norris’ body would be burned.
The first sign of major, destructive paranoia among the men at the station comes when Blair begins to lose it, starts killing the dogs and destroying the vehicles and communications systems, for fear that they have to contain the Thing or risk it enveloping the entire planet. Blair is locked up and believed to simply be out of his mind, but it later becomes clear that he too has been infected. That means, among other things, that he’s been using his time in isolation to construct a makeshift spacecraft, presumably so that the Thing can eventually leave the planet, perhaps to bring back more of its kind.
This means, according to MacReady, that the thing is not just one organism — it can divide itself, and each part has its own form of sentience.
Together with great makeup effects by Rob Bottin and a fantastic ensemble cast led by Kurt Russell, it all adds up to a compulsively watchable thrill ride. As famous as it is for Russell’s performance and Bottin’s legendary creature designs, though, The Thing is also famous for its ending, which leaves plenty of unanswered questions …
The movie gives us no sign that there’s any more than one ship , but it also doesn’t give us the entire history of the creature. That means it’s entirely possible that this has happened before, either with another spacecraft or with the same spacecraft encountered by other people.
The blood test sequence, combined with the severed head sprouting legs, raises another interesting question about the nature of the Thing. Palmer (David Clennon) turns out to be the one whose blood is infected, and we see his blood basically jump out of its petri dish when confronted with the hot wire.