The childs and Macready Mystery
What happened after the film’s iconic ending?
At the end of the film, the characters of Childs and Macready are the sole survivors, but it ends on an ambiguous note as to whether they’re both human or not. Childs’ body can be found in the game, but Maccready is nowhere to be seen. As to how he envisioned what happened after the credits rolled on the film, Curtis says, “We discussed carrying forward the Childs/macready scene from the film, but decided its ambiguity was precious to the fans, so we didn’t want to mess with it. We talked briefly about one aspect of the final scene – not being able to see Childs’ breath, which could indicate Childs was infected – but didn’t develop it. I like to think after the final scene they helped each other survive up to the point Macready had to make a tough decision.”