Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Ending And Post-Credit Scene Explained

As an adaptation, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is a rare duck. Very little of the story told is taken directly, like, from one of the games or novels or comics that make up this growing franchise. Instead, series creator/film co-writer Scott Cawthon and director/co-writer Emma Tammi remixed elements from across the franchise into a new and very different version of story of the first play.

Most everything in the film will be familiar to fans, but most of it is used in new ways, so even die-hard Freddyheads (or whatever fans of this franchise are called) have a chance to be surprised when what will happen. in the movie. As long as they don’t read the rest of the article before they watch it, though.

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the entire Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, including the full breakdown at the end.

The basic setup goes like this: A man named Mike Schmidt is obsessed with finding the man who kidnapped his brother decades ago when they were both young, and every night he forces himself to dream about that day. in the hope that he will notice something new. clue in his memory. But he never did, and he never rested. And then he lost his security job because he beat up a man who he mistakenly thought had kidnapped a child.

That leads him to a career counselor, played by Matthew Lillard, who reacts strangely when reading Mike’s file and pushes him into a night security gig at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a vulnerable Chuck E. .Cheese-alike that has been closed for years. He takes the job and pursues his dream at the pizza place–but in his dreams there, he meets a bunch of other kids he’s never seen before who might know something about his brother.

There are other threads. Mike has a younger, older woman named Abby that he takes care of. However, her aunt wants custody of Abby, convinced that Mike is a loser who cannot afford to take care of her. And we have a super friendly cop named Vanessa who knows more about Freddy than a normal person.

Of course, we also have killer animatronic animals. While they defend the pizzeria with prejudice when some people break into and rob the place, they don’t have any issues with Mike at first–and they like Abby, who spends one of the titular nights playing to him.

The story burns slowly until we get close to the end, where Vanessa reveals all the details: the animatronic animals have the souls of the children killed by putting them inside the suits – it’s the same children that Mike saw. her wishes–and they now want to do the same to Abby. And the reason why they want that is because they are influenced by the man who killed them: Vanessa’s father, William Afton. And Vanessa joins his plans by luring the new security guards to their deaths. More importantly, William Afton kidnaps and kills Mike’s brother, but we don’t get any details about that.

Vanessa has a change of heart this time, possibly because of Abby’s involvement, and this provokes Afton to reveal himself. And, yes, this is Matthew Lillard’s character from the beginning of the movie, now wearing a dirty yellow rabbit suit. Things are looking good, but our heroes manage to turn Freddy and Chica and the other animatronic dead children against Afton, and in the scuffle he ends up suffering the same fate as his previous victims: killed by the spring mechanisms of his suit. This foils his plans for now and ends the movie, but it might make him more powerful in the hypothetical sequel.

Five Nights at Freddy’s Mid-Credits Scene explained

Like many beloved pictures in the franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s has a bonus scene during the credits that promises, well, that this story isn’t over yet. This brings us back to the cab driver–did you notice that no one has a smartphone in this movie?–that Abby and the robot Chica were hitched to earlier in the movie. But he has another passenger, presumably left in Chica’s car: a small animatronic man known as Balloon Boy, introduced in the second game.

Fun fact about the cabbie, though: he’s played by YouTuber CoreyxKenshin.

How the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie changed the lore

To say that Five Nights at Freddy’s lore is consistent would be generous, and as a result it would be inaccurate to say that the movie “changed” it. There are many gaps, and there are many old theories that many fans consider to be true even though they have never been confirmed.

In the games, there are two Mikes, who are often assumed to be the same person: the Mike Schmidt from the first game, and also Michael Afton, the protagonist of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location–and the son by William Afton. The Mike in the movie, however, does not seem to be William’s son, however, because his father in his dreams is someone else. Don’t say no, though.

Vanessa, meanwhile, is the William’s descendants here, but that’s not the case in the games as far as we know. Vanessa is a character from several games, most notably the villain of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach, where a child must survive a night in a Freddy’s-themed mall. Vanessa is a security guard corrupted by a digital virus called Glitchtrap–one of the ghosts of William Afton. She’s Vanessa A, too, so she can also be Afton in the games.

While Abby is a mostly original character here, it’s worth noting that the Michael Afton in the games has at least one, and possibly two siblings. The decisive one is a younger sister, Elizabeth, who is killed by one of the animatronic suits and possesses the Circus Baby suit in Sister Location. Another potential Afton sibling is the unnamed child who serves as the player character in the Five Nights at Freddy’s 4’s minigames. Michael Afton is often thought of as the play’s unnamed protagonist, with the boy being his younger brother. Like Abby, this child has imaginary friends who turn into spirits with animatronics. Unlike Abby, this child was killed when Fredbear, Freddy’s predecessor, bit his head and crushed it.

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