Prey ending spoilers follow.
Socket Predator back to the 18th century, Prey revitalizes the series with the best movie since the iconic original.
The new film centers on Naru (Amber Midthunder), a young Comanche warrior who dreams of being a hunter, but is denied the chance because she is a woman. However, the Predator’s arrival close to home gives Naru the perfect opportunity to prove his worth.
As it takes place in 1719, Prey features references and easter eggs to the Predator franchise and the biggest comes in the finale. It’s a nod to a long-running mystery in the series that dates back to Predator 2.
But if you weren’t aware of the importance, we are here to help. We have to go into some major spoilers to do so though, so don’t read on if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
Prey ending explained
While hunting for the Predator, Naru and his brother Taabe (Dakota Beevers) are captured by a group of fur trappers. The Trappers intend to use the two as bait to lure the Predator so they can kill it, but it turns out as well as expected.
Naru and Taabe escape, and when she returns to the trappers’ camp to look for her dog, she comes across one of the trappers. He’s still alive, but barely, and he gives her a gun to protect them both. Again, things don’t go well and the trapper is killed.
Unfortunately for Naru, Taabe is also killed by the Predator. However, she found a way to outsmart the predator. Using an orange flower that cools her blood, Naru sneaks up on the Predator and lures it into a trap where she manages to remove her helmet, which she then uses to make the Predator target itself. Farewell predator.
Naru returns to her camp, reunites with her mother, and becomes a hunter after presenting the warchief with the predator’s head and the gun. As the warlord looks at it, we see a large “Raphael Adolini 1715” inscription on it which tells us that this is no ordinary pistol.
Predator fans will know he has a history on the show, but we’ll jog your memory if you weren’t aware.
At the end of Predator 2Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) is given a flintlock pistol, inscribed “Raphael Adolini 1715”, by Greyback after proving himself by killing the City Hunter.
It was unclear how the Predator got its hands on an ancient pistol or why it was valuable enough to be given as a gift to a valuable enemy. Prey adds another interesting element to the mystery, which was tackled in a comic novel published in July 1996 titled Predator: 1718.
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The story – set in 1718, obviously – seemingly solved the mystery of how Greyback ended up with the gun. In it, Adolini faced a mutiny over a crate of gold his crew stole from a church, much to his anger.
Adolini fought his crew, and an attentive predator decided to join the battle and fight with Adolini. With most of the crew dead, the Predator turned its attention to Adolini and prepared to find out if he was a worthy warrior, only for the last living member of Adolini’s crew to shoot him. a bullet in the back.
The Predator killed the remaining crew member and as Adolini lay dying he gave the Predator his flintlock pistol. That’s how two centuries later, the gun ended up in Greyback’s possession to give it to Harrigan.
However, it now seems unclear if this story is officially canon in the Predator franchise. We’d assume the guns are identical (after all, it’s a big coincidence otherwise), so it’s unlikely that a fur trapper had possession of it in 1719 in order to give it to Naru.
It’s possible the Trappers stumbled upon the same Predator that fought with Adolini, killing him and taking the gun. Trappers didn’t seem to be of much use against the Predator in Preyso if they knew how to kill a predator, then how come they struggled so much in the movie?
A clearer explanation would be that the story is no longer canon and the trappers got it from Adolini in 1718 or earlier (either gifted or stolen, whatever). But whatever story you believe, it doesn’t bode well for Naru’s future.
If it was the same gun, that would mean a Predator got their hands on it after the events of Preyso that Greyback gives it to Harrigan in 1997. The darker answer would be that another Predator returned to Earth in the 18th century, fought with Naru and killed her, taking the gun back.
We’d rather think of a Predator falling on the gun long after Naru has lived a healthy, long life. But maybe it’s a story a potential Prey the rest can say…
Prey is available to watch now on Disney+ in the UK and on Hulu in the US.
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