Warning: Full spoilers follow for Prey. Want to know if there’s a closing credits scene? We’ll tell you here. Over there kind of is. Read on for all those details.
If it bleeds, we can kill it. Hulu’s Prey Takes The Predator way back in time, taking on one of the greatest fighters in the galaxy against Comanche warriors in the 18th century. New time period, same deadly Predator stalking the most challenging hunt he can find. Prey, directed by Dan Trachtenberg, tells the story of the Predator species’ first hunt on Earth. And we’re here to break down the ending plus dive into the Easter eggs we’ve seen in this epic adventure!
End of Prey movie explained
The year is 1719 in the Northern Great Plains, and a Predator is dropped here on Earth to find and hunt the planet’s apex predator – you know, pretty standard Predator-esque stuff.
And in fact, the base story in Prey is pretty standard Predator-esque stuff too, in a good way – a fierce human warrior uses his wits and his environment to track down and kill a deadly alien warrior whose sole purpose is to get there. his is to hunt and kill. As we have mentioned in our full Prey review, the film takes Predator back to its roots. It’s all about the hunt.
Our main character is Naru (played by Amber Midthunder), a Comanche warrior and hunter whose family seems to think she should leave the hunt to the boys. As our hero, she is the one who finds out that there is something in the forest that can hunt her tribe very well. She’s also the one who eventually finds out how to do that defeat the Predator, and it involves a variety of orange flower that, when consumed, can lower a person’s body temperature enough to avoid detection by the Predator’s heat sight.
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The final battle begins when Naru and her brother Taabe (Dakota Beavers) both attack the Predator. Taabe holds up for a while, but you know these Predator fights are all fun and good until someone gets impaled. That’s exactly what happens.
After a brief escape, Naru prepares for the final showdown, eating a bunch of flowers and also using a trapper as bait to lure the Predator. This allows Naru to use a special gun (more on this gun below) to install a moonroof in the back of the alien’s head. She then steals the Predator’s helm, which is different from the helmets we’ve seen Predators wear in the past, but it does help with aiming his ranged projectiles.
As the alien chases her (the moonroof wasn’t enough), Naru attacks from above and injures her further. She eventually drives it into the swamp, slowing it down long enough for Naru to mount the deadly blow, using the bone rudder to redirect the alien’s targeted projectile bolts, landing them in his own forehead. .
So just like in other parts of the Predator franchise, the victorious fighter must figure out how the alien technology works and find ways to defeat it. That precedent was set long ago in Predator 1, and Naru’s plan reflects what Dutch does in that movie, which is in this one future of the movie. I get it?
However, it’s all about those orange flowers. So they clearly had Naru do the same as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Dutch in Predator 1 when he covers himself in mud to lower his body temperature and escape. That Predator’s scanners and sight.
Finally, after defeating the Predator, Naru chops off his head and carries it back to her village. Celebrated as a warrior, she warns her people of the dangers of both the alien and trapper she has encountered.
Prey End Credits Scene
During the first series of credits, an animated repetition of the events in the film unfolds. It’s really cool, but the last we see is a picture of the Predator ships emerging from a cluster of clouds… right over the Comanche camp. Does this mean that Naru and her people are doomed after all? Or maybe just that a sequel is in the works with these characters? Time will tell!
Prey Easter Eggs
There were two major references to previous Predator movies that we picked in Prey.
The first is a reference to one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous lines from the first film, when the same line is said by Taabe: “If it bleeds, we can kill it.”
And of course the other big one is a reference to Predator 2. It’s this gun that Naru throws at the elders… after throwing the Predator’s head too. It’s the same gun with the same inscription that Danny Glover gets as the prize for killing his own Predator 300 years later. This means that at some point, Predators must have come back to Earth to pick up that gun, so… Nice Easter egg? Sure. Bad news for Naru and her tribe? Big time.
What did you think of Prey? What other time periods would you like to see the next visit to the Predator franchise? Let’s discuss in the comments!