The following interview contains major spoilers for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. Please steer clear if you haven’t yet seen the director’s bloody (and bloody good) Western mystery thriller.
By the end of Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, all but two of the hateful characters have met their maker. The only two survivors are Samuel L. Jackson’s Major Marquis Warren and Sherriff Chris Mannix, played by the wily Walton Goggins. Though, how much longer the two men will survive is unclear. They’ve both been mortally wounded. Daisy Domergue has promised that her gang could be arriving at any moment to avenge her death. And there’s a brutal snowstorm pounding outside of Minnie’s Haberdashery. Things looks grim. But when the screen fades to black, both Warren and Mannix have survived. So when I had an opportunity to interview Goggins in the days following the release of The Hateful Eight, I asked him what he thought happened next.
His answer was personal, and probably to be expected. Goggins told me that he had definitive ideas, but they were private, and he didn’t want to share. Thankfully, though, he didn’t stop there. Goggins told me that on the set, the actors had a great conversation about the ending, and it went like this:
Oh my God, Walton Goggins is giving me the chills. I need to see this happen. Tell me you wouldn’t want to see a mid-credits scene, directed by Quentin Tarantino, of Bill Murray entering Minnie’s Haberdashery and witnessing the aftermath of the crazy events depicted in The Hateful Eight? Of course, the ending of The Hateful Eight did change quite a bit after Tarantino’s script leaked. Goggins did partake in a live reading of Tarantino’s original script in 2014, and he tells me that this version, on screen, is nothing like that version.
You can see The Hateful Eight in various versions – from the 70mm print in the Roadhshow exhibit, to a standard (shorter) version in regular theaters – as we speak. I highly recommend it. And then picture Bill Murray entering the movie at the very end… just as Walton Goggins imagined it.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.