Why Jordan Peele Scrapped His Much Darker Get Out Alternate Ending

Daniel Kaluuya crying in Get Out

WARNING: The following article discusses the very end of Get Out. So if you don't want Jordan Peele's mesmeric horror film to be ruined for you, then you shouldn't read ahead.

Get Out has rightfully already been called one of the greatest films of 2017. Despite being a bona-fide horror, Jordan Peele's stunning directorial debut manages to include plenty of laughs, too. But it mostly creeps under your skin in a titillating fashion, while being bitingly prescient at the same time. Get Out's 99% score on Rotten Tomatoes, )which was recently ruined by one extremely harsh critic) suggests that there's not too much about the film that needs altering. However, Jordan Peele has admitted that Get Out nearly had a very different conclusion, which he ultimately decided to change to make the film more hopeful.

Writer and director Jordan Peele made this admission to Cinema Blend's very own Eric Eisenberg during the recent junket for Get Out in Los Angeles. During their back and forth, Eric asked Peele whether, when we see the cop lights in the finale of the film, he'd ever considered having it be real police officers, and then having Chris arrested. Peele admitted that he did consider going in that direction, only to realize that the film need to end in a heroic fashion. The filmmaker explained,

I did consider going in that darker direction. That's all I'll say on that. It was one of these things where, early on, the movie was meant to call out racism that was underneath the surface. By the time I started shooting the movie, we were in a more woke America. I realized that the point of this movie no longer was to point out that racism exists. It needed to become about giving a hero, and a release, and an escape, and some joy, even through this uncomfortable, awful subject matter.

For those of you that can't recall, or those of you that didn't heed my warning and just want Get Out to be ruined for them, the film concludes with a previously restrained Chris battling his way through the Armitage household, killing Dean (Bradley Whitford), Missy (Catherine Keener) and Jeremy (Caleb Landry Jones), while the house ends up going ablaze, too.

Right at the culmination of Get Out's finale, Walter (Marcus Henderson), the Armitage's servant that previously had his brain swapped with Rose's grandfather, shoots Rose (Alison Williams) in the stomach, before turning the gun on himself. When the police car arrives, Rose, who is barely alive, looks to pin the blame on Chris, only for the driver to turn out to be his loyal friend Rod (Lil Re Howery). Rose then succumbs to her wound.

Get Out is still in cinemas now, and is certainly a film that deserves a second, third or fourth viewing. So head to the local multiplex now to check it out again.

Gregory Wakeman