Warning: SPOILERS for War for the Planet of the Apes are ahead!
Recently, War for the Planet of the Apes hit theaters, and it delivered an incredible conclusion to the trilogy that began six years ago. We've watched Caesar grow from an innocent ape who was different from others of his kind to the leader of a revolution that changed the world. During this time we've also watched Earth change into a post-apocalyptic landscape where pockets of humanity are struggling to survive and the intelligent apes are building a new society.
War for the Planet of the Apes not only ended Caesar's story powerfully, but it also paved the way for the next era of Apes movies, if 20th Century Fox decides to continue the series. Before we delve into the seeds planted for the future, let's look at how the movie wrapped up.
How It Ended
War for the Planet of the Apes kept its promise on delivering an explosive, climactic conflict, but it was during this time that Caesar's fate was sealed. While The Colonel's soldiers were dealing with the rival military forces that arrived to execute him, Caesar and Rocket were able to free the other imprisoned apes. However, rather than join his followers in their escape, Caesar went to kill The Colonel to carry out vengeance for his deceased wife and son, but upon discovering that The Colonel had succumbed to the very infection he was determined to stop from spreading, Caesar decided not to pull the trigger. The Colonel, on the other hand, was all too eager to do the deed, as he would have rather died than become a primitive being.
While leaving The Colonel's complex, Caesar discovered that some of The Colonel's men were gunning down his fellow apes. Grabbing a belt of grenades, Caesar attempted to blow up a nearby fuel container to eliminate those soldiers, but he was by shot by a crossbow before he could do so. Fortunately, Caesar was saved from another arrow when Red, the formerly treacherous gorilla, redeemed himself and obliterated Caesar's would-be killer with his grenade launcher. Red was instantly shot, but his sacrifice allowed Caesar to blow up the fuel container, which subsequently destroyed the rest of Alpha Omega and its facility. After cheering at the demise of their enemies, the opposing military forces then turned their attention to the apes, but before they could take any action, an avalanche buried them all. Caesar, his followers and Nova survived by climbing up the nearby trees and avoiding the avalanche's deadly smothering.
With all the human soldiers from both sides dead, Caesar and his tribe (including Nova and Bad Ape) set out on their original objective: to cross the desert and reach the location that Rocket and Blues Eyes discovered. After many weeks of hard travel, they arrived, and it was immediately clear that this would be a great home for the apes. Unfortunately, the arrow wound that Caesar received at the Alpha Omega facility was worse than it looked, and like Moses, Caesar would not get to live in the Promised Land. As Caesar succumbed to his injury, his longtime friend and adviser, Maurice, promised him that Cornelius would know who his father was and what he stood for. Content with this assurance, Caesar died, and his tribe must now face what's to come without him guiding them.
Now that we've gone over War for the Planet of the Apes' ending, let's look at the seeds the movie planted for the future.