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The Biggest Unanswered Questions In It: Chapter Two

The Biggest Unanswered Questions In It: Chapter Two


Even in nearly three hours of supernatural
horror, It: Chapter Two can’t tie up every loose end left hanging. But never fear, because we’re here to help
you look back over everything that happened in the sequel to identify its most compelling
unanswered questions. Warning: Spoilers are ahead. Richie’s flashback to the arcade strongly
implies he’s gay and still in the closet. We see him playing Street Fighter with another
boy, and when Richie suggests they hang out more, the boy spots his cousin, bully Henry
Bowers, and goes on the offensive, claiming that Richie was hitting on him. When Pennywise appears to Richie shortly afterward,
he teases him, saying he knows his “dirty little secret.” In 2016, Richie takes the death of Eddie harder
than any of the other Losers, and toward the end of the film, he returns to a bridge where
he carved their initials together into the rail, suggesting that Richie’s feelings for
Eddie went beyond friendship. We’re never told for sure, but it seems likely. It’s tough not to wonder exactly how the grown-up
Losers ever get in and out of Derry without being arrested. Their reunion dinner ends with them trashing
their private dining room when Pennywise unleashes his illusions. When the hostess walks in, she finds Mike
smashing a chair into the table, yet no one so much as scolds them for it. Richie screams at a little kid as they leave
the restaurant, and Bill is there to watch that same little boy get devoured by It at
the carnival. Most egregious, Richie buries a hatchet in
Bowers’ head in the Derry Library. Yet no police officers show up to so much
as question the Losers about anything. We never find out how they explain Eddie’s
disappearance. When Stanley’s widow sends them all a letter
he wrote before killing himself, there aren’t any follow-up calls from curious detectives. The only police you’re likely to notice in
the film are the ones beating the hell out of the young Henry Bowers in a flashback. It’s like the cops just disappeared. “What is going on here?” “What, are they just screwin’ with us?” “Where are the cops?” It’s not just the police who are missing. Obviously people live in Derry, but judging
by the film, outside of a few scenes at the carnival, it’s hard to tell. The bed and breakfast where most of the Losers
are staying is all but deserted. They’re constantly yelling, arguing, and banging
things around in the entryway. Eddie is attacked in his room by Henry, who
stabs him in the mouth. Eddie stabs Bowers in the chest, and the lunatic
retreats out the window. No one ever comes around to ask about the
blood or the broken furniture. When Bill grabs the same little boy Richie
yelled at earlier in broad daylight and yells at him that he has to get out of town, there’s
no one around to ask him what he thinks he’s doing. When the Losers emerge from It’s lair and
the house collapses into the earth, there’s no one around then, either. The streets are even deserted when they return
to downtown. Derry seems like a ghost town. In Stepen King’s novel, the writer makes it
clear that as threatening as It is, the monster is not the only powerful force with a stake
in what happens in Derry. Before their battle with It, the young Losers
encounter a godlike space turtle named Maturin, a benevolent spiritual force. While the direct help the turtle can offer
the heroes is minimal, it does remind them that they are not alone in their battle. But the turtle exists in little more than
Easter eggs in the It films. The young Bill finds a LEGO turtle in Georgie’s
room in 2017’s It; in the sequel, there’s a prominent turtle model in a classroom. Those seem to be the only direct nods to Maturin. “Where are the turtles? Where are the turtles?” “Come on, guys. Get outta here.” “Where are the turtles!?” We know It crashed to Earth a long time ago,
and that its existence was well known to the Native Americans who once lived where Derry,
Maine is now. It’s made of Deadlights. That’s about all we know. In his final battle with the Losers, Pennywise
refers to himself as the “eater of worlds.” Is it just bragging or is there more to It
than we know? This is another example of more being revealed
in King’s books, particularly his Dark Tower series, but even there we don’t get a complete
picture. Not to mention the fact that there’s no reason
the It of the films and the It of the books has to be the same entity. When the Losers reunite, we learn that with
the exception of Mike, they’ve mostly forgotten everything about Derry. But over time, we discover at least one of
them maybe hadn’t forgotten all, nor kept their attentions away from the town entirely. Beverly is surprised to learn about her father’s
death when Mrs. Kersh informs her of it, but Eddie remembers all the details of his mother’s
passing, volunteering the details of her cancer to the pharmacist, Mr. Keene. That could mean a couple things: one, that
Eddie at the very least kept up with his mother in Derry until her death, giving him some
lingering connection to the town. Or two, that she also left the town at some
point. We don’t find out which is the case. Though there are some brief mentions in later
King novels including The Tommyknockers and the Dark Tower series, the Losers’ final battle
with Pennywise seems to have been the end for the monster, at least as far as It’s influence
in Derry was concerned. A King fan would likely argue that a return
of Pennywise in the movies would be sacrilege. But if It: Chapter Two rakes in the kind of
money it’s expected to, Hollywood might be fine with a little sacrilege. “Bitter, because people die.” “Right.” “And sweet, because you’re making money.” “Exactly.” The questions It: Chapter Two leaves unanswered
could lay a narrative foundation for the villain’s return. If It was an alien, couldn’t there be more
like It? And what if It laid eggs? In the book, the Losers indeed have to destroy
a clutch of eggs It laid. Could a sequel focus on some baby Its? Time and ticket sales will tell. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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