Five Nights At Freddy’s Ending Explained

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Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Five Nights at Freddy’s


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Summary

  • The animatronics in Five Nights at Freddy’s are possessed by the ghosts of children that were killed by William, who manipulated their remains to control them.
  • William kept Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza open after his kills to prevent the discovery of the children’s remains and maintain control over the animatronics.
  • Mike’s decision to give up Abby to the animatronics reveals his obsession with the past and his guilt, but ultimately leads him to prioritize his sister and move forward.

Five Nights at Freddy’s ends with a twist that shocks Josh Hutcherson’s Mike. Desperate to catch Garrett’s kidnapper, Mike makes a deal with the ghost kids — they’ll allow him to change what happened in his dreams so that he saves Garrett in exchange for taking Abby. Mike agrees, but changes his mind, leaving his dreams behind for reality. Meanwhile, Mike discovers that Vanessa knew all along about what happened at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza in the 80s. As it turns out, Vanessa is the daughter of Steve Raglan (who’s actually William Afton), who killed five kids at Freddy’s who were never found by the police.

Five Nights at Freddy’s ending also reveals that William kidnapped and killed Garrett when Mike was 12. Mike fights William to save Abby from being his next victim, and Vanessa joins him after having turned a blind eye to her father’s actions for fear of retaliation. Abby draws the truth for the kids to see, and the animatronics finally turn on William, dragging him away while his own animatronic suit cuts him on the inside. William stays alive, however, while Vanessa is hospitalized after being stabbed by her father. Weeks later, Mike and Abby are doing fine, but Abby asks if she can check in on her friends after everything.


The Animatronic Ghosts Explained: What Really Happened At Freddy’s?

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The animatronics are actually possessed by the ghosts of the kids William killed in the 80s. It’s not that the kids’ ghosts simply animate the robotic creatures, but William put their remains inside where no one would bother to look. The animatronic ghosts are brought to life because of the kids’ physical attachment. William was revealed as a serial killer who abducted children, killed them, and influenced their remains so they could do his bidding without getting his hands dirty. Freddy’s has been closed since the kids’ deaths, and their ghosts followed in William’s footsteps, manipulating, terrifying, and killing anyone who trespassed on the premises.

Why William Kept Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza Open After His Kills

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Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closing actually benefited William, who could continue killing people without anyone questioning him. The animatronic ghosts couldn’t rest because they were tied to the very place they were killed forever, and William used that to his advantage. Crucially, closing Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza down would likely have uncovered the children’s remains and William wouldn’t allow that to happen because it would implicate him in their deaths. Leaving the kids in animatronic form gave William control over them and leaving Freddy’s abandoned meant fewer people would come looking for any evidence. It helped that Vanessa was basically watching over the place, essentially doing her father’s bidding as well.

The Deeper Significance Of Mike Giving Up Abby To The Animatronics

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Mike was preoccupied by his dreams of Garrett’s kidnapping. In every dream Mike was reminded how he wasn’t able to save his younger brother. He was so desperate to find out the abductor’s identity that he wasn’t really living in the present, and that showed in nearly all of his interactions with Abby. Choosing to give Abby up in exchange for changing what happened to Garrett revealed Mike’s obsession with absolving himself of his own guilt, and how much he couldn’t move on from the past.

Of course, Mike was also being manipulated by the kid ghosts, but at that moment he agreed to exchange Abby for Garrett, he was making an active choice that spoke to the depth of his own pain while ignoring what was happening in the present. Realizing he’d given up on Abby made Mike snap out of his focus on the past, and gave him a path forward so he could be there for his sister. It was a wake-up call, and it led him to truly see and be there for Abby in a way that he wasn’t before.

Will Vanessa Ever Wake Up From Her Coma?

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Vanessa lived in fear of her father for so long, but she finally stood up to him, and it ended with William stabbing her. She was still conscious when Mike and Abby dragged her out of Freddy’s, but Five Nights at Freddy’s ending reveals Vanessa fell into a coma. Considering she didn’t die from her stab wound suggests Vanessa will eventually wake up from her coma. It might take her a while to recover, but if Five Nights at Freddy’s had wanted to kill her off it would have. Vanessa was integral to the fight against William, and her knowledge of the past is essential to any future film.

Is Aunt Jane Still Alive At The End Of Five Nights At Freddy’s?

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Aunt Jane was a menace throughout Five Nights at Freddy’s. She was adamant about taking custody of Abby and even hired a group to ransack Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza to get Mike fired. However, she all but disappeared after she was attacked by Freddy Fazbear himself. When Abby is taken from her home, Jane is seen on the floor of the living room, but there’s no close-up or confirmation regarding what actually happened to her.

Did Freddy kill her like the animatronics did to Max and her brother? It’s possible. But the fact that Mike and Abby don’t mention her at the end of the film suggests she probably survived. It would have been interesting to see how she perceived the events and whether it terrified her enough to drop the custody case against Mike, but if she isn’t dead, then it means she could be gearing up to continue the custody battle when she’s feeling less rattled. Either way, her survival, like Vanessa’s, is likely.

What Five Nights At Freddy’s Changed From The Game

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Five Nights at Freddy’s follows the first game rather closely. Mike is still a night security guard who takes a job looking after the abandoned restaurant, and the animatronics’ backstory is fairly similar as well. The biggest change from the game is the introduction of Abby, a character created for the film. While the ghost kids wanted to shove Mike into a spare animatronic suit, Abby is the one they want in the movie adaptation. Abby being in Five Nights at Freddy’s gives Mike a story that further deepens his character. It also gives him a bigger push when trying to fight off the animatronics so he can save Abby.

What’s more, William’s role as the serial killer is revealed early on in the game, but his involvement is kept a secret throughout the film. In the games, William is already dead, and it’s his ghost that possesses the animatronic Yellow Rabbit, whereas Five Nights at Freddy’s keeps him alive until the end of the film. Elizabeth is the name of William’s daughter, but the film swaps her out for Vanessa, a security guard (and not a police officer) in the games. The film adaptation doesn’t introduce William’s son Michael, though it’s worth noting that Five Nights at Freddy’s doesn’t actually reveal Mike’s last name.

How William’s Ending Sets Up Five Nights At Freddy’s 2

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William’s Yellow Rabbit suit, specifically the endoskeleton, begins stabbing him as he’s dragged away by the other animatronics. Five Nights at Freddy’s ending doesn’t confirm his death, but shows that he’s bleeding heavily from his injuries as one of the ghost boys closes the storage door on him. If William dies, he could still come back as a ghost that brings to life his animatronic Yellow Rabbit.

It’s not like Mike burned Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza down, so it stands to reason that William could return regardless of his fate. Five Nights at Freddy’s certainly sets up a sequel, though Mike and Abby’s continued involvement remains unclear. But they’re tied to the family restaurant forever now, and they could be drawn back to it if Abby decides to check in on her animatronic friends, which would set up William’s revenge against the pair for taking him down to begin with.