Five Nights At Freddy’s Mid-Credits Scene Explained

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Warning: Contains SPOILERS for Five Nights at Freddy’s!


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Summary

  • The post-credits scene in Five Nights at Freddy’s is a short joke rather than a setup for a potential sequel.
  • While not essential viewing, audiences are encouraged to watch the mid-credits scene to see the names of everyone who worked on the movie.
  • The decision not to tease a sequel in the post-credits scene is surprising, considering the hopes for the franchise’s continuation expressed by the creative team.

The horror video game movie has immense franchise potential, and Five Nights at Freddy’s post-credits scene comes as a surprise as a result. The 2023 movie centers on Josh Hutcherson’s Mike Schmidt and the fight to survive his new security job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria. The battle with killer animatronics and a looming mystery about the tragedy behind them and the Pizzeria finally culminate as part of Five Nights at Freddy’s ending. The story leaves plenty of questions unanswered regarding the fate of different characters, such as Vanessa (Elizabeth Lail) is left in a coma, which could come into play during the credits.

The franchise appeal of the property exists with the PG-13 Five Nights at Freddy’s movie adaptation already, and that raised the likelihood that the film would set up the future in some fashion. There is not much direct setup for a potential Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 by the time the credits begin to roll. However, Hollywood’s interest in mid-credits and after-credits scenes always means there is a chance that bigger franchise teases will come after the proper ending. This is why the decision regarding Five Nights at Freddy’s end-credits scene is a bit of a surprise considering how it plays out.

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Five Nights At Freddy’s Does Have A Post-Credits Scene

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Josh Hutcherson and Piper Rubio in Five Nights at Freddy’s

There is a post-credits scene attached to Five Nights at Freddy’s. The scene is rather short and comes during the middle of the credits. Audiences are certainly encouraged to sit through the beginning of the credits as they watch Five Nights at Freddy’s to see the mid-credits scene, especially as it provides a chance to see the names of every writer, actor, and crew member who worked on the movie. There is no additional footage included as part of an after-credits scene.

Is Five Nights At Freddy’s Mid-Credits Scene Worth Waiting For?

Whether the Five Nights at Freddy’s credits scene is worth waiting around for is a bit tricky. The scene that plays during the mid-credits is more so a joke than a tease for what else is to come if the movie becomes a franchise. Those who watch the video game movie at home on Peacock have the option to fast-forward to see the scene, but anyone watching the movie in theaters will have to wait through the early credits to see it. Since the footage that is shown would not be considered pivotal to the future of the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, it is not necessarily essential viewing for all audiences.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Mid-Credits Continues A Hilarious Joke

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The actual contents of the Five Nights at Freddy’s mid-credits scene connect back to a running joke. Throughout the movie, Mike is scared when he finds a small clown toy. The credits scene brings back the taxi driver who brought Abby and Freddy Fazbear back to the Pizzeria. He is parked outside attempting to sleep when he begins to hear knocking on his car. He ignores the noises at first, telling the person to go away, but then the passenger door opens and closes. It is only when he finally opens his eyes that the taxi driver sees the clown toy sitting on the seat, prompting a hilarious jump scare.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Credits Scene Doesn’t Set Up A Sequel

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Elizabeth Lail and Josh Hutcherson in Five Nights at Freddy’s

While the mid-credits scene might provide viewers with an extra laugh or thrill, Five Nights at Freddy’s credits scene is more so surprising in that it does not set up a sequel. There were plenty of other opportunities to have the scene connect to lingering questions from the movie or include a final Easter egg. The reason why the decision not to tease a sequel is so unexpected is because the creative team repeatedly expressed their hopes for the franchise to continue in the lead-up to Five Nights at Freddy’s release. It seemed there was a grand plan in mind, but the credits scene is not tied to it.

There are compelling reasons that could explain the decision not to directly set up Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 with the credits. The studios could be waiting to see how Five Nights at Freddy’s box office performs instead of teasing audiences with a sequel that might not happen. The video game franchise’s lore might also have something to do with the decision. Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 follows completely different characters and is a secret prequel, so teasing that in the movie’s post-credits would be difficult if that is the direction the movie franchise is heading in. Ultimately, Five Nights at Freddy’s post-credits made a safer choice.