Date: November 02, 2023
By Hanna Rose
It looks like Shadow Freddy is going to pop up in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise is renowned for its hidden surprises and nods to the lore, including a clever reference that hints at a sequel’s potential storyline.
In the movie adaptation, the security guard, Mike Schmidt, enlists the help of a babysitter named Max to care for his sister while he works. However, Max ultimately betrays him, becoming part of a plan to tarnish Freddy’s reputation in an attempt to get Mike fired, allowing his aunt to gain custody of his sister.
Unfortunately, Freddy’s establishment is crawling with bloodthirsty animatronics, resulting in a gruesome demise for Max, who is gruesomely sliced in half and concealed within an old animatronic suit.
A sharp-eyed observer, Twitter user @G0LD3NR4BB1T, pointed out a subtle but significant detail: Max was killed not just by Freddy but by Freddy’s SHADOW. This choice seems to serve a dual purpose. Firstly, it allows for the death to occur off-screen, maintaining a more family-friendly PG-13 rating. Secondly, it hints at the overarching theme of Shadow Freddy, setting the stage for future developments.
Throughout the film, we witness Max’s lifeless body being stashed inside the Shadow Freddy suit. As the movie has shown, being ensconced within a suit often leads to possession, opening the door for intriguing possibilities.
The idea of a character being thrust into a suit following a shadowy demise is a straightforward reference, but for those not well-versed in the FNAF universe’s intricate lore, it might have gone unnoticed. For those curious about Shadow Freddy’s identity, let me offer a brief overview.
Shadow Freddy first made a discreet appearance as an Easter Egg in Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, initially appearing as a slouched figure in the darkness. At first glance, they resembled Golden Freddy, but with the brightness dialed up, it became evident that they were actually purple. In Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, Shadow Freddy took on a more prominent role, becoming a secondary antagonist. Their role involved luring the animatronics away from each other, facilitating William Afton’s nefarious plan to disassemble them.
Now, with Afton apparently deceased and seemingly inhabiting the Springtrap, it raises questions about the potential partnership between Max and Afton to dismantle the remaining animatronics. However, @G0LD3NR4BB1T has a different perspective, suggesting that Max, owing to her role as a babysitter in the movie, might transition into a protector of children.
Given the undeniable success of the FNAF franchise, it’s almost certain that a sequel is on the horizon. Fans eagerly await the unfolding of the storyline, wondering which direction the creative team will take in the next installment.
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