Rufus is Jules Winfield living under an assumed name.Either he was still wandering when the Massacre occurred, or God had finally put him right where he wanted him.
Bill is actually a time-warped, evil version of Kwai Chang Caine from Kung Fu.So, Pai Mei is the sort of evil martial arts master that taught Bill and massacred the Shaolin monks at some point. Bill is David Carradine, who plays Caine's trademark flute. Bill is obviously some weird, evil, alternate reality version of Caine that was raised by Pai Mei after he offed the monks.
Elle survived her encounter with the Bride.The members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad have lived through worse than being blind in a trailer with a snake. The sequel will feature her as a blind swordswoman, which is hardly a setback in this business.
Kill Bill is the future of Rugrats.
The Yakuza thug with the white clothes who participates in the murder of O-Ren's parents is Bill.He'd be about the right age, and he's evidently enough of a bastard.
Bill orchestrated most of O-ren's life as a brilliant power-play.Bill was a higher-up in the organization of the Yakuza who ordered the deaths of O-ren's parents. He heard her "whim-per" in the room and stayed behind to collect her after setting the place ablaze, while the rest of the crew returned to the hangout. Children who witness their parent's deaths seem to grow up to be murderers in this universe (see Beatrix Kiddo's automatic assumption about what Nikita Green will do when she's older), so Bill decided to put this particular killer-to-be to work for him. He trained her to become an assassin, made sure she became one of the girls on the pedophile crimelord's list, and then smuggled her out, earning her loyalty. In the wake of his death, Bill seized control of the gang's resources and finances, then dissolved the group, leaving a huge power vacuum in the Japanese underworld and him with enough funding to start a lucrative assassination cartel: The Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. By playing one gang off another and killing key power figures in each faction, Bill ensures that the Japanese underworld will remain locked in bloody conflict for the next decade. He expands the his borders of operations around the globe, working other projects and jobs, but makes sure to keep Japan destabilized. Ten years later, when all of the Yakuza factions are weak, desperate and divided due to years of strife, he uses his influence and wealth to back the bloody rise of O-ren Ishii to head of the Yakuza and begin restoring the organization to glory. In a few years, one of the most powerful crime syndicate's in the world and the entire country its based in answer to a woman who holds him in utmost respect. With one fuckcrazy little girl, Bill slipped Japan into his pocket.
The Bride started killing the Deadly Vipers with her best friend, and planned to finish with her worst enemy, before moving on to Bill.Her comments when discussing finding O-Ren Ishii imply that there was more at work than expedience ("conveniently, the first name on my list was also the easiest to find..."), and in her confrontation with O-Ren there is an odd dynamic between the two, most notably in the shared line of "Silly rabbit, Trix are for-" "kids." Then, Vernita seems a little hostile, but remorseful; Budd is utterly dispassionate; and Elle openly hated The Bride even when they were on the same side. Plus, it suits her sense of drama.
Budd was expecting Elle to betray and attack him, but wasn't prepared for the poison of a California Mountain Snake.It was repeatedly shown that Budd was a total Badass under his Corrupt Hick exterior, and an apt psychologist to boot. Why would he be caught off-guard by the hostility that Elle made clear even to the audience? He wasn't; Budd saw it coming a mile off and wanted to lure her into overextending before a swift shotgun blast to the torso, just as he did with The Bride. To prepare for this, he dosed himself heavily with the antidote to California Mountain Snake venom, knowing Elle's sick sense of humor. Unfortunately, he failed to account for the extent of her sympathy for her worst enemy, or attention to irony. Remember, kids, literary devices are Serious Business.
O-Ren wasn't safe at the restaurant.It's called the House of Blue Leaves. Obviously, the House had something to do with O-Ren's death. It might have even lead the Bride here somehow.
O-Ren was intended to be the main character of the movies, but the Bride stole the role.We learn a lot more about her than about the Bride. She has a tragic backstory, a strong personnality, a bunch of characters bound to her by a relationship that begged to be developed - even the mooks : they're mooks, but still she laughs with them and doesn't look down on them, and they're ready to die for her... In fact, the Bride was only supposed to fight O-Ren after having destroyed most of what she had built as the Queen of the Yakuzas, then be killed, leaving our half-Japanese swordswoman distraught at the end of Volume One. She then would have left her "job" in Volume Two and tried to find the other members of the Deadly Vipers looking for explanations on what they had done, the purpose of these murders, the story of the bride and so on. Eventually she would have discovered that Bill was, as explained above, the white-suited man who killed her father. Realizing she has been fooled into serving the man who had destroyed her life, carrying both her need for revenge and the Bride's memory, she would have become the Atoner and taken her revenge against Bill in a climactic fight, hence the title. But the fact is that the Bride is such a goddamn bitch, she managed to bend destiny itself, get up after having been killed by O-Ren when she cut her spine, and inverted what the scenario told by killing O-Ren, forcing Tarantino to re-write the story with her as the main character. Poor O-Ren.
Bill wanted to die.After dealing with the remorse for almost killing his true love and child he grew suicidal but couldn't kill himself (warrior's death and all). To make amends he took his daughter and tried to raise her as a caring and nuturing father. However when learning of Kiddo's awakening he made no attempts to stop her from getting to him. When the time came he put on the act as if he were fighting back and allowed Kiddo to kill him. If the fight were real it would have been much longer and Bill would be the victor, not without a few close calls himself. Instead he chose to die a good death and give the Bride her revenge and B.B her mother. Or......
B.B. is a tykebombBill was too old and too weak while Kiddo still in her prime. In his younger days he would have very much been her equal, but years have been unkind. Bill devised a plan, to condition B.B., his daughter, to take his revenge. When B.B comes of age she'll turn on the Bride and possibly team up with Nikita to take revenge for their fallen parents.
O-Ren was The Starscream of the Deadly Viper Assassination SquadThis goes in accordance with the theory that Bill participated in the deaths of O-Ren's parents. After tracking down Bill she joined the DiVAS in order to get close to him. Throughout the time she was a member of the group she tried numerous failed attempts on Bill's life. The only reason Bill kept her around was that he found her useful. It might also explain why Beatrix Kiddo went after O-Ren first. It was her way of saying that she's going to finish O-Ren's job for her.
The presence of Texas Ranger Earl McGraw confirms that...The action films of Robert Rodriguez also take place in the Tarantino-universe. His cameo in Death Proof only cements this.
Mia Wallace and Beatrix Kiddo are long-lost twin sisters.We really don't know anything about Beatrix before she worked for Bill, and the only thing we know about Mia is that she wanted to be an actress. Bill seems to have a penchant for recruiting women with tragic pasts (evidence O-Ren). Mia and Beatrix's parents were horribly killed somehow and they were separated while still children. Jules Winfield (a.k.a. Rufus) probably noticed this, but never had time to approach Beatrix (a.k.a. Arlene) before the Squad attacked.
B.B. was awake during Bill and Beatrix's talkI don't know how much she understood, but does know her mommy killed her daddy, and that's going to make for some interesting teen years...
Bill told B.B. about her mommy waking up and coming for bloodHe probably had a long talk to her after he confirmed the bride woke up. At volume two B.B. not only knew she will meet her mommy but the reunion will end with her losing one of her parents.
Gogo Yubari is (or was) a pair of Creepy TwinsThey were twins in the original script: Axe Crazy Gogo at the bar and The Quiet One Gogo at the restaurant (Crazy!Gogo had the flu). Quiet!Gogo was killed and Crazy(er)!Gogo will avenge her in the sequel.
The conflict between Bill and Budd is based on Bill's fondness for being "old school"Bill likes to think of himself as a samurai or Ninja or something. He thinks in terms of honor, likes swordplay, has a flair for the dramatic, etc. However, Budd understand what they are: killers. Period, end of story. The dead don't give a shit if they were killed by an "honorable" warrior or not. What they care about is the fact that they're dead. So why should the killer care when the victim doesn't? This self-realization is what allows him to be the only character who snags the Bride. He doesn't play by Bill's rules, which he knows she follows. I also think that this allowed him to be the most effective assassin in the group when they were still together. Because he didn't fuck around. It also likely makes him more like historical Ninja than anything Bill ever could achieve.
O-Ren and the Bride were best friends before the massacre
Gogo Yubari is a winner of a Battle RoyaleThe scene where she murders the businessman in the bar occurs just after she has been crowned winner and released. He was the first person she killed after the Program ended where she was forced to slaughter her friends. Her meteor hammer is the weapon she was randomly assigned, which she keeps as a souvenir. The schoolgirl uniform is her old school uniform, after being thoroughly washed. O-Ren was impressed by the teenage killer and bought her on board to her Yakuza Clan.
Pai Mei is a body jumping monster.Gordon Liu's character defeated Pai Mei in the universe that Kill Bill shares with Kung Fu (ties in with the 'Bill is Kwai Chang Caine' theory above). Now Gordon Liu's character IS Pai Mei. QED, Pai Mei's immortality doesn't come from Dragon Ball Z style Training from Hell but rather from body snatching. The reason he's so dismissive of the bride and reputedly hates blondes, whites, and women is because they are completely unsuitable for him to groom as replacements. In order to keep the real reason of his immortality a secret, Pai Mei only possesses bodies with at least some similar characteristics to his original. This also makes Bill's "In the year Double-aught-three" introduction make a little more sense. Presumably when Elle poisoned him, rather than beating him in a martial challenge, the secret of his immortality was lost.
The Bride is still in a coma and all of the events of both films are just "dreams" or flashes of mental images that come to her while she lies in her hospital bed.Let's review: The Bride was severely wounded in an attack and yet is able to leave the hospital, commandeer the "Party Wagon" and seek revenge against the people that injured her. Given the years of physical therapy that recovering from a coma would entail and the lack of obvious financial resources available to her, it's unlikely that The Bride would have been able track down highly trained, and one would assume extremely secretive, assassins. And since no matter how lopsided the odds or unlikely the circumstances, The Bride always overcomes and defeats her enemies, it's obvious that she is in a dream state and the movie series is a creation of her own imagination.
Bill once said something deeply insulting regarding Hattori Hanzo's food preparing skills.Hattori Hanzo has retired from sword-making, presumably for moral reasons. But when he learns that the Bride needs a sword to kill Bill, he oddly doesn't hesitate to forge one last sword. What has Bill done to him that makes him ignore his new principles?
Elle didn't really kill Pai Mei.After hearing so much buildup and seeing Pai Mei's fighting prowess, it seems rather anticlimactic that a thousand-year-old master like Pai Mei would die from being poisoned at the hands of a lowly student, especially after being called an old fool. It seems more likely that Elle attempted to poison Pai Mei, but failed, and was thrown out by Pai Mei in a rare moment of mercy. Telling Beatrix that she had murdered her master seems exactly the sort of cruel thing that Elle would use as psychological warfare, and the flashback was just a narration of Elle embellishing the story. Not to mention, if Beatrix reacted violently to the news of Pai Mei being killed in such a cowardly fashion, imagine Bill's reaction. If Elle did kill Pai Mei, Bill likely would have killed her, or at the very least, suspended her from the Deadly Vipers.
The Bride, and possibly all the female members of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, were slayers or potential slayers.Super strong women with insane martial arts skills who kick crazy amounts of ass? Bill is a former Watcher and picked them specifically because of this.
Winston Wolf will be in the sequelThe Wolf will clean up Vernita Green's house. Vernita's husband the Good Doctor Bell knows Bonnie, Jimmie Dimmick's wife. Bonnie knows her husband has connections and puts Bell in contact with the Wolf, who does help despite being retired after marrying Raquel from Monster Joe's Truck and Tow.
Pei Mei died before Budd could be trained.Obviously, we know that Elle killed Pei Mei after he tore her eye out. We don't know exactly when this happened but it's implied that it happened during her training. Now, the Bride had already gone through training and it seems that Vernita went through training with Pei Mei since she could go hand-to-hand with the Bride. Considering O-Ren was Bill's protege', we can assume that she also recieved training (we never see her martial arts skills). This would leave Elle as the last person to be trained and we know how that ended. Everyone seemed to have a low opinion of Budd's skill. Obviously, he let himself go, but when Bill asked if he was still practicing sword-fighting, martial arts never came up. Budd certainly didn't expect the Bride to punch her way through the coffin (seems that technique was the very first lesson.) He was next in line to be trained and it never happened due to Elle.
Pai Mei's training is the reason why the Bride survived the massacre.Given that he's Really 700 Years Old, he's probably got some tricks for cheating death, and if he trusted the Bride enough to teach her the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, he would've trusted her enough to teach her how to survive grievous wounds, so that instead of dying when beaten and then shot in the head, she entered a Healing Coma. Bill didn't know about her learning the FPPEHT, which is why he chalked up her survival to mere chance. This also explains why the Bride was able to recover pretty quickly after waking up; she's able to mentally augment her healing. Note that this doesn't make her immortal; presumably, if she were caught totally off-guard (as Pai Mei was when Elle poisoned him), she'd still die.
Nikki Green will become a crime fighting super hero.after her mother's death.
Bill had relationships with ALL the Di VAS (except Budd).He's called "Snakecharmer". It's confirmed, straight up, that he had a relationship with the Bride, hell, he got her preggo. It's all but confirmed through his dialogue with Elle in the hospital, what with him telling her how much he loves her. We've never seen him interact with O-Ren or Vernita, why is it such a stretch to believe that he had similar relationships with them?There's actually a fairly prevelant fan theory that Vernita was pregnant with his baby during the wedding massacre because of how close BB and Nikki are in age...
During WWII, Bill (and possibly Budd) were Basterds.After the original Basterds successfully killed Hitler and ended the war in the European Theatre, Lt. Raine was ordered to put a new team together and do the same to the Japanese. Among the members were two young OSS agents who were familiar with Japanese martial arts and culture.
Bill orchestrated his own death after the Bride broke his heart.Let's face it, if the guy's a murdering bastard, he's a magnificent murdering bastard. That said, his real reason for orchestrating the Massacre may have been because he didn't want to live without the Bride, and so orchestrated the massacre in a manner that would allow the Bride to survive, knowing full well she'd be after his blood if she did survive. Then he took their child after the doctors were able to save her and settled down to a quiet life to await the day the Bride would kill him. This would probably explain why he's such a Graceful Loser when the Bride hits him with the dim mak she had learned from Pai Mei, the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique.
Pai Mei didn't die.It was just a lie to antagonize the Bride. Pai Mai is too wise and powerful to be killed so easily.
Buck is Rick Spector from Magnolia.
Budd was at least half expecting to be killed... but not by ElleHe had to at have kept in mind the possibility the Bride would get out of her grave alive (he did give her the flashlight after all) and even if he was unaware of Pei Mei's exact training he knew exactly how hard she was to kill. If she made it out of her grave alive and killed him, well as he said earlier he deserved it. On the other hand if she never returned, well she deserved it too.
The Bride never really killed BillThe five point palm technique was never taught to Elle in her training montage...the move doesn't work and Bill simply plays along to make her believe he died, the best way out for both of them. In the final credits (the black and white ones) the actors of those on the kill list have their names crossed out (Elle Driver's actress has a question mark) apart from Bill...his name is left uncrossed. He's still alive. http://imgur.com/a/hgzIz Nikki Green is going to be in the next film as an adult (again, assuming there ever is one), there will have to be a fifteen to twenty year Time Skip for her to be old enough to go after the Bride. Since the current films take place in the present day (albeit with heavy influences from 70's Exploitation Films), then the setting of the "present" of Kill Bill Vol. 3 ( a.k.a. Kill Beatrix) will be in the future, perhaps stylized somewhere between Cyber Punk and Zeerust. This can allow for Artificial Limbs (allowing Sofie and Elle to circumvent their previous injuries), a third party intervention from a Mega Corp (this won't feel out of place, seeing how the original Kill Bill verse is just as corrupted), and perhaps some CGI special effects.