David is Adam's twin brother, and a Jigsaw apprenticeOkay, so David, the protagonist from the short film, is played by Leigh Whannel. So is Adam. Obviously, they're twins, or else the Saw universe involves clones, which seems unlikely considering it's a realistic fiction series. Now, in a deleted scene from Saw, Adam says that he has a family, supporting the idea that he has a brother at all. Adam also says that he doesn't see his family much. Interesting... Think about it. Every other person who has been in the reverse bear trap helped Jigsaw. Why would David be an exception? In conclusion, Adam met his demise at the hands of his brother that he was so disconnected from that he didn't know the story of the man who tried to kill him. And that's why...
The next movie will have Dr. Gordon and the survivors as antagonists.If you notice towards the end of Saw VII, there are two other people in pig masks with Dr. Gordon, and it is safe to assume they are other survivors, taking over the Jigsaw title to judge people with traps, and continue the series.
Dr. Gordon is still alive.Okay, when we last saw him he was bleeding to death, and Jigsaw was sure to catch up with him anyway. But we didn't see him die — and this series loves to show the victims' deaths, even if it's a couple of movies later. Besides, they keep making little references to him. Nah, Lawrence is still alive, and they'll bring him back for Saw VI to bring the series full circle. (His absence since the first film is easy to explain: he's been in hospital recovering from his massive injuries.)
Jill Tuck will be the final Jigsaw.You're trying to tell me that she had NO idea that her husband was Jigsaw? Bull. Shit. She's going to be the one to end Hoffman's life and take up the Jigsaw role...if she hasn't already been acting in concert with her husband already.
Kevin McAllistor will be the Final JigsawAbandonment issues and a knowledge of elaborate, deadly traps are not a good combo of a healthy psyche.
Jigsaw will be the final Jigsaw.Because you can never say a horror franchise is 100% dead until the main villain is revived.
A Jigsaw puzzle will be the final Jigsaw.Because that makes sense.
Jigsaw was testing himself in Saw 3.Think about it. At this point, it was already at least hinted that Jigsaw was starting to realize that the few people who did survive the tests didn't learn anything, so he was probably starting to wonder if he was actually doing any good, or if he was just a sick psycho who tortures people because he can't cope with his disease. Besides, he may also have realized that spending the short time he has left doing that isn't exactly the best way to show his respect for life either. So he decided to create a game in which someone would be put to the test, but so would he. His test was to convince Jeff to forget his grief and to forgive to those who he feel wronged him (note the parallel between Jeff not coping with his son's death and Jigsaw not coping with his cancer). If he managed to do so, it would mean his games do serve their purpose and make people appreciate life. If he failed, it would mean his works were meaningless and only made people who already hit rock-bottom suffer even more, making him even more disrespectful of life than the people he tested, and he knew Jeff's anger would be so great that he would kill him (that also explains why he kidnapped Jeff's daughter and put his wife into a deadly trap, to make sure he would hate Jigsaw enough to kill him). And last but not least, Jigsaw tested both of his apprentices, so it's not a stretch to believe that he would test himself as well, and being killed by a person he tested fit his theme of Karmic Deaths perfectly.
Jigsaw is just a crazed sadist.Ostensibly, Jigsaw's philosophy is that those who do not appreciate life do not deserve it. Practically speaking, this becomes "If you aren't prepared to suffer to survive then you don't deserve life." However, his actions are extremely inconsistent with this. First of all, look at his first two victims. Their "tests" were obviously not just a matter of "If you're willing to suffer then you get to live"; they both tried as hard as they could to escape and yet they died anyway. They didn't lack the will to survive; their tests were just too friggin' hard. Then we have Amanda, who has to kill an innocent in order to survive. So now suddenly it's "If you're willing to commit murder then you get to live," even though he supposedly abhors murder and only does what he does to get people to value their lives. And of course, we learn at the end that Adam basically never had a hope in hell of surviving. Michael's test in the second movie is the only one that actually conforms to Jigsaw's "true" modus operandi; he could have survived if he'd been willing to endure the loss of his eye, but he wasn't, so he died. Fine. It's all downhill from there, however; first he uses blatant Schmuck Bait to trick a guy into shooting himself, then he sets a test for Xavier that he can easily avoid just by making someone else do it. Not to mention that razor box, which was just a flat-out trap. Nobody whose brain's been addled by a lethal airborne toxin could reasonably be expected to avoid that. Also, Jigsaw now seems to be be promoting a Power of Friendship message on top of everything else, because the victims would have fared a lot better without all the infighting. So now we have "You must kill to survive" being followed by "You must work together!" Then of course we have Detective Matthews, who just gets screwed every which way. Not only demonstrate the will to survive by escaping almost immediately, he's smart about it; he breaks his ankle rather than sawing his foot off. And then he gets captured again and dies in the next movie through no fault of his own. Grand. Also, Jigsaw's now trying to teach the value of mercy and forgiveness, apparently. This after forcing someone to commit murder and dragging numerous innocent bystanders into his "tests", including a little girl. Oh, and the final message of the movie is just great. "You didn't instantly forgive me for all the horrible, horrible trials I put you through, so now I'm going to make your wife's head asplode." It's possible that this tangled mess is all justifiable somehow, but it's also possible that Jigsaw is just nuts. I know which one I'm going for.
Hoffman wins...everythingAs far as I can tell, his "test" was just supposed to be him dying (I don't think Jigsaw meant for him to have an out, since there was no way to get a key). That would make him the only person in the entire franchise John actually UNDERESTIMATED. If this is the case, then his sheer will to live means he deserves to live more than anyone else.
Jigsaw is really Kevin McCallister from Home Alone
William didn't have to kill a single person in his game in Saw VIThis is a theory that has been floating around in my head for a while, and it has been in there long enough that I think I may have sufficient proof for it. Basically, I don't think William had to choose between killing anyone during his game in Saw VI; I think there was a way for everyone involved in the traps to live. First of all, look at Saw V: the people in the sewer trap thought they had to fight each other and that the trap was Survival of the Fittest, but it turned out in the end that they were supposed to work together. I don't think it's inconceivable for that kind of aesop change to happen in Saw VI, as well; William thinks he is being taught a lesson about the flaws in his perception about the relative worth of people's lives (for example, a healthy loner is not worth more than a sick grandmother), but it turns out he's really being encouraged to just drop those perceptions completely (rather than just correct them), and to give everyone a chance at life; in other words, to not try to assign life a value. After all, Jigsaw basically told William that his formula for deciding whether someone got coverage was BS because it didn't take into account the human will to live. If William was just being encouraged to rethink his perceptions on the relative worth of human life, then that would just mean modifying his formula, but I think Jigsaw would want him to just forget about his formula. Now, I think there was a way for William to go about each each trap without killing anyone. I suspect that the Breathing Mask Trap was designed so that it wouldn't actually kill William. After all, without him, none of the other traps can go as planned, and thus Hoffman wouldn't have been able to carry Jigsaw's final will, and why make an innocent janitor go through everything that William had to go through? Thus, perhaps the trap would release them both if William were to simply breath enough to supposedly kill himself. This would have taught him that, though Hank was less healthy than him, that didn't mean Hank deserved to die. With the Barbed-Wire Nooses, I think the responsibility was more on Allen's shoulder, but he could have survived. Watch the scene: his hands are released well before the noose tightened, meaning he could have grabbed the noose so that it wouldn't cut his neck when he fell. It certainly would have been painful, but considering the alternative (death), it's preferable. And why else would the director have included a scene of his hands have been released? He could have very well said, "Fuck you!" without his hands being released, so it couldn't have just been for storytelling purposes The Steam Room is simpler to explain. Debbie could have just used to band-saw to cut the device off of herself. The x-rays were probably placed there to make her think she had to maim William to get the key (like the faux Survival of the Fittest theme in Saw V), even though she didn't. Finally, in the Carousel Trap, what if there was no limit on the number of times William could have pushed the buttons to raise the shotgun? I can't think of any evidence to support this, but if it were the case, it would have sent the message that the limits on how many people should be allowed to live (a parallel to the idea that some people shouldn't be given insurance coverage) are all an illusion created by the higher-ups (in the case of the trap, the higher-up is Jigsaw; in the case of health insurance, it's William). I know it's a Converse Error to assume that since this moral makes sense, then the possibility that lead to it must be true, but I thought I'd bring it up anyways. Most importantly, though, remember that Jigsaw said to William, "You think it is the living who will have ultimate judgment over you because the dead will have no claim to your soul, but you may be mistaken." However, at the end of the movie, it is the living (Brent and Tara) who have ultimate judgment over him. Thus, the only way this quote can be relevant is if it is the people who died in the traps (i.e. whom William killed) that are the dead that have a claim to his soul. In other words, had he not killed anyone, there would be no dead to claim his soul, and thus perhaps he would have been saved. On a side note, since Jigsaw could predict human behavior, perhaps he designed the tape that played at the end of the film specifically to encourage Tara or Brent to kill William. If that's the case, he could have had two tapes ready to play when William made it to the end: one which he knew would cause Brent or Tara to pull the level, and one which would have encouraged them to spare him, or perhaps told William to not stand on the platform that activated the switch, and that one would have played if he had pressed the button in the Carousel trap more than twice, and/or Hank had survived, etc. In other words, maybe William's real test was to find a way to let everyone live, to give up his insurance-based view that some people must die for others to keep living, and he failed that test miserably, and thus his punishment was to die by Brent's hand.
If there is a Saw VIII, then Gordon, Hoffman, and Dagen will square off.First off, I don't buy that Hoffman dies, Jill left him in a much more desperate situation and he found an out. The reason I pick these three character is because each of them represents Jigsaw's failure. In the case of Hoffman and Gordon, both of them were underestimated. They found the will to live, even after a "Game Over!" Now, both of them want to be the new Jigsaw, and they will fight for that right. Bobby, however, is their opposite. Rather than pulling victory from the jaws of defeat, he lost the game because the trap failed. John was wrong, his pecks ripped, and his wife died even though he had, by any reasonable standard, won. So, where the games represent a way of rewarding strength to Hoffman and Gordon, to Dagen they are nothing but sadistic mind-fucks. For that reason, he will be determined to stop both of them at all costs, and become a counter jigsaw-killer, finding ways to fuck with the games from outside (one possibility is he finds a way to communicate the nature of a trap to a victim, so that they don't have to listen to the tape recorder, and thus can work without a timer), helping the victims, and eventually killing both Gordon and Hoffman.
Saw VIII will mark the return of Amanda.If Hoffman can survive being stabbed in the neck with a pen and the RBT 2.0 and most likely the bathroom and Dr. Gordon can survive cutting off his foot and gets to be a Jigsaw accomplice despite FAILING his test then there's no reason to believe the writers (who actually really like Amanda) can't bring her back. After Saw 3D all logic can pretty much be thrown out the window anyway.
The end of Saw 3D is the end of the beginning for the Jigsaw movement, not the beginning of the end.Afterwards, the Jigsaw philosophy slowly gains recruits, eventually being a considerable cult and even taking over small villages. After a century, it's one of the most powerful forces in America and has outlets in other countries. A little while later, and soon there are Jigsaws EVERYWHERE (deverywhere, deverywhere). Every household in America gets tested (gets tested, gets tested). It becomes bigger than hula hoops (hula hoops, hula hoops). Eventually it is the leading cause of death in the world and not a single person goes through their life without undergoing a Jigsaw trap. Of course some would prefer being Driven to Suicide than to endure the traps. Quality of life declines and people forget what they knew, as slowly the Jigsaw become a seperate, more powerful class than the Non-Jigsaw. They're worshipped as gods, and scientific knowledge shifts to being exclusively the domain of the Jigsaw, as the Jigsaw do research into new traps and execute the Non-Jigsaw scientists for stupid reasons. Eventually the Jigsaw create AM from I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, who kills the Jigsaw and most of the Non-Jigsaw, but still tries to perform his function...
Lawrence was always a Jigsaw ApprenticeDr. Gordon was a follower of John's from the very beginning. Before Amanda converted, before Hoffman was blackmailed, he was there. His Test was intended to accomplish two main goals. His final Apprentice Exam, just like Amanda and Hoffman were intended to be given; and to cast him from the list of suspects. He'd been suspected already, and as things continued there was no guarantee they'd take a second look at him later. So he was put into a Test. If he died, Game Over. If he survived, he could either be a publicly traumatized survivor, or as happened, he could disappear as Missing Presumed Dead.
John was fully aware of Amanda's role in his son's death.In Saw V, we learn that Hoffman threatened Amanda with the knowledge that she was there when John's son died, one of the events that led him to become Jigsaw in the first place. Because of this, Amanda was forced to blow her last test and kill Lynn Denlon instead of following Jigsaw's direction to release her. The tragic irony of this all is that John was already perfectly aware of this fact, but had never brought it up because Amanda had rehabilitated herself in his tests. In fact, this was the irony of Amanda's reverse bear trap test, though she did not recognize it as such. She had previously killed by proxy and now, to survive, she had to kill willfully. That's the reason her "cellmate" was still alive.
Bobby Dagen's traps were not devised by either John or HoffmanI haven't gotten up to Saw The Final Chapter yet, so I acknowledge that there may be something within the movie itself that contradicts this. However, I think that Bobby's traps were not created by John (who was implied to have finished his last traps in Saw VI), nor by Hoffman (who was otherwise preoccupied with a Roaring Rampage of Revenge). They are, in fact, the creation of Dr. Gordon. The logic behind this surrounds the lesson he himself learned: Empathy. Bobby was a charismatic self-help guru, but he was only using Jigsaw survivors to make himself some cash. He wasn't tested just because he was posing as a fake victim, he was tested because he was posing as a fake healer on top of it. By running Bobby through his tests, he experienced exactly what any Jigsaw victim would, leaving him to better empathize with the people he was claiming to want to help. To take this even further, the ultimate goal of making Bobby a true victim is to make him better able to stabilize other survivors, help them realize Jigsaw's message, and become more appreciative of their life after the trauma of a trap. This could also improve the recruiting potential for bringing survivors in the Jigsaw world, as they're less likely to have been pushed as far as Amanda or Hoffman were with proper counseling.
When he first created the franchise, Leigh Whannell was inspired by the first 7 volumes of the Yu-Gi-Oh! manga.Think about it. Both Jisaw and Atem like to play games with their victims in order to show them the error of their ways. If the victim loses, they get a Karmic Death (or karmic punishment in Yu-Gi-Oh!'s case). The only real difference is that Atem is an Anti-Hero while Jisaw is an actual villain...well that and Atem has supernatural powers.
Jigsaw's psychosis had a valid medical cause.As the series unfolds, we discover that John Kramer had cancer in his brain, specifically in the frontal lobes. It is widely believed that the frontal lobes are responsible for one's moral compass, and damage to that area can cause drastic changes in personality, turning a perfectly decent man into a complete Jerk Ass (look up Phineas Gage for an example). So, while his master plan for reforming humanity one ungrateful bastard at a time did have noble roots (albeit those triggered by anger), as the cancer progressed it started affecting his personality and morality, turning a Well-Intentioned Extremist into a Knight Templar. Dr Steel may have started off a bit further off-kilter, Jigsaw had the brain tumor (see above) that wrecked his moral compass, turning him evil. Meaning Jigsaw is the evil version of Dr Steel, who was a Mad Scientist. Jigsaw turned to deathtraps, Dr Steel turned to music and world conquest.
Simone becomes an anti-JigsawTraumatized by her experience and angry at all the survivors saying they learned from their experience, Simone starts abducting good people and putting them in death traps, or maybe just using her job to actively and deliberately ruin people's lives, as a why of defying Jigsaw's message and belief system.
Jigsaw is a filmmaker who made the movies as a warning to the audience.He has abducted people from the movie theaters whom he believes need to be tested. People do not notice because they are focused on the movie. Additionally, he abducts people in real life and tests their will to live.
Saw is in the same universe as Dead Silence, Death Sentence, and Insidious.Billy appears as a puppet in Dead Silence, spray-paint in Death Sentence, and a chalk drawing in Insidious. Someone must be a big fan of Jigsaw's work.
The video games were designed by Amanda Young.Thus explaining why they are so difficult and seemingly impossible to live through.
The Saw universe's calendars are different.The 2005 calendar in Saw II: Flesh & Blood resembles the 2002 calendar. In the Saw universe, the Year of the Pig falls on 2004.
Jigsaw kept Gordon and Tapp captive for nearly a year.The first Saw movie took place November 2004. "Full Diclosure Report: Piecing Together Jigsaw" takes place the year after. In that in-universe documentary, it is stated that Lawrence Gordon and David Tapp were still missing. In the first Saw video game, Tapp returns home after being tested by Jigsaw in October 2005. The public knew at that time that Tapp was no longer missing since he freed Jigsaw's other test subjects from the asylum, which was mentioned in newspapers. Maybe Dr. Gordon was the one who put the key in Tapp's heart. He was, after all, initially intended to appear in the game. This could have been the test that set him free. He may have been reluctant to accept John's philosophy right after the events of the first film, but maybe he grew to accept them as he was kept alive by John for eleven months, possibly due to Stockholm Syndrome. Helping John with the tests in the video game proved that John could trust him, and Lawrence agreed to help him with subsequent tests.
A future film will show Lawrence's family's reaction to him being Jigsaw's apprentice.It would make a great dramatic plot point and revelation to his wife and daughter.
Saw is in the same universe as The Collector and The Collection.The Collector was inspired by Jigsaw's traps.