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Aaron grew up believing Moses was dead.
I saw this theory over on Tumblr suggesting that Aaron, who was probably too little to really remember Yocheved sending Moses downriver, knew his mother had a baby who didn't live with them anymore; he grows up to assume this is because Moses was one of the babies killed by the Egyptian soldiers and Miriam and Yocheved are telling him this story about Moses growing up in Pharaoh's palace because neither of them can bring themselves to tell him what really happened. And this accounts for Aaron's initial reaction when Moses just shows up out of the blue.

Egypt's gods chose not to intervene during the plagues.
The gods of Egypt, pissed off at either being used cynically — the magicians were basically using them to perform parlor tricks, and without really believing in it — or being invoked to keep the Hebrews in slavery, decided to ignore all the incantations and leave Egypt to the whims of Moses' god.


Egypt's gods were in the middle of an Enemy Civil War
Aten (Egypt's version of a monotheistic god) made real by Amenhotep IV's worship but then forcefully eradicated from Egypt, took the opportunity to reassert his power and wreak havoc as revenge and/or Enemy of My Enemy camaraderie.

Or Alternately...

The Hebrew account left out one major detail, the war
The Egyptian Gods weren't fully outmatched by the Hebrew God. It was before the plagues that God sent the angels to battle them. So while they were in the midst of a battle, God reigned plagues down on Egypt while their gods were too busy to be able to counteract. In order to make the victory sound more effective later text made them look metaphorical and/or weak, even though it was actually a more competitive battle.
  • This theory brought to you in the same line that pagan deities at least originally were flesh Nephilim. YMMV on that though.

The killings by Moses and the wandering by the Hebrews for forty years didn't happen after this movie's events
First off, Moses is not the murderer he was in the original tale of the Exodus. He's horrified by killing people and felt sympathy for the victims of the plagues. Likewise, God is far more benevolent. In the original story
He would kill people for sympathizing with his victims, he does nothing of the sort to Moses in this movie.

The mother of Rameses' son is dead.
Rameses was married early on in his reign, but his queen died sometime after their son was born (possibly even in childbirth). Rameses' close relationship with his son is thus partly because he sees him as someone to remember her by, which adds another layer of tragedy to his death in the final plague.
  • Actually, Nefretiri, Rameses' wife and his son's mother, did appear in the film albeit briefly. Look closely at the beginning of the scene of Moses' return with Rameses and you will see her standing at the side of Rameses' throne.
    • It's not never made clear( at least not in the movie) that Rameses' current wife is the boy's biological mother.
    • The woman is Nefertari in theory. The historical Nefertari predeceased her and Ramses' firstborn son by a year. The Great Royal Wife after was Nefertari was Isetnofret, the mother of Merneptah. Even with this being a Compressed Adaptation in terms of Egyptian history, as Amun-her-khepshef died a man rather than a child, it is ambiguous to if the Great Royal Wife is Nefertari or not but taking Egyptian history into account, it seems unlikely.

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