Available on Get Out‘s home video release is an alternate ending that brings the film to a close on a much darker note. In the film’s actual ending, Chris survives his hellish ordeal, and his friend Rod gets him the hell out of there. In the alternate ending, however, Chris is arrested, resigning himself to the sad fate of never getting out of prison.
Peele calls that ending a “very dark gut-punch.” And in a chat with THR, Peele just revealed a second alternate ending to Get Out, one that wasn’t actually filmed.
“I had several different [endings],” Peele began. “There was a while where it was more of a gated community, and we get to Chris breaking out, but right before he breaks out he meets some sort of final test that we don’t know how it ends.”
He continues, “We cut to Rod a couple months later, breaking into the gated community, going down the main street and seeing Chris just looking into the reflection of a window. And he goes: ‘Chris, I’ve been looking for you. Are you OK?’ And Chris turns to him and goes, ‘I assure you, I don’t know who you’re talking about.’”
Ultimately, Peele realized that he needed an ending that, in his own words, “gives us a hero… that gives us an escape… gives us a positive feeling when we leave this movie.“