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Why the ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Movie Deserves a Sequel

Why the ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Movie Deserves a Sequel

The Fanbase is Hungry for Seconds

The Five Nights at Freddy’s (FNAF) movie was a box office hit, bringing together veteran fans from the game franchise to relive their childhood and allowing new faces to join the fandom. It was also the first time the Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria animatronics made their way onto the big screen, bringing to life the characters fans have come to know and love in a new light. And just like any other video game adaptation, this film was not short of its fair share of references, easter eggs, and nods to the games throughout the series. But with such a success and quite a massive chunk of lore left to uncover, there are still many questions left unanswered. Where is Garrett? Will Mike and Abby make a return? Who is the next big bad?

For those who are uncertain about whether or not it could happen, fear not. There is still certainly enough room for another story to build upon the events from the first movie. The last scene even hints at who the main villain will be for the series and references a small easter egg from the second game at the end of the credits. Not only that, but the actor who plays Steve Raglan, Matthew Lillard, has confirmed he has signed on for a three-movie deal. But what could the premise be for the next film? A look into the video game lore may just have the answers. Warning: major spoilers ahead. 

The Puppet 

In the first film, fans are introduced to a new character; Garrett, Mike’s younger brother, who was kidnapped by William Afton. However, there is one question that still stands: where is Garrett? Sure, he makes appearances in Mike’s dreams, but there is no sign of him anywhere at the pizzeria. 

This very well may be a plot hole that the writers have not taken into consideration. Although, there are two easter eggs in the film that might suggest this was done on purpose. During the credits, a familiar tune known as the “Grandfather’s Clock” plays. This tune is often associated with the music box that players need to wind in FNAF 2 in order to keep the puppet at bay. In Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, the puppet is a security animatronic designed to prevent Charlotte Emily, Henry Emily’s daughter, from leaving the pizzeria unsupervised. However, it fails to protect the child as Charlotte is found trapped outside and murdered by William Afton (Henry’s business partner). The puppet later finds the girl, binding itself to her and allowing her spirit to possess it. More on this later. 

Now, at the end of the credits, there is a robotic voice that seems to make random utterances. But listening closely, this voice actually is spelling out the phrase “Come find me.” In FNAF 2, this same voice makes an appearance during the “SAVETHEM” minigame, a game mode where the player takes turns as the animatronics in the pizzeria. The voice could very well be Mike’s younger brother, who possesses the puppet and wants Mike to go to an older pizzeria location to find him. But how could this be? Garret’s not Charlotte Emily. While that is true, this is the cinematic universe, and not everything will be exactly the same. In fact, the cop, Vanessa, is not actually William Afton’s daughter in the games. So, following this pattern, they could do the same thing with Garret and make it so that he is this universe’s version of Charlotte Emily. Not only that, but Mike and Garret’s father could be Henry Emily, and the new film could uncover how their business relationship went awry.

Why the ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Movie Deserves a Sequel
Credits: The Puppet, Toy Bonnie, Toy Chica, Toy Freddy, and Mangle in "Five Nights at Freddy's 2" | Image: Scott Cawthon

The Mystery of Balloon Boy 

While the Puppet theory certainly has some water to it, some fans may be concerned about retconning Charlotte Emily’s character. No matter, for there is another who could fulfill the role of Garrett. Believe it or not, Balloon Boy is another animatronic that has a lot of mystery surrounding his character. He is first introduced in FNAF 2 as an animatronic who has more of a humanoid appearance compared to his animal counterparts. Balloon Boy is a 3-foot-tall character who often says simple phrases like “hi” and “hello” and makes sounds akin to a child’s laugh. Throughout the game, he is seen carrying a balloon and a sign reading “balloons!” Balloon Boy is the only animatronic who will not kill the security guard, but he will eventually sneak into their office and disable their flashlight for a few seconds.

In the film, Balloon Boy makes a cameo as a small figurine found throughout the pizzeria, but that’s pretty much it. There is nothing else revealed about who he is as a character. Some assume he is just another one of the victims of the missing children incident. Others believe he could just be an animatronic who has been tampered with by William Afton and is corrupted. With so much uncertainty surrounding his character, he makes the perfect candidate to be the new vessel for Garret. Why? Because in the film, Balloon Boy seems to be following Mike wherever he goes. The first time he is seen, Mike is in the security guard’s office and spots him when he opens a locker. The second time is when Mike goes into the janitor’s closet and gets jumpscared by seeing him on a shelf. 

The last time is in an after-credits scene where he opens the taxi driver’s car door and jumpscares him. While Mike wasn’t in the car at the time, his sister, Abby, was the one who called the taxi driver. With all of these instances, it’s possible that Balloon Boy is looking for Mike in places that are connected to him. This could be Garret’s soul who is controlling the figure as a way to communicate to Mike. It would also answer the question of how such a small figurine could move from place to place. 

The Plot  

With both theories in mind, there is most likely one way the sequel could build off of the first movie. Keep in mind, however, that everything here is pure speculation and has not been confirmed. In the sequel, Mike could still be having dreams about his brother, Garret, who is calling out to him to come find him and set his soul free. In these dreams, Mike could have visions of the Puppet or Balloon Boy in a different pizzeria location. Knowing Mike, he will eventually give in and speak to Vanessa about his dreams. Since Vanessa knows a lot about the first location, it’s likely that she would know about the others. After consulting her, Mike, Vanessa, and Abby set out to find this older location. Now, at the end of the first film, William (now Springtrap) is still revealed to be alive. He’s essentially the main antagonist throughout the series and has a tendency to “always come back.” 

So, it’s likely that he will still pursue Mike, Abby, and Vanessa in order to seek revenge. Although, in order to protect himself and Abby, Mike will likely need to go undercover with an alias. In FNAF 2, the security guard’s name is Jeremy Fitzgerald, as seen on the check at the end of the game. This will likely be the name he takes to hide himself from Springtrap. Throughout the rest of the film, the trio will search for Garret, uncover darker secrets about the missing children’s incident, and discover how it happened. They will also come across new faces like the Puppet, Balloon Boy, the toy animatronics, and the withered animatronics. And while all of this is happening, Springtrap will make several attempts to get his revenge. 

Concluding Thoughts 

There are many secrets, questions, and plot holes from the first Five Nights at Freddy’s film that are just begging to be answered. Many of these would have been too much to fit into just one film, so it would only make sense to uncover them in a sequel. The mystery of Garret, the Puppet, Balloon Boy, Springtrap, and the missing children’s incident are all perfect plot points to unlock in a sequel. 

Aside from the plot, there are also other elements that could be worked on to improve from the last film. A lot of fans have agreed that while the first one was great at delivering fan service, one issue is that the film seems to be lacking in the “scary department.” This sets the film as more of a thriller than a horror movie, although it’s possible this was done intentionally so it could appeal to an audience of all ages. Either way, it would be nice to have more impactful jumpscares, frightening images, and more suspenseful build-ups so fans could relive the terrifying nature of the game environments.

Why the ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Movie Deserves a Sequel
Credits: Toy Bonnie, Toy Freddy, and Toy Chica in "Five Nights at Freddy's 2" | Image: Five Nights at Freddy's Wiki

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Marc Agbayani's favorite genres to write are fantasy, science fiction, horror, action,n and mystery. His inspiration for writing stems from his love of various forms of pop culture, such as the film series Star Wars by George Lucas and the video game series The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, going to the gym, and hosting game nights with friends

Cailen Fienemann is a current student at Le Moyne College pursuing her BA in English and Communications with a film studies minor and a creative writing concentration.  Though uncertain about her career end-goals, any job that allows her to write is a cherished one indeed.