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Halloween Ends’ Plot Involves Surviving the COVID Pandemic

Halloween Kills director David Gordon Green reveals COVID-19 will play a role in 2022’s Halloween Ends, which takes place in a post-pandemic world.

Halloween and Halloween Kills executive producer and director David Gordon Green has revealed that the COVID-19 pandemic will play a role in the final installment of his Halloween trilogy: Halloween Ends.

“It jumps into a contemporary timeline,” the director told Mike Ryan of UpRoxx. “So we go from two episodes that are the same night in 2018. And then we’ll get to speed up with [Halloween Ends]. It’ll take place the time of its release.”

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“Where we’re leaving these characters on Halloween 2018, the world is a different place,” Green continued. “So not only do they have their immediate world affected by that trauma, having time to process that trauma — and that’s a specific and immediate traumatic event in the community of Haddonfield — but then they also had a worldwide pandemic and peculiar politics and another million things that turned their world upside down.”

Halloween Ends will not be the first onscreen story to incorporate the COVID-19 pandemic, although it hasn’t proven to be a very common subplot in media yet. South Park aired an episode called “Pandemic Special,” which showed the main cast heading back to school with pandemic measures in place. Grey’s Anatomy‘s crossover with Station 19 was set during the pandemic. Shameless is also expected to address the pandemic in its upcoming final season.

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While COVID has not been directly referenced in many shows, it has certainly affected production behind the scenes. The Offer, an upcoming Godfather series, lost $6 million to its COVID shutdown. Marvel’s What If…? series was forced to create shorter episodes than originally planned. Halloween Kills was originally set to release in 2020 but was pushed back to 2021 in response to the pandemic.

The current trilogy is a direct sequel to the original Halloween film, ignoring the other five films that were released before the 2018 installment. The end of Halloween saw Laurie Strode blow up her own house with Michael Myers trapped in the basement, but the Halloween Kills trailer shows the next film picking up the same night, with Michael escaping the blaze and murdering the firefighters on the scene.

Halloween Kills will premiere in theaters and on Peacock this weekend, Oct. 15 2021. Halloween producers have confirmed that Halloween Ends is on track to release on time. Halloween Ends will be released Oct. 14 2022.

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