In a recent interview with IndieWire, Saw X‘s seasoned executive producers, Mark Burg and Oren Koules, who have been integral to the franchise from its very inception, open up about a pivotal choice made back in Saw III.
Released in 2006, the third installment brought back Tobin Bell‘s iconic John Kramer, alias Jigsaw. Introducing a new wave of diabolical traps and a kidnapped doctor essential to his survival. While Jigsaw succumbed to his cancer within the narrative, his character would find ingenious ways to resurface in almost every subsequent chapter.
As Saw X takes center stage, Burg and Koules offer candid insights into the decision to bid adieu to Jigsaw in Saw III. With the benefit of hindsight and the franchise’s enduring success, it seems they might have approached the character’s arc with a different perspective. Here’s a glimpse into Burg’s contemplation:
“If I had to do it again, I might not have killed Tobin Bell in ‘Saw III’. That might have been a mistake.”
In the twisted world of Saw, death isn’t always final. Jigsaw’s ghostly presence lingers through enigmatic flashbacks, creating a mind-bending timeline. While watching in release order is the norm, the flashbacks offer a tantalizing alternative.
Consider Jigsaw in 2017 – a tale a decade post-Saw III, yet with sequences predating the terror’s genesis. Then, Saw X unfurls between the second and third chapters, spiraling into ruthless retribution.
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Flash forward to Saw III (2006) and Saw IV (2007). Enter Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010), and Spiral: From the Book of Saw (2021). Each peels back layers, revealing the intricately woven tapestry of malevolence.
As for the future? With the latest installment’s success, the question of John Kramer’s return hangs heavy. The next chapter remains a dark enigma. In Saw’s realm, time bends, much like its diabolical traps. Let the speculation commence.