Us is filled to the brim with hidden meanings, metaphors and minor moments that turn out to have huge consequences behind them. Whilst the big twist in the film is currently breaking the internet, there’s actually a hidden twist that many have missed and whilst this isn’t confirmed, there’s a lot of evidence to support it.
That twist revolves around why Jason is so weird and throughout this, I’ll be breaking down everything that you need to know about the theory behind why certain things in the film happen to him.
This is full spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t seen the film yet then I highly recommend that you turn off now.
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Us Ending Recap
Ok so firstly, just a quick recap on the plot of Us.
We follow Adelaide Wilson who with the rest of her family go to their beach home on vacation. Adelaide has a lot of childhood trauma from when she was attacked by a Doppelganger in a carnival that exists on the beach front. She fears that whatever attacked her is coming back and this is proven right when the family is ambushed by a group of people that are exact duplicates of them. It turns out that everyone in the United States has a copy and these have risen to the surface from their underground homes and are now murdering people en masse. The Wilsons manage to kill most of the doubles but Adelaide’s double grabs the son, Jason, and descends into one of the underground tunnels.
Adelaide follows her and manages to kill her double and escapes with her son seemingly saving the day. In the end it’s revealed that when Adelaide was attacked by a Doppelganger as a child, she was actually swapped and she is the copy with this entire rising of the Tethered being a quest for revenge against her.
Us: Film Fan Theory
So this holds a lot of complications and there’s actually another twist which theorises that Jason, Adelaide’s son was also swapped the year before. Now before you start rolling your eyes, the first time I heard this as well I thought it didn’t make sense but the more you look into it you’ll see that it is in fact, probably true.
From the Tethered, we learn that everyone in the Us has a duplicate of themselves that has an inverse personality of their original self. For example, Gabe is goofy and pretty laid back whereas Abraham, his mirror, is aggressive and imposing. Zora is pretty much glued to her phone and overly sarcastic whereas Umbrae is constantly smiling even during death.
Jason is very reserved, wears masks, plays in closets and is regarded by many as strange and weird. During the day before the attack his family remark that he seems to be speaking a lot of new words and that he has a new vocabulary. In addition to this on the beach, the other kids make fun of him because instead of building a sand castle he is building a sand tunnel.
Overall he seems to keep himself to himself and stays out of people’s way, avoiding their touch and hiding behind his mask. Juxtaposing this, Pluto, Red’s Son, is social and tries to often tp hold his mothers hand. At no point in the film does he physically attack someone and he’s definitely the most gentle of the group.
Why Pluto Is The Real Jason
Pluto even is docile with Jason, he showcases his burnt face and the situation only escalates because Jason kicks him and flees, locking him in the closet.
In the end Pluto dies because Jason realises that he can control him and sends him walking back into the fire. Whilst some may think that he deliberately attacked the car and caused it to leak petrol that he threateningly was going to set alight, he had numerous opportunities to do this and still did not.
So what does this all mean? Well the more you think about it, the more you realise that Pluto actually shares the traits of a surface dweller whereas Jason doesn’t and therefore it’s very likely that Jason was swapped out.
So when exactly did this happen? Well the year prior to the vacation seems the most likely time. We know that prior to the current trip, Jason started a fire that almost burned the house down. His family even comment on this and if true then this would provide the perfect opportunity to make the change.
What if Jason started a fire, was burned horribly and in the confusion was found by Pluto and taken underground where he was replaced?
Us Jason/Pluto Evidence
This explained why has a new vocabulary, can no longer do a magic trick that he was more than capable of doing the year before and also why he likes to build tunnels. In addition to this, when the family are listening to ‘I Got 5 On it’ Adelaide tries to get Jason to snap to the beat, however, he is clicking his fingers backwards and is therefore unable to do this.
Juxtaposing this, before Pluto’s death, he is snapping his fingers perfectly, as a normal person would which perhaps is his signal to Adelaide that he is her real son.
Gabe even uses the fact that ‘Jason hasn’t been the same since last summer’ to convince Adelaide to go the beach which again adds more evidence that something is wrong.
During his time underground Red could have taught him how to speak and this could be how the swap was unnoticed when the fire happened.
Red too clearly has some affection for the boy too as when the Tethered invade the home she merely tells Pluto to go and play with Jason instead of attacking him, which showcases that she is aware of the truth.
What if, at the end of the movie, the intense stare that Adelaide and Jason share is actually Jason wondering if Adelaide knows the truth and the smile she gives confirms that she does but that the secret they have is something that they will both keep forver?
To me, it’s definitely possible and upon seeing the film for a second time this theory definitely stacks up. Obviously I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and if you agree or disagree with me. Make sure you leave them in the comments below and if you enjoyed this video then please like it and make sure you check out my full break down of the movie which will be linked at the end.