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After the credits, the scene shifts to a radically different view: a stylized black-and-white version of Grant and Sydney in what looks like a far-eastern atmosphere. As Grant describes his plan to "get out of here", the picture gradually shifts into color.

- Wikipedia's description of the post-credits scene in its "Pontypool" article

Screenshot of the post-credits scene

Youtube video of the after-credits scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfNYh4OfE_I

What is the post-credits scene's significance? What is the scene's connection to the plot of the movie?

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+1 for the same question I had in mind :) –  Songo Nov 12 '13 at 12:02

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There is no connection. It is a complete non-sequiter. It makes zero sense. That's the point. Get it?

It's supposed to inoculate the viewer against any possible memetic infection they got from watching the film.

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I want to believe there's more to it but this is a fantastic theory. It's definitely keeping in line with the humor and weird-but-logical other styles of the film. –  rbsite May 12 at 5:44

My theory is it's a direct epilogue.

Assuming the virus is widespread or at least still a threat, Sydney and Grant survive in what could be called "the language apocalypse" by maintaining a kind of improvisational roleplay. This allows them to express ideas in a freeflow that inhibits deeper understanding and prevents them from infecting each other.

However, the efficacy of this roleplay is limited, as show in the shift from black and white to color (fantasy to reality; safety to danger). The fake conversation bleeds into a real one the longer it stays on topic ("let's get out of here" is on topic but followed by abstract, noir-ish improvisation... until it gains too much context, becomes "understandable" and dangerous?), represented by color bleeding into the scene.

That conversation itself is a threat by being coherent, but could be precipitated by a realization that they're in an infected zone where roleplay won't cut it. Or it could be playful banter about getting the cheque and going home that gets too real and ends up compromising them.

Either way, the scene congeals into understandable communication and ends with the big taboo: a term of endearment uttered twice ("baby--" "shhh!!"). The film established several times that terms of endearment are carriers for the virus. Grant slips up saying it once and by now we're in full color. When Sydney says it he shushes her. This tells me the virus is still a present threat. Hence the roleplay.

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I will not give you the full answer, but simply show you the way to get there:

An interview with the film's director: http://twitchfilm.com/2009/03/from-pontypool-to-the-metaverse-in-90-minutes-a-conversation-with-bruce-mcd.html

Wherein, he says:

That used to be end of the movie, but before the credits. And people thought, what? What? Too much confusion. There is a tradition now where you have something at the end of the credits where you have an outtake, or hint of a sequel. The existence for it is sort of buried in there, well the title of the book sort of suggests it, Pontypool Changes Everything, and one of the things I’ve always love about the notion of this, is that the virus could effect something as abstract as the English language, it can leap into reality itself. Change the fabric of how reality is perceived.

So if you want the full answer, go read the trilogy of books. Everything will be explained.

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