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After the murder of Moss in the El Paso hotel room in No Country for Old Men, we see Sheriff Bell (TL Jones) get into his car talking with the local Sheriff. They talk about Chigurh. The scene cuts to Sheriff Bell returning to the crime scene and going inside the hotel room where Moss was killed.

Why did he go back to the room? Was he anticipating Chigurh to also be there, as the conversation with the local sheriff hinted at it?

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Was he anticipating Chigurh to also be there, as the conversation with the local sheriff hinted at it?

I am not sure he really expected him to be there. It was more of a hunch, triggered by what the local Sheriff told him:

ROSCOE: That don't hardly say it. He shoots the desk clerk one day, and walks right back in the next and shoots a retired army colonel.
BELL: Hard to believe.
ROSCOE: Strolls right back into a crime scene. Who would do such a thing? How do you defend against it?

So he went there again, just making sure that Chigurh was not again returning to the scene of the crime. The chance was low of course, but he wanted to be thorough. Also I believe that he felt pretty much out of options and was clutching at every straw, as he indicates earlier in the conversation:

BELL: I don't know. Sometimes I think he's pretty much a ghost.

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I point to this link. I think Bell went back to face his fear, as the writer suggests.

This article doesn't explicitly suggest Bell returned to find Chigurh, but more so to face his fears of death and irrelevance as he ages. As the scene unfolds, Bell imagines his worst fear, that Chigurh is behind the door. Once Bell is inside the room, we see that Chigurh was long gone, with the money. Even though its speculative to think that perhaps Bell wanted to face Chigurh, and catch a killer, I believe that Bell was at the hotel room to face his fear of Chigurh, or better yet, to decide if he was capable of facing such a situation and whether he wanted to continue to be Sheriff.

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I was sentenced to the same psychiatric hospital as Anton Chigurh in September 1979. I caught up with him at a gun show in Houston Texas while he recovered from a compound fracture due to a car accident. This accident permanently impaired Chigurh. He claims it wasn't his fault that someone else ran the traffic light....I don't believe him. To answer your question: Sheriff Bell was quitting and knew that Moss's two million dollars was somewhere in the hotel room Moss was murdered by the Mexicans in. Bell noticed that due to the punched out lock of Chigurh's cattle gun and the a/c screen removed, he was too late. Sheriff Bell passed away in 1993. Chigurh told me that he was not in the same room and was long gone before Bell arrived. Bell envisioned Chigurh there. My fat boss was killed by Chigurh and an accountant who witnessed the killing told me Chigurh wouldn't kill him because he asked if he could see him. The accountant informed Chigurh about his blindness at birth and that he only sees shadows. Chigurh then departed. Be aware that this office building is missing the 13th floor. Most offices and condominiums don't add one either. Chigurh is long retired due to too many injuries and placed 2nd on the FBI's watch list after a car explosion outside of a pharmacy was thoroughly investigated. He's now 83.

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