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Towards the end of No Country for Old Men, Anton Chigurh tracks down Carla Jean Moss. They are sitting in a room together and he gives her the option of heads or tails to decide her fate. Is there any definitive evidence that he killed/didn't kill her?

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what chapter does it happen where Carla jean dies? the book doesn't put the chapters . it is very confusing for me. – user4876 May 15 '13 at 23:42
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Not 100% definitive, but I always thought that he did. Evidence that he kills her:

  1. Its explicitly stated that he does in the book
  2. The shot of him inspecting his boots on the way out implies that he is checking for blood
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I have not read the book, but I totally agree with the action of checking his boots for blood means that he did kill her. – Evik James Nov 8 '12 at 15:47
SPOILER In support of this answer (and bullet 2), remember after he kills Woody Harrelson's Character (a.k.a. Carson Wells), there is a camera shot of blood running towards his shoes. Anton is very mindful to keep his shoes clean; perhaps a bit of foreshadowing for the later scene. – ray Nov 26 '12 at 5:27
I watched it again since. I forgot about him checking his boots the first time. awesome – Travis Jan 25 '13 at 11:12
where was his gun then? he did not have it when he came out... – user22654 Jul 3 '15 at 1:04

The cattle gun Chigurh used was with him while he sat frozen like a statue. Carla wouldn't call the coin toss so he got up slowly and pointed it at her forehead. Her last words were "now I know why the sheriff told me about this." He took her car keys, left the cattle gun behind and was on his way to retirement...sort of...Chigurh was in a vehicle accident shortly after.

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I googled the question and came upon this discussion and if it's up to speculation then I agree with him checking the boots.That implies looking for blood and in addition no mentions the car wreck shorty after leaving her house.

If he killed her, he wouldn't want anyone to connect the dots of her murder and the car accident as they were only a few feet apart. Him walking away versus waiting for medical attention. Also adds to the fact that he did not want to be caught or connected to that location.

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There is no doubt that Chigurh kills Carla Jean. That's why he checks the soles of his boots (for blood) as he leaves her house. In any case, it would go completely against his character for him to have mercy on her and allow her to live.

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Not really seeing how this adds anything new that the currently accepted answer doesn't already provide. – MattD Jun 9 '15 at 15:28

Chigurh did break into the house and is wanted by the sheriff. He might want to get away even if he didn't kill her.

The movie is intentionally ambiguous. Maybe she convinced Chigurh not to kill her. Maybe he's a changed man.

Odd that he would check for blood on his shoes (that's why he puts his feet up) if he didn't kill her.

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I assume you mean ambiguous. I would disagree here. While it doesn't show her being killed, pretty much everything leans in that direction. What I think we see is the Coens' pulling back from showing her being killed, as it would be sort of heartless. We know how psychopathic and/or sociopathic Chigurh is at this point. We don't need it proved any more. It would be overkill to show it graphically. [CONT] – user27684 Nov 19 '15 at 5:01
[CONT] They already cop enough flak for letting the film end where it does, and a graphic death scene for the girl would only alienate audiences more, causing them to expect and then be react negatively to being denied a righteous conclusion. – user27684 Nov 19 '15 at 5:01

The point of that scene is he has no conscious and no qualms killing her. The coin flip in a way shows he had a hint of remorse about killing her. He definitely killed her.

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On one hand the ambiguity of it may beg the audience to ponder the possibility that he might have let her live, as she refused to "call it." On the other hand, he was so refractorily intransigent (tautology for emphasis) that it may equally lead one to believe he "had to do it." Just maybe the Coen brothers wanted people to make their own choice so they wouldn't fret about it forever. :) Just saying....

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