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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

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 at 15:28

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