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?
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.
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.
The "issues" pointing to him killing Carla Jean Moss seem to be:
- He's a psychopath/sociopath (sociopaths have a total lack of empathy)
- He checks both of his boots when he's "leaving" the house and the that we see inside the house has no blood up to that point.
- His urgency to "leave the scene" points to that.
- It's "what he does" o She refuses to engage in his coin toss and instead "leaves it up to him" (which, being who he is, was a bad choice) and her intransigence denied her of a 50/50 chance of living, so perhaps the director wanted the double emphasis of her stubbornness and his evil nature to more than suggest that he did kill her.
- And, as someone else pointed out, apparently the book makes it clear that...
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.
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....