In the movie Timecrimes, the climax ends with Hector 3 resting in a chair in front of the house with his wife nearby.

Meanwhile Hector 2 kills the girl which he mistakes as his wife. My doubt is whether he meet Hector 3 later ? How will the time loop close?

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    If this is not shown in the movie, then any answer will be entirely opinion based.
    – Paulie_D
    Oct 30, 2017 at 16:31
  • Hang on.. it IS shown in the movie. We already know everything Hector 2 will do / has done. We already know that he has no clue about a Hector 3. That he drives back to the lab. Meets El and travels back in time to become Hector 3. The answer is No, Hector 2 never meets Hector 3. Seems to be a perfectly valid question. It's not an opinion driven answer at all.
    – John
    Dec 18, 2017 at 5:32

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Timecrimes (original title "Los cronocrímenes") uses a model of time travel where the future is already fixed and cannot be altered. Anything a time traveller does after travelling into the past had in fact already happened even before they travelled back, whether or not they knew it.

The example given in some physics books is one of an object being knocked into a wormhole after collision with another object. The wormhole carries the object into the past, where it emerges and crashes into its earlier self, thus becoming the reason it was knocked into the wormhole in the first place. The events of time form a closed loop, and even where time travel could be expected to change things, it in fact creates and closes the loop.

In Timecrimes, Hector knocks himself into the wormhole, scaring himself towards the time machine. Everything Hector does is driven by his own actions, and even when he finally appreciates this he realises he is unable to break out of the mess he has made.

Because we have followed Hector the whole way through his time travels, we know that he never bumps into himself on the chair outside the house at night. Which means we know that none of his previous incarnations will meet him there. So long as Hector (finally) stays away from the time machine, the loop will close and the other incarnations will disappear (via the time machine) so he will not have to worry about them any longer.

What he does after that is indeed speculation. He's certainly made a real mess of things, and

even with his wife as an alibi, he is going to find it hard not to be blamed by the police for the murder, given that forensics will find traces of him all over the crime scene.

In the short term, I'm guessing he just sits on the lawn chair, catches his breath, and curses himself for disobeying the clear instructions he was given at the start.

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