In Us, Red says that the Untethering took years to plan, and there are clips of the tethered training for it, gathering scissors, etc.

How were the tethered able to stop doing what their above-ground counterparts were doing and plan a revolt?

  • And also how was young Red able to talk with them? They all just grunt! And where did she get all their red jumpsuits? – BrettFromLA Mar 27 '19 at 13:03
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    @BrettFromLA I think she used different sounds and gestures to communicate. For example, when she's in the house, she gestures to her "husband" with her arm and makes a clicking noise to let him know that he can attack Adelaine's husband. – Tin Man Mar 27 '19 at 13:32
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    @BrettFromLA And how would Red even help them plan/prepare, since she was living her life above ground? That switch reveal makes no sense. – pacoverflow Mar 31 '19 at 7:52
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    @pacoverflow Actually, Red was the human that was abducted and wound up underground. She could talk; she knew about life "above" in the real world. She is the one who planned the revolt. Aboveground, IRL, the clone (Adelaide) was taught to talk, and grew up to become Lupita. So in my opinion the switch reveal does make sense. – BrettFromLA Mar 31 '19 at 15:09

The tethered were bodies created that shared the soul and lived underground. There was nothing that robbed them of free will. They could technically do whatever they wanted but didn't because they never had. They have names that are not the same as the people in the world above. In spite of sharing the soul, they exhibit freewill to go ahead and name themselves differently.

Now Adelaide happens to get switched with Red. Given Adelaide is from the world above, she understands free will. Over time she shows the rest of the tethered that they too can decide for themselves. They too can live their own free lives and not merely mimic what the world above is doing.

The un-tethering took time because as a species they needed to be taught how to act on their own free will. The rest of the procurement of scissors and uniform was merely from the perspective of war.

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