Cars 3 creative director has a hilariously horrifying theory for why there are no humans

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Apr 27, 2017, 11:32 AM EDT

We’re still geeking out over the new trailer for Cars 3, but have you ever wondered why there aren’t any humans wandering around this world? Well, the creative director behind the franchise has — and his answer is horrifying.

In an interview with ScreenCrush, creative director Jay Ward was asked why we never see any people in these movies. Instead, the world is populated with anthropomorphic cars like Lightning McQueen and Larry the Cable Guy Mater. So, what happened to the humans? Ward said his theory (which he made clear is a personal opinion, not Pixar’s stance) is that the cars became sentient and killed all the humans in a Skynet-level attack on humanity. Wait, what?

Here’s the choice excerpt from his comments:

“If you think about this, we have autonomous car technology coming in right now. It’s getting to the point where you can sit back in the car and it drives itself. Imagine in the near-future when the cars keep getting smarter and smarter and after one day they just go, ‘Why do we need human beings anymore? They’re just slowing us down. It’s just extra weight, let’s get rid of them.’ But the car takes on the personality of the last person who drove it. Whoa. There you go.”

This is hilariously awesome, and if you ever wanted to see this franchise through a new lens, think about it as a post-apocalypse where humanity has been wiped from the map and super-smart cars are the new dominant species. Gets you excited for Cars 3 for a whole host of new reasons, right?

(Via ScreenCrush