The Thing at 35: Cast and crew clarify that famously ambiguous ending

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Jul 31, 2017, 5:41 PM EDT

For 35 years, hardcore fans of John Carpenter's The Thing have speculated about the ending of the film that finds Childs (Keith David) and MacReady (Kurt Russell) reunited in the elements as the lone survivors of the decimated Outpost 31. They share a drink warily and agree to "wait and see what happens" in regard to their survival in the cold ... as well as revealing whether the alien is residing in one of them.

On the surface, that's an appropriately dark finish to the terrifying story that lets the audience imagine what happens next. And boy, have they done just that. There are websites, Reddit boards and deep-dive dissections of the frames all about determining whether Carpenter and company laid any hidden answers in those last moments.

In the last of our exclusive The Thing 35th-anniversary interviews, we address the elephant in the room with actor Keith David and producer Larry J. Franco, asking if they know what the ending definitively means or if any of the fan theories are right.

Here are your answers!

Watch all of our original The Thing anniversary videos:

The Thing at 35: Crew and cast reveal what it's like working with John Carpenter

The Thing at 35: Watch the cast and crew reflect on the film's wild special effects

Watch: Cast and crew reunite to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Thing

The Thing at 35: Keith David reminisces about his first movie gig