Scary movies don’t typically get after-credits scenes, but The Nun isn’t just any horror flick. It’s also the latest entry in the ever-expanding The Conjuring Cinematic Universe, which means that the studio is probably already planning ahead for whatever comes next. So does The Nun have a post-credits scene? Here’s what you need to know.
The short answer is: No. Once the credits roll you should feel free to get up and leave. However, just before the credits, The Nun does do some interesting world-building that may offer a few clues as to where the series might be headed next and how it could all connect.
Warning: Spoilers for The Nun ahead.
At the end of The Nun, after the evil demon is banished to hell and its portal has been sealed back up, our three heroes (a priest, a nun, and a French-Canadian named Frenchie) finally leave the haunted Romanian abbey and prepare to get the heck out of the country in general.
It seems like a happy ending, but a final lingering shot shows the back of Frenchie’s neck, where a suspicious mark in the shape of an upside-down cross has appeared. It’s a call-back to the rotating crosses we saw throughout the film reacting to the presence of the evil nun — and a pretty clear indication that the very same demon is now possessing Frenchie.
As the three characters ride off into the sunset, the implication is that Frenchie will help the demon escape Romania and infect the rest of Europe. Maybe it will even jump hosts and taken over our young nun heroine, potentially setting the wheels in motion for The Nun 2.
But there’s a second twist. The film then cuts to a classroom in the future, where we see the two main characters from the original The Conjuring discussing an exorcism. It’s actually a scene from that earlier film, though the action happening on the projector screen (and some of the words) have been modified to show Frenchie in the full throes of demonic possession.
So clearly our original heroes come into contact with Frenchie eventually. What happens next, and where that demon goes once it’s been expelled from his French-Canadian body, is still a mystery, but maybe we’ll find out once the next entry in The Conjuring Cinematic Universe arrives.
The Nun is in theaters now.