'Overlord' Post-Credits Scene: Worth Sticking Around?
Or is the rest just history?
In a world where even horror films like Suspiria somehow get a post-credits scene, it’s easy to assume that the Nazi zombie horror flick Overlord might have an after-credits scene too — especially with a notorious world-builder like J.J. Abrams attached as producer.
So do fans need to stick around after the credits roll?
Nope. Overlord does not have any post-credits scenes, and there’s a good reason why. Here’s what you need to know.
Full spoilers follow for the Overlord ending.
When the main action of Overlord wraps up, most of Pvt. Boyce’s squad has perished. Squadmates Rosenfeld and Tibbet are the only other survivors, along with civilian Chloe and her little brother Paul. Their mission to destroy a German radio tower in this nameless small French village was a success, helping the invasion on the beaches of Normandy a great deal. The same explosion buried the Nazi zombie lab underneath the radio tower, hopefully preventing any more monstrosities from emerging.
Boyce lies to his superiors and doesn’t say anything about the lab, and at the very end of the film, he’s assigned to a new squad with Rosenfeld and Tibbet to continue the war efforts. We can only assume history unfolds according to plan after this.
After all, the entirety of Overlord takes place the night before D-Day on June 6, 2044. In real-life history, World War II wouldn’t end until September 2, 1945 and Hitler remained alive until April 1945. Allied Forces were successful in liberating Paris and retaking France by the end of 1944.
Then the Germans suffered a crucial defeat at the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted from December 1944 to January 1945, but winter halted most major military operations until the Allied Forces were able to cross the Rhine in April 1945. Before the end of April, Hitler killed himself, and Germany surrendered a week later.
So there’s no real point for Overlord to have any kind of post-credits scene. With the Nazi lab and the remaining zombies buried under tons of rock, there’s nothing else supernatural that could happen in the war.
It’s still possible that Overlord 2 could happen. All anyone would need to do is excavate the ruins years later and they might uncover the same substance that led to this Nazi zombie serum to begin with. For now, we have no reason to believe that’ll ever happen in this universe, but so far there don’t seem to be any plans for a direct sequel.
Then again, this is J.J. Abrams, so we wouldn’t count it out either.
Overlord will be out on wide release in theaters on Friday, November 9.