Despite being killed off in the first movie, Bill Murray makes a comeback in Zombieland: Double Tap. Continue reading for further details.
Before Zombieland: Double Tap made its world premiere, word of Bill Murray returning to reprise his role as himself had audiences stumped. Many assumed that Murray survived being shot in the chest—and a fall off of his own balcony—because it seemed plausible in their sci-fi universe. Plus, the rules that govern Zombieland evolved to include creatures that defy explanation.
Spoiler alert! Details on Zombieland: Double Tap follow.
With those different factors being accounted for, one would expect Bill Murray to return as a zombie. And while that seems like the most logical conclusion, it’s not the least bit true. Bill Murray actually doesn’t make his grand appearance in Zombieland: Double Tap until the very end.
In the post-credits sequence, Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and the crew are driving down a highway when Nevada (Rosario Dawson) brings up “Murray-ing” again. She goes on and on about what she’d do to the person who killed Bill Murray but that’s when Columbus refreshes everyone’s memory.
The movie then flashes back to 2009 before the zombie epidemic hit. Bill Murray is present and promoting Garfield 3: Flabby Tabby at a press junket where all these different journalists are interviewing him. Their questions, however, indicate that they’re uninterested in Murray. All they really want from him is a sound-bite of Garfield hocking up a hairball.
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At one point, Al Roker prods a reluctant Murray to repeat the hairball shtick. He imitates the action until he seriously begins choking. Roker then vomits all over the place, signaling his transformation into a zombie. Other journalists and staff members in the building take a turn for the worse too, leaving Murray to fend for himself.
While the situation appears grim for him, Murray delights in the spectacle at his feet. He watches as everyone in the building becomes a zombie and then vents his frustrations by bashing their brains in.
What’s funny is Murray has the chance to save some of them but instead lets them get devoured before his very eyes. Murray takes care not to get bitten himself, he just allows lunging zombies to collide with other people.
The biggest takeaway from the Zombieland: Double Tap’s post-credits scene is that Columbus (Eisenberg) tries to rationalize his killing of Murray. He reminds everyone about the third Garfield movie in an attempt to defend his actions, hoping they’ll drop the issue. Columbus’ friends don’t, but we can’t see how Flabby Tabby would alter perceptions of the actor/comedian if the movie did get made in real-life.
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Zombieland: Double Tap opens in theaters on Oct. 18, 2019.