Saw X post-credits scene explained

Daisy Phillipson
Tobin Bell as John Kramer in Saw X

Saw X marks the tenth movie in the long-running horror franchise, and it comes with a post-credits scene at the end. So, here’s everything you need to know about what happens in the final clip.

Saw X is one of the most anticipated Saw movies in recent history due to the fact that the timeline takes us straight back to the events set after the first film, delivering a story that revolves around the one and only John Kramer (Tobin Bell). 

As per the official synopsis: “John Kramer travels to Mexico for a risky and experimental medical procedure in hopes of a miracle cure for his cancer – only to discover the entire operation is a scam to defraud the most vulnerable. Armed with a newfound purpose, the infamous serial killer returns to his work, turning the tables on the con artists in his signature visceral way through devious, deranged, and ingenious traps.”

We can expect plenty of brutal traps and gory bloodshed, but what about when the credits start rolling? Here’s the post-credits scene explained.  

Saw X post-credits scene explained

In the Saw X post-credits scene, we see the return of Costas Mandylor’s Mark Hoffman, who joins Kramer’s Jigsaw to deal with conman Henry Kessler (Michael Beach) with a brutal new trap.

To refresh your memory, Hoffman was the secondary antagonist in Saw 4, and the main antagonist in Saw 5, Saw 6, and Saw 7. Fans had a feeling Hoffman might show up, given his voice is teased at the start of the Saw X trailer when he says: “Of all the men to cheat, you picked John Kramer?”

He says this line in the post-credits scene to Henry, the supposed fellow cancer patient who tells Kramer about the so-called “miracle” treatment. Turns out, he was in on the scam the whole time. And Hoffman makes a good point – the last person in the world you’d want to cheat is Kramer.

When the credits start rolling, it seems like Henry’s gotten away with it, but then it cuts to the post-credits scene, where he is suspended in the air and about to get sliced and diced by a trap helmed by both Hoffman and Kramer. The contraption features a series of nasty-looking blades moving in a circular motion towards his stomach. The scene fades to black before we get to see what happens to Henry, but we’re going to guess that it ain’t pretty.

Given Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith) – Kramer’s other apprentice – had a prominent role in Saw X, if Saw 11 were to happen, we might be seeing more from Hoffman. Although nothing’s in the bag just yet, Saw producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules recently told Dexerto that if it were to get the greenlight, the detective would be the focus.

Michael Beach as Henry Kessler in Saw X
Henry Kessler gets his comeuppance in the post-credits scene

“Oren and myself are superstitious so we never talk about another movie until this movie opens. But should this movie open well, and should Lionsgate want to make another one, that’s exactly where we’re going with the next one,” said Burg.

Koules added: “One of the things that we’ve read a lot about is that Jigsaw always seems so ahead of everybody. So one of the tricks in this movie that we wanted to show is that he’s been dealing with Detective Hoffman for a long time. So when he’s been ahead of everybody – and knows things that people are doing – it’s a little nugget for the fans to realize that he’s been talking to Detective Hoffman a lot earlier than we previously saw him.”

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