Whawhawhawhaaaaaat?! Did anyone even consider this a possibility? I thought it was a forgone conclusion that Groot has just been in the regrowing process this whole time.
If you have NO IDEA what I’m talking about, Groot is a tree-type creature. He’s a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and at the end of the first ‘Guardians’ flick, Groot mutters a now iconic line, “We are Groot”, and then sacrifices himself to save the world/universe/galaxy. It’s a sober moment, but filled with enough purpose to not end the movie on a completely melancholy note, and just as you’re accepting that, BAM! Baby Groot appears.
We as an audience then realize that Groot’s a tree, so the other Guardians just planted him again and he’s regrowing! Hooray! Happy ending all around. UNTIL NOW!
GROOT’S DEAD. D-E-A-D. DEAD. WHAT THE FUCK JAMES GUNN?! Baby Groot is a different tree? How is that biologically possible? Trees have dads? Does that mean they have moms too? What’s a good lookin’ female tree like? Would Groot fuck this tree if given the chance?
Maybe they EXCLUSIVELY reproduce through dying, which is super morbid? Never get to see their kids in any capacity and have to give up their life to produce it? Sheeeeesh. What a tough realization to have. I don’t love Groot or Baby Groot any less now, but I just don’t know how to feel. My whole life is a lie.
This actually makes Rocket Raccoon’s relationship with Baby Groot so heartfelt that I’ll bawl at their regular back and forth the next time I watch Guardians 2. He’s raising his best friend’s son in memoriam to him. Ugh!