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In Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes... what is up with the final scene? It was my favorite scene in the movie but is there actually a plausible explanation for it?

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    Ape-ham Lincoln – Möoz Sep 15 '16 at 21:42
  • cinemablend.com/new/… – Himarm Sep 15 '16 at 21:47
  • Yes, the apes took over and re-carved the statue. Simples. – Valorum Sep 15 '16 at 21:52
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    Guess they finally made a monkey out of him. – sanpaco Sep 15 '16 at 22:18

It's not Lincoln.

It's General Thade

From the wikia

...Leo had returned to Earth in his own time only to find technologically-advanced apes in charge and a large statue of Thade in place of Abraham Lincoln on the Lincoln Memorial where it was written:

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How Thade achieved his journey to Earth isn't explained, though an insert in the DVD release suggested that he took Leo Davidson's crashed spacepod, went to a point earlier in Earth's history and became a prominent leader in an ape uprising. In contrast, Dark Horse Comics' The Human War suggested that he died in disgrace on Ashlar. His disappearance could possibly have been assumed on his home planet to be a sign of weakness. The ending was intended to form the basis of a movie sequel, plans for which were soon abandoned.

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