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?

  • 1
    Ape-ham Lincoln
    – Möoz
    Sep 15, 2016 at 21:42
  • cinemablend.com/new/…
    – Himarm
    Sep 15, 2016 at 21:47
  • Yes, the apes took over and re-carved the statue. Simples.
    – Valorum
    Sep 15, 2016 at 21:52
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    Guess they finally made a monkey out of him.
    – sanpaco
    Sep 15, 2016 at 22:18

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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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