Can someone explain

Caesar's death? It doesn't make any sense to me how Caesar died from his arrow wound only after traveling across mountains and finally reaching his destination.

Did it become infected or something? Seems very odd.

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    healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_81kwlsx2 - he most likely had a slow, inoperable bleed and simply died of blood loss
    – NKCampbell
    Jul 18, 2017 at 19:30
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    Not to mention his old age probably played a factor.
    – PiousVenom
    Jul 18, 2017 at 21:05
  • @MyCodeSucks don't think Caesar was very old. He can't have been older than 25 which is about 50 in human years.
    – Charlie
    Jul 18, 2017 at 21:10
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    Caesar was 20 when he died, but he was also a genetically mutated veteran of two wars who'd already survived being shot previously. Getting shot with an arrow and seeking no help with the wound would kill a normal person, let alone one with his medical history.
    – user40790
    Aug 10, 2017 at 14:35

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Blood loss and internal bleeding.

The wound from Preacher’s crossbow bolt had never had a chance to truly heal. Caesar suspected that he needed surgery, as he had after Koba had shot him years ago, but human surgeons like Ellie were in short supply these days, especially if you were an ape. Caesar was not surprised that the climb had torn open the wound again. The hot blood streaming from his side showed no sign of stopping, and he had little doubt that he was bleeding inside as well.

War for the Planet of the Apes: Official Movie Novelisation

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