Explanation of Prey’s ending

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Most Predator stories involve teams of commandos, outlaws, or other highly trained individuals fighting the Yautja, usually only one or two remain alive. Although many minor characters in films such as Predator and Predators valiantly stand up to aliens, they almost always die in the end. The same fate befell many of the Comanche hunters in Prey, but each member of the group has a part to play in the final destruction of the beast.

With each encounter, Naru and the other members of her tribe learn more and more about the Predator. Watching when it kills and when it doesn’t tells her the creature’s heat vision, how its laser-guided weapon system works, the nature of its active camouflage, and its tendencies as a hunter. So every Comanche character that dies by the beast contributes to its ultimate demise, giving Naru the tools and knowledge she needs to, as her brother (Dakota Beavers) puts it, “bring it home.”

This sacrificial group approach is in stark contrast to the film’s European faction, which has vast resources and better weapons than the Comanches, but seems unable to learn from their failures in fighting the Yautja. Instead of adapting to the Predator’s methods or strategizing together in any meaningful way, they stubbornly use the same outdated tactics and unhealthy trust in their weapons, which ultimately fail.