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New details have finally emerged regarding the plot of Saw: Legacy — and yes, there will be blood. But what else does the eighth instalment of the gory horror franchise hold in store for us? And how will Tobin Bell's Jigsaw return to the series from beyond the grave?

Relive the legacy of the franchise in this disturbing clip from Saw 2:

What Will 'Saw: Legacy' Be About?

According to Bloody Disgusting, the plot of will kick off with a series of deaths. Unsurprisingly, each victim has met their demise in a series of unusually inventive ways, suggesting that John Kramer may be back to his old tricks. The only problem is that Tobin Bell's character has been dead for over a decade now, so it looks like someone else may have inherited Jigsaw's bloody legacy. Is this a copycat killer, another one of Jigsaw's apprentices, or perhaps even Kramer himself, working from beyond the grave?

Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]
Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]

Old apprentices such as Costas Mandylor and Cary Elwes aren't set to appear in Saw: Legacy, ruling them out as potential antagonists for the eighth instalment. If that's true, then what does this mean for Tobin Bell's return to the franchise? Are directors Peter and Michael Spierig just playing games with us, or will Kramer continue to be a crucial piece of the puzzle?

Jigsaw Is Dead

Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]
Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]

As the Police suspect someone linked to Kramer is involved to this new spate of murders, we wouldn't be surprised to see the chief investigators dig up his corpse for forensic clues. If this is the case, then Tobin Bell's return to the franchise could just amount to a glorified corpse left on a morgue slab, one that could hold clues literally inside his body. Lord knows that the Saw franchise enjoys cutting people up for the hell of it.

Fans may be disappointed to discover that Kramer's dead, but this could still be interesting from a storytelling perspective. After all, the film is called "Legacy", suggesting that the actual killer could still hold strong ties to Kramer in some way. While the acolyte plot device has been literally done to death, Saw 8 could open this up to reveal a potential bloodline. Jigsaw's wife supposedly miscarried her baby in hospital, but what if Gideon is alive, and became inspired by Daddy's work?

Jigsaw Is Alive

Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]
Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]

While the Saw franchise tends to veer away from the supernatural in favor of hardcore gorenography, Cary Elwes's Dr. Lawrence Gordon was raised from the dead, so why not ?

Whether Kramer is resurrected through otherworldly means or whether he simply faked his own death, it would be satisfying to see Bell's character return to the franchise, restoring Saw to greatness. Sure, this will involve some serious suspension of disbelief, but let's face it — some of the greatest of franchises have taken far stranger turns than this. Plus ultimately, Saw is all about breaking the rules, right?

Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]
Saw [Credit: Lionsgate]

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At the end of the day, there's also a distinct possibility that both of these ideas could come true. We would play any game that Jigsaw asks of us if it means we could see a grown up Gideon Kramer battle a resurrected John Kramer, competing for the title of ultimate serial killer. Saw: Kramer Vs Kramer will hit cinemas on October 27, 2017. You heard it here first, people.


How do you think Tobin Bell will return to the Saw franchise?

(Source — Bloody Disgusting. Poll Image Credit: Lionsgate)


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