WARNING: Spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has the franchise's biggest twist - Maisie Lockwood is a clone - and it's setup with some very carefully placed clues.
When it comes to genetic meddling, the main reveal of the sequel is a second hybrid dinosaur, the Indoraptor. An advancement on the Indominous Rex from Jurassic World, the Indoraptor is a sleek, refined, killing machine, and a combination of various dinosaur genetics. Since Jurassic Park in 1993, we've seen the InGen technology advance at an extraordinary rate; cloning dinosaurs and recreating an extinct species was one thing, but to produce a hybrid dinosaur as deadly and powerful as the Indoraptor is quite another. However, that isn't InGen's most remarkable achievement.
That is Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon). A small, pleasant girl of around 10, Maisie is the granddaughter of Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell), former partner of Dr. John Hammond. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the biggest twist is the revelation that Maisie is not actually his granddaughter at all, but a clone of his dead daughter. But while the news might come as a shock, the whole movie is actually littered with clues that you may have missed.
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The Horrifying Twist Explained: Maisie is a Clone
Let's start by looking at how Maisie came to be. Lockwood's daughter died in a car accident decades prior, so presumably, he and his team extracted her DNA at some point. Maisie is about 10, and as a fully functioning human being with no complications, it's likely she wasn't the first attempt. Lockwood mentions that he and John Hammond parted ways over this debate, showing how long Maisie has been worked on and raising the question of how the process links to the dinosaurs: which came first?
What's so curious, there, is why Maisie was created. It seems (for now) as though she is a one-off; recreated to make an old man happy in the latter stages of his life. It's strange, though, that if InGen had the technology capable of cloning a human, they didn't use it on a wider basis. Unlike giant prehistoric creatures, this could have a major impact it upon science, medicine, and the world at large.
All that begs the question of what's next? Will the technology be used to clone more dinosaurs now that a lot have died out on Isla Nublar? That seems unlikely, unless Jurassic World is going to be rebuilt elsewhere, and all the dinosaurs now roaming the world are recaptured. Surely, even Dr. Henry Wu isn't stupid enough to think that cloning dinosaurs when America is about to be overrun with them is a good idea.
Maisie herself is bound to have questions, and in Jurassic World 3, it's likely we'll see some more parallels being drawn between her existence and the dinosaurs. The biggest question for poor Maisie in Fallen Kingdom was a moral one; if the dinosaurs don't deserve to be saved because humans made them, then does she herself deserve a place on earth? What makes her life any different to theirs? It's likely that's a dilemma to be explored further in Jurassic World 3.
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- Jurassic World 3 (2021) release date: Jun 11, 2021