Last September, director James Gunn revealed in a Facebook post Groot dies at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy. If you missed it, he addressed the issue again this week on Twitter.
Here's the Facebook post:
"Although I don’t necessarily think it’s obvious in Vol. 1, it’s important to say that if you exploded and a little glob of you started growing into a baby, I would not assume that baby was you... I do think it’s more obvious in Vol. 2, as Baby Groot has a different personality than Groot, none of his memories, and is much, much dumber."
You know what they say about assuming, right, James?
While it's nice Gunn doesn't agree with the assumption a baby glob of something would turn into the same thing, it seems the rest of us do agree. When Groot saves his friends and the universe at the end of Guardians Vol. 1, Rocket takes a piece of the big tree and replants him, thus regenerating Groot. This happens in the comics a number of times so of course fans assume Baby Groot is the same Groot.
How Gunn could assume the opposite is wildly questionable.
Proof of that came this week when he told another Twitter user Groot dies at the end of Guardians.
That started a chain reaction that saw dozens of fans responding to Gunn's revelation with shock. He says Baby Groot is actually Groot's son.
So yes, while it seems Guardians has a hopeful ending, think again. That Groot sacrifice was a true sacrifice. R.I.P. Groot.