‘Scream’ plot arc leads to surprising character cameo

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This article contains spoilers for Scream (2022) — a major plot arc and surprise character will be discussed.

Slasher fans began pouring into theaters on Jan. 13 to see the latest installment in the Scream film franchise, Scream. The 2022 film, with the same title as the original movie, isn’t as much a sequel as a requel and — of course — a love letter to both Wes Craven and fans of the film that started it all.

As the events of Scream begin to unfold, we’re introduced to the new blood of the franchise, and it’s soon uncovered that they’ve all got a connection to the original killers or victims of the horror story. Be it familial or otherwise, these kids know the history in Woodsboro, and they’re undeniably linked to the town forever — even those who tried to escape it.

The call-back to Casey Becker featured a new character named Tara, and after her attack, her friends rush to her hospital bedside, as does her estranged sister, Sam. It’s easy to see that Tara is immediately comforted by her sister, but viewers can feel the tension in that hospital room in the audience. Something big happened between these two, and it didn’t take long to discover what it was.

Sam and Tara have different biological fathers, and Sam blames herself for why their dad left. How exactly could she have been the cause of an adult’s decision? Well…here’s where things get twisted.

Sam didn’t grow up knowing that their father was anyone other than the man she saw as her dad — that is, until she began reading their mother’s old diaries. In them, she finds out that her mother had an affair and the identity of her father brings us back to Scream’s origin story.

Sam, struggling to deal with the connection to her father, begins to change. She uses drugs and alcohol to cope and withdraws from her family, even her beloved sister — and ends up leaving Woodsboro forever.

with none other than the original Ghostface himself, Billy Loomis.