so i saw IT in the movie theater back when it first came out, and i watched it again tonight with my family cos we rented it. and i remember how jack was kinda getting inspiration from IT to maybe incorporate into Anti’s storyline.
So I was thinking.
In “Say Goodbye,” Anti was able to get Jack by cutting his throat with a knife. And jack had mentioned in the past how one of his fears was being stabbed with a knife.
With “Always Watching,” we didnt see jack die on screen here. But the screen blacked out and anti took over once the “normal” recording of jack was corrupting and interupted by him. Thus, in a way, corresponding with jack’s fear of “found footage” type stuff.
In “Kill Jacksepticeye,” Schneep was the one Anti was really hammering after. and the screen blacked out in glitches once Schneep failed at saving Jack.
So, would it be safe to say that maybe Anti doesnt necessarily “win” (take over/corrupt/evilize?/etc) by killing the person. but rather, kinda like pennywise, through making their worst fears a reality?
Because we saw in Schneep’s power hour video how upset he got at A) losing his doctor license, and moreso B) not being able to save Peter. and Peter was just his silly accountant, imagine how traumatized schneep was when he found his best friend on friggin Halloween.
So it makes sense as well, as to why schneep was able to stop Anti from making him choke on his headphone cables. Because Schneeplestein’s worst fear wouldnt be himself dying, like jack. It’d be him trying his absolute hardest to be a real-enough doctor to save Jack, but still ending up killing and failing him. And thus, Schneep might’ve never been actually killed and is still alive, somewhere. But when we do see him next time, he’ll be just as far away from saving as Jack is right now….
So tl;dr (kinda)- Anti wouldn’t necessarily waste precious time and resources to kill every ego, he’d just have to play on whatever fears/weaknesses they have in order to manipulate them like puppets. Like maybe Chase is already a goner cos he was losing Stacy and the Kids. or…actually idk what the other egos’ fears would be, but you get the picture.
(tagging @fear-is-nameless cos i mentioned to them about me keeping mental theory notes while watching the movie today lol)