This isn’t gonna be a surprise to anyone with a more than passing interest in Marvel films, but the ultra-adorable galaxy guardian Groot does mean more than his three words of dialogue belies. The “I am Groot” line is usually translated on the fly by eternal pal Rocket Raccoon, so the viewing audience does get the general gist.
Except one line – good lord we stress again, SPOILERS – right at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, which was left lingering untranslated.
Those of you who’ve seen the flick will know that it ends with Marvel Studios rearing back to punch everyone squarely in the guts, as Thanos clicks his fingers and half of all life in the universe disintegrates.
Among those who tragically turned to dust as audiences across the world howled out in despair, was the blessed Groot, who fell apart after looking at his raccoon friend and uttering “I am Groot” one last (?) time.
Rocket, who survived, never translated the final Groot line, leaving fans to wonder what it meant.
Fortunately director James Gunn is here to put all speculation to bed and it’s… look, it’s not good news for anyone thinking they could get through today without their heart shattering into a million pieces.
Gunn, on Twitter, fielded a question from a fan with a burning desire to know what Groot said in his final moments.
The answer? “Dad.”
NO. NO NO NO NO NO.
GROOT THINKS OF ROCKET AS HIS DAD, NO.
So there you have it. You all have that information now, just as I do. If you don’t mind I’ll be over here howling until Infinity War Part 2 or whatever it winds up being called comes out in May next year and Marvel gets a chance to right this horrific emotional beating they’ve placed upon us all.