Sweet Tooth: What Did “All Was Unlocked When I Sacrificed The Deer” Mean?


You know, your mind plays tricks on you and slowly makes you part of its nasty game. It fades out the thin line between what’s real and what’s not and compels you to put your trust in your delusions. That is what happened with Aditya Singh, who was slowly pushed to the brink of madness because he couldn’t find a cure for the illness. His wife, Rani, had been exposed to the H5G9 virus, and Singh had been trying to come up with different vaccines to cure her, but unfortunately, none of them worked. He even extracted a special “sauce” from the hybrid’s head, which temporarily made the virus dormant inside the host’s body. But Rani, being a faithful Hindu, soon realized that she couldn’t go on killing innocent children for her own survival, and that’s why she wanted Singh to stop his research and spend the rest of their time together somewhere peaceful. But by the end of Sweet Tooth season 2, Singh had grown obsessed with his research. He couldn’t let it go. He let go of Rani but not his own demons, and that’s exactly what brought him to Alaska: his madness.

In Alaska, Singh found Dr. James Thacker’s diary, which assured him that his nightmares were not just figments of his imagination but actually real. In the diary, he saw the dark cave, which he often saw in his dreams. For those who don’t remember, these visions started when Singh went inside a room filled with poisonous purple flowers but survived the impact because he had Gus’ antlers inside his lab coat. And because of his antlers, Singh was able to share Gus’ vision, in which he constantly saw his mother inside the cave asking for help. After the encounter, Singh got connected with Gus on a subconscious level; however, the same connection eroded his sanity as he lost his ability to differentiate between reality and fiction. When Singh read Thacker’s diary, he picked up the images and phrases that he wanted to believe in. For example, he saw a picture of a deer sacrificed outside the cave with a phrase below the picture: “All Was Unlocked When I Sacrificed The Deer.”

The phrase convinced Singh that he had to sacrifice Gus (the hybrid deer) to stop the virus outbreak. A delusional Singh had started to believe that he was the savior of humanity and that it was his fate to enter the cave and stop what Dr. James Thacker had unleashed upon the world. However, in his madness, he forgot one simple thing: things are not often what they seem to be. Maybe the deer was not the key to all the mystery; instead, it was protecting the cave, and Thacker had to kill the poor animal in order to make his way to the cave. Additionally, the sacred tree that Thacker found inside the cave had long and stiff branches spreading like the antlers of a deer. Symbolically, Thacker had struck an ax on the Tree of Life that resembled a deer. So the “deer” in his diary might’ve referred to the tree that he had struck in order to extract the Blood Of The Earth, which he believed would be the end of all human miseries.

In simple words, Thacker had used the word “deer” in a metaphorical way, but Singh, who couldn’t think straight, jumped to the closest conclusion, which was to sacrifice Gus to end it all. And why not? Singh had previously killed 2-3 hybrids, or maybe more, to prepare a vaccine, and killing one more wasn’t a difficult task for him. It was true that his guilty consciousness was weighing heavily on him, but he was ready for one last gamble to save Rani if she was really alive. You know, it sometimes felt ironic that the same doctor who told new parents that they should accept their newborn hybrids had been going around killing those innocent individuals in the name of science and cure. And if Rani ever saw that man again, she would have really hated him for the person he had become. Fortunately, Singh died in the cave.

Nevertheless, as mentioned in Thacker’s diary, Gus did sacrifice the deer-shaped tree in order to end the outbreak and save all humans. But there was no mystery to follow, as Thacker suggested. It was just Gus letting nature take its course, which was earlier disrupted by a mad scientist. Singh, on the other hand, did something unexpected. Instead of sacrificing the deer, he saved one. A large stone fell from the cave roof, and Singh sacrificed his own life to protect Gus from the impact. He believed it was his redemption, and maybe he was correct. When it comes to the matter of sacrifice and spilling innocent blood, I believe one should sacrifice themselves instead of harming others, because that’s how we are going to leave behind a better world for generations to come. We have to put their interests above our own greed. If only the likes of Thacker, Singh, and Zhang had learned this lesson a little earlier! Things would’ve turned out very different. But whatever they did with Gus, the little man remembered them in his stories, as they had indeed become an important part of his journey.

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Shikhar Agrawal
Shikhar Agrawal
I am an Onstage Dramatist and a Screenwriter. I have been working in the Indian Film Industry for the past 12 years, writing dialogues for various films and television shows.

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