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Cabinet of Curiosities Episode 3 Ending Explained: Is Carl Dead? What Happens to the Traveler?

Netflix’s Cabinet of Curiosities is a horror series by acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. It follows an anthology format and each episode focuses on a new short story that explores the theme of human curiosity through strange and inexplicable events. The third episode is titled “The Autopsy” and is based on a short story by Michael Shea. It centers on a coroner who is called in to help investigate a strange incident at a mine. The result

It introduces some interesting concepts and ends on an ambiguous note. Therefore, at the end of the episode, viewers have to search for answers. Then you will find everything you need to know about the “cabinet of curiosities” here. SPOILERS AHEAD!

The Autopsy’ opens with an explosion

Episode 3 of “The Cabinet of Curiosities”, entitled “The Autopsy”, begins with an explosion at a mining facility, killing ten workers. Sheriff Nate welcomes his old friend Dr. Carl Winter in Braddock Fort, a small town in Montague County. Carl is a coroner and Nate seeks his help to uncover the truth about a series of unexplained events that led up to the mine bombing. While an explosion at the mine killed the workers, the Sheriff’s Department did not find it. Evidence of explosive material at the crime scene. So Nate wants Carl to do an autopsy on the bodies to find evidence of the bomb blast. But before Carl can inspect the bodies, Nate explains the nightmarish situation through flashbacks. One day they discovered a  body in the woods, which led them to a man named Joe Allen.

The man formerly known as Edward Sykes was reported missing a few months ago during a mentorship show. The disappearances in the city began after the rain from the subway. So Nate believes there is a connection between Sykes and the missing people in town. .Sykes lived in a motel named after Joe Allen. Inspecting the motel, Nate discovers that Allen is in possession of a mysterious item. Nate tries to arrest Allen, but he escapes with the team and detonates the mine. After learning all the details about the mysterious case, Carl reveals that he has cancer. However, he prepares for an autopsy on the miners and begins to record his findings. Soon, the true power behind the disappearances and deaths is revealed and looms in Carl’s life.

What Is the Traveler? While examining the bodies, Allen’s body is suddenly reanimated and revealed to be a parasitic alien creature. The alien lives on human blood and lives in the human body. The creature attacks Carl and holds him hostage. “from the universe. The extraterrestrial species have roamed Earth for years and have mastered the merging with human physiology.

The Traveler needs a human host to survive on Earth. The first step in your transport requires destroying your spaceship so other species cannot learn about your physiology. However, the Traveler explains to Carl that as he starves to death in the corpse, the body becomes useless. Therefore, the traveler is looking for a new host. Since Carl is a coroner, his body would provide the Traveler with an endless supply of corpses from which to draw blood. Therefore, the traveler no longer has to search for food or fear being discovered. However, the alien parasite is arrogant and cannot control his arrogance. Hence it is evident that the creature is not superior to man. Also, the alien has no senses of its own and relies on its host body to hunt and gather food.

Is Carl Dead? What Happens to the Traveler?

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After revealing his true motivations, the Traveler begins transferring his true form into Carl’s body. He binds Carl and uses the remaining power in his host body to operate. The Traveler detaches from Allen’s body and begins to enter. Carl’s corpse. During the operation, however, Carl engages the creature in witty conversation. Carl reveals that the Traveler’s arrogance will lead to his downfall. After the creature incises Carl’s body to merge with him, Carl makes a last-ditch effort to stop the alien’s plan. In the end, Carl destroys all his sense organs and leaves a bloody message on his body for Nate. It also damages his brain and he only keeps one wire plugged in so he can talk to the Traveler. Soon the traveler merges completely with Carl’s body.

However, he remains trapped inside as none of Carl’s senses are functioning. Hence the body is useless to the traveler as it has no meaning of its own. Shortly thereafter, Carl dies and the traveler also perishes. with the experienced coroner. Nate arrives at the crime scene and discovers Carl’s last message and the recording that contains evidence of the Traveler’s existence. This also destroys the sole purpose of the traveler.

The Traveler’s arrogance causes him to ignore the record. Thus, Carl’s prediction about the alien turns out to be true. Also, since Carl has already given up and made his peace with death, he can defeat the creature. On the other hand, the traveler sees death as a prison and wants to live on through different forms of reception. So Carl, defeating the Traveler with his wits, proves that the alien is nothing more than a parasite. Ultimately, Carl sacrifices himself to stop the Traveler from continuing his charade and succeeds in destroying the creature once and for all.

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