Jordan Peele recently told Entertainment Weekly that Jupiter’s Claim is one setting that holds symbolism of many of the film’s themes, noting that Nope is “about the Hollywood mythology of the Wild West.” “And not only the sugarcoating of the barbarism of it, but the erasure of the Black cowboy,” said Jordan. “That’s all wrapped up in this movie. In a lot of ways, it’s about Hollywood.”

Jean Jacket terrorizes Agua Dulce at 6:13 PM, the same time Gordy attacked on Gordy’s Home

As previously explained by Jupe, during a season two Gordy’s Home episode all about celebrating Gordy’s birthday, a balloon rose to the ceiling and popped when it hit the stage lights, startling Gordy and sending the chimp into a rampage at 6:13 PM. In Jupe’s showy introduction to the Star Lasso Experience, he shares that the alien has appeared in Agua Dulce every Friday at 6:13 PM for the past six months. The time of Gordy’s attack and Jean Jacket’s attacks, 6:13, could also be another Bible reference. 

Two of the most notable passages are Matthew 6:13 — “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” — and Romans 6:13 — “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death.” Both of these passages could hold meaning for the characters of Nope, as the temptation of spectacle can make one act as an instrument of wickedness, or a cog in the machine of fame and capitalism. Bottom line? Spectacle is the evil they should fear. (Bonus: a balloon is what sets off Gordy on the Gordy’s Home set and a giant balloon is what kills Jean Jacket in the end.)

Jean Jacket’s excretion on the ranch house explains Otis Sr.’s death

When Jean Jacket tries to intimidate and trap Emerald and Angel in the ranch house, it excretes blood from the Jupiter’s Claim victims it ate shortly before and violently spits out all the things it failed to digest like the flag pennants and other metal things: the decoy horse, stadium seats, and loose change. This confirms that Otis Sr. was inadvertently killed by Jean Jacket, as the alien flew over the ranch house excreting indigestible items like the key that stabbed one of the Haywood horses and the coin that went through Otis Sr.’s eye and skull. (In a callback to the item that killed her father, it’s coins that Emerald ultimately uses to successfully get the “Oprah shot” of Jean Jacket using the Winkin’ Well at Jupiter’s Claim.)

Keke Palmer as Emerald Haywood in Nope

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The chapter titles refer to the movie’s animals and foreshadow death

Each chapter title in the film refers to the name of an animal in the film: Ghost, Clover, Gordy, Lucky, and Jean Jacket. However, when each title card is shown, the animal is killed by the end of the accompanying scene. Ghost and Clover are eaten by the alien entity, Gordy is killed by police on the set of Gordy’s Home, and Jean Jacket-the-alien is killed by Emerald when she releases the Jupiter’s Claim inflatable in the air. The only animal that doesn’t die is Lucky the horse, who OJ rides during the final fight against Jean Jacket. In a literal lucky turn of events, OJ and the horse both make it out alive.

The balancing shoe could be another “bad miracle”

One of the biggest unexplained details of Nope is the blood-spattered shoe that balances on its heel during Gordy’s attack. It’s intentionally shown and focused in on, and Jupe even takes it as a keepsake — it’s later seen in a glass case in his hidden Gordy’s Home museum. While many fans have theorized that the shoe could be balancing because of mystic alien powers, others believe the shoe could be the film’s second “bad miracle,” an unexplainable occurrence triggered by evil or terror. OJ’s constant reminder not to look an animal in the eye for fear of putting the animal on defense is what becomes the key to battling Jean Jacket in the end. During Gordy’s attack, Jupe hid underneath a table where the shoe was directly in his line of sight — Jupe’s life was potentially saved by focusing on the strange balancing shoe instead of looking Gordy in the eye.

Bonus Easter Egg: Gordy’s Home opening credits

Jordan Peele shared the Gordy’s Home opening credits on Twitter two days after the film’s release, offering a better look at what story the sitcom told before it came to a bloody, untimely end. A somewhat diverse, all-American family of astronauts and their pet chimpanzee. How… idyllic. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, an embedded easter egg in the show’s credits is the Gordy’s Home setting of Cape Canaveral, Florida: the launch site of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion, one of the most public tragic spectacles in history.

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