6. Why is it essential for a looper to close his own loop?
This is another one of those questions Johnson had answered in his head but didn’t put in the movie. In fact, he even conceived a scene with Abe addressing it but never shot it.
“People in the future, all they know about time travel is to be afraid of it. So they’re trying to keep it as tight as possible. So the initial reason they set it up this way was to keep the causality loop as tight as possible,” Johnson said. Because, for example, if someone else kills your older self and you have to exist with your own murderer for 30 years, what’s stopping you for murdering them or doing something to screw everything else up? ”Every bit of evidence is gone from that loop when you kill yourself,” he said.
Well that’s one minor plot hole I had mostly fixed (it still seems like there would be a better, more foolproof way of dealing than having a looper kill himself. I’m not buying the explanation for the other big plot hole irritation I have. But you’ll have to tune into our upcoming podcast to hear me talk about what that one is.