Here’s the Heartbreaking Thing Groot Says at the End of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

[If the headline didn’t confirm as much, be aware that there are Avengers: Infinity War SPOILERS ahead.]

So… damn. This one hurts.

Seemingly not content with delivering the heart-jabbing news that the original Groot we met in Guardians of the Galaxy did, in fact, die at the end of that film, Guardians 1 and 2 director James Gunn has now revealed what it is that teen Groot says at the jaw-dropping ending of Avengers: Infinity War.

As those that have seen it will no doubt still be shaken by, Infinity War concluded with Thanos making good on his promise to annihilate half of all life. A click of his fingers, and Doctor Strange, Star-Lord, Spider-Man and Black Panther were among those shockingly decimated into dust. Also among the victims: adolescent Groot, who had been a moody teen through much of the film, stuck on his video game, until he literally gave a part of himself to help craft Thor’s new weapon, Stormbreaker.

Groot, realising that he is about to meet his end, looks up at Rocket and says, “I am Groot.” It was shocking and heartbreaking enough to witness, and the wallop now becomes all the more severe with Gunn’s revelation…

“Dad…”

Gut. Punch. Delivered.

Gunn did deliver an apology of sorts after seeing the wave of devastated reactions that followed his reveal…

There is, of course, a good chance Groot will return in the still-untitled next Avengers film. We know that a number of our heroes simply have to come back (right? …please?), although just how remains to be seen.

Avengers 4 is scheduled to open in the US on May 3, 2019.