As is always the case, the identities of the killers are kept secret until the final act of “Scream VI,” with plenty of twists, turns, and misdirection along the way. Some of those clues actually seemed to point ever so gently to the supposedly departed Stu. First off, we have Kirby (Hayden Panettiere), now an FBI agent, making her return following the events of “Scream 4,” and going over the evidence on a yarn board with Detective Bailey (Dermot Mulroney). This is where the first bit of doubt regarding Stu’s death comes into play.

On that board, we see the identities of every Ghostface from the previous films. Stu’s picture has a big question mark next to it, rather than a cause of death or anything like that. Why? Curious, to be certain. It’s a little later in the film, and also in a scene involving Kirby, that the biggest clue comes into play.

After discovering the Ghostface shrine in New York City, Kirby sits down with Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown), and the two end up testing one another’s horror movie cred. During this conversation Stu comes up and, intriguingly, Mindy says something to the effect of “if you believe he’s dead.” Oh s**t! Clearly, this suggests there are conspiracy theories out there that argue Stu didn’t die, just as there are conspiracy theories that suggest Sam (Melissa Barrera) actually orchestrated the 2022 Woodsboro murders. That conspiracy happens to be false, but what about Stu?