|Also Known As||The Body Chains|
The Exploding Chains
|Type of Trap||Standard Trap (inescapable)|
|Created by||Amanda Young|
|“||More comfortable in chains than you are in freedom? Tonight, we will see how far you are willing to go to break those chains once and for all.||”|
— Jigsaw's tape for Troy[src]
Design and Function
This trap was located in a classroom at an elementary school. The victim was stripped almost entirely naked and sat on a chair in the middle of the room. There were eleven chains hanging from the walls, the floor and the ceiling. Attached to each of these chains were large metal rings that were pierced through several parts of the victim's body. Ten of the chains were pierced through the hands, shoulders, achilles tendons, arms and external obliques while the ring of the last chain was pierced through the victim's lower jaw. On a table right in front of the victim was a nail bomb with a timer. In order to avoid being killed by the explosion, the victim had to rip out the chains before the timer went off.
|“||Hello, Troy. I want to play a game. This game will take place in a room not much bigger than the room you've spent most of your life in: a prison cell. Despite all of the advantages and privileges that you were given at birth, you have returned to prison again and again. More comfortable in chains than you are in freedom? Tonight, you'll show me how far you are willing to go to break those chains once and for all. Live or die, Troy. Make your choice.||”|
— Troy's tape[src]
The victim of this trap was Troy, a drug addict who had been sent to prison multiple times throughout his life. Due to his crimes, Troy was eventually targeted by John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, who was actually the ex-husband of Jill Tuck. However, as John was severely weakened and bedridden due to an inoperable brain tumor and therefore ordered his apprentice, Amanda Young, to set up the game to test Troy's will to survive. After abducting him, Amanda took Troy to the classroom. She took most of his clothes off of him and sat him on a chair in the middle of the room. Then, she attached the eleven chains to him by piercing the metal chain rings through his body. Afterwards, Amanda cut a jigsaw piece from his skin and placed a TV and a nail bomb on a table right in front of him, before she left the room. However, as she started to doubt her and John's work, she decided not to give Troy any chance to survive and welded the door of the room shut.
Shortly afterwards, Troy woke up. Immediately frightened by the situation he was in, he jumped to his feet and started to scream in fear and agony when he saw the chains attached to him. Moments later, the TV in front of him suddenly turned on. On the screen appeared a frightening, mechanical ventriloquist puppet. The puppet greeted him and informed him about the situation. As he had been chosen for this test due to his repeated prison sentences, he should now get the chance to "break his chains" once and for all in order to survive and finally learn from his mistakes. When the TV turned off again, Troy noticed the nail bomb and immediately began to panic again. However, as he desperately wanted to survive, he eventually started to rip the chains out of his body. Despite his initial hesitation and the immense amount of pain, Troy managed to free himself from all the chains except for the one attached to his lower jaw. With only a few seconds left, Troy desperately tried to remove it but was eventually killed and ripped up by the explosion of the bomb. (Saw III)
Following Troy's death, a SWAT team led by Lieutenant Daniel Rigg arrived at the school shortly afterwards after a female caller had informed the police about the explosion. When they entered the building, they discovered the door, which had been welded shut. Ultimately, they managed to break through a door by using a blowpipe. Upon entering and securing the room, they found the torn up remains of Troy. Rigg then ordered one of his men to call Detective Allison Kerry. Upon her arrival, she immediately feared that the victim was Detective Eric Matthews, her former partner who had been abducted by Jigsaw six months earlier. However her partner, Detective Mark Hoffman, who was investigating the crime scene, told her it wasn't him. Hoffman told her that the victim was held in place by eleven chains piercing his body and was eventually killed by a nail bomb. However she got suspicious when she learned that the SWAT team had to cut open the door as it had been welded shut, giving Troy no chance to escape even if he would've passed his test. This led her to the conclusion that someone else was responsible for the game. Seconds later, a member of the forensic team told her that the video tape containing the instructions for Troy's trap was still intact despite the explosion. Troy's corpse was taken to the morgue for his autopsy by Dr. Adam Heffner, while the remains of the trap were taken to the evidence room. (Saw III, VI)
- In one of the early scripts, Troy would have been suspended from the ceiling by his chains. However this was changed as it wouldn't have been possible for him to rip them out in this position.
- In another version of the script, several hooks pierced Troy's eyelids, teeth and fingernails. Albeit this was changed as well, this early concept of the trap was used in two of the promotional posters of Saw III, one showing a mouth with several missing teeth, the other showing three teeth dangling from wires.
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