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If you've seen the season 20 finale of South Park, "The End of Serialization As We Know It", you'll know that it wraps up the continuous storyline trend the show has been following since season 18.
Season 20's storyline satirizes internet trolling and follows Gerald, Kyle's dad, posing as a troll known as skankhunt42. After a session of trolling Danish Olympic gold medalist Freja Ollegard goes too far, he becomes paranoid and meets up with another troll, Dildo Shwaggins. From there, all hell breaks loose, and eventually, Ike is believed by Sheila, Kyle's mom, to be skankhunt42. Kyle realizes the true identity of skankhunt and Sheila sets out to punish them both for what they've done. But later on, she discovers it isn't Ike, and Gerald and the rest of the troll community successfully shut down TrollTrace and the internet, and all is well once more.
But did you know there was a different version of the episode?
It is a common fact that each episode of the show takes 6 days to produce. There exist "dark weeks", where the cast and crew take a week off from producing new episodes. Seasons 17, 18 and 19 had dark weeks, and season 20 was no stranger.
Here's where the story gets interesting: "The End of Serialization As We Know It" started production earlier than you may think.
During the third dark week between "Members Only" and "Not Funny", the script for the episode was already written and animation and voice work had begun. Since most of the staff was suffering from sleep deprivation, what came out was much more demented and disturbing than the final product.
Upon realizing what they ended up with, the episode was rewritten and reworked after production on "Not Funny", and the animation and dialogue was altered heavily.
What follows is the details of the original version.
The episode starts off as it does in the final version: the opening scene at the Pentagon, the kids of South Park kelping Kyle troll people on the internet, and Sheila trying to get out of the pantry, threatening to lock the boys in their rooms indefinitely.
The episode continues normally from here. Heidi finds a way to get to Mars, and Cartman tries to prevent that from happening, and Dildo helps Gerald shut down TrollTrace.
This is where the differences begin: Sheila manages to escape the pantry with her strength, bewildered and steaming with rage. Only in this version, she looks even angrier and murderous. Her face has turned red and red, her eyebrows are positioned slightly differently, making her look a little more unhinged and crazed, her nightgown is even more of a mess, and her eyes are bloodshot and look like they're ready to pop out at any minute.
What's more is that when she yells in frustration, there is an actual banshee screech in place of Mona Marshall's voice.
We then cut to the scene where Gerald shuts off the breakers, which plays out normally.
Afterwards, we cut to Ike giving Kyle troll lines on his computer as Sheila angrily approaches from behind. After Ike says "lick my asshole, you Mexican bitch", Sheila shrieks. "IIIKE!!!"
Ike notices and screams in fear. Another difference arises at this point. Sheila's voice has returned, but has taken on a more enraged, infuriated tone than in the final version.
"YOU... DARE... LOCK ME IN THE PANTRY, SO YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR COMPUTAAAH?!?!"
Sheila charges after Ike and grabs his computer, but instead of throwing it on the floor, she throws it directly at Ike, to whom his computer throws him against the wall with force. He looks up at his dishevelled mother.
"YOU'RE GONNA PAY FOR WHAT YOU'VE DONE!!"
Ike gets up and starts limping out into the hallway, attempting to run away from Sheila, who screams in rage. Unfortunately, Sheila catches up to him, picks him up and throws him forcefully into Gerald's study. Kyle takes notice at a bloodied and bruised Ike, who feebly calls out for him.
Kyle exclaims "Shit!", throwing down his headset.
"Mommy g-got... out!"
"YOU... YOU HELPED MAKE YOUR BROTHER THIS WAAAY!!"
Sheila begins slowly approaching the two boys.
"Mom, there's been a mistake. Ike isn't the school troll. We're trying to help the pe--"
"SHUT THE FUCK UP!!! NOT ANOTHER WORD FROM EITHER OF YOU!! YOU'RE BOTH GROUNDED FROM THE COMPUTER... FOREVAAAH!!!"
"Mom, please, you gotta listen to me. Ike is innocent."
Without hesitation, Sheila violently slaps Kyle across the face as he yells in pain and falls to the floor. Kyle gets back up by grunting.
"DO YOU THINK I'M STUPID?!?!"
"No... mom... you're not listening to me. You just don't know everything. I'm trying to protect my fam--"
Kyle is cut off by Sheila punching him in the abdomen, Kyle let’s out a wheezing groan.
"AAGGH!! MOM, WHAT THE FUCK?!?"
"YOU SHUT YOUR FOUL TROLL MOUTH, YOU LITTLE SHIT!!!"
Sheila then throws Kyle against Ike, causing a trickle of blood to spurt out from Kyle's mouth. What follows next is the scene where Cartman is trying to warn Elon Musk about his visions of Mars, to which Elon doesn't believe him.
It then cuts back to the Broflovski residence, where Kyle and Ike are trying to get away from Sheila, having had their faces smashed in by Gerald's computer. Their injuries are very noticeable, with bloody cuts and bruises all over their faces and a thunderous boom followed by a mixture of a roar.
"DON'T YOU RUN AWAY FROM ME, YOU LITTLE BASTARDS!!!"
Shelia charges after them, grabs them and slams them into each other before dropping them. Kyle is clearly in pain as he screams at his mom to listen to him.
"JESUS CHRIST, MOM!!! LISTEN TO ME!!!"
"AND WHAT MAKES YOU THINK I'LL LISTEN TO YOU?!?"
Sheila approaches the two and dishes out a few hard punches, spewing blood on the walls in the process.
"YOU DESERVE EVERY BIT OF WHAT YOU GET, YOU UNGRATEFUL CHILDREN!!!"
Sheila then kicks Kyle in the face, causing blood to leak from his nasal passages. The scene in the helicopter with Lennart Bedrager which follows plays as normal.
Afterwards, we see the boys trying to lose Sheila, only to tumble down the staircase pretty realistically. Sheila runs down to them and drags them into the kitchen, growling and roaring like a wild animal. Sheila grabs Kyle by the throat.
"Mom... p-please... you...you don't know what you're d-doing... let it go, for fuck's sake..."
"AND WHY SHOULD I?!?! SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO TORMENT INNOCENT PEOPLE ONLINE?!? HOW NICE!!!!!"
"No... listen to me... you dumb bitch!!"
Sheila recoils in shock at what Kyle has just said. Enraged as never before, Sheila screeches and roars like a banshee and slams down on Kyle and Ike, proceeding to beat them savagely. We then cut to an outside view of the house, where sounds of Ike and Kyle being beaten and plates being smashed are heard off-screen inside the kitchen, followed by the sight of blood splashing on the window during Sheila's malicious dialogue and violent booms as drums can be heard in the background.
"I HAVE HAD IT WITH YOU LITTLE MONSTERS, YOU HEAR ME?!?! YOU ARE DONE!!! YOU ARE BOTH DONE!!! YOU ARE BOTH FUCKING DONE!!! AAAAGGHH!!!! AAAAAAAGGGGGHHHH!!!'
We then cut to an alternate scene where Stan asks Token, "where the hell is Kyle?!" Token has no idea, and Stan has no choice but to call Butters at SpaceX, the scene of which plays out similarly to the final version, though differently.
The scene where Gerald approaches the last breaker plays out normally, and bits of the confrontation, Stan calling the Pentagon and the SpaceX scenes are cut in-between the following...
Back at the house, Sheila throws Kyle on the wall. Kyle tries to get up but he is weak, possibly from Sheila’s violent beating,
"ANY LAST WORDS!!!"
"G-go to hell, mom!!!"
Sheila backhands Kyle. But Kyle pick up a broke plate shard, and lash out with his sharp cut, opening a bloody gash in Sheila’s chest. Sheila then went over with a finishing blow.
"GOODBYE KYLE!!! I SHOULD HAVE AN ABORTION A LONG TIME AGO!!!!!!!"
Sheila bites down on Kyle's arm and begins mauling him like a zombie. She then tears it off and slits his throat with the area of broken bone. Ike begins crying in shear terror, which angers Sheila even further.
"DON'T TELL ME YOU FEEL SYMPATHY FOR YOUR BROTHER, YOU FILTHY CANADIAN SCUM!!!"
Sheila then backhands Ike to the floor. Ike throws a cup, damaging Sheila’s face as she lets out a scream in pain, and she corners Ike like a monster,
"SAY GOOD NIGHT!!! DEMON CANADIAN KID!!!"
Sheila then grabs Ike by the head and begins pulling, as Ike lets out a gut-twisting shriek of anguish, before she tears off his head, which flies out of her hands as blood erupts from Ike's neck, and his headless body collapses on the floor.
Shelia falls down and has a moment to calm down. Her face returns to its normal colour and her nightgown now has bloodstains all over it. After a brief period of silence, she looks at the dead bodies of her children and the sight takes her by surprise.
She stares in disbelief at their bodies, and suddenly remembers when she got Gerald an iPad.
"Wait... Gerald's iPad!"
Sheila gets up and starts slowly walking up to the bathroom. When she reaches the door, she finds the iPad on the floor, picks it up and turns it on. She then goes to the TrollTrace website and searches up "Ike Broflovski".
From there, she is shocked to find that Ike's history shows no trolling.
"There's nothing here. Kyle was telling the truth."
Sheila then drops the iPad as the truly horrifying realization comes upon her...
"OH MY GOD!!! WHAT HAVE I DONE?!?!
After the scene where the SpaceX building explodes, the town of South Park calms down as the internet is completely reset. Kyle's narration is omitted here for obvious reasons. Gerald arrives at the house and enters with a resounding "Honey! I'm home!"
He is met with silence. He becomes confused and looks upstairs for Sheila. He eventually finds her in the bathroom, quietly weeping with his iPad by her side.
Sheila looks up and is surprised to see Gerald. "Gerald!"
"Honey, what's wrong?"
Sheila continues weeping. Gerald goes back downstairs and notices blood in the kitchen. He runs over to the kitchen and takes notice at the broken pantry door...
...before turning his attention to the broken and battered bodies of Kyle and Ike, with blood staining their clothes and the floor, and Ike's torn-off head.
Gerald recoils in utter shock as Sheila comes downstairs behind him. He kneels down at the bodies and stares in horror.
"Honey... Honey, what have you done?!"
He picks up Kyle's bloodstained body and begins panicking.
"Sheila, what the fuck have you done?!?"
Gerald begins to cry softly.
"Come on, Kyle! Come on, stop fucking around! Wake up! WAKE THE HELL UP!!"
He drops the body as he realizes Kyle and Ike are dead, and there's nothing he can do, and begins sobbing over their bodies as Sheila watches on in sorrow and regret.
"I killed them Gerald…because they defied me."
Gerald stops crying, and saw Sheila, confessing the truth that she killed Kyle and Ike. Angered, Gerald learns that Sheila killed Kyle and Ike over Skankhunt. Gerald, in a mixture of anger and tears, rushes to Sheila, and violently hits her until Sheila falls to the ground. Sheila was more bloodied from the fight,
"THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, SHEILA!!! ALL YOUR FUCKING FAULT!!!" Gerald roared in a mixture of rage and tears.
"Gerald. I swear I didn’t know"
"YOU KILLED KYLE AND IKE!!!! What kind of fucking wife ARE YOU!!!"
Gerald calms down and spoke to Sheila, with a mixture of sadness and anger with a cold, but sad tone of voice as he speaks.
"I’m sorry Sheila, I'm so sorry, please forgive me but you leave me no choice. I d-don’t wanna leave you. Maybe j-just get away Denmark even bunch of trolls. I guess lied Skankhunt is gone account and why don't dick your mouth bullshit photoshop. How do you want, Shelia? No more. I'm leaving you."
"I’m not your fucking husband anymore. You’re trespassing in my house. Go to hell, Sheila. I don’t wanna see you anymore. God damn you!"
Gerald kneels down at the bodies at Kyle and Ike, and begins crying out louder while Sheila watches in guilt. Her face was covered in bloody bruises from the beating Gerald gave her.
The final scene of the episode is a montage of a depressed Sheila being transported to a mental institution, followed by Stan, Cartman and Kenny being contacted about Kyle's death. Stan and Kenny begin mourning...
...while Cartman heartlessly grins and laughs, as some sort of retribution for him and his friends breaking all of his stuff in "Skank Hunt".
The montage of the shot continues is Gerald weeping while the police calm him down, Kyle and Ike’s funeral was held and Gerald started roaring and crying audibly while Stephen and Randy calm him down. PC Principal held a funeral ceremony at school,
"All right, everyone, listen up. I know we're all students with the sadness of a friends. We have to the Broflovski won't be the dead. I know we're all gonna miss him, everyone. You've breaking the heart, like this can happen, and the best things we can do for Kyle and Ike. Any questions, bro?" said PC Principal.
"Why my best friends still alive?" question Butters.
"No! Now shut up!" said PC Principal.
"Okay. I just saying, PC." said Butters.
"You apologise to Butters, now!" said Craig
"How about you Watch YOURSELF!" said PC Principal.
"Shut the [BLEEP] up, PC!!" yelled Clyde. PC Principal finally snapped.
"DONT TELL ME WHAT TO DO, BRO!!!!!! I AM THE PC PRINCIPAL HERE SO YOU BETTER SHOW ME SOME FUCKING RESPECT AND ALL OF THIS NEGATIVE COMMENTS WILL GET EVERYONE EXPELLED! I SHOULDVE FUCKING KILLED CARTMAN AND THAT STUPID RAT KYLE WHEN I HAVE THE CHANCE!" Everyone gasp at PC Principal’s comments about Kyle, Clyde stands up and roars at PC Principal.
"I WISH KYLE WAS HERE INSTEAD OF YOU SO GET THE FUCK OUTTA THIS SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!" Clyde roared at PC Principal very loudly. The whole froze the room as Clyde snapped at PC Principal, everyone gasp in horror as Clyde snapped at the man. PC Principal was in shocked as Clyde just snapped at PC Principal
"That’s right, leave Butters alone. NOW!" Yelled Wendy at PC Principal
"GET OUTTA OF THIS SCHOOL, YOU HORRIBLE BASTARD!!!! This gonna be great, bro!" One of the kids yelled at PC Principal. He was offended by these words.
The montage continues of PC Principal getting arrested by the police for his violent behaviour at school and beating up Cartman. The cops shove PC Principal in the car, crying as the kids possibly loses the respect and followed by Sharon and Liane were informed by the news, and they, possibly, loses the respect for Sheila for killing Kyle and Ike, Gerald drinking whiskey, while Kyle’s and Ike’s death renders Gerald into a cynical and depressed loner. He was about to commit suicide but he couldn’t bring himself to do it.
The final shot is Sheila in the asylum, sitting alone in her cell, depressed and crestfallen. The credits roll over a shot of a stormy South Park, and then the episode ends.
After viewing the original version of the episode, Trey Parker and Matt Stone realized what they had done, and fearing it would risk the cancellation of the show, they chose to rewrite the episode shortly after production of "Not Funny", and hoped the original and darker version would never see the light of day again.
Of course, they kept their tracks well-hidden, and the show is set to continue through season 23 in 2019.
One should wonder, though...
What kind of messed-up shit were the staff thinking when they made the original version?
How would season 21 have played out had they gone through with airing this version of the episode?
Were Trey and Matt actually willing to kill Kyle off? Or was it the lack of sleep that drove them to create such a exceedingly fucked up piece of media?
No-one knows for sure...