The Saw franchise's enduring legacy is the seemingly impossible nature of the Jigsaw's sick and demented traps. Designed to teach John Kramer's victims the value of life, they all require a degree of intellect and sacrifice in order for the game to be won.
However, as is the case with all games, the traps can all be beaten, and even cheated. Now that the franchise has drawn to a close, fans have been speculating about how exactly this could be done, and some of their suggestions are extremely convincing, to say the least.
One thing's for sure - it's unlikely that many people would be able to keep their cool for long enough to successfully cheat at Jigsaw's games.
1. Saw Through Your Leg
One of the franchize's first deadly traps involved Lawrence cutting through his leg in order to free himself from the shackles which are preventing him from reaching Adam, who Jigsaw has challenged him to kill, before six, otherwise his wife and daughter will perish.
Having unsuccessfully tried to saw the shackles themselves, Lawrence believed that the only way he could escape the trap would be by sawing his own foot off. However, many fans have pointed out that he could have smashed his foot until it was broken enough to slide free from the trap. Fans also suggested that a less damaging way of using the hacksaw would be to cut through his calcaneus (heel bone) then let his foot slip out.
2. Silence Circle
In this trap, writer Bobby and his publicist Nina (two people who had profited from the notoriety of the Jigsaw), are put to the test with a complex game. Nina has been placed into a complex contraption with poles that slowly inch towards her neck and Bobby has to free her.
These poles are on a 60-second timer which moves faster when the noise level in the room increases. During this 60 seconds, Bobby has been challenged to retrieve a key attached to a fishhook in Nina's stomach, something which causes her a lot of pain and creates noise.
The key to beating this trap lies in silence. After all, that's the lesson which Jigsaw wants Nina to learn - it was her silence in the face of Bobby's lies which he disproved of. While removing the fishhook from Nina's stomach would undoubtedly cause her pain, fans have suggested that Bobby could have silenced her with his hand and simply threaded the line through his fingers to get the key which shuts off the contraption.
3. Pound of Flesh Trap
Corrupt moneylenders, Simone and Eddie, are put to the test by Jigsaw with the pound of flesh trap. Only one of them can survive the trap, and, in order to live, they must give up a pound of flesh in 60 seconds, representing what they have wrongfully taken from people who they knew could not pay them back. Whoever's scale weighs the most will live and the other person will have their skull pierced.
Fans of the franchise have pointed out that while the tools provided to Simone and Eddie are securely fastened in place, there are other ways that they could weigh down the scales without mutilating themselves entirely. One fan suggested that, if he found himself in this position, he would simply sh*t as much as he could onto the scale. Others have suggested weighing it down with clothes and/or urine and vomit.