Fans are freaking out over how The Lion King was originally meant to end

goss 26/07/2019

Spoiler alert: This article contains the ending to The Lion King

The Lion King is a story we've all come to know and love - but if the original ending up happening it would all be very different!

The real ending features an epic showdown between Scar and Simba on Pride Rock. Simba overpowers Scar and throws him off the cliff where he meets his demise at the claws of some savage hyenas.

But the original ending had Scar beating Simba! Scar whispers "Goodnight sweet prince" to Simba as he throws him off the cliff to his death. Scar then catches on fire and ends up dying that way... Pretty dark right?

A representative from Disney also revealed that Scar's original plan was to kill Simba the same time he kills Mufasa.

"He's holding Simba in his mouth, and he's about to break his neck. Everyone comes in and says, 'Oh my gosh, you saved him from the stampede!' The idea was [Simba] was going to grow up with Scar, and be the goof-off kid" he continues. "It was all supposed to be this... Ferris Bueller, goofing around, delightful scamp." 

Fans were split on which ending they thought was better...

"I think that this ending gives a better cap to Scar as a character than the final one. In this one we see Scar is completely consumed by madness and hubris as he believes himself to really be the proper ruler." one person said.

"Wow that's pretty dark. Interesting but dark." added another.

Which version do you think works the best?