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Was the gimp a prisoner?


Was the gimp an actual prisoner of Zed's gang or was he just someone who they kept around for 'odd scenarios'?

Until recently, I always figured 'the gimp' was some part of the gang, a kind of S+M pervert they 'brought out' when it came time to torture a prisoner. Basically he was a willing participant.

However, recently I read another interpretation that the gimp was a prisoner Zed liked to torture and who, had all things gone to plan, was probably going to be killed during this scene and replaced with Butch/Marselis as the 'the new gimps'.

Hence the the shot where the gimp points at Butch and then himself. My initial interpretation of this gesture being that the gimp was going to 'have' Butch, but now I think it meant that the gimp was welcoming his own death and that Butch was going to replace the gimp.

Thoughts?

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I'm pretty sure Gimp was just a deranged pervert who was living the dream and enjoyed being a sex slave for two sadistic gay rednecks.

Notice in the scene when Butch breaks free from the chair the Gimp tries to scream Zed for help, but Zed and the other redneck cant hear him.

Gimp is one of the most mysterious film characters in the history of films.

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I also remember hearing the Gimp was a prisoner that they captured much like Butch and Marcellus. I think the Gimp got so warped and broken that he acquired Stockholm Syndrome. That’s why he tried to warn the rednecks when Butch broke free.

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A truly fascinating character. Ever since i saw Pulp Fiction as a kid i have been fascinated with Gimp.

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This was my assessment also.

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I think it's more likely he was just another sicko who chose to be a sex slave.

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I agree that he would have been a willing participant. He appears too compliant when he is led out of the basement to be a prisoner, rather than acting like he wants to get the hell out of there. And then more or less confirms it by trying to alert the others when Butch breaks free.

Would be fascinating to know the origins of how he came to be a willing gimp that is kept in the basement though.

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I’m with you on the Gimp being an actual beaten, broken slave. Something like Theon/Reek on Game of Thrones/ASOFAI, as an example.

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He almost has to be a prisoner against his will, that has simply been broken. He was in the box, but they had no idea that today was going to be filled with special visitors. That's not a part time gig.

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