|“||I forgive you...||”|
— Jeff's last words to John[src]
When the cancer disease of John Kramer, better known as the Jigsaw Killer, worsened and brought him closer and closer to death, he began to plan his last games. One of these games focused on Jeff Denlon, a man who suffered from severe depressions after the death of his 8-year-old son, Dylan, who had been killed by a drunk driver named Timothy Young in a car accident three years earlier. Due to his depressions, he neglected his wife and daughter, Lynn and Corbett Denlon, and instead indulged in his thoughts of revenge against the people he deemed responsible for his fate and the fate of his son. Due to this, one of John's apprentices, Detective Mark Hoffman abducted him from his house and took him to John's hideout at the abandoned Gideon Meatpacking Plant at 11235 Blake Drive, where he had to face a series of tests in order to overcome his vengefulness. Within the two hours given to him, he made his way through the building and thereby progressed through all three tests. After completing the third one, he ultimately reached a chain-link fence with a door, which was unfortunately locked. However, Jeff managed to open it with a key he had found right after the beginning of his game. Upon passing the door, he found a small box with a message which told him that this was his "Last chance". Glued the back of the message was a snippet of a photo, which showed his wife, Lynn. Furthermore, the box contained a gun. As Jeff had previously found a magazine and a single bullet, he inserted them in the weapon. Moments later, he went through another door and entered a large hall which resembled a workshop. As he went through the area, he heard voices coming from the next room. When he came closer, he was surprised when he finally saw his wife, Lynn, in the room. As the two of them noticed each other, Lynn immediately went to him but was shot in the back by Amanda Young, the distressed second apprentice of John Kramer. Angered by this, Jeff entered the room and shot Amanda in the throat before carefully deposing his wounded wife on the floor. As he comforted her, John, who lay on a makeshift bed in the same room, watched the death of his apprentice. As she was dying, he revealed to Amanda, who had held Lynn hostage all the time, that John had tested her as he had gained knowledge of her manipulating her games and thereby gave her victims no chance to survive. When she finally succumbed to her wound, John ended her game with a saddened "Game Over", remarking her failure. (Saw III)
|“||One final test. The rules are simple. Over on that table, there's a host of vicious implements, which you can use to exact your pound of flesh, to take your vengeance, to indulge your obsession. Or, you can choose to put your vengeance aside, and you can forgive. You can forgive me for the pain that I've caused you and your wife tonight. Which is it gonna be, Jeff? It's up to you. Live or die, Jeff, make our choice.||”|
— John explains the rules to Jeff[src]
After Amanda had died, Jeff aimed his gun at John. The latter berated him for not having learned anything from his test, stating that his thirst for vengeance would only harm his loved ones. Furthermore, he told him that he couldn't kill him. Despite this, Jeff eventually pulled the trigger, but didn't have any bullets left. John then told him that Lynn was about to die. When Jeff comforted her and promised to bring her home, she uttered that she loved him. John then warned him that she would die if he tried to bring her away and offered to call an ambulance. Jeff eventually agreed and asked John what he wanted in exchange for his help. John demanded one final test from him to see if he had overcome his obsession with revenge. Jeff could either kill him with the tools lying on a table in the room, or he could forgive John for all the pain he had caused him and his wife, proving that he had learned from his previous tests. Jeff got up, despite Lynn begging him to stay by her side, and grabbed a circular saw from the table. He then approached John and lay his hand on his chest, stating to forgive him. However, only seconds later he raised the saw and despite Lynn desperately yelling at him to stop, he eventually slashed John's throat, while claiming again that he had forgiven him. Seconds later, a collar around Lynn's neck, which was connected with John's heart rate monitor, was activated and the room's door slammed shut.
|“||Hello Jeff, I made this tape as an insurance policy, if you will, and if you're listening to it then it's time to collect. I was your final test of forgiveness, and if you are listening to this, then you failed. Now you must pay the price. The price of living for nothing but vengeance. Now I will give you something to live for. I told you that you couldn't kill me, Jeff, but I didn't tell you why. And the answer is simple: I am the person responsible for the loss of your child. I am the only person who knows where your daughter is. She only has a limited supply of air, and if you want her back, you'll have to play a game.||”|
— Jeff's final tape[src]
|“||Hello Jeff, I made this tape as an insurance policy, if you will, and if you're listening to it then it's time to collect. I was your final test, Jeff, your final test of forgiveness, and if you are listening to this, then you failed. Now you must pay the price. The price of holding on to all that anger, the price of driving your own wife away from you, the price of living for nothing but vengeance. Now I will give you something to live for. I told you that you couldn't kill me, Jeff, but I didn't tell you why. The answer is simple: I am the person responsible for the loss of your child. I am the only person who knows where your daughter is. She only has a limited supply of air, and if you want her back, you'll have to play a game.||”|
— Jeff's final tape (Director's Cut)[src]
- Before settling on the final version of the confrontation, the creators and writers of Saw III shot numerous different versions, all resulting in John's death at the hands of Jeff. The only differences were the weapons of choice, among them a circular saw blade that Jeff picked up before finding the high power saw.
- Originally, Lynn's collar was designed more like a bomb instead of a shotgun device. At the end of Saw III, when she was killed, the following explosion would have knocked Jeff unconscious and was even strong enough to knock the deceased John from his bed.
Public Execution Trap • Pain Train • Horsepower Trap • Lawnmower Trap • Bobby's Trial • Suspended Cage • Silence Circle • Impalement Wheel • Hangman's Noose • Wisdom Teeth Combination • Brazen Bull • Sentry Gun Trap • Cyanide Box • Reverse Beartrap