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"Aren't you getting to be the Joan of Arc around here? I seem to remember you were in there pitching with the rest of us." Chris Hargensen hissed. "Yes," Sue said, trembling. "But I stopped." "Oh, aren't you just it?" Chris marveled. "Oh my yes. Take your root beer with you. I'm afraid I might touch it and turn to fucking gold." -(1974 Carrie)

Susan "Sue" D. Snell was a student of Ewen High School in Chamberlain, Maine and the girlfriend of Tommy Ross. She was one of Chris Hargensen's friends who joined in tormenting Carrie White, especially during the shower incident. Sue later felt guilty about her part in the bullying and asked Ross to take Carrie to their high school prom in her place. She hoped that by doing this, she would be helping Carrie to know what it is like to be accepted and put her conscience at ease.

Sue's plan failed in a way that not even she expected: She discovered that her school was burning and raced to see what had happened. Upon her race to the school, she got into a minor skidding accident in her mother's car, which may have caused a slight concussion. She then searched for Carrie and found her later lying on an empty parking lot bleeding to death. Sue had somehow managed to "hone in" on Carrie's broadcast telepathy, and invited the young woman into her mind to see that she was not involved in the prom debacle, nor did she ever feel any animosity towards her.

After Carrie died, Sue finally had her period, although it has been said that she may have been miscarrying, for she was suspecting she was carrying a child she believed to be Tommy's.

In 1986, Snell published a memoir recounting her part in the Black Prom. It is shown she has become a heartbroken woman because of these events.

Novel

According to the novel, Sue had been dating Tommy for six months and became his lover two months before the time when the novel supposedly took place. A popular girl at Ewen High School, Sue began to feel guilty about making fun of Carrie as she was having her first period and proposed to Tommy, that he should take Carrie to the prom instead of her. Although he was against the idea at first, Tommy mellowed to it later. Furthermore, on another note, Sue believed that Tommy had gotten her pregnant.

But, for now, Sue chose to stay at home on prom night though she was instinctively worried about it. However, several hours later, the town whistle began to blow and she happened to look out her window: Ewen High School was on fire. Sue rushed therefore to her mother's car and drove to the scene of the incident. When she arrived, the school exploded. Sue slammed on the brake, but hit her head on the steering wheel.

When she exited the car, she saw a nearby gas station explode and flagged down a town sheriff. However, he took Sue and interrogated her. Sue knew that Carrie did all of this in revenge for the prank and that Tommy died in the school because of it. A while later, Sue finds the dying Carrie White lying in a lot with a burning car. She somehow felt Carrie's "telepathic broadcast" and invited her to enter her mind,and see that she never felt any hatred for Carrie nor had she taken part in her humiliation at the prom. Carrie explored Sue's mind and saw that what she said was true. Carrie died after forgiving Sue but not before transmitting to her telepathically all of her miserable life where she also had to see how ugly she behaved at the shower incident and for a while, also having to experience what happens, when someone dies. After that, Sue began to either have her period or miscarriage. She identified Carrie´s body for the authorities, who then took the body away.

She testified later at the White Commission, who were trying to turn her into a scapegoat to no avail. Years later, Sue wrote My Name is Sue Snell. Within the book, she talks about the events that led up to the Ewen High Prom Night tragedy from her perspective. She also defends Tommy and her own actions. 

It is implied, that all the events surrounding the Black Prom have broken Sue´s heart to the core. Sue only longs for peace after these events and also has begun embracing death driven by the experience she had, when she telepathically was linked to Carrie at the time of her death having to look, though only temporarily, what happens, when someone dies. For her, it is as though she is condemned to follow her to her death, because of it.

1976 Movie

Sue Snell was portrayed by Amy Irving.

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Sue Snell (Amy Irving) in the 1976 Carrie film.

Sue acted similarly to her novel counterpart, albeit she did not appear to be concerned about asking Tommy to take Carrie to the prom. Also, there was no mention of her pregnancy.

As with her "novel" self, Sue felt guilty over participating in the teasing of Carrie, when she had her period in the girl´s shower room. She asked her boyfriend Tommy Ross to take Carrie to the prom in order to help Carrie feel accepted and ease her conscience.

As the story goes, Sue sneaked into the prom by way of a rear door in the gym. She made her way to one side of the stage and saw Carrie and Tommy already there, the former having been crowned prom queen, but Sue caught something moving out of a corner of her eye: it was a rope cord. Sue followed it upwards and saw an out-of-place bucket. A piece of paper ribbon fell from above right on top of Carrie's head.She became even more concerned, so she followed the rope back down to its source.She was petrified at what she saw next. There were two "shadows" sitting underneath the stage, and one of them was holding the rope.Sue raced to the stage's stairwell, looked under it, and saw Chris Hargensen and Billy Nolan frolicking with the rope. Unfortunately she was later intercepted by a furious Ms. Collins, who dragged her all the way to the back of the crowd, out the gym's main doors.

Sue was later seen banging on the gym doors to find out, what was going on within. Two of Billy's friends emerged, but they were immediately "crushed" by the doors.That was the last time Sue would be seen in the film until several days later.

At home, after the passing of those days, Sue's mother (Priscilla Pointer) went to answer the telephone, while Sue was in her bedroom asleep, she had a dream of visiting the vacant area, where Carrie's home once stood, and proceeded with a bouquet of flowers in hand towards the "monument" sitting on the plot. After looking upon the "cross," Sue stooped down to place the flowers nearby, but was intercepted by a bloody hand, that reached up from out of the earth and grabbed her wrist.

Sue woke up screaming and Mrs. Snell rushed into the room to quiet Sue down. It is implied, that she will always be haunted by these events.

The Rage: Carrie 2

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Sue Snell in the 1999 sequel.

Sue Snell was again portrayed by Amy Irving in the 1999 sequel.

She has become a school counselor at an all-new Bates High School and is playing a role almost similar to Rita Desjardin. She was the sole survivor of the events from the last movie. She also revealed, that she spent some time in an asylum following her ordeal. Sue reached out to help a troubled student named Rachel Lang, after Rachel had lost her best friend Lisa, when the latter committed suicide.

Both Sue and Rachel later learned that Lisa was one out of many girls at Bates High, who were caught in the middle of a cruel joke perpetrated by members of the football team, where they slept with girls and then dumped them. Soon after, Sue began to talk with Rachel about losing her friend.However, Rachel could not handle the discussion and suddenly, one of Sue's mugs fell to the floor. Rachel said it fell, but Sue answered and said that she did not see her touch it.

Later on, Rachel was called back into Ms. Snell's office and given a test where she had to answer yes or no. However, Sue touched a nerve within Rachel when she said, "Sometimes, I can move things with my mind."Rachel had had enough and tried to leave, when Sue blocked. Rachel screamed at her and the snow globe on Sue's desk broke. Sue immediately remembered Carrie White.

The fever pitch between these two occurred following a meeting between Sue and Rachel's mother, Barbara Lang. Mrs. Lang was reluctant to speak to Sue at first, but then relented, only on the terms that Sue had "better not hurt her daughter." Sue agreed. Barbara disclosed to Sue that she never told Rachel, who her true dad was because the people of Chamberlain were not fond of Carrie White for what she had done. Sue became rather frightened when Barbara spoke the name of "Ralph" (Ralph White).

Sue then called Rachel again and took her to the charred site of the original Bates High, which has become some sort of a monument for what happened that night.There Sue tried to tell Rachel, that she and Carrie were somehow connected, since Ralph had been the father of both and warned her about Jesse believing he was going to harm her the same way as Lisa was harmed.Rachel wanted to leave, but Sue held her back yet again. She also said that Rachel was not crazy and the devil had nothing to do with it. She wanted to help Rachel before the same thing that happened to Carrie happens to her. Rachel replied, that she did not need or want Sue's help and stormed off.

That was the last meeting between Sue and Rachel before the meltdown at a party thrown by Mark Bing in his parents' mansion. Mark and some other "friends" tricked Rachel into coming to the party and that is where she learned of everything that he and the other football team members had done which sent Rachel over the edge: the very thing Sue wanted to avoid. Sue in the meantime had managed to break Barbara out of Arkham Asylum and both hurried over to Mark's parents' mansion.

Sue arrived too late, and when Rachel used her telekinesis to launch a fireplace poker at the door, Sue and another boy were both pierced in the head.

2002 Film

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Sue Snell 2002

In this version Sue was portrayed by Kandyse McClure, whose characterization sported a hair style similar to that of Amy Irving's version.

As this version more closely follows the novel's plot (and rather loosely follows the original film's), Sue possessed most of the character traits shared by her two other counterparts, but here, she additionally assisted Carrie with putting on her makeup so that she could go to the prom in a proper manner.The other two incarnations did not do this.

After the Ewen Senior prom incident, Sue observed Carrie during the rampage and followed her. She found Carrie at home in a bathtub full of red, bloody water with her mother dead nearby, so she pulled the girl out and managed to revive her after Carrie's mother attempted to drown her previously and then hid her.

After testifying that she found Carrie dead and left her alone, both Sue and Carrie visited Mrs. White's grave at night so they wouldn't be seen and later left Chamberlain. Sue then took Carrie to Florida where she could help others who possessed powers similar to hers.

This was the basis for a potential television series that would have picked up where the film left off. The series was never produced. Therefore, it is unknown what happened to Carrie and Sue after they left Chamberlain.

2013 Film

In this movie Sue (Gabriella Wilde) plays a similar role to her previous incarnations, but seems to gradually care more deeply for Carrie than her earlier movie counterpart.

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Sue Snell 2013

Sue is first seen in the swimming pool, playing water volleyball with the rest of her class. When Carrie got the chance to play, she accidentally hit Sue in the head and she just laughed it off. At the shower, Sue participated in the tampon-throwing incident, but she hesitated and stopped. When Miss Desjardin slapped the hysterical Carrie, Sue approached her and told her that Carrie probably didn't know what was happening to her.

Sue felt guilty of what she did and asked Tommy to take Carrie to prom. While she herself seemed reluctant, she was willing to let Carrie find happiness. While preparing the gym for prom, Sue felt sick and vomited in the toilet, implying that she was pregnant with Tommy's baby.

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Sue Snell in 'Carrie' 2013 with Tommy

On prom night, Sue stayed home with her family. While showering, she received a text from Chris saying: "Your girl looks good, but not for long." This alerted Sue and she rushed to the gym where she noticed the bucket to be dropped on Carrie.Sue tried to warn Miss Desjardin, but she was forcefully thrown out of the gym. She therefore had to watch the prank, how it killed Tommy and how Carrie exploded.

After the disaster at the prom, Sue went to Carrie's house where she saw her holding the lifeless corpse of her mother.Carrie thought about killing her, but realized that Sue was really sorry for what happened and also found out she was pregnant with a girl, so she pushed Sue out of the house as a rain of stones destroy Carrie's house.

Sue was shocked about the death of Carrie and about her pregnancy, because not even she suspected, that she was pregnant from the start, but was also happy at the same time about it. Sue is later seen at a courtroom, where she tried to defend her testimony of the Black Prom. She blames this tragedy on everyone (including herself). Then, the scene cuts to a cemetery, where Sue is seen carrying a white rose.

This scene plays out similarly to the 1976 film's ending. Sue placed the white rose on Carrie's gravestone, vandalized with the words "Carrie White burns in HELL!" After Sue leaves, the gravestone cracks and breaks, while Carrie's scream is heard in the background implying she might have survived. It is also implied, that Sue will go out of this relatively unscathed.

ALTERNATIVE ENDING

In the Blu-ray ending, Sue also places a rose in Carrie´s vandalised grave and then she is shown in the hospital giving birth to her baby but instead, a hand (possibly Carrie's) comes out of her vagina and starts attacking her. It turns out, that it was just a dream leaving Sue screaming, while her mother comforts her. A very small scene is also shown, where a caring, bloody Carrie is seen with her baby in her arms. She is then seen crying in her mother´s arms.

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Trivia

  • Sue is the only character to appear and survive in every version of the story. Though she does end up dying in the original film's sequel.
  • The dream sequence involving Sue was shot with Amy Irving walking backwards, away from the plot, where Carrie's house was supposed to be. If one watches the screen during the first moments of the sequence, one can see a red car moving slowly in reverse. A few seconds later another car is seen moving backwards--much closer to the viewer and faster.
  • The "cross-style" For Sale sign in the above sequence had the words, "Carrie White burns in hell" scrawled on its front — meaning, apparently, that not even until death was Carrie able to find peace.
  • In the 2013 film adaption, Sue starts to treat Carrie as a friend when she asked her boyfriend, Tommy Ross to take Carrie to prom, and also when Carrie tells Sue that her baby will be a girl, saving Sue from dying in the house and when Sue places a white rose on Carrie's grave.
  • It is also possible, that she completely ceases to see the Ultras as friends, for what they did during the Black Prom in the 2013 remake.

Appearances

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