In all the five Pirates of the Caribbean movies, all we do is wait for our eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow to appear with his drunken Swagger in his walk, his flailing hand gestures, and his forever fascinating trickery. He is a puppet master, knows how to use people to his advantage, is always after something, and goes to any lengths to make things end the way he wants. Jack Sparrow is not a good human but is one of the best fictional characters Disney has ever made. Jack Sparrow, the master of the sea (at least in his mind), had his share of hardships. When he got stuck in Davy Jones’ Locker, Jack almost ran out of his wits. At the end of Dead Man’s Chest, it was a heart-sinking moment when Captain Jack entered the Kraken’s mouth, to be dragged along with the Black Pearl to the depths of the ocean. His return in World’s End sure surprised so many of us and had us pondering over some questions.
So how did Jack Sparrow end up in the World’s End? What happened after that? How did he get out?
What Happened To Jack Sparrow After He Entered The Kraken?
When Captain Jack entered the Kraken fighting it, it took him to Davy Jones’ Locker. Here is the detailed guide to it.
Why Did Jack Sparrow End Up In Davy Jones’ Locker?
Before the first movie, Pirates of the Caribbean sea: Curse of Black Pearl, Captain Jack Sparrow served The English East India Trading company under Cutler Beckett, the EITC director of west Africa. Jack Sparrow was assigned to transport a ship full of slaves, but instead, he freed the slaves and took them to Kerma Island for safe asylum. Cutler Beckett, enraged by this, jailed and branded Jack as a pirate. A few months later, he ordered to burn his ship near the coast. Captain Jack Sparrow freed himself and dove his way to the Wicked Wench but was too late to save his sinking ship. So, Jack summoned Davy Jones and offered him a hundred years of service aboard the Flying Dutchman for bringing his ship, The Wicked Wench (later named Black pearl), back from the Davy Jones’ locker and giving him thirteen years of the captaincy of Black Pearl. Jones agreed to this and complied with the terms of their agreement.
Later, in the latter half of The Pirates of Caribbean sea: Dead man’s chest, it is shown that thirteen years had passed, and there appeared a black spot on Jack Sparrow, which meant that the Leviathan, the Kraken, was after Jack and his beloved Black Pearl. Jack refused to serve on the Flying Dutchman and couldn’t supply a hundred souls to Davy Jones in exchange for his soul. Therefore, Jones decided to relegate him to Davy Jones’ locker.
How Did Captain Jack Sparrow Get Imprisoned In Davy Jones’ Locker?
In Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s chest, soon after Jack managed to secure the heart of Davy Jones (which was secretly stolen from him by James Norrington), Flying Dutchman launched an attack on Black Pearl. Black Pearl surpassed Flying Dutchman owing to the favorable wind. But then Davy Jones unleashed the Kraken on Black Pearl, which just survived an attack.
Jack tried to flee before his face-off with the Kraken, but after calculating his chances of success, he returned to the ship where his crew was. Elizabeth Swann also figured out that Kraken was only after Sparrow. Therefore, she distracted Jack with a kiss and chained him to Black Pearl while the rest of the crew fleed off-board. Although Jack unchained himself and put up a fight, he and his beloved ship were devoured by the Kraken, which took them to Davy Jones’ Locker.
What Is Davy Jones’ Locker?
Indeed, all fictions have their roots stretching to the real world. The phrase “Davy Jones’ locker” is an idiom that means the depths of the sea where the souls drowned at sea find a place. This idiom is given life in Pirates of the Caribbean. As Tia Dalma explained to Jack Sparrow’s crew,
“Jack Sparrow is taken, body and soul, to a place not of death, but punishment. The worst fate a person can bring upon himself…stretching on forever. That’s what awaits at Davy Jones’ Locker.“
In the movie, Davy Jones’ Locker was a piece of wasteland. It was like a limbo; Davy Jones sent people who refused to join his crew or those he considered unnecessary onboard The Flying Dutchman. Besides the drowned people and ships at sea, the souls of the people gobbled by Kraken also reached the locker. Souls imprisoned there were technically not dead in the general sense of the word, but they were stuck at a place between life and death. When Jack Sparrow entered the Kraken, he reached the World’s End in the locker, one of the most inaccessible places in the world. Jack did not die, but he was stuck in a limbo between life and death with very few ways to escape. It was why Tia Dalma couldn’t bring Jack back to life because his soul was trapped.
How Did Jack Sparrow Manage To Escape Davy Jones’ Locker?
The surviving crew mourned the loss of Jack and their ship as the Kraken swallowed them. Later, they decided to find Tia Dalma (the Calypso), who asked them if they would “sail to the ends of the Earth and beyond, to fetch back ‘witty Jack’ and his precious Pearl?” Gibbs, Pintel, Ragetti, Cotton’s parrot (who spoke for both itself and its master), Elizabeth Swann, and Will Turner all agree and vow to bring their Captain and ship back from Davy Jones’ Locker.
Tia Dalma then announced that she had resurrected Hector Barbossa, who would act as their Captain for the rescue mission of Jack. Jack’s crew members and Barbossa then sought out the Pirate Lord of Singapore, Sao Feng, who possessed the Enchanted Charts that showed the way to the World’s End (subsequently, Davy Jones’ Locker). Having gained access to the Chinese Navigational charts, they entered Davy Jones’ Locker. They found that Jack and the Pearl were stranded in the endless desert. So Tia Dalma used the locker’s mysterious crustaceans (the white rocks that Jack threw, which later turned out to be crabs) to transport Jack and the Pearl to the nearby shore. Jack deciphered a clue from the Navigational charts, and the crew capsized the ship at sunset. The Black Pearl then returned to the living world at sunrise. It was how Jack Sparrow turned out to be one among the very few who escaped the infamous Locker of Davy Jones.
Jack Sparrow’s Locker Experience Was Different From That Of Others?
For Jack Sparrow, the locker was a vast piece of hot land while others floated on a small boat. Was Jack Sparrow’s locker different because he was special?
No. Davy Jones Locker was a dimension for punishment, where a person saw their worst fears coming to life. Thus, everyone perceived it differently.
What was Jack Sparrow’s Fear?
Jack Sparrow treasured freedom more than anything. He told Elizabeth, “Wherever we want to go, we’ll go, that’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not a keel and a hull and a deck and sails, but what a ship is- what Black Pearl really is- is freedom.”
We know that Jack even summoned Davy Jones to get his Black Pearl (freedom) back on the sea, sailing proudly. In Davy Jones’ Locker, Jack found himself marooned with his ship on a vast piece of land with no hopes of reaching the sea. He even started to have hallucinations and saw different personas of himself.
Jack Sparrow had his lesson from Davy Jones’ Locker. The realization dawned on him that his freedom was not confined to Black Pearl only. He then extended his wishlist to immortality and set on a new quest. We cannot say that Jack went through character development in Davy Jones’ Locker. But, his being in the locker gave an insight into his character. It also worked as comic relief for the audience. As for me, I can watch Johnny Depp playing Captain Jack Sparrow forever.