The hyenas take over the Pride Lands
Mufasa's death was a terrible tragedy; but to lose Simba, who had barely begun to live... For me it is a deep personal loss. So it is with a heavy heart that I assume the throne. Yet, out of the ashes of this tragedy, we shall rise to greet the dawning of a new era... in which lion and hyena come together, in a great and glorious future!
Scar's coronation is a ceremony in which Scar, after the murder of his brother and the expulsion of his nephew, takes the throne of the Pride Lands and brings his allies, the hyenas, into the kingdom.
Scar, aided by Shenzi, Banzai and Ed, organizes a covert assassination of Mufasa and Simba. He brings his nephew to the gorge and gives a signal to his allies, who then start a stampede of wildebeest. Mufasa and Zazu are informed about Simba's danger by Scar, and the three run to help the cub. While Mufasa brings his son to safety, Scar hits Zazu unconscious. He then waits at the top of the cliff for Mufasa and sink his claws into the king's paws and throws him to his death. Later, he finds Simba, who is mourning his father, and shows him feigned sympathy. When Simba asks advice from his uncle, Scar suggests he escape forever. Trusting his uncle, Simba runs away, and Scar orders the hyenas to kill him. They fail but do not tell Scar this.
That night, Scar gathers all the lionesses and informs them of the terrible tragedy, skillfully hiding the pleasure in his voice and face. As the only surviving male member of the royal family, Scar takes over the throne. While Pride Rock begins to embrace the green, hazy atmosphere of the Elephant Graveyard, hyenas suddenly burst onto the scene. The lionesses are struck by the fact that Scar has taken on the hyenas as his allies, but the new king explains that the hyenas are here with his permission, because a new era has arrived in the Pride Lands. He then climbs to the edge of Pride Rock, where he roars and formalizes his royal title.
Watching the invasion from afar, Rafiki sighs sadly. He comes back to his tree and slowly moves his hand across Simba's picture, slightly smearing it. This implies that the young prince is no longer a part of the circle of life.
- Originally, Scar was supposed to bring the hyenas to Pride Rock and appoint them as executive staff years after taking the throne.
- In a 1992 version of the script, Scar was supposed to bring an unconscious Zazu to the pride, and Sarabi was supposed to sob after hearing the horrible news.
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