Driving through the mist, David returns home to find his wife has fallen victim to the spider-like creatures. Heartbroken, he drives the group south, witnessing the destruction left in the wake of the mist and encountering a six-legged beast many times the size of a blue whale. Eventually they run out of gas without finding any other survivors. While Billy is sleeping, the four adults, surrendering to their fate, silently agree that there is no point in going further. With four bullets left in the gun and five people in the car, David shoots Amanda, Dan, Irene, and his son, Billy, to save them from death at the hands of the creatures. Wailing, he attempts to shoot himself with the now-empty gun before exiting the vehicle to let the creatures in the mist take him. He hears sounds like a creature moving toward him, but after a few moments a military M109 howitzer drives by, followed by a large company of National Guardsmen with flamethrowers clearing away the mist and burning the creatures within it. Several trucks filled with survivors are part of the convoy, among them the mother whom nobody from the store would escort. David falls to his knees screaming as a pair of soldiers look at him in confusion. He had been driving away from help the entire time.