Ree continues her walk home; all the while, ice and snow melt all around her. Ree pauses on a bridge that delivers her passage across a frozen creek and looks down over the edge of it, trying to see beneath the ice. She realizes that her “eyes [are unconsciously] search[ing] for a body.” Ree falls to her knees and cries.
Ree reckons with the fact that her father’s death is an increasingly likely possibility. Her realization that the expectation of violence is so ingrained in her is devastating and, in a way, shameful to her.