McKenna and the others find his son just in time to stop a pair of Predator hounds from ambushing the boy. McKenna kills one of them by shooting a grenade into its mouth, causing it to explode. Nebraska unintentionally lobotomizes the other dog after shooting it in the head. The Predator chases them into a nearby school, and they start to give the Predator’s armor back when another, much larger and more powerful Predator arrives and engages the first in combat. The group flee, and the second Predator kills the first before setting out to retrieve the lost technology.
Bracket concludes that the Predators are attempting to improve themselves with the DNA of humans and, presumably, other planets’ inhabitants. She mentions that the larger Predator generates an exoskeleton that renders him highly resistant to damage, even from weapons of Predator technology. The team flees to an abandoned barn, but Traeger finds and captures them, and shares his theory that the Predators anticipate that climate change will end their ability to retrieve human DNA for further hybridization, and as such are scrambling to retrieve samples before it is too late. Seeing Rory drawing a map to the spaceship, Traeger takes the boy away to go to the ship. The team escapes and goes after him with the help of the now docile, brain-damaged Predator hound.