The character's fate at the end of the film is left deliberately ambiguous. The original intent of director Danny Steinmann was that Tommy Jarvis would inherit the psychotic mantle (and hockey mask) of late serial killer Jason Voorhees and become the new antagonist for the series going forward. Viewers however, disliked the notion of a Friday the 13th movie without Jason so any future plans to continue the franchise with Tommy as the killer were scrapped. If things had gone differently, Melanie would have been the female lead in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
When Melanie Kinnaman first auditioned for the role of Pam Roberts, she believed she was trying out for a film called Repitition. It wasn't until after she landed the role that she discovered she would be working in a Friday the 13th movie. 
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