Ending Explained

Ending Explained is a recurring series in which we explore the finales, secrets, and themes of interesting movies and shows, both new and old. We see it as an opportunity not only to help readers who need assistance unpacking endings but also as a chance to unpack themes and explore how expanded cinematic universes connect.

Here is an assortment of some of our favorite and most popular ending explainers throughout the years:

Explore the Ending Explained archive below

Nope Explained Ending

The Ending of ‘Nope’ Explained


At its core, Jordan Peele’s latest horror film is a shrewd commentary on Hollywood exploitation.

Donnie Darko Explained

The Ending of ‘Donnie Darko’ Explained


One of the most complex portrayals of time travel in film history, the ending of ‘Donnie Darko’ is filled with clues and double meanings.

Fight Club Ending Explained

The Ending of ‘Fight Club’ Explained


In which one of cinema’s most iconic final shots is more than just a bad-ass image.

Black Adam Ending Explained

The ‘Black Adam’ Ending Explained


It’s the showdown The Rock has been waiting for, but should we care?

Barbarian Explained

The Ending of ‘Barbarian’ Explained


In addition to being a downright terrifying horror flick, ‘Barbarian’ shrewdly explores themes of abuse and trauma.

Partner Track Explained

The Ending of ‘Partner Track’ Explained


Netflix’s ‘Partner Track’ ends with a shocking discovery: one that could make for a tumultuous second season.

Day Shift Explained

The Ending of ‘Day Shift’ Explained


At the end of ‘Day Shift,’ a surprising final shot teases at a sequel.


The Ending of ‘Carter’ Explained


Korean action thriller Carter wraps up nicely at the end – until the final shot, that is.

The Gray Man Ending Explained

The Ending of ‘The Gray Man’ Explained


The ending of ‘The Gray Man’ hints at a delightfully sinister premise for a potential sequel.