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:
Does the why matter? M. Night Shyamalan bends over backward in his latest script to explain the mystery behind his magic.
The first feature in Marvel’s Phase Four provides some connective tissue for the MCU’s Disney+ shows.
What really happened to Susan and Edward in Tom Ford’s neo-noir?
We look back at the ending of the iconic TV series and consider two ways of looking at Don Draper’s final epiphany.
What do you get when you cross Liam Neeson and a giant ice truck? A pretty bad-ass final showdown.
Is there justice for Han in the new ‘Fast and Furious’ movie? We examine his surprise return and how it could shape the franchise’s future.
What happens when you’re fighting for your life without having slept for a week? Not good things.
By Anna Swanson
There are many different ways to say goodbye.