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:
One of the most complex portrayals of time travel in film history, the ending of ‘Donnie Darko’ is filled with clues and double meanings.
In which one of cinema’s most iconic final shots is more than just a bad-ass image.
It’s the showdown The Rock has been waiting for, but should we care?
In addition to being a downright terrifying horror flick, ‘Barbarian’ shrewdly explores themes of abuse and trauma.
Netflix’s ‘Partner Track’ ends with a shocking discovery: one that could make for a tumultuous second season.
At the end of ‘Day Shift,’ a surprising final shot teases at a sequel.
Korean action thriller Carter wraps up nicely at the end – until the final shot, that is.
The ending of ‘The Gray Man’ hints at a delightfully sinister premise for a potential sequel.
Is the MCU really going where it looks like it’s going? Bring on the God Battle Royale.