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

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The Ending of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Old’ Explained


Does the why matter? M. Night Shyamalan bends over backward in his latest script to explain the mystery behind his magic.

Black Widow Ending Explained

The Ending of ‘Black Widow’ Explained


The first feature in Marvel’s Phase Four provides some connective tissue for the MCU’s Disney+ shows.

Nocturnal Animals Amy Adams

The Ending of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Explained


What really happened to Susan and Edward in Tom Ford’s neo-noir?

Hulu False Positive Glazer

The Ending of ‘False Positive’ Explained


Does Lucy get her happy ending after all?

Mad Men ending first and Final Shots

The Ending of ‘Mad Men’ Explained


We look back at the ending of the iconic TV series and consider two ways of looking at Don Draper’s final epiphany.

The Ice Road

The Ending of ‘The Ice Road’ Explained


What do you get when you cross Liam Neeson and a giant ice truck? A pretty bad-ass final showdown.

F9 Ending Explained

The Ending of ‘F9’ Explained


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.

Awake explained

The Ending of Netflix’s ‘Awake’ Explained


What happens when you’re fighting for your life without having slept for a week? Not good things.

Marie Antoinette Ending Explained

The Ending of Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’ Explained


There are many different ways to say goodbye.