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

Donnie Darko Explained

The Ending of ‘Donnie Darko’ Explained

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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

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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

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

Barbarian Explained

The Ending of ‘Barbarian’ Explained

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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

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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

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

Carter

The Ending of ‘Carter’ Explained

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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

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

Thor Love And Thunder Ending Explained

The Ending of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Explained

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Is the MCU really going where it looks like it’s going? Bring on the God Battle Royale.