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

The Ending of ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’ Explained

The climactic CGI battle is typical Marvel fare, but it suggests a future CGI battle that should be anything but… Read More

The Ending of ‘Beckett’ Explained

John David Washington's latest protagonist boldly confronts grief and guilt. Read More

The Ending of ‘The Suicide Squad’ Explained: A Climax Without Villains

James Gunn provides nothing but love for his wretched characters. Even the big bad is not that big nor bad. Read More

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… Read More

The Ending of ‘Black Widow’ Explained

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

The Ending of ‘Nocturnal Animals’ Explained

What really happened to Susan and Edward in Tom Ford's neo-noir? Read More

The Ending of ‘False Positive’ Explained

Does Lucy get her happy ending after all? Read More

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… Read More

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. Read More