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 ‘Barbarian’ Explained

In addition to being a downright terrifying horror flick, 'Barbarian' shrewdly explores themes of abuse and trauma. Read More

The Ending of ‘Partner Track’ Explained

Netflix's 'Partner Track' ends with a shocking discovery: one that could make for a tumultuous second season. Read More

The Ending of ‘Day Shift’ Explained

At the end of 'Day Shift,' a surprising final shot teases at a sequel. Read More

The Ending of ‘Carter’ Explained

Korean action thriller Carter wraps up nicely at the end – until the final shot, that is. Read More

The Ending of ‘The Gray Man’ Explained

The ending of 'The Gray Man' hints at a delightfully sinister premise for a potential sequel. Read More

The Ending of ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Explained

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

The Ending of ‘Spiderhead’ Explained

In 'Spiderhead,' nothing is what it seems. Here's a breakdown of that wild twist ending, Read More

The ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Ending Explained

We dig into the film's climax and consider how it does and does not complete plot strands that began in… Read More

The Ending of ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ Explained

Don't think you're free from its chaos yet. Marvel's Multiversal madness is just beginning. Read More