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 ‘Nope’ Explained

At its core, Jordan Peele's latest horror film is a shrewd commentary on Hollywood exploitation. Read More

The Ending of ‘Donnie Darko’ Explained

One of the most complex portrayals of time travel in film history, the ending of 'Donnie Darko' is filled with… Read More

The Ending of ‘Fight Club’ Explained

In which one of cinema's most iconic final shots is more than just a bad-ass image. Read More

The ‘Black Adam’ Ending Explained

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

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