The Kings of the World | Ending Explained

Los Reyes del Mundo (International Title: The Kings of the World ), is a dense and heartbreaking portray of marginality and exclusion within the Latin American context, which can easily be extrapolated to any place in the world, but what is The Kings of the World about? 5 homeless boys from the streets of Medellin see a brighter future when one of them receives a letter stating that his property rights to a piece of land in a rural sector of Colombia have been restored. However as the film progresses it becomes clear that this dream could well turn into a nightmare, or even not be happening at all.

Now, if you really want to understand the end of the movie, if you want to know if the boys are alive or not, don’t worry, because now and without further ado, we we’ll take a closer look into The Kings of the World – specially the ending. Let’s start now!

1 ^ Who are the main characters in the film The Kings of the World?

The 5 boys who leave Medellín (Colombia) heading to Nechí to claim ownership of a piece of land are: Brayan (Carlos Andrés Castañeda), whom his friends call Rá (yes, like the Egyptian God); Winny (Brahian Estiven Acevedo), the youngest of the group who has great loyalty to Rá; Sere (Davinson Andrés Florez), also very close to Rá, although we rarely hear him speak. Nano (Cristian David Campaña), a young Afro-Colombian who is under the protection of Rá. And finally Culebro (Cristian Camilo David Mora), who is the least attached to the group, and therefore the most likely to betray them. The 5 guys in the lead of the movie are natural actors, not professional actors.

2 ^ What is the historical context of the film?

Since 1995, getting so much worse in 1998, Colombia suffered one of the most serious waves of violence in its entire history. The guerrillas armed and strengthened themselves using the peace processes and guarantees offered by the governments of Ernesto Samper and Andrés Pastrana as an excuse, and in order to cover more territory they expelled hundreds of thousands of peasants from their lands. The owners of extensions of land, and in general a part of the private sector grouped together and armed so-called self-defense groups, in response to the total lack of response from the State to the guerrilla takeover of the country. Of course, a war without norms or rules, where the purpose is to make the other disappear, led to a confrontation that left thousands dead, and civilians in the middle of the war,

Of course, many took advantage of the fact that thousands of acres of land were open to claim ownership. In the context of the film Gilma, Rá’s grandmother, left her land in the Nechí – Colombian Bajo Cauca – fleeing from the war and arrived in Medellín, with her grandson. Like many of those displaced by this conflict, Gilma and her grandson went from being peasants to joining the shantytowns of the large Colombian cities.

Now, in 2012, the Land Restitution Unit came into operation, a public entity that assessed the claims of the owners of these lands abandoned by the war exodus and presented the request before the courts of justice to repeal titles obtained fraudulently and deliver the lands to their rightful owners. Mrs. Gilma claimed her land in Nechí, but died before the court decision. Therefore her grandson Brayan (Rá) is the only one who can claim the land. And that’s why he prepares to travel with his 4 friends. That is the journey.

From Medellín to Nechí there are 346 kilometers (215 miles) of narrow road, which even by car can take between 8 and 15 hours, depending on traffic. The path basically consists of going up to the top of the western mountain range, and then going down to the valley of the Cauca river in Nechí. This area is widely known in Colombia for being a territory of permanent social disputes and criminal acts that almost always go unpunished.

The area of ​​Bajo Cauca Antioqueño, where Nechí is located, was a zone of wide control of the self-defense groups, which are known colloquially as paramilitares.

3 ^ Why couldn’t Rá get his land?

Because even land restitution processes can be appealed to a higher court, if any claimant feels that their rights have been violated. In fact, in Colombia is not uncommon that people who have sold their lands within all legal terms, and after a few years, they appear claiming the land that they themselves sold under no pressure. And furthermore, lawyers have been known to build artificial communities, to fabricate a fictitious narrative and thus claim extensive land holdings, under shared testimony. For this reason, even when the Land Restitution Unit has handed over land to a citizen, it may be the case that there are lawsuits over these rulings.

In Rá’s case, her grandmother’s land was returned to her, but the ruling was challenged by another claimant, who appealed to a higher court for a new ruling.

4 ^ Are the boys at the end alive or are they dead?

Short answer : Everyone is dead in the end. And now in the long answer we explain why.

Long answer : 1) Nano was killed by the guys who kidnapped them at one of the stops on the road, and in fact the scene where we see Nano, along with other people walking through the jungle, is a representation of all the people who have been murdered in that area of ​​the country, which is a great many. 2) Culebro, who had already betrayed the boys, stealing their food, tried to steal the land papers from Rá, and in the confrontation suffered a wound with his own knife, which caused his death.

Now as for Rá, Winny and Sera, the three of them stole their belongings and money from some boys who were having a party near a circus, and then they went to spend the money in a bar, where everyone in town found out. There, in that scene, where Sera and Rá appear on the pavement, we hear some sounds, but we don’t see anything. There, at the hands of the villagers, at least Sera and Rá died. From then on all we see seems to be a supernatural vision of the souls of the dead boys (probably only Rá), to reach the peace they did not find in life.

Two facts support this theory: in the first place, the elderly who give him the information on the ground, are in a house where they cannot actually be living since it is abandoned. They are ghosts. And then, on the ground, a series of children appear, the same ones we have seen in other visions, as well as Nano and Culebro. The subject who is throwing them out is another soul in pain, who does not let the children he murdered rest. In addition, there it is clear that the subject defends the lands of his employer, but clearly the mine is a different enterprise. In the end, in the confrontation between the children and the subject, they all manage to get out of the land that binds them by the desire to possess it, which exceeds death, and finally finds the way, just as the old man said.

They say that water is the blood of the world, now it rains and with its tears, it cleans the earth. And with my blood I clean the earth. The flow that has formed floods this valley, taking with it the memory of my grandparents, theirs, theirs, ours, and the anxious sea awaits. The anxious sea awaits me. There is no longer any port.

The final scene where we see the five boys on a kind of island, in the flow of the river, has taken them with their death and with it their memory. There is no longer any port, because nobody will remember them.

5 ^ What does the horse that Rá sees mean?

The horse is simply the supernatural guide of the path that Rá must travel to reach the sea, to finish his stage on earth and finally rest in peace. The film itself is perhaps how Rá sees his time in the world and how his last days led to his death and he was never able to achieve the dream of recovering his land, but at least he was able to do his best to be with his friends. Now, the Horse wants Rá to rest in peace, but his earthly desire binds him to earthly existence, to seek revenge against the people who killed him, and to find his grandmother’s land. But he finally manages to overcome those desires and transcend, although no one on earth remembers it.

6 ^ What is the message of the film?

The film is a strong criticism of the marginalization of certain segments of the population in Colombia, and yet within its criticism it manages to see that the victimization of individuals and their deep self-pity may weigh more heavily on them than the infractions and crimes of the past. Rá is very explicit in saying that he wants to recover the land to «fight for what’s his».

It is very frequent in Colombia, especially in these segments of the population, to look for external culprits to their economic situation, their social situation, or the frustrations they have above them, however, very few take a step forward to overcome their problems and get ahead. In Colombia, minors can seek to remain in the custody of the State, which guarantees their basic education, and even higher education in some cases. However, guys like the ones in the movie are not looking to improve their quality of life, have a job, a place to live, or food, but are simply looking for a way to have more money to reign on the street, which is the only thing they need or even know.

The sequence with the mountain prostitutes confirms this. Winny, who is the youngest, tells them that they could stay there, perhaps working and have food and shelter, however, they cannot conceive that they have to work to get their things. Rá and her friends see the land as a lottery prize to which they are entitled, but if indeed Rá had obtained the land, he had not the remotest idea of ​​how to make it productive, he would end up selling it and return to Medellín to continue taking drugs, fighting and when the money finally ran out, he would go back to where he started. That is the sad story of hundreds of people who have had their land reintegrated and end up selling it at any price, to buy a motorcycle and hallucinogenic drugs, without worrying about anything else.

If there is any message in this film, it is that magical solutions do not exist, a piece of paper, whether it is from a lottery, or from a land, is not going to solve your life, if you have not first structured your mind, to stop feeling self-pity and keep going strong. That is the only way that your life is not simply a flow towards the sea of ​​oblivion, where no one ever thinks of you again.

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The Pale Blue Eye | Ending Explained

One of the cadets of the most prestigious military academy in the early years of the United States is found hanged and his heart has been removed from his body. A renown detective is asked to investigate the case and searching for clues, he finds a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe who has his own theories about the murder. Who is the killer? Are more murders on the way? What would Edgar Allan Poe would find at the end? Who are the victims and who are the victimizers?

Netflix new original movie The Pale Blue Eye is a slow-burning thriller mixing drama, family secrets, macabre murders and of course, Christian Bale. But, without further ado, we we’ll take a closer look into The Pale Blue Eye – specially the ending. Let’s start now!

1 ^ Is the Academy Crimes based on a true story?

Although the story takes place in a real place, such as the West Point Military Academy, in New York, and includes the presence of cadet Edgar Allan Poe in 1830, which was also a checked fact, The Pale Blue Eye is not based on a true story. In fact, detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) is a totally fictional character invented by writer Louis Bayard.

Of course, the film is based on the homonymous book by Louis Bayard that makes a fictitious recapitulation of the permanence of the famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe in the military academy, incorporating an invented explanation of some of his poems and stories. Including the writer’s thematic relationship with death.

2 ^ Who is killed in The Pale Blue Eye?

During the film, two cadets are assassinated: the first, cadet Leroy Fry, who appears hanged, and heartless. And later, cadet Randolph Ballinger appears, under the same circumstances. The mystery of the first part of the film revolves around the death of Leroy Fry, and why he was killed. And in the second part the mystery is further developed, when a second cadet appears dead.

3 ^ Why was Augustus Landor hired to investigate the murders? What does Edgar Allan Poe have to do with these murders?

Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) was a renowned detective, famed for solving several high-profile murders in the East Coast area of ​​the United States. Now, when a cadet from the United States’ most prestigious military academy is found dead, the heads of the Academy turned to Landor in hopes that he could quickly solve the mystery and restore the institution’s pristine prestige.

Now, when Landor began to investigate the academy, he found that Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling), one of his cadets, had a privileged position: 1) he had known the victim, 2) he knew the main suspects, his classmates in the academy, and 3) he was an intelligent and insightful subject, but at the same time innocent and impressionable. So Landor decided to bring him in as an assistant in his research.

4 ^ Who is the killer in The Pale Blue Eye? Who killed Leroy Fry and Randolph Ballinger?

The killer in The Academy Murders is Augustus Landor himself. The point is that Mattie – Landor’s teenage daughter – had committed suicide months before, unable to live with the shame and stain of having been raped by three guys, one night on the way back to her house. Although Mattie could see that there were three men, she could not identify them, except for a medal that she managed to wrest from one of the rapists.

To avoid embarrassment over the memory of his deceased daughter, Landor went for the first rapist he had identified: Leroy Fry. Landor faked a scene of an alleged suicide, to avoid suspicion, and attacked Fry, unable to extract the names of the other two rapists. For Landor it would have been the end of his plan, except for the fact that someone later ripped out the heart of Fry’s corpse and sought him out to investigate the murder he himself committed.

From there, Landor not only revealed the details that verified that Fry had been murdered, but also sought to identify the people who stole the heart, to blame them for the fact. With the investigation ongoing, Landor obtained Fry’s journal, which helped him identify the second rapist: Randolph Ballinger. To associate the deaths with a satanic cult, Landor slaughtered several animals and removed their hearts; later doing the same job with Ballinger, from whom he extracted the name of the third rapist: Cadet Stoddard.

5 ^ Did Landor kill Stoddard?

Although Landor told Edgar that he had not killed Stoddard, and that he only expected him to run for the rest of his life, it is most likely that he did indeed kill him. The person who claimed that Stoddard had fled, since he did not find his clothes in his room, was Landor himself, and we already know that he has the ample capacity to lie without any problem, specially related to the rapists of his daughter. Landor simply lied to Edgar because he wanted to prevent the young man from accusing him and ending up in jail.

6 ^ What’s the meaning of the final scene of the movie? Did Landor commit suicide?

The strongest evidence that Landor did murder Stoddard is that at the end, on the precipice where his daughter committed suicide, he let go of the lace on her dress, ending his revenge. And the fact that he didn’t confess to Edgar, and that he had occasional relationships with Patsy, indicates that although he was hurt, he wasn’t affected to the level of wanting to end his life. He wanted justice and he got it, now it was time to move on. It would be interesting to see a sequel to this movie, with Landor investigating new murders.

7 ^ And what did the Marquis Family – Lea, Artemus, Daniel and Julia – have to do with these murders?

Oddly enough, the Marquis did not murder anyone during the course of the movie. If they are guilty of anything, it is desecration of corpses and the attempted murder of Edgar Allan Poe.

Lea (Lucy Boynton) was pursued by several of her brother’s friends, including Fry and Ballinger. In fact, it was Fry’s interest in Lea that Landor took advantage of to lure him to the place where he murdered him, forging a note on her part. Upon seeing Fry’s hanged corpse, Artemus (Harry Lawtey) and Lea, with the help of Julia (Gillian Anderson), removed the cadet’s heart and saved it for a specific ritual, in order to cure Lea’s epilepsy.

In fact, Doctor Marquis (Toby Jones), had diagnosed his daughter, and had tried every possible treatment to cure her, without any success. So when Lea claimed to have contacted Henri Leclerc, her great-great-grandfather, and pointed out the existence of the Discours du Diable, a treatise on demonic rites, and actually began to feel better by sacrificing animals, he decided to just turn a blind eye. and let his wife and kids do whatever to help her.

With Fry’s heart, the only thing missing was a human sacrifice, someone who sincerely loved Lea, and the one was Edgar Allan Poe. Had it not been for Landor’s intervention, the Marquis would have murdered Edgar.

8 ^ What happened to the Marquis Family?

Lea and Artemus died in the fire that Lea accidentally started when the ritual was interrupted by Landor. Justice determined that Julia and Daniel had enough punishment with the death of their two children and that public ridicule would be enough for them. In the end, the murders of Fry and Ballinger ended up being charged to Lea and Artemus, who, being dead, could not refute any of the above. And finally Julia was unaware of everything that her two children had done in their entirety to achieve her purpose, so she couldn’t refute either.

9 ^ What does the original title of the film mean? What is the message of The Pale Blue Eye?

Down, Down, Down

Came the hot threshing flurry

Ill at heart, I beseeched to hurry

«Lenore» She forebore the reply

Endless night caught her then in its slurry

Shrouding all, but her pale blue eye

Darkest night, black with hell

Charneled fury

Leaving only that deathly blue eye

The title of the film refers to this poem, which is completely fictional, and which appears in the book as well. The pale blue eye, in the poem, refers to the moon, the only flimsy hope in the midst of a fierce storm. Edgar assumed that Lea needed help, and that he could be that pale blue eye. And Lea took it literally, choosing Edgar as her final sacrifice.

In the book, Landor is depicted as a man with cold, piercing blue eyes, but in the movie that is not the case, as Christian Bale has hazel brown eyes. Now, if there is any message that this film has, it is that having the willingness to go to the last consequences to achieve a goal has precisely that: consequences. Landor risked his career, and his reputation, on the will of Edgar Allan Poe, to get revenge on the rapists of his daughter. The Marquis Family lost everything, wanting to pact with the devil for Lea’s health. And Edgar was about to lose his life, for trying to get Lea’s love.

Although having an objective and a goal in life is important, obsession, not leaving the past behind, and wanting to go against what logic indicates, always brings disastrous consequences, which even lead to losing control of your own destiny.

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The Chalk Line, Ending Explained

The Chalk Line – one of the 2022 Halloween Season additions to Netflix’ library – is surprisingly a very refreshing film. Mixing terror and some psychological suspense in a very unexplored way for today’s standards, it truly keeps the viewer on the edge. Now if you really want to explore what was behind all the crimes that are knitted in this movie, don’t worry, we we’ll explain this movie and its ending in really good detail starting right now.

What is Paula injecting herself in the bathroom? Why doesn’t she want Simón to know?

Paula (Elena Anaya) injects herself with a hormonal treatment to be able to get pregnant. Paula does not want Simón (Pablo Molinero) to know that she is following this treatment, because for years they both underwent strong rounds of treatment to be able to conceive a child together, however, the stress and anxiety for the treatment to work caused strong conflicts in the couple, who finally decided to take a break before deciding whether or not they would try again.

Paula did not want to wait for the deadline to decide, and she took the risk of continuing with the treatment on her own, hiding from Simón, so as not to generate an additional conflict for not meeting the deadline.

Who are Clara’s parents? Did Eduardo kidnap her?

The plot of the film begins when Paula and her husband Simón find Clara (Eva Tennear). Clara is the daughter of Ingrid Morand and Eduardo Olivares (Carlos Santos), the neighbor and friend of Paula and Simón. And no, Eduardo did not kidnap Clara. Eduardo kidnapped Clara’s mother, Ingrid.

Who is Ingrid Morand?

Ingrid Morand was a teenager who spent vacations with her parents Klara and Christian Morand in Spain, in June 2011. There, in an oversight of her parents, she was kidnapped by Eduardo Olivares, who transported her to the outskirts of Madrid, where he not only kept her captive , but subjected her to cruel torture, sexual abuse, hunger and thirst. What Eduardo did not count on was that Ingrid was going to get pregnant, Eduardo allowed Ingrid to have her daughter, and to accompany her, not out of pity for her, but as one more way to control her.

However, shortly before the events with which the film begins, Ingrid dies in Eduardo’s basement, as a result of the terrible mistreatment to which he subjected her, and to a failure of her organs, specifically her kidneys. Clara remained alone in the basement.

Where did Eduardo leave Ingrid’s corpse?

Eduardo left Ingrid’s body in Bayonne, in France, so he had to have crossed the border with the body. Probably to prevent the local police from intervening, and to keep himself safe.

What was Eduardo doing in the basement?

With Ingrid, we already know that Eduardo subjected her to cruel treatment, including torture and sexual abuse. As for Clara, it is evident that she had a different approach. Basically, with Clara, he maintained a strict relationship of control, which when it failed, triggered strong physical punishment. According to the medical opinion, Clara indeed has serious physical problems, but she was not sexually abused.

Why can’t Clara get out of the chalk? How was she able to run away from the house?

Burrhus Frederick Skinner carried out experiments that proved that humans can also be operantly conditioned, in the same way that dogs sit or stand if they are given a kibble, and hear a whistle, or a code word. Eduardo surely did experiments to reach those results with Clara. The conditioning was simple, if she stayed inside the chalk she received rewards, if she got out,she suffered monstrous punishments.

Now, Eduardo knew very well how to get her out from the chalk without driving her mad, he would simply cover her eyes, thus mantaining the conditioning and taking her out without any problems. Paula herself did something similar when he took her to her house, using a blanket so she wouldn’t see.

Why did Clara have kidney problems?

As happened with her mother, the subjection to cruel treatment (blows, burns, and mechanical suffocation) takes the body to a critical limit that triggers a drop in blood pressure, which eventually triggers organ failure, where kidneys are the first to fail.

In Clara’s case, being so young and being exposed to Eduardo’s torture for so long, her body began to develop those problems. However, apparently, Clara’s problems were not irreversible, because shortly after she stayed with Paula and Simón, she began to improve remarkably.

Why did Eduardo leave Clara on the highway?

Eduardo left Clara on the highway because Clara was showing the same signs of kidney failure that took the life of her mother, Ingrid. Eduardo, knowing how much control he had over Clara, considered it convenient for the girl to receive medical help, without him being suspicious, so he organized everything about so someone would find her on the road. Surely Eduardo knew that Paula and Simón were crossing that point at that time and he tried to get someone he knew to find her to keep informed of her and eventually get the girl back. For her peace of mind, not only did she obtain information about Clara’s whereabouts, but Paula and Simón took her to live with him.

Did Maite betray Eduardo? Why didn’t she give him up when he was in the basement?

Maité betrayed Eduardo because basically it was the only way to get rid of his control and mistreatment, but even more so to protect her own children from their father’s cruelty. Now, the reason why Maite simply did not allow Eduardo to stay in the basement until the police arrived is that there had to be sufficient proof, through Eduardo, that he committed the crimes, and that the prosecution would be overwhelming.

What happened to Paula and Clara at the end?

At the end of the film we see that after Clara and Paula were rescued, Clara was taken with her grandmother Klara to Hamburg, Germany, where she was finally able to lead a normal life, physically healed and now clearly far from the trauma of her birth, and especially the chalk. Paula, despite having received a horrible wound to her collarbone, did not have fatal consequences to the point that she was finally able to get pregnant and start a new life in Madrid together with Simón.

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I Came By ^ Ending Explained

What would you do if the most important people in your life, your mom, your best friend, your son, one day just simply disappear? What would you do? Would you let the authorities handle it? Or would you go by yourself after all the clues until you find the truth?

British-Iranian director Babak Anvari uses these questions and all their possible answers to shape his Netflix thriller I Came By. So, if in the midst of the kidnappings, the USB flash drives, the raids, and the messages of racism and discrimination you have been left with doubts or questions about this film, don’t worry. Now, and without further ado, we begin the Analysis and Explanation of this movie, I Came By.

1 ^Who is the murderer in I Came By?

If there is something that the film makes clear, it is who the murderer is. The murderer is nothing more and nothing less than the former British Judge Sir Hector Blake (Hugh Bonneville), who is known as Saint Hector, for being a champion of minority causes, such as immigrants, the LGTBI population, women , Muslims and even people with disabilities.

The point is that Sir Hector Blake has a dark secret – in the basement of his residence on Pitt Street, he keeps a prisoner in subhuman conditions. Now, two questions arise. Why does a man of the stature of Sir Hector Blake keep a prisoner in his house? And better yet, who is Sir Hector Blake’s prisoner?

2 ^ Why did Sir Hector Blake keep a prisoner in his house?

As Blake told Omid (Yazdan Qafouri), the ex-Judge harbors uncontrollable bitterness and resentment against Ravi. But who is Ravi? Ravi was his father’s Indo-Parsee lover. If we are to believe the Judge, who in view of the circumstances we can say was quite trustworthy, Blake’s father accepted Ravi into his home, initially to help the young man have a livelihood, and also to help in the domestic chores.

The thing is that over time, Blake’s father, the same one we see in the gigantic painting in the living room, began a romantic-sexual relationship with the young man, and not only that, he decided to make it visible to his wife and son, to the point that Ravi was sleeping in the same bed with him, while his wife was exiled to another bedroom. Of course, Blake didn’t go public with the matter, as he had a reputation to uphold, but he did force his family to accept the fact, and from what we know, Blake Sr. was quite violent, so we can assume coercion as well. included physical violence.

Unable to bear the humiliation that her husband was a closeted gay, living in concubinage with another man, inside her own house, and in front of her own son, Blake’s mother cut her wrists, and Hector himself witnessed the event. It is this rage that drives him to use his house to hold hostages.

3 ^ The prisoner Hector Blake keeps in his basement is Ravi?

No, the prisoner Sir Hector Blake keeps in his cellar is not Ravi. First of all, Ravi, if he were still alive, should be about the same age as Blake and the prisoner he’s keeping there is much younger, and likewise, Blake wouldn’t be hunting down other guys to put in his basement like he told Omid.

The question that now arises is, did Sir Hector Blake murder Ravi? Here the answer is probably yes. Ravi had to outlive Blake Senior, and it is highly unlikely that Blake Sr. legally left anything to his Parsi lover. So once Blake Sr. died, it would not be illogical to think that Hector kidnapped Ravi and made him his first prisoner, keeping him in his basement in subhuman conditions. And the photos Toby found in Blake’s basement prove it. Now, in these conditions Ravi could not have survived long and since Hector continued to feel this monstrous resentment, he decided to hunt down young men with the same profile as Ravi: immigrants that no one would miss, like Omid.

And since these subjects, due to starvation, the terrible sanitary conditions and confinement do not last long, every so often they have to go out and look for replacements.

4 ^ How did Toby and Jay end up in all of this?

Toby (George MacKay, 1917) and Jay (Parcelle Ascott) had been raised practically like brothers by Liz (Kelly Macdonald). Jay had been kicked out of his house, and Toby as his friend offered him his house. Jay and Toby decided to create the movement I Came By with which they marked rich, influential people, who had a discourse of social justice, and in favor of the marginalized, but who in reality lived as powerful tycoons whom they he cared little or nothing about the people in his speeches.

And that’s where former Crown Judge Sir Hector Blake comes in. At the beginning of the film, Toby and Jay recognize that the man is a hypocrite, who despite his speeches, actually lives as the best of the British nobility, in Pitt Street. Pitt Street is a street in the exclusive section of Kensington, halfway between Holland Park and Kensington Palace. Jay, who worked in network installations, identified Blake and passed the modem number to Toby in order to break into the house together, but Jay backed down when he learned that his girlfriend Naz was pregnant.

Toby raided the house, and found the prisoner in the basement.

5 ^ Did Blake kill Toby and Liz? How many people did he kill?

Since the beginning of the film, Sir Hector Blake murders a total of 3 people, although the murders always occur off camera.

Toby Nealey: He was killed after anonymously reporting to the police that Blake had a prisoner in his basement. When after the investigation, the policemen did not search thoroughly, and left the house, Toby decided to enter on his own and rescue the prisoner. Everything was going well until Blake appeared at the house, and when Toby was ready to attack him, he slipped on the prisoner’s urine and Blake reduced him to later kill him, cut him up, cremate him and put his ashes in the toilet.

Omid: Omid was to be the replacement for the prisoner Blake was keeping in his basement. He had the profile: an immigrant, with legal problems, with no one in the country who cared about him. The plan was simple, Blake was going to alter Omid’s drink to drug him, subdue him and put him in his house. However, Omid managed to escape, with the help of Liz – who was following the judge. Why did Omid fall back into Sir Blake’s hands? Omid believed that what Blake wanted was just sex, so when the judge appeared again, after the incident, and told him that he could help him with his asylum application, he assumed that the worst that could happen was that he ended up sleeping with him. He didn’t expect that he was going to kill him.

Liz Nealey : Looking for her son, Liz entered the judge’s house, using the key hidden outside her house, and was found there by the ex-Judge, and after cremating Omid, he murdered her.

6 ^ Why did Jay decide to finally face Sir Hector Blake?

Jay’s great dilemma was to protect his family, his girlfriend Naz and their son, or to do the right thing, to honor the memory, first of Toby and then of Liz. But then he realized that by trying to hide from his past self, he was destroying his life and his family. Naz knew something was bothering him and it bothered her that Jay didn’t tell her, and she wasn’t about to start a family with him after that. Partly because of that, and partly because Naz could be in danger near such a subject, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Finally, after subduing Blake and tying him up, and paying tribute to his friend and his mother with I Came By graffiti , he released the prisoner and called the police. Finally, he had done the right thing and now he could live his way, free from past guilt.

7 ^ Did Jay save Toby and Liz?

No, Toby and Liz were murdered by Sir Hector Blake, what Jay managed to do was connect the evidence of their murders to the former Judge and make him pay for all his crimes.

8 ^ What is the message of the film?

The message of the film is clear: no matter how well you hide what you do, or how good is the mask you wear, there will always, always be someone who will find out your secrets one way or another, and you will be forced to confront them. Hector Blake and Jay had to deal with this in different ways, Blake having his perfect life consumed by his murders, and Jay having to sacrifice his physical integrity to do the right thing after the death of his friend and the woman he was like. his mother.

I would also say that it is a warning to all those who believe in those personalities – politicians?- who claim to fight for the rights of other people. As is clear in this movie, most of them are just fake people who want to take advantage of people’s anger to achieve their own goals.

And finally a message to families: Liz confronted her son about the money his father left her and because she thought she had a better idea of ​​how to live his life. In the end, when Toby disappeared, all of that was left behind. Perhaps the message for Liz and for all parents is that there comes a point where you can advise your children, but in the end they must make their own mistakes and go their own way. Not giving them that freedom could ultimately lead to a far worse fate than their parents might foresee.

Questions? Annotations? More doubts? The comments section is open just below this post so feel free to use it. See you in the next installment of Ending Explained here at El Sabanero X.

Echoes (Netflix Original), Ending Explained

What would you do if you had a twin brother, someone identical to you? How would you take advantage of the fact that another person, exactly like you, exists out there even with your very same DNA? Although these are not exactly the most innovative questions someone has asked when telling a story, are the ones Australian writer Vanessa Gazy used as the basis for her new Netflix production, Echoes.

Now, if in the midst of the twin sisters, betrayals, dead bodies, secrets of the past, psychopaths, and even lost pregnancies, you have been left with a certain degree of confusion, don’t worry, because now and without further ado, we begin the Analysis and Explanation of Echoes, of course including the ending.

1 ^ Who was the evil twin? Leni or Gina?

Although that term «evil» is certainly relative, in Echoes the evil twin is Leni. And not without reason. As a child, Leni suffered a severe emotional trauma that left her with certain traits of psychopathy, which in the end created a hole into which all the people around her fell. Starting with her twin sister Gina.

2 ^ What does Leni see in the bathtub? How did the mother of the twins die?

Maria (Tyner Rushing), the mother of Gina, Leni and Claudia, was suffering from terminal cancer that had a huge negative impact on the McClearies. Since her illness was no longer treatable and she did not want to continue being a burden to her husband and her daughters, Maria asked her husband Victor (Michael O’Neill) to drown her in the bathtub, a kind of quick euthanasia at home. What they did not count on was that Leni would witness the event, generating a trauma that would last her a lifetime.

In fact, every time Leni is near a bathtub, or a container of water, she remembers again the event in which she saw her father drowning her mother, of course, without having the very necessary clarification that it was her own wish. Her mother wanted to die there at home, in her bathtub, with apple petals around her.

3 ^ What happened to Claudia?

After Maria’s death, Leni began to develop manipulative and violent behavior, in which her twin sister, Gina, supported her. In the first dark episode, while still children, Gina and Leni find themselves fighting over a doll that is clearly not marked, because they had made a pact to share everything, Claudia tries to stop the fight, remarking that they must mark their belongings, after which Leni pushes her. Claudia falls from a considerable height, which injures her back, leaving her paraplegic.

The thing is that Leni manages to convince Gina that they would accuse her, and therefore she should change places. Leni posing as Gina (Leni/Gina, from now on) blames herself, for which Gina’s name is forever linked to Claudia’s tragedy.

4 ^ Did Leni really want to protect Gina?

No, Leni’s plan was in fact quite simple: taking advantage of the fact that she had a twin, she would create two different personas, a good one, holy and pure, which would obviously be her, and another, rebellious, violent and manipulative, which she assigned to her twin sister. This way Leni could do whatever she wanted and she would always put the blame on Gina.

Gina never really understood Leni’s plan, because she always believed that her sister did everything to protect her, like in the case of the fire.

5 ^ What happened in the church fire?

Leni and Gina continued exchanging identities until their adolescence, Leni took advantage of being Gina to do whatever she wanted and Gina received, from time to time, the advantages of being the good daughter.

But when Leni started dating Jack, and even to pursue a serious relationship with him, Gina began to understand that she needed a life of her own, and even when Leni was willing to share Jack, Gina could not take that idea out from her mind. So when Dylan James showed up at Mount Echo, Gina started a relationship with him.

Leni, seeing that she couldn’t control Gina anymore, and that she might lose her alternate identity, decided it was time to eliminate Dylan, and she did so by setting the church on fire, in which an innocent person died in the flames.

Although Dylan and Gina survived, Leni convinced Dylan that he and Gina would be sent to jail and that it was best for him to run away, to protect Gina, moving all suspicion onto him. Of course, Leni later convinced Gina that Dylan was indeed guilty and that’s why he had run away.

6 ^ Where is Mount Echo? Where was the Echoes series filmed?

Mount Echo is an unincorporated town near Bethlehem, in West Virginia, in the United States. But the Mount Echo of the series is not the same, because it is in Virginia, not in West Virginia, so we can assume that it is a fictional town.

The series, indeed, was filmed in the town of Wilmington, North Carolina, south of Virginia.

7 ^ Why did Gina go to Los Angeles?

Tired of always being under Leni’s control, Gina (Michelle Monaghan) applied for a scholarship at UCLA, and after being approved moved to the West Coast, where she was finally able to confront her frustrations in his relationship with Leni. There, in her second year of college, Charlie (Daniel Sunjata) took her case and finally opened Gina’s mind so she was able to write a book, which was a bestseller.

Gina was happy, and had her life under control, until she lost her first pregnancy.

8 ^ Since when were Gina and Leni changing places?

We already know that Gina and Leni swapped each other until their teens, until Gina left for L.A. But as adults, they exchanged again after Gina lost her baby and Leni had postpartum depression, in a kind of win-win. And from that moment on, every year they switched on their birthday, on their exotic exclusive trips as twins. But Gina soon understood that Leni wanted to control her again, like a child, until she saw Dylan James (Jonathan Tucker) again.

9 ^ What was Gina’s plan to get rid of Leni?

Once Gina approached Dylan again, and confessed that she assumed the identity of Leni from time to time, it was clear that she did not want to continue being tied to her sister’s game, much less when she became pregnant.

The idea was to fake a robbery, and his disappearance, to entertain Leni, while she withdraws money from her accounts and escapes with Dylan. But Leni was much quicker and she managed to withhold the money transfer, while she confiscated the passports and tickets.

10 ^ Who killed Dylan James?

Leni killed Dylan, once it became clear that Gina wouldn’t stop until she ran off with him, not caring about Jack or Mattie. Once she was with him in the cabin she stabbed him. Gina found him dying, but James simply asked him to get rid of her sister, before he bled to death.

Gina orchestrated a plan with Georgia (Celia Weston), Dylan’s grandmother, to frame Leni, but Floss (Karen Robinson) couldn’t keep her in jail, due to lack of evidence, and couldn’t keep Gina for the same reason about the church fire.

11 ^ What does the final scene of Echoes mean? Gina died?

After being released, and Victor’s death, Gina confesses to Leni that her mother’s death was planned and not a violent act of her father, even so Leni insists that they have to be together, after which Gina simply jumps off a waterfall, without Leni seeing her come out.

To the question of whether Gina is dead, the answer is no. First of all let’s remember that Gina took diving lessons with Dylan, so she could perfectly swim underwater without anyone seeing her. And secondly, let’s also remember that the airport employee informed Leni that she had seen someone identical to her, headed for Kansas.

Now, at the end we see that Charlie wrote a book and a woman asks him what happened to Gina’s body, Charlie says that they never found it, and then we see that one of the twins is living with Charlie, but he is not sure who he is living with.

12 ^ What twin is living with Charlie in the end?

Everything indicates that it is Leni, since she was the only one who saw Charlie as a lifeline, now that her relationship with Jack and Mattie was already a thing of the past. Although the fact that Charlie knew about the exchanges and that she could distinguish the twins by their scent is still relevant. So why can’t he do that now?

13 ^ Was Gina the blonde woman at the press conference?

To answer this question I have two theories, in the comments you can tell me which of the two seems more plausible:

Theory 1 : Indeed, the blonde woman is Gina and simply happened to watch Charlie from afar to avoid being identified, and perhaps gloating a bit that she successfully faked her death.

Theory 2 : This is the darkest theory. After Leni went through security at the airport, headed to Australia, and was told by the clerk that her sister had gone to Kansas, Leni skipped the flight and went on the hunt for her sister. She at some point found her in Kansas and eventually took her down.

The blonde woman at the press conference was indeed Leni, who was doing it to add a touch of mystery to Charlie, who was always attracted to the mystery and the puzzle that the two sisters represented.

Theory 2 makes more sense to me, since Gina had no intention of returning to any of the lives she had before seeing Dylan James again, so it was not logical that she would appear in disguise to see Charlie.

14 ^ Will there be a second season of Echoes?

Echoes is labeled as Limited Series which indicates that it should not have a second season, but that rule already seems to be a thing of the past since Big Little Lies decided to make a second season. So, you never know. I will keep you posted.

Questions? Annotations? More doubts? The comments section is open just below this post so feel free to use it. See you in the next installment of Ending Explained here at El Sabanero X.