Ending to Netflix's new thriller The Killer is leaving people massively confused
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Viewers have been left confused after watching David Fincher’s new movie The Killer on Netflix.
The Killer is based upon the French graphic novel series of the same name written by Alexis ‘Matz’ Nolent, and sees Michael Fassbender playing the titual role of a professional assassin. You can check out the trailer here:
A brief synopsis from Netflix reads: “After a fateful near-miss, an assassin battles his employers, and himself, on an international manhunt he insists isn’t personal.”
The movie, which also stars Charles Parnell, Arliss Howard, Sophie Charlotte, and Tilda Swinton, has already proved to be a big hit with audiences, however, some viewers were left scratching their heads as the credits rolled.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, one person said: “I don’t get The Killer ending.”
A second wrote: “Just watched The Killer on Netflix. What was that ending?”
While someone else said: “Honestly, I don’t like The Killer ending at all.”
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So, after bumping off The Expert (Swinton) The Killer’s final stop is to Claybourne (Howard) - the billionaire who hired him and then apparently ordered a hit on The Killer after he missed.
Instead of killing him, The Killer allows Claybourne to explain what happened and eventually convinces him that he holds no personal grudge against him.
The Killer takes him at his word and allows Claybourne to live - but not before warning him that he won’t think twice about killing him if he attempts to cause any trouble in the future.
In the final scene, we see The Killer back in the Dominican Republic, where his voiceover explains that he only did what he did so he could feel secure after quitting the business of killing - but insists he is still ideally suited to being an assassin.
It’s then left up to the audience to decide exactly why The Killer went easy on The Client - did he let his emotions get the better of him? Was the cold-hearted killer just thinking of a way to get out of assassin life and enjoy retirement with Magdala?
Well, for what it’s worth, in an interview with GQ Fincher said of the ending: “When he finally meets up with [Claybourne], though this guy is probably involved in eight or ten incredibly nefarious things, he's not the puppet master of it, he's just bankrolling it.
“Look, it was a real bone of contention with everybody, who was like, 'Oooh, why are we not going to get our vengeance fix?' But he doesn't really rise to the level of having to be dealt with.”