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Netflix's I'm Thinking Of Ending Things Ending EXPLAINED

Piecing together the mind-bending ending of Charlie Kaufman's newest film.

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From the Oscar-winning mind behind Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Being John Malkovich, Anomalisa, and Synecdoche, New York, it’s no surprise that I’m Thinking Of Ending Things, Charlie Kaufman’s latest venture, has managed to bamboozle audiences worldwide.

Releasing on Netflix earlier this month, the film is adapted from Iain Reid’s debut novel of the same name. Framed from the perspective of an unnamed woman (Jessie Buclkley), the plot follows her embark on a road trip with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons) in the middle of a blizzard to visit his parents at their remote farmhouse. Throughout the trip, she contemplates “ending things” with Jake.

After arriving at the farmhouse, however, events take a drastically strange turn. And from herein, the plot dives into an increasingly surreal rabbit hole consisting of cerebral monologues, cartoon pigs, and an extended interoperative dance number. If you were left scratching your head by the time the credits rolled, you weren’t the only one. But what does it all mean?

By examining both the novel, the clues Kaufman scatters throughout his film, and the musical Oklahoma!, we can start to unravel the film's ending.

Beware of major spoilers ahead for both the film and novel.

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