What Happens After Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

How life and society is changed in the aftermath of Tarantino's violent fairytale.

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Since the release of Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino has demonstrated a knack for re-writing history in ways both ironic and deeply satisfying.

His World War II epic ended with Hitler getting his face blasted to bits with a machine-gun, and so when the filmmaker decided to tackle the night of Sharon Tate's August 1969 murder, most fans expected similarly reality-shifting shenanigans.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood eventually arrives at that fateful night, only to flip the script and have Charles Manson's (Damon Herriman) cronies get taken down by fading actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his pal Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) in hilariously ultra-violent fashion.

We all saw it coming, and yet none of us did - at least none of us expected Rick to light one of the Mansons up with a damn flamethrower.

But beyond being a satisfying exercise in wish fulfilment and an unexpectedly poignant tribute to Tate, the film's conclusion does raise one major question - what happened next?

It goes without saying that had the Manson murders been stopped in their tracks, the lives of those affected would've turned out entirely differently, with the ripples even felt across Hollywood, the wider Los Angeles area, and perhaps American culture as a whole.

So, dig in for these highly subjective speculations on what may have happened in the world of Tarantino's movie after the end credits rolled. Let's kick things off with what the director himself thinks happened to Rick Dalton...


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