Are you looking for an explanation for the Antlers ending? We’ve got you covered with an overview of all the significant developments that happened at the end of Antlers (2021), the new film starring Keri Russell and Jessie Plemons.
It should go without saying, but SPOILER WARNING for Antlers below. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, turn back now!
Given how bleak and relentlessly dreary Antlers is, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Antlers ending is also depressing and especially brutal. No one really gets a happy ending in this story.
Antlers ending explained: What happens to Lucas in the end?
Julia (Russell) defeats Frank Weaver (Scott Haze) in his Wendigo form in the end. She brutally stabs him and also rips out his heart, as per the requirements of the mythology. Sadly, Julia cannot save Lucas’s (Jeremy T. Thomas) brother Aiden (Sawyer Jones), who starts to turn into the next host for the monster.
Lucas tries to keep Julia from killing his brother, but she convinces him to stand aside and look away while she does it. Deep down, Lucas knows that it’s too late to save Aiden, and he’ll soon turn into a monster just like Frank. While Lucas looks the other way, Julia kills Aiden, leaving Lucas with no remaining family members alive. She takes Lucas into her care to live with her and her brother Paul (Plemons).
Antlers ending explained: Is Paul turning into a Wendigo?
Speaking of Paul, the Antlers ending implies that he’s not going to make it much longer either. Earlier in the film, Paul almost gets killed by the Wendigo during a fight, and in the skirmish, he gets infected by the creature. The ending implies that, like Aiden, Paul is on track to become the next monstrous host.
He starts weeping the same weird black goo that we saw from Frank and Aiden. While Paul doesn’t look to be as far along in his evolution, it seems inevitable that he will turn soon, putting both Julia and Lucas at risk yet again.
Antlers is now playing in theaters nationwide.