14 Years Later, The Ending Still Hits Like A Gunshot

In the unique novella, the character of David (Jane), his son Billy (Nathan Gamble), new pal (they sleep collectively within the story) Amanda Dunfrey (Laurie Holden), in addition to two older townspeople Irene (Frances Sternhagen) and Dan (Jeffrey DeMunn) trip in a automotive away from the horrors of the grocery store to find a New England devastated by the creatures from one other dimension let free by the sinister Arrowhead (*14*). That story merely stops after they see the Behemoth and without David realizing for sure that his spouse is useless. They proceed down the fog-shrouded street with a faint radio sign blurting the phrase “Hartford,” offering some glimmer of hope, however it is kind of ambiguous what turns into of them or the world at giant. 

Having acquired the rights to “The Mist” across the similar time as “Shawshank” and initially hoping to make it his function directorial debut, Darabont determined that the movie conclusion wanted a bit extra “ooomph.” The first huge change was having David drive by his dwelling and discover his spouse Stephanie (Kelly Collins Lintz) useless, cocooned by a spider. They drive on, see The Behemoth, after which hold driving till they’re out of gasoline. Demoralized to the purpose the place they’ve misplaced all hope, David makes use of the gun he obtained from Ollie to kill his son, Amanda, Irene, and Dan. Since he solely had 4 bullets he’s unable to kill himself, so — crazed with worry and the sudden lack of his son — he exits the automotive and screams for the monsters to come back and kill him. 

Something emerges from the mist, however it isn’t a monster … it’s a navy tank. More tanks comply with with armed troopers wielding flamethrowers. The mist begins to clear and David realizes that if he had waited 5 extra minutes he, his son, and his pals would have been saved. 

But that isn’t the true knife by way of the center. To perceive essentially the most symbolic facet of the ending you need to mentally rewind to early on within the disaster when an unnamed girl performed by Darabont’s future “Walking Dead” star Melissa McBride asks for somebody within the grocery store to go away and stroll dwelling together with her so she will get her two youngsters. Crippled by worry of the horrors that await exterior, nobody volunteers, not even David. Flash ahead to the tip, and one of many passengers onboard a rescue truck being escorted by the military is that very girl, holding her two kids to her. It’s an additional dagger to point out that worry is, in some ways, an phantasm. With solely one of the best of intentions, David tries all through the story to guard his son from hurt, however by in the end giving in to worry, he destroyed his life. 

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