The Ending Of Midsommar Explained

  • Published: 09 July 2019
  • Midsommar is a movie about a relationship going up in flames - literally. Writer-director Ari Aster has described it as more of a breakup movie than a horror film, one that he hopes will leave people, quote, "feeling a little bit confused about how to feel." So: what happened?

    As Aster has explained in many interviews, Midsommar is about a relationship coming to an end. He told USA Today,

    "The goal was ultimately to make a big, operatic breakup movie that feels the way breakups actually feel: catastrophic, like the world is ending."

    Like a lot of great horror movies, you're not really supposed to take everything that happens in Midsommar literally. Whether all of this weird stuff is actually happening isn't nearly as important as how the characters react to it - particularly Dani.

    Altered states and hallucinations play a big role in Midsommar's story, and subjectivity is important to how the plot unfolds. From Dani's perspective, the story plays out as a series of increasingly-shocking revelations. The movie looks a lot different from the perspective of Pelle , the member of the Hårga commune. Out of all of Christian's friends who come to the Hårga festival, he's the only one who knows what's going to happen.

    The audience also gets competing perspectives of Dani and Christian's relationship. The audience sees Dani going through an incredibly traumatic time, needing the support of a loved one more than ever. But we also get a look at Christian's perspective, seeing a guy who's falling out of love with his girlfriend and tired of dealing with her drama, whether any of it is her fault or not. Complicating matters are Christian's friends, most of whom clearly don't like Dani, and are encouraging Christian to pull away.

    Watch the video for more about The End Of Midsommar!

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    Breaking up is hard to do | 0:18
    Dani the doormat | 1:50
    Flowers on the wall | 2:35
    Ritualistic uncoupling | 3:49
    Feel my pain | 5:05
    MidWicker | 5:46
    God of Vengeance | 6:36
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Comments • 791

  • Looper
    Looper   2 months back

    How did you like Midsommar overall? Is it worth the hype?

    • Peter Johnson
      Peter Johnson  4 hours back

      Me and other movie goers were like WTF?

      One person in the theater actually said "what the hell was that?"

    • sayasukaindomie
      sayasukaindomie  2 days back

      the plot is wayyyy too slow

    • Aesthetic Subs and Bundles
      Aesthetic Subs and Bundles  2 weeks back

      super disapointing, but I love the explanation

    • James Malm
      James Malm  2 weeks back

      Loved it

    • krishna vamsi
      krishna vamsi  2 weeks back

      no.. disappointment..
      no matter how abstract this movie is..
      i didnt involve emotionally in this movie as much i did with hereditary

  • Germo Dante
    Germo Dante  2 days back

    "Let's kill our boyfriends cause they don't love us anymore and call it a liberating experience" The Movie.

    • Vincent Lee
      Vincent Lee  3 days back

      Honestly I dislike Ari's films and general writing technique so much. He's practically everything people dislike about filmmakers.

      • James Ebola
        James Ebola  3 days back

        Here's my explanation...This film sucks balls. It is horrible. Reaches for the stars yet falls flat and hard.

        • Nur Amirah Fatin
          Nur Amirah Fatin  4 days back

          I don't understand this movie.. After watching it I just grab my phone and google midsommar ending explain... 😂😂

          • X Y
            X Y  1 weeks back

            its neither a horro nor a break up movie, its just uncomfortable.

            • CyborgParrot
              CyborgParrot  1 weeks back

              I so badly want that Dinosaur Artwork at 2:51

              • Sumo Jii
                Sumo Jii  2 weeks back

                Actually I really wanna know more about the big lips woman !!!

                • Daniel Castillo
                  Daniel Castillo  2 weeks back

                  I felt like in this movie just like in Hereditary there is this idea of predestination, that a fate has already chosen for you. The demon in Hereditary was looking for a host to attach itself to and one presented itself, as the May Queen in Midsommar.

                  • Scott Scott
                    Scott Scott  2 weeks back

                    I couldn't get into it totally boring and too dragged out... hereditary way better

                    • aleksandra merkuri
                      aleksandra merkuri  2 weeks back

                      It's clear that in the end she belongs there since she is equally mad as they are and she looks quite happy with the death of others. So the message of this movie is clear: when your boyfriend wants to end up the relationship, you kill him while crying and then smile with relief

                      • Alex Guzman
                        Alex Guzman  2 weeks back

                        If you need the ending explained to this movie you need to learn to pay attention to movies more.

                        • Andy W
                          Andy W  2 weeks back


                          • Eyes open wide
                            Eyes open wide  2 weeks back

                            A cult takes advantage of a vulnerable person. How magikal

                            • Eyes open wide
                              Eyes open wide  2 weeks back

                              LOL Dani is a psychology student and is absolutely screwed up. Sounds right.

                              • William De La Pena
                                William De La Pena  2 weeks back

                                why are scary movies soooo dumb ?

                                • Jeff Jones
                                  Jeff Jones  2 weeks back

                                  I just saw this and I was shocked !! Shocked at how ..stupid and pointless this movie .
                                  This first 15 minutes are so confusing ??? You don't know if its a dream sequence or
                                  what ?? The next 8o minutes are literally just ":women dressed in white dancing around
                                  in circles" The only "weird horror" part of the movie, literally happens in the final 2 minutes,
                                  where a guy is burned inside a teepee tent. I cant beleve how hyped this movie was, and
                                  what a lame letdown it was. My opinion. DONT WATCH THIS NONSENSE.

                                  • ShadoeFax
                                    ShadoeFax  3 weeks back

                                    A breakup movie because one partner killed the other

                                    • xiyuemaa
                                      xiyuemaa  3 weeks back

                                      I now can sleep easy because I was so confused at the end of this movie 😆

                                      • Jada Farrell
                                        Jada Farrell  3 weeks back

                                        Maya looks like puss in boots

                                        • M Lea
                                          M Lea  3 weeks back

                                          does dani die in the end? do they kill the may queen after the midsommar celebration?

                                          • Pennywise The dancing Clown

                                            It’s Mid-som-mar

                                            • S C
                                              S C  4 weeks back

                                              this is the best explanation video of the movie I've seen on youtube.

                                              • RagingUtai
                                                RagingUtai  4 weeks back

                                                was that seth rogen in this movie?

                                                • Phanith Xp
                                                  Phanith Xp  1 months back

                                                  The movies is trash ,believe me I waste 2 and half hour of my life

                                                  • Thuc Nguyen
                                                    Thuc Nguyen  1 months back

                                                    The actress is so amazing in the movie

                                                    • Andrew Heller
                                                      Andrew Heller  1 months back

                                                      Wickerman says hello

                                                      • Tim Hansen
                                                        Tim Hansen  1 months back

                                                        I really hated this movie. It's not horror, and there is nothing supernatural about it. Just human cruelty. They need to make a sequel where every single building is burned to the ground and the cult members either killed or sentences to jail.

                                                        • nazir ahmad
                                                          nazir ahmad  1 months back

                                                          Moral of story if you have bad relationship kill you partner lol

                                                          • Raymond Wolf
                                                            Raymond Wolf  1 months back

                                                            The title is pronounced mid zo mar

                                                            • taespacito
                                                              taespacito  1 months back

                                                              the way she pronounces "midsommar" makes my head hurt

                                                              • Aaron Eklöf
                                                                Aaron Eklöf  1 months back

                                                                you pronounce midsommar really weird. put the effort in the double m and not the a.

                                                                • Nathan McClellan
                                                                  Nathan McClellan  1 months back

                                                                  By FAR, the worst movie I've seen in decades.

                                                                  • myfoolishfriend
                                                                    myfoolishfriend  2 months back

                                                                    What about the scissors in the baby's crib? And all the baby crying?

                                                                    • Raffy Mayor
                                                                      Raffy Mayor  2 months back

                                                                      Can you explain yesterday film
                                                                      John Lennon is alive in film?

                                                                      • DingoAteMyBaby
                                                                        DingoAteMyBaby  2 months back

                                                                        If it’s all a metaphor for a break up then is all of the world building meaningless? Like if we’re not supposed to be taking it literally, then what does ANY of the world building mean?

                                                                        That being said I like the metaphor of breaking up with someone feeling like you are “killing them” and having to see the relationship go “up in flames” for her to finally move on

                                                                        • DingoAteMyBaby
                                                                          DingoAteMyBaby  2 months back

                                                                          Now that I know the main thesis of this is that it’s a metaphor for breakups, I’m left even more lost about what the downs Syndrom kids are supposed to represent and why the two Londoners were even a part of this. It kinda feels like there’s a bunch of half thought out metaphors all stuck together without a clear meaning. Idk, was very great cinematography, sound work, and set design, but man is the story fucked 😂

                                                                          • Thuc Nguyen
                                                                            Thuc Nguyen  2 months back

                                                                            I kinda relate to Dani state. Being so emotionally isolated and stressed out, I cant help but only give and give to the people and the situation around me. Hoping that I will eventually catch a break.

                                                                            • dork xx
                                                                              dork xx  2 months back

                                                                              bruh this film was so disturbing that i was so emotionally detached i laughed the entire time at how disturbing it was

                                                                              • dork xx
                                                                                dork xx  2 months back

                                                                                ari aster’s inspo was his own experience of a nasty breakup. i guess people really do process stuff differently huh

                                                                                • Isabel Lane
                                                                                  Isabel Lane  2 months back

                                                                                  The very ending reminds me of Rosemary’s Baby. In both scenes, we watch the main female character grow a dark smile with a slow zoom on her face, which signifies she has welcomed the fucked up situation she’s in—rosemary finally accepts the literal spawn of satan as her own, and Dani relishes in her boyfriend’s death and feels a part of the cult.

                                                                                  • Solace Romance
                                                                                    Solace Romance  2 months back

                                                                                    This was a weird ass movie, everyone was all wtf and laughing

                                                                                    • G FK
                                                                                      G FK  2 months back

                                                                                      So the sister accidentally killed the parents right?

                                                                                      • Guigley
                                                                                        Guigley  1 months back

                                                                                        It was a murder/suicide.

                                                                                      • G FK
                                                                                        G FK  2 months back

                                                                                        ArcticKomodo ok thank you. I was late to the movie so I missed that part.

                                                                                    • Trey Irvin
                                                                                      Trey Irvin  2 months back

                                                                                      I really felt for her at the beginning. And it was very sad to see her cling to him and him not wanting or caring for her

                                                                                      • CatchTheLoveBug
                                                                                        CatchTheLoveBug  2 months back

                                                                                        WHEN WILL PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO PROUNOUNCE IT. My ears are bleeeeeeading

                                                                                        • bleunt
                                                                                          bleunt  2 months back

                                                                                          "Midsomaaar"... Excuse me?

                                                                                          • Oma Rumunna
                                                                                            Oma Rumunna  2 months back


                                                                                            • Oznem Derks
                                                                                              Oznem Derks  2 months back

                                                                                              It didn't feel like a break up movie at all though. I honestly think the symbolism didn't come across as intended.

                                                                                              • Guigley
                                                                                                Guigley  1 months back

                                                                                                I'm with you. I don't view it as a break-up movie at all.