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So What Exactly Goes Down At The End Of ‘The Shining’?

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Nearly 40 years later, The Shining still terrifies viewers both old and new. Something that always gets people talking is its wild ending. On top of that, numerous questions are somehow left unanswered. We dig deep into what happens at the end of this masterpiece.

Can’t Overlook This

When it comes to the Overlook Hotel, they probably spent a fortune on cleaning up after Jack. One thing that concerns fans is what happens next to Jack’s position. It’s obvious that the role of caretaker has been cursed.

In the book, the hotel doesn’t even get to make it to the end. It gets destroyed from a boiler explosion that kills Jack. Switching up the ending confused many fans of the book. For director Stanley Kubrick, it was part of his plan. “The ending was changed almost entirely because Kubrick found it a cliche to just blow everything up. He thought there might be something else that would be metaphorically and visually more interesting,” screenwriter Diane Johnson told Entertainment Weekly.

Fate Of The Protagonists

Along with her son Danny, Wendy managed to escape the clutches of Jack towards the end. What the two managed to do following the incident remained a mystery. With the release of Doctor Sleep, it was revealed that Danny is still recovering from the situation. Wendy, however, died from lung cancer formed from the Overlook Hotel explosion.

Since the explosion never happened in the movie, her fate is still up in the air.

Worth A Thousand Words

The strangest part of the ending involved a photo of Jack at the Overlook’s Fourth of July party. In an interview with Michel Ciment, Kubrick made a shocking revelation about that scene.

“The ballroom photograph at the very end suggests the reincarnation of Jack,” he said. In Doctor Sleep, Jack’s ghost aids Danny in taking out his biggest foe. With the forthcoming Doctor Sleep movie being released, there’s no telling if he’ll make a surprise appearance.

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When Real-Life Plays A Part In TV Plotlines

Not every show has its plot lined out from the moment the pilot airs, and still, sometimes real-life can get in the way. Even the best laid plans can go awry, and sometimes plotlines are created entirely to accommodate an actor’s unexpected personal issue. From pregnancies to off-set injuries (and of course plenty of on-set injuries), writers are reworking scripts so that you’d never know something else was happening behind the scenes. Think you know why an actor exited a show? We’ll bet you didn’t even realize that some major show plots happened out of serendipity. Read on to find out how in some cases, the truth really is stranger than the fiction.

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The Wachowskis Are Rumored To Be Shooting ‘The Matrix’ Reboot

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How Keanu Reeves Overcame His Dark Past

We all know and love Keanu Reeves from The Matrix Trilogy, but how much do we really know about him? The notoriously private actor has actually had a difficult life, but he's prevailed over any obstacle with style and grace. From losing his best friend to dealing with multiple home invasions, Keanu has always persevered. Read on to find out how...

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