This wildly profitable socially themed horror-comedy was one of the biggest success stories of 2017. Still, it’s easy to get a little lost in all the action, and hard-hitting subtext, on the screen during the final act. To help you make sense of it all, here’s Get Out’s ending explained.
“Hi. I’m Roman Armitage and if you’re watching this, you’re probably wondering what’s going on.”
The ultimate reveal at the end of Get Out is so organically earned that the weight of it can be hard to understand on first viewing. When Chris goes to meet his white girlfriend Rose’s parents for the first time, he’s apprehensive.
At first his fears seem ridiculous since Missy and Dean seem perfectly nice, if awkward. However, Dean drops some early foreshadowing when he reminisces about when his father lost a race to Jesse Owens.
As the audience and Chris soon learn, the Armitages and their friends are planning to steal Chris’ body as part of a plan to live forever in the bodies of kidnapped black people. Dean’s musing about his father’s loss to a black man hints early on that the Armitages aren’t exactly as jovial as they seem.
Later in the film, Chris is hypnotized against his will by Missy and introduced to “The Sunken Place.”
What exactly is the Sunken Place? It’s a visual display of what happens when Chris is paralyzed through hypnosis, but according to director Jordan Peele, it also represents the reality of living as a marginalized person. Keep watching to learn about the ending of Get Out finally explained!
Rose’s parents | 0:25
The Sunken Place | 1:21
The Order of Coagula | 1:55
The escape | 2:48
Alternate ending | 4:13
Get Out’s meaning | 5:12