WARNING: Spoilers for The End Of The F***king World' ahead.
Not even a month into the new year, and The End Of The F***king World might have already become one of the top original series on Netflix. If you haven't dipped into it yet, you may be wondering what happens in the end (of the series, not the f*cking world).
To summarize the beginning of the series, two outcast teenagers decide to ditch their stale town and go on a road trip. James is a self-proclaimed psychopath, and Alyssa is laden with rebellion and angst.
Oh, and James plans on killing Alyssa at some point on their adventure — minor detail.
But let's go ahead and discuss the clouded, vague finale of this first season, shall we? Their streak of bad luck begins with them totaling his father's car and having to hitchhike to get far from their hometown. Left without a lot of cash or prospects, the two of them decide to squat in a random house and devise a plan on where to go next. Once the owner comes home, he makes an unwanted sexual advance on Alyssa, and James murders him in order to protect her.
Following the incident, both of them are freaked out and make a run for it. Detectives catch on to them and begin speaking with their parents as the teenagers find and crash with Alyssa's dad, Leslie, who turns out to be a total deadbeat. Detective Noon eventually catches the two teenage runaways sneaking back into Leslie's house after fooling around on the beach. James confesses to the murder regardless of the legal repercussion, insisting that Alyssa is innocent and had nothing to do with it. Deciding that she has to protect James, Alyssa delivers a single blow to the head, rendering Noon unconscious.
James and Alyssa made a plan to steal her father's boat and go somewhere far from there, starting a new life together where they wouldn't get caught or be found. Both of them run outside toward the ocean with key in hand, but in a complete surprise, James strikes Alyssa, doing so in order to inhibit her from running with him because he would rather protect her so that she doesn't get in trouble. He makes a run for it with a shotgun in hand, fleeing across the beach, as we hear a single shot before the the show fades to black.
Fans are clamoring for a second season because the series ended on such a cliffhanger. James could have gotten shot and died running, or he could have shot himself, making the ultimate sacrifice for the girl that has has fallen in love with. We don't know. Leaving it to end like this would leave the finale up to audience interpretation, which could be cool and an interesting take, although it is vague.
Unlike a lot of teen-focused movies and television shows, regardless of what happens in the end, we can assume it isn't a good one. There is no possible happy ending, because even if no one got shot, then either one of them is being sent to prison while the other has to flee and begin a new life, or both of them end up in prison. James being a legal adult could face a lifetime sentence if somehow the police got ahold of him after he ran into the ocean. But, considering the number of police that were surrounding the area and the closing noise of a shot being fired, we're almost led to believe that James doesn't make it to the other side of the beach. Guess we'll have to cross our fingers and hope for a second season to figure it out and continue to speculate in the meantime.