Passing: How Does Clare Die?
The Big Mystery Remains: Who Is Responsible For Clare's Death in Passing?
Watch out! This post contains spoilers.
Does Clare Die by Suicide?
Nella Larsen's 1929 novel Passing has finally made its way onto the big screen, and we're still scratching our heads over that ending. Who kills Clare (Ruth Negga)? That's the question on everyone's lips after Clare falls to her death in the final moments of the film. Does Clare's husband, John (Alexander Skarsgard), push her out of the window? Or is it Irene (Tessa Thompson)? Both Irene and John have motive to kill Clare, a Black woman who has been living her life "passing" as a white woman, but do they actually do it? Perhaps it is neither of them and Clare is actually responsible for her own death? We have so many questions. Unfortunately, Clare's death is also left a mystery in the book, so all we can do is theorize about whodunnit.
Passing is out in select theaters now and will be available to stream on Netflix on Nov. 10.