Warning: This article has spoilers in it.
Marianne is a new Netflix horror series. Season 1 of the show was released on September 13, 2019, and consisted of eight episodes. If you have watched the new French horror series Marianne on Netflix; you probably have a few questions about the ending. In the last episode, a lot was going on. Several key plot points and outcomes were vague and confusing. There is no need to worry. We have you covered with our detailed explanation of the ending in this article Marianne Ending Explained.
By the last episode, we know that Marianne is real. She has been haunting Emma’s dreams for years. During her teenage years, Emma and her friends, the Shipwreck kids, summoned Marianne by using an Ouija board in the lighthouse. Their lives have been cursed by Marianne ever since.
But what do we know about Marianne other than she is real? Is Marianne a witch, demon, ghost, or some sort of creature?
To understand Marianne, we have to look at Marianne’s nursery rhyme. It says Marianne was “born on a Tuesday, happy on a Wednesday, married on a Thursday, witch on Friday, caught on Saturday, judged on Sunday, executed on Monday, buried on Tuesday.”
The show has eight episodes that stand for the eight days in the nursery rhyme. This shows that the series creators put great importance on this nursery rhyme which contains several clues.
Based on all the clues provided, Marianne appears to have been human than became a witch. She had a pact with the devil. She was persecuted and buried. Marianne continues to live by attaching herself to Emma and her horror novels. She doesn’t want Emma to stop writing, and she has the power to make Emma’s words come true. Marianne can take people to what appears to be another dimension. And if you ask someone who is possessed by Marianne if they are Marianne than they have to say so.
The last episode is based on the “buried on Tuesday” part of the nursery rhyme. It’s episode eight and the eighth day of the nursery rhyme. This leads viewers to believe that Marianne will be destroyed but when you are a powerful witch with a pact with the devil. Buried doesn’t always mean dead or destroyed, so keep that in mind.
The final episode starts with a possessed Emma battling the priest. He wants to cast out Marianne, but Emma ends up shooting him. She realizes that Marianne is in her and fights for control of her body.
Emma remembers that when she was a little girl, she found Marianne’s body in a hole in the ground. She goes out to the hole and reaches in. Marianne comes out of the hole and takes Emma into another dimension where Marianne can control everything.
Emma stabs the priest who escapes the house. Aurore comes back to the house. Aurore can’t bring herself to kill the possessed Emma. Emma has a knife. Aurore has a gun, but she doesn’t use it. Instead, she uses a symbolic necklace to bind the possessed Emma. This gives the priest time to make it to Marianne’s grave. He has to sacrifice himself, but he is able to burn Marianne’s body and her pact.
The hole is Marianne’s grave where she was buried with the pact she made with the devil. This leads viewers to believe that if you burn Marianne’s body and her pact with the devil, then you can destroy her. The previous priest did not finish burning the contract or the body and just buried her. However, this theory isn’t clear cut and is just that. A theory. This allows the show’s creators to have options when it comes to the direction that they want to take on Season 2.
Is Marianne dead? It’s possible but highly unlikely. There is no absolute proof that the priest kills her. The burning of the body could have weakened her, but it would be very easy for the show’s writers to revive her in a second Season.
The twist to the ending is that Emma is pregnant. The question is who’s baby is it? Is it the devil’s? Marianne’s? The only person that Emma slept with during the show was Seby. Seby denies having any memory of sleeping with Emma. This leaves us to believe that Marianne possessed Seby made him get Emma pregnant.
The baby could serve as a vessel for Marianne to take a human form. The ending leaves it open, but I am pretty sure the baby is Marianne.
Hopefully, Netflix decides to order another season of Marianne. The series was released with little to no publicity. However, viewers are quickly becoming fans of the show and will surely want more.
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