The Ending Of Doctor Sleep Explained

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  • Published on Nov 8, 2019
  • Doctor Sleep brings Stephen King's novel to the screen in a way that both honors the author's original version of The Shining and manages to reconcile it with Stanley Kubrick's vision. The result is a film that's a sequel to two stories at once​, with its own mythology and a multilayered ending.
    Abra spends much of the film getting to know the extent of her own strength with the shining, and it's clear that she's quite pleased with the things she can do. During their final encounter at the Overlook Hotel, Rose tells Abra that she reminds her of her younger self, because there's a darkness in Abra that hasn't reached its full potential yet. Will the darkness start to take her over as she ages, or will she be able to handle it? As we see from the look on her face in the final shot, the film leaves it an open question.
    One of the earliest scenes in Doctor Sleep establishes that even after he and his mother escaped the Overlook, young Danny Torrance was haunted by the ghosts who attacked him there. They followed him from the hotel to his home in Florida, and attempted to feed on him until Dick Hallorann taught young Danny a trick that would allow him to lock the ghosts away in boxes. Dan has kept the Overlook ghosts locked away in his own mind for years, but finally unleashes them on Rose the Hat.
    The film's final scene makes it clear that, while the Overlook is gone, the ghosts are not. The woman from Room 237 has returned to haunt Abra Stone's bathroom, trying to feed on her shine now that she can't feed on Dan's. Abra clearly knows how to deal with the woman thanks to Dan's mentorship, but what about the rest of the Overlook ghosts?
    When Dan and Abra meet in person for the first time, Dan explains that a lot of people have a little bit of a shine, but he's only met a handful in his life who knew how to use it. Abra is one of those people, of course, and so is Dick Hallorann. Brad Trevor, the "Baseball Boy" Abra has a vision of just before he dies, is another with an uncanny gift that he is only just beginning to understand when he's killed by the True Knot. Keep watching the video to see the ending of Doctor Sleep explained!
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    Abra's darkness | 0:18
    Abra and the Overlook ghosts | 0:45
    Others who shine | 1:29
    Other Knots | 2:19
    The site of the Overlook | 3:10
    Dan and Jack | 4:00
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Comments • 322

  • Looper
    Looper  Month ago +94

    How did you like Doctor Sleep?

    • SafetyJerks
      SafetyJerks Day ago

      @Megan Randolph time to adjust your meds...🙄

    • SafetyJerks
      SafetyJerks Day ago

      It SUCKED! You can't change the the fucking ENDING.

    • iberian fertilizer iron jugend
      iberian fertilizer iron jugend 8 days ago

      What’s with the antiseptic rhetoric?

    • Xander Shullaw
      Xander Shullaw 21 day ago

      @Nass Khan Yea sorry about how toxic I was, that was uncalled for.

    • Nass Khan
      Nass Khan 21 day ago

      @Xander Shullaw Wow you really got your feelings hurt just because I didnt like the movie or in your words didnt try to understand the movie. A bit personal with the insults but whatever floats yr boat. My honest opinion is this they watered down a movie that had potential to be genuinely scarey but they did this Harry Potter cop out instead . Ok I appreciate my comment about Abra could appear mean but she belongs in a kids Et type of movie thing. The very next day after Doctor Sleep I watched Shutter Island bought for 50p on Dvd from a charity shop. Never seen it before. Now that was brilliant and quite scarey. You obviously liked Dr Sleep and that shouldn't take away your enjoyment & you forget I paid money to see it so you can forget the troll comment as you ASKED for my opinion. Thank you.

  • the most loved and hated all at once

    That Lil girl was GREAT...I would like to see her in more shit

  • AgapeSatori
    AgapeSatori Day ago

    You explained nothing.

  • SafetyJerks
    SafetyJerks Day ago

    Fuck this movie. They CHANGED THE ENDING AGAIN!

  • Arron Nathaniel
    Arron Nathaniel 4 days ago

    I really hope Christine can shines tho

  • The Hyper Monkey
    The Hyper Monkey 9 days ago +1

    This movie was honestly my favorite movie of the year. It was so haunting, but also beautiful, in a way. The shot of Wendy and young Danny in the silence of the burning overlook was tear jerking, and I can’t get over this movie. Joker was great, so was IT: Chapter Two, but this one just gave me that same shining feel, and I can’t get over that. My moderate expections were blown away to be honest. I just wish they got Nicholson to play Jack with some de-aging technology.. ngl..

  • TheScorpio Vampyre
    TheScorpio Vampyre 9 days ago +1

    When Wendy appeared to Danny before he died, tears for days. She was a great mother ❤️

  • Jeff Gerek
    Jeff Gerek 11 days ago

    Movie was good.they could of did good without the zombies.

  • kazukixe
    kazukixe 12 days ago

    The Darkness she was talking about was aging and mortality, how when someone's own life is put on the line we would do dark things to preserve it or extend it.

  • The Dreamer
    The Dreamer 12 days ago

    This movie was very heavy during the 2 and a half hours long it was but damn, it had me on the edge of my seat the whole time.

  • Captain Butplak
    Captain Butplak 13 days ago

    Force ghost

  • Niccole Evans
    Niccole Evans 14 days ago +2

    Ending explained!? More like a 5 year old asking constant questions smh

  • Ace K
    Ace K 14 days ago +1

    0:39 Uhm what are you talking about? That wasn't the final shot, that was a shot from like the middle of the film when she sees the baseball kid being slaughtered.
    The actual ending, which doesn't seem to be explained in this video like the title suggests, is a shot of Abra going into the bathroom with the creepy lady presumably to put her in a mental box. Something that she probably learnt from Dan, as he did this in a flashback as a kid in the same manner. Which makes the story basically go full circle and might suggest that Abra will now continue life the way little Danny did after all the craziness. She's just going to continue putting monsters in boxes. The only difference would be that Abra opens up to her mom about the powers of the shining(when at the ending she admits she wasn't talking to no one, but to Dan and people go on after death), so she'll have someone who supports her by her side, so she won't become a homeless alcohol or anything like that.
    Anyway, hate to say it, but Dan is probably dead, as Abra suggested(Again, people go on after death). The only way he might've survived and not gotten crazy burns on his body is if he last minute decided to be a selfish f**ker and feast upon shine to completely heal himself again and then for some reason he lies to Abra about being dead. Because why not?

    • Alexandru Patru
      Alexandru Patru 10 days ago +1

      That would be the weirdest and most interesting twist. Danny Anthony Torrance becoming the antagonist in the new Shining. With ALL that power! :O

  • Aiden Towers
    Aiden Towers 15 days ago

    Does anyone agree that Rose didn’t want to kill the baseball boy? She seemed a bit sad that she had to kill him

  • Cliff Roberts
    Cliff Roberts 17 days ago +1

    WTF that didnt explain the girl in the bathroom at the end with the old lady

  • Dylan Morgan
    Dylan Morgan 19 days ago +2

    This was a great sequel. The shinning is so iconic I really didn't they would pull it off. But they did :)

  • kaitlyn crudge
    kaitlyn crudge 19 days ago

    movie of the year tbh!!!!!!

  • MAXI PAZ
    MAXI PAZ 19 days ago

    This took a while to get going but when it did it went to another level...could have done without all the old characters like the twins and the man who says Great party isn’t it......

    • Kyle Reese
      Kyle Reese 19 days ago

      I liked them. Those ghost are iconic.

  • Kate Reynard Ferguson
    Kate Reynard Ferguson 20 days ago

    Can anybody remember exactly what Abra said to her mom before she went into the bathroom to deal with that ghost lady in the bath tub. What she said to her mom about her dad and granny and about the afterlife?

  • Rex Hazelwood
    Rex Hazelwood 21 day ago

    A really good movie but it did leave out a lot of things from the book. Such as Danny's journey to become sober, which may not sound like much, but was very important in character development. The ending was radically different from the book as well which I totally didn't mind. I loved the book until the ending, which I thought was really weak. The movie version ending was much better. I thought both actresses for both Abra & Rose the hat did fine but their characters were not quite like the book. Firstly the True Knot did not just listen to Rose, they feared her. The only one that would openly argue with her was Crow Daddy. Both Rose & Abra were a force of nature. The Book Abra would not have run from Rose like they had her do in the movie when Danny was trying to stop her. The darkness of Abra was also much more apparent in the book. She relished in the True Knot's destruction and Danny became worried about what she might become.

  • Michael Wade
    Michael Wade 21 day ago

    The movie is a 7 but the book is a 10. One of King's best. In the book, several of the true knot leave in the middle of the night cause they know the confrontation with Abra is not going to turn out well.

  • Victor Pleitez
    Victor Pleitez 23 days ago

    My only complaint is that jack Torrence came back as the Bar man when he should’ve been the caretaker. He was always the caretaker. Does he take the bar man’s place in the book?

  • Anna-Maria Van Dyck
    Anna-Maria Van Dyck 23 days ago

    I like only sleeping pills 💊
    Greetings from Belgium 🇧🇪 🐄 🐂
    🍻 🍻 🍻 🍺

  • Eric Revatore
    Eric Revatore 23 days ago

    Loved the movie! Unfortunate it didn't do so well, maybe in time it will catch on.

  • Elizabeth Givens
    Elizabeth Givens 23 days ago

    It is infuriating how lazy a writer Stephen King is. He has been phoning it in since the original Shining. Nothing about this story is scary (and I read the book) except the vapid minds of the fans who like his drivel. Really? "Steam"? Is it "steam"? Is it "shine"? Eating psychic power? The characters - from It to Dr. Death - are all the same!! The stories are all the same. The message is non existent. I'm just glad I got the book for free on Audible.

  • Mike Benson
    Mike Benson 23 days ago

    In my opinion, the ending scene of Danny and his mom (Wendy) was the most powerful. Danny's best friend inside his head was Doc. Yet Danny always relied upon his mom for keeping him safe in the real world or "reality." By the end of the movie, Danny finally faced all of the ghosts he had locked up. However, his mom's caring nature was able to overcome Danny's violent tendencies. Thus, Danny accepted his fate of burning at the Overlook Hotel and meeting with his mom again.

  • Mr Wright Sr
    Mr Wright Sr 24 days ago

    Awesome movie 2 thumbs up i recommend you anyone to go and see for themselves if you have not already

  • barnesk80
    barnesk80 24 days ago +2

    This movie was amazing

  • brickcitygirl1970
    brickcitygirl1970 24 days ago +2

    The movie was really good, but they left out two of the most important ghosts in the hotel scene. WTF was bear man and his partner in the tux?

    • Victor Pleitez
      Victor Pleitez 23 days ago +2

      Oh they were there , probably too busy blowing each other. Wouldn’t surprise me if the two were the only ones to not bother dan his whole life.

  • P Cass
    P Cass 25 days ago

    This movie was just ok. Was really disappointed as a big fan of the original. Completely different type of movie. Not a physiological thriller like the first

    • Andrew McCutcheon
      Andrew McCutcheon 22 days ago

      It was spot on with both of the novels not the original film.

  • Adrienne Poppen
    Adrienne Poppen 25 days ago

    This video didn’t “explain” jack shit

  • Snowball the bunny
    Snowball the bunny 25 days ago

    so second place at the box office is considered a bomb? lmao ok

  • Alisha Bowie
    Alisha Bowie 25 days ago +4

    This was one of the best movies I've seen in a while. So good that I want to read the book.

    • Alisha Bowie
      Alisha Bowie 24 days ago +1

      @Brujo Hernandez I haven't seen it yet. But I have heard it was really good.

    • Brujo Hernandez
      Brujo Hernandez 24 days ago

      Good movie but the joker is the best film this year. Watched it 4 times. Will go again soon

  • roger moody
    roger moody 25 days ago

    Shining prequel, surely? Get Tony involved!

  • aubrey6834429
    aubrey6834429 25 days ago +1

    Almost as good as the original didnt take long to get to the point either this movie is perfectly executed 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  • angel grace
    angel grace 25 days ago

    why are people hating this movie? it was really good...

  • Gail Lessard
    Gail Lessard 25 days ago

    I don't understand any of this. Guess I don't really remember much about the shining so it's like the narrator is speaking a foreign language.

    • Andrew McCutcheon
      Andrew McCutcheon 22 days ago

      You would have to read the sequel book and not go by the original movie.

  • Full time Gamer
    Full time Gamer 25 days ago

    Making a "2. Part " for shining is the dumbest idea ever.. be original people..
    leave the masterpieces like shining in peace!

  • Adam Wizel
    Adam Wizel 25 days ago

    Liked it

  • Patrick Aubry
    Patrick Aubry 26 days ago

    without nicholson not shining sequel but good movie

  • ThomsT
    ThomsT 26 days ago

    I was expecting jack Nicholson in CGI.

    • Steve Dwyer
      Steve Dwyer 23 days ago

      That would ve been great but they needed his voice

  • Shark in the woods
    Shark in the woods 26 days ago

    What's with the girl going into the bathroom with the ghost in the end???

    • Shark in the woods
      Shark in the woods 22 days ago

      @Andrew McCutcheon thanks

    • Andrew McCutcheon
      Andrew McCutcheon 22 days ago +1

      It's the same as Danny going into the bathroom at the beginning. To face their fears and lock them away in the psychic box they create for them.

  • Pureception
    Pureception 26 days ago +6

    The weird thing is.... My very first time watching the Shining as a kid, I was definitely a bit unsettled, but was never really afraid watching it and wasn't the biggest fan. Until, only 1 week later I kept thinking about it. One month later, I still thought about it. One month turns into one year.... Which has turned into 22 years since I first watched The Shining and am still thinking about it. That is the true definition of Horror. Physiological Horror in fact. A Movie/Book/Story that lingers over your shoulder till the day you die. Sure Horror Movies can deliver it's audience jumpscare after jumpscare, which can be very frightening at that split second.......But it's only a second.....Not a week. a month. a year. a lifetime..... Most of these jumpscares will always be forgotten after a couple days. This is not True Horror.


    When I watched Doctor Sleep I was a bit unsettled, but yet wasn't truly scared.....Yet it's been 2 days....and I'm still thinking about it. Honestly wanting to see it again this weekend. And I believe that is what the definition of Horror should be. Not how many seconds you can make someone jump out of their seat, but how many years and decades you can haunt their mind. I'm curious how this movie will age and I believe/hope it will age like the Shining, bad at first glance yet great over time. Mike Flanagan did a fucking amazing job! Flanagan, Aster, Eggers, and Peele have been a breath of fresh air in recent years.

    • kawaii slav
      kawaii slav 22 days ago

      @Tay Prescott 😂😂😂

    • Tay Prescott
      Tay Prescott 22 days ago +1

      @kawaii slav 🙊😂😂😂 after all he said this is how you reply lmao 😂✌

    • kawaii slav
      kawaii slav 24 days ago +2

      Dude you really need to get laid

  • Bill Lombard
    Bill Lombard 26 days ago +34

    Really good movie , it’s not getting the attention is deserves

  • dannukesem
    dannukesem 26 days ago +4

    My guess, the Overlook gets rebuilt at some point. This isn't the end

    • Alexandru Patru
      Alexandru Patru 10 days ago +1

      @dannukesem One could only hope, sir, if I may be so bold... ;)

    • dannukesem
      dannukesem 22 days ago +1

      @uno reverse card Maybe sooner than that, I'm sure Delbert Grady would approve 😎🤠😜

    • uno reverse card
      uno reverse card 23 days ago

      Sadly we gotta wait another 40 years for the next movie😔

  • Atreides22222
    Atreides22222 26 days ago +2

    I thought Doctor Sleep was a great film, honestly. So sad it didn't do well at the box office.

  • ee kenny
    ee kenny 26 days ago +3

    Love how Abra put Rose under her Tsyukoyomi Genjutsu 😎

  • Eusana Galilée
    Eusana Galilée 26 days ago +2

    Nothing to do with the end but did Dan know that he was soon going to die when he saw the fly when he woke one morning ???

  • Cult Mechanicus
    Cult Mechanicus 27 days ago

    Charlie Manx from Joe Hills book Nos4a2 mentioned the true knot are a lot like him. Good book

  • Redd Flame Films
    Redd Flame Films 27 days ago +9

    My cousins were the Grady Twins here! Don't believe me? Look up the Heim Twins

  • Susan McKinney
    Susan McKinney 27 days ago

    I thought it was an excellent movie. But the hotel coming back to life actually reminds me of Rose Red as well (which I actually enjoyed).

  • kwai chang Lark
    kwai chang Lark 27 days ago +1

    Stanley Kubrick got it wrong and Dr. Sleep the movie got it wrong. Danny was supposed to live and be Dr. Sleep using his powers to help people.

  • renaat rabaey
    renaat rabaey 27 days ago

    You can fuck up so many things in a sequel.... but they didn't! And the result is one of the best movies of 2019!

  • naruto sage
    naruto sage 28 days ago +1

    Danny lost most of his shining power when he's old so i wonder how strong he was as a kid. Maybe if he can use his power properly like Abra he could even take down his Dad and the Overlook back in the Shining movie.

  • Small Fry
    Small Fry 28 days ago +3

    The news is reporting doctor sleep as a flop at the Box office..ugh.... bummer...I liked it...but I guess newer generation doesnt care for it..

  • turkey bandit
    turkey bandit 28 days ago +149

    The murder scene of the baseball boy was heavy. I winced at the screams.

    • walter white
      walter white Day ago

      It was tame I thought

    • 142vids
      142vids 8 days ago

      Played by the best kid actor in Hollywood, who also has a monopoly on boy characters xD

    • Ethan Menoni
      Ethan Menoni 10 days ago

      @turkey bandit can you please explain the ending to me when dan is being served by Loyd at the hotel. I didnt get to finish the ending

    • IttyBitty Lex
      IttyBitty Lex 12 days ago

      I watch too many horror movies. It was off putting but I didn't wince

    • Thalia Sims
      Thalia Sims 15 days ago

      turkey bandit Yes I have to close my eyes

  • steven coffman
    steven coffman 28 days ago

    this movie doctor sleep should have been called doctor boring.this movie is the biggest pile of steaming crap i have ever watched .it was boring a.f. come on Danny's father jack is Loyd the bartender wtf! really.i think who ever directed this garbage should have read the f'n book .this movie was an awful mess of a picture and it had nothing to do with the book and room 237 just abra walking in the room and telling the ghost to stop the 2 hour movie was boring and a big letdown .don't waste your money watching it. please buy and read the novel by stephen king its more scary .doctor sleep it sure put me to sleep. the only thing that scared me about this movie was i knew i was never going to get my money back from watching this snore fest of a horror movie

  • Dean Solistino
    Dean Solistino 28 days ago +13

    Abra= abracadabra
    Daniel= prophet of visions
    Dr Sleep= biblical war in symbolism.

    • P Cass
      P Cass 25 days ago +1

      Dean Solistino ya no

  • Jack Trippin777
    Jack Trippin777 28 days ago

    I think the book was more intricate but this was a good movie, I wish they would've shown the real forms of those things in the movie...in the book they were monsters

  • Zvi mur
    Zvi mur 28 days ago

    4:11 also to numb the Shining.