The Ending Of It: Chapter Two Explained

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How well does the sequel to 2017’s It adapt
Stephen King’s classic novel while tying up all the loose ends from the first installment? Let’s roll up our sleeves, wade into the sewers
and dig into the details of how the saga ends. This is the ending of It: Chapter Two explained. And before you open the door labeled “very
scary,” be warned: Spoilers await you. Stephen King’s novel It isn’t just the story
of a creepy clown terrorizing some kids and then returning to do it all over again when
they’re adults. There’s a whole cosmology to the saga, which
includes a giant, godlike turtle that coughed up the known universe when it had a tummy
ache. Aside from a few subtle nods here and there,
the movies mostly sidestep the ancient, interdimensional mythology of the book, but one element does
show up in It: Chapter Two – the true form of It. When he goes to visit the Shokopiwah tribe
and takes one of their vision-granting concoctions, Mike learns that It came to Earth in a meteor
strike that left a crater in Derry, and is made up of “Deadlights,” mostly orange but
sometimes-blue spheres of light of immense power. Though the lights can be seen in brief moments
in the first film, It appears entirely as deadlights as Chapter Two reaches its climax,
and even after taking on other forms, the deadlights are still visibly powering the
creature, becoming increasingly weaker as the Losers literally bring It down to size. It’s true form is revealed because the Losers
perform the Ritual of Chüd, a ceremony that differs pretty wildly in the movie from the
way it works in the book. The movie’s take on the ritual involves each
member of the club burning a “token” of his or her childhood and reciting a chant to make
the Deadlights turn dark, then trapping the Deadlights inside a pyramid-shaped relic Mike
stole. The ritual is the key to defeating It in the
book, though it takes two tries 27 years apart. But the Losers’ attempt essentially fails
in the movie, at least at first. That’s because it’s revealed Mike lied to
everyone in an attempt to simply bring them all back together. The ritual wasn’t successful before when the
Native Americans tried to do it, and it doesn’t kill It when the Losers try this time, either. At least, not until they’ve gone through the
wringer just a little bit more so they can truly overcome the fears that feed It. Richie isn’t exactly a tough nut to crack. “All right, Rich. What are you afraid of?” “Clowns.” His token for the Ritual of Chüd is a literal
token from the local arcade. And, as is so often the case in the transition
from childhood to adulthood, his fear has morphed into anxiety. The adult Richie throws up twice in It: Chapter
Two and threatens to leave Derry several times because he just can’t stand the idea of losing
what he’s gained as a famous stand-up comedian. Richie spends the first half of Chapter Two
mercilessly needling his childhood pal Eddie, and he doesn’t hesitate to call Stanley the
weakest of the Losers when he finds out about Stanley killing himself. He can be mean, and has a hard time expressing
his real feelings. Richie has to visit the synagogue where Stanley
had a disastrous bar mitzvah, and more significantly, come to openly care about the well-being of
his closest friend Eddie, whom he finally can admit he loves, to overcome his self-absorption
and play a part in defeating It. For Eddie’s part, the fear he has to overcome
is also a sort of self-obsession. His hypochondria and fear of bodily harm are
paralyzing. They hamper him from taking action both as
a child and as an adult, like when he’s confronted with Stanley’s bug-like severed head or trying
to rescue his mother from the leper he keeps seeing It as. It isn’t until he gives up one of his “gazebos”
– his malapropism for “placebo” – in the form of his inhaler for his token and comes to
believe in the monster-killing power of a makeshift spear fashioned from a metal fencepost
that he can work up the courage to mount a full frontal attack on It, weakening the monster
before the rest of the Losers can deal their final psychological blows. Eddie is fatally impaled, but in the service
of saving his friends. After a lifetime of being frozen with fear,
his final act is one of bravery. Even nearly 30 years after his brother Georgie’s
death, Bill is still plagued by guilt and feelings of responsibility. He finds himself shouting down a storm drain
just like he did in his youth, and he conveniently gets Georgie’s paper boat back from Pennywise
to use as his token in the ritual. He fears not being able to save the people
around him. Eventually he tries – and fails – to save
another young Derry boy from suffering a fate similar to Georgie’s at the end of Pennywise’s
teeth. It takes a full-on envisioned confrontation
with his younger self during the final showdown with It for Bill to come to terms with what
happened and absolve himself of blame, telling himself that he was, in fact, a good older
brother. With that resolved, he can help destroy It,
and maybe finally write a decent ending to his next novel. Though Ben has grown from a chubby, bullied
kid into a handsome, successful man, he still clearly feels ostracized. He notably keeps himself at a remove from
his co-workers at his architecture firm, videoconferencing in from his massive, empty house. Meanwhile, Beverly is in an abusive marriage
that mirrors her relationship with her father. When she returns to her childhood home, it’s
unfamiliar and inhabited by a woman who turns into a rampaging, unclothed monster. Nowhere really feels like home to her. After some amnesia-based uncertainty about
who really loved whom on Beverly’s part, Beverly and Ben finally find the linchpins to work
through their fears: each other. Beverly brings the postcard with the poem
Ben wrote for her to the Ritual of Chüd, and Ben brings the yearbook page Bev and no
one else signed. As Ben is made to think he’s being buried
alive in the Losers’ secret hideout and Bev finds herself drowning in blood in the bathroom
stall where she was tormented by bullies, they reach out to each other and break free
of It’s spell. Much like his parents found themselves trapped
as a raging fire killed them, Mike has trapped himself in Derry while everyone else left
and forgot all about what happened there in 1989. “The farther away, the hazier it all gets. But me, I never left. So yeah. I remember all of it.” He has appointed himself the chronicler and
expert on all things It, convening with the Shokopiwah in hopes of unleashing ancient
secrets in time for the returning Losers to defeat the creature. And it works – just not the way he originally
suspected. More than the Ritual of Chüd, one little
proverb about living things having to abide by the rules of the shape they inhabit ends
up being the key to taking down Pennywise. When Mike remembers that detail, he sets off
a chain of events that leads all the other Losers to bring the monster down to size with
their words, calling It little more than a clown. Their name-calling shrinks Pennywise down
so small that they can easily pull out his still-beating heart and destroy it. Mike thrives as someone who rallies his friends,
as signified by the way he brings a rock Beverly threw at the town bullies as his token. A major difference from the book’s ending
is that all the movie Losers leave Derry with the memories of their encounter with It intact
– but to everyone’s surprise, without the literal scars from when they cut their hands
to signify their blood bond at the end of the first movie. The pain is exorcised. Bill writes a book that’s very similar to
Stephen King’s It. Ben and Beverly go on boat excursions together,
having finally found true companionship. Richie finishes carving his and Eddie’s initials
into a fence, finally revealing how much he cares. Mike leaves town at last. And everyone receives a letter from Stanley,
written before he killed himself. In the letter, Stanley gives a rationale for
his decision to kill himself: Not to escape facing down It, but to prevent his friends
from dying because he wasn’t sure he could take another round with the creature. He knew if the Losers weren’t unified, they’d
all die. When the adult losers look in a shop window
and see the reflections of their younger selves, Stanley’s there. “I never felt like a loser when I was with
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100 thoughts on “The Ending Of It: Chapter Two Explained

  1. That scene where the thing pukes on the guy and that horrible fucking pop song plays was the was most ive cringed at a movie in so long, fucking awful, who saw this garbage as like "okay yeah that's great leave it in"

  2. Was I the only one that noticed the sign with "thanks for the memories Derrie" written on it, changed at the end to "A nightmare on elm street 5"??

  3. So I think because he was eating a heart in the beginning of the movie and eventually they squeezed his heart to death. He’s gonna come back because of the heart they left behind from their dead friend.

  4. I never read the book and it's been years since I seen the 90s version. However, I'm not found of this current ending. The ending was absolute bullshit. So they killed pennywise by calling him a bunch of names. Really? Is that how they did it in the book too? If so then I have no doubts the joker would beat pennywise. As we all know… Joker isn't scared of shit.

  5. The movie is pretty scary but honestly the ending really didn't make much sense. They also kept trying to plug in homosexuality just like the Avengers. It's getting really weird in the movies. As usual there's no latinos because Hollywood has a discrimination problem.

  6. Just saw this last night. I mean I understand how they defeated it. Ala facing your fears and shaping it down to being nothing…but doesn't save the fact that all they did was say mean things to the alien that didnt save the second chapter's ending from being fucking stupid.

  7. So they killed an interdimensional, murderous, soul and fear eating, clown son of a bitch by using mean words againnst him? Sounds legit

  8. I had to walk out of the theater after the opening scene because it upset me unlike anything has before. I've never felt so genuinely outraged and terrified, in an awful anxiety-fueled kind of way, not a fun-horror scare kind of way. It left an awful taste in my mouth for the rest of the film. Overall it felt like a massive waste of time and money, and I'll never get over what an awful experience that first scene was.

  9. Maybe "IT" was defeated because he never felt FEAR by being called names and being bullied. He was just basically called "IT" without any names. That's why how IT died was odd, absurd for some people.

  10. I.T. was never the enemy the man from the movie split was the murder an the black man! i believe this is why you can find them both in the sequel movie GLASS,, SPL-IT who ever created this literally mind fucked the audience!!

  11. Wow… Richie is gay, Eddie dies, and Billy and Beverly aren’t together because she loves Ben instead. I know this because I watched it!

  12. I feelt a littel bad for it at the end to be honest. Yeah the end whas rushed witch made it suck. And the forst whas alot better. But stil. It whas a good movie. i just "Didden't like the ending"

  13. Wanna be scared? Forget hollywood. They want to please every group with all their movies. They will purposely make a movie less scary if they believe more people will go see it. All my favorite horror movies dont come from hollywood.South korea, japan
    indonesia, germany. France also has unsettling gory movies. That french gore can turn my stomach. Martyrs, inside, calvaire, ils, frontiers, high tension. Not saying they good or bad but they are tough to watch and most of the time meant for adults.
    Hollywood makes pg13 horror intended for teens and adult so basically everyone. They make it so smooth that even people who dont like to be scared likes em. They dont make horror in hollywood to scare people but to please everyone.

  14. what a disaster of a film – definitely not a horror I'll tell you that much, it's like an original genre between not being a comedy and not being a horror. never been so disappointed

  15. An all powerful god powered light spirit killing machine of the universe that feeds off kids fears was killed because he was roasted

  16. Long story short when you're facing the physical manifestation of your worst nightmare just take the piss out of it……simples

  17. I still don't understand how to clown managed to kill the that guy in the end if he was not scared and was not even looking at him.

  18. I hated this bastardized remake of a rewrite. I'd like to slap around the idiot screen writers in Hollowwood that always think they can write better than authors.

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