Midsommar Ending Explained (Spoilers)

Midsommar Ending Explained (Spoilers)

Horrorific content by all-horror on August 25th, 2022 | Spoiler | Slow Burn, Cult, Drama, Psychological, Thriller, Mystery, Folk Horror, Arthouse

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A couple travels to Northern Europe to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Midsommar: Spoilers Below

Midsommar (2019)

Midsommar is a horror movie about the end of a relationship set against the backdrop of Swedish folk religions, rituals, and magic mushrooms. There is an endless summer sun, pubic hairs, and a bear costume. It is the worst break-up in movie history.

In Midsommar, Dani is deeply affected by the recent murders of her parents. She joins him on a research trip to Sweden to save her relationship with her boyfriend, Christian. There, they find an isolated community celebrating a festival that occurs only once every 90 years. In this place, the sun never seems to set.

Visitors to the commune are gradually introduced to its old-fashioned customs, which seem strange and potentially dangerous to outsiders. While the commune's residents are not explicitly death cultists or devil worshippers, their ancestor's outdated beliefs are shocking to newcomers.

To these pagan people, life goes in cycles. The older people nearing the end of their lives in their "winter" commit suicide so the younger generations can have a better life. The film Midsommar is set during the summer season and explores the themes of childhood and old age. The film's title refers to the midsummer festival celebrated in Sweden. The main characters in the movie are in the summer of their lives, exploring the ups and downs that come with this stage of life.

Dani is the character who has had to face the most formidable challenge when it comes to growing up--brutally losing her parents. Significantly, her parent's died during winter, emphasizing how hard this time was for Dani.

This vacation was the worst possible thing Dani could have done to deal with her trauma, but you can't fault her for trying. Especially since her relationship with Christian seemed to be in jeopardy.

What initially appears to be a minor plot point in Midsommar turns out to be incredibly significant by the film's end. The story follows Dani and Christian, whose relationship falls apart in the most catastrophic way possible, leading to Christian's death during the final ceremony.

When Dani wins a dance competition to become May Queen, she is given some perks and responsibilities. Among these is a front-row seat at the table and performing various pointless ceremonies while the others spike Christian's drink, causing him to have sex with a young girl in their community.

Maja is of childbearing age and has chosen Christian to impregnate her by putting her pubic hair in his food (foreshadowed with a weird tapestry earlier in the movie). While the commune does engage in incest, they regularly mate with outsiders like Christian to ensure a healthier population.

Christian is of no use to the commune now that Maja is pregnant, so they drug him and leave him paralyzed on a wheelbarrow. Dani, who has grown into her role as May Queen, oversees the final ceremony of the festival: The burning of the barn that is shaped like a pyramid and is painted yellow.

Inside, the community places the dead bodies of Dani and Christian's friends while two more people die by lottery. Finally, the May Queen chooses one last sacrifice, one who must die wearing the skin suit of a living bear. At the height of all the film's emotions, with Dani having just seen Christian having sex with Maja, Dani sentences Christian to die as the bear. She watches, smiling, as the barn burns down with his and her friends' corpses.

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