Here’s a thorough explanation of everything that happens in Angelina Jolie’s ending Those Who Wish Me Dead.
The 2021 movie that Yellowstone director Taylor Sheridan follows Jake Weber’s Owen as he realizes his life may be in danger following a gas explosion at his boss’ house.
Before he is murdered, he tells his son Connor how he is a forensic accountant who finds things that don’t add up. When Connor dies, he flees with nowhere to go as two hitmen search the area, hoping to find him and his father’s secrets written on scraps of paper.
Those who wish me a dead end, explained
The whole plot Those Who Wish Me Deadand so its ending is pretty simple – but there’s still a lot to unpack.
By the film’s third act, Aidan Gillen’s Jack and Nicholas Hoult’s Patrick have reached Park County, Montana, chasing a loose end: Finn Little’s Connor.
Luckily for Connor, after escaping the fire from the car accident and the assassination that killed his father, he runs into Angelina Jolie’s Hannah, a former smokejumper, in the woods. It doesn’t take long for him to get wind of the seriousness of the situation, leading him to his protégé to return to the city.
Jack and Patrick’s hunt leads them to bump into Jon Bernthal’s Ethan, the local deputy. Reluctantly, he is forced to help the duo search for the missing child.
Paths cross again when the trio arrive at the fire tower where Hannah and Connor are staying.
The tension builds as Ethan goes to the tower to find them under a rifle.
Everything eventually goes to hell when gunfire breaks out when the hitmen see Ethan trying to protect two targets. Luck is not on Ethan’s side as bullets fly through the windows and hit him – but luckily both Hannah and Connor escape.
Patrick takes off after them on foot, while Jack is left to confront Medina Senghore’s Allison, Ethan’s pregnant wife, who followed them from their initial confrontation earlier in the film. Allison manages to overpower Jack and kill him.
She rushes to the fire tower where she finds her husband slowly dying. Bernthal’s Ethan doesn’t make it to the rescue in the morning, but he doesn’t make it despite having a steady supply of oxygen to fight the fire.
Meanwhile, Hannah and Connor fight Patrick to the death when the forest fire the bad guys started earlier threatens to destroy everything. After dispatching the hitman, Hannah and Connor use his training to submerge themselves in the river to survive until the fire goes out.
This whole situation is enough for Hannah to make a serious dent in fighting her past smokejumper trauma, where her mistake in a forest fire resulted in the death of several people.
In the morning, Hannah’s smoke jumping team rescues the two of them. Although Connor’s future is unclear, the boy manages to schedule the interview he needs, and it looks like he will succeed in exposing the corruption that has been trying to kill him.
What was the great hidden secret of those who wished me dead?
But what Jake Weber’s Owen revealed Those Who Wish Me Dead?
Well, the details of the big secret that Connor carries with him are still unknown. When the works roll, the audience is just as in the dark as when the film started.
Some will surely find fault with this, but in terms of the story, the film is telling, the plot does not need to reveal nice details. The situation was clear, as were the motivations of the characters throughout.
Still, it would have been a nice little detail to give the fans as a Gift before the end. However, perhaps it never lived up to the danger posed by the film, and this knowledge would only have been disappointing.
Those Who Wish Me Dead now streaming on Netflix.