The Ending Of Doctor Sleep Explained


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. The film makes it very clear that Abra’s powerful
shine is the reason the True Knot is defeated, because she was able to figure out who and
what they were in a way that no one else could. Now that she’s defeated the Knot, she probably
won’t stop using her power for good. Though there’s darkness in her, there’s also
tremendous light. It’s easy to imagine her using her mighty
gift to track down others who shine, particularly children, and make sure they’re safe from
the places and things that want to eat what shines. As Doctor Sleep begins, the True Knot is introduced
as a close knit, small group of psychic vampires who roam the country under the radar and find
themselves slowly running out of the life force they call “steam.” By the end, only Rose the Hat is left, and
in a confrontation at the Overlook, Dan taunts her by proclaiming her to be the last one
standing. Rose responds that she’s not actually the
last one. It may have been an empty boast designed to
scare Dan, but what if Rose is right about people like her? Are there still other Knots out there in this
world, roaming the landscape in search of steam? Are there more places like the Overlook that
will eat what shines? Are there would-be Knots that are only just
beginning to learn how to consume steam, coming together in new ways? More importantly, will people like that be
able to stay alive in a world where steam is harder to come by? Abra Stone will probably find out one day. In Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, we learn
very early on that the Overlook Hotel was built atop a Native American burial ground,
which sets the stage for a legacy of violence that carries on throughout the hotel’s history. “The site is built on an Indian burial ground,
and I believe they actually had to repel some Indian attacks while they were building it.” In Stephen King’s original novel, the Overlook
burns down at the end of the story, but The Shining film leaves it standing, seemingly
waiting for the next caretakers. The hotel finally burns to the ground at the
end of Doctor Sleep, but the ghosts don’t die with it. At least some of them are still present, trying
to follow Abra instead of Dan. With that in mind, what happens to the site
of the Overlook itself? What will the owners of the land do with it
now that the rotted old hotel is gone? Will it be turned into a mobile home lodge,
as it is in King’s novel? Will it be preserved as a heritage site in
an effort to calm down the negative energy there? Will the peace be maintained? Dan Torrance is well aware of the imprint
his father made on him. He was so traumatized by what happened at
the Overlook that he didn’t talk for some time afterward, and he ultimately took up
his father’s alcoholic habits later in life. The contrast between Dan and his father’s
memory comes to a head in one of the most stirring scenes in the film, when he meets
the ghost of his father now “Lloyd” the bartender in the Gold Room at the ruined Overlook. They have a direct confrontation over a glass
of whiskey that Dan refuses to drink, while his father’s ghost fumes over the life he
claims his family stole from him. With the Overlook gone, is Jack Torrance able
to find peace? He does find a version of it in Doctor Sleep
the novel, but the film leaves that question open. Was he beyond saving, or did Dan free his
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100 thoughts on “The Ending Of Doctor Sleep Explained

  1. I didn't have high hopes for a 2019 sequel to a movie that came out 30 years ago.

    That said, this movie is the best I've seen all year!

  2. When you see the sacrifices of the young shines which are found bye achievement in the community. You think of mark twains kids being sacrificed along the Mississippi river in his novels… Then the trial of indian joe and the dead little girl over his shoulder in the caves of the river…They accused the Mormons of this sacrifice behavior of children and killed their leader forcing the community to move west. Notice the Colorado hotel faΓ§ade is based on the OREGON lodge and Oregon is an assisted suicide state. Jack and here is johnny script is like the timberline lodge in CO which timberline boots are known PIMP shoes… Then the Rebecca Ferguson as ROSE HAT vampire and her in the greatest showman and this movie knowing they move about like roustabout's in the circus as help manner with their gypsy camper caravan. kidnapping kids… like in the past the circus comes and kids disappear… they join the circus… Rose HAT sacrificing the baseball boy and he screams are you going to hurt me and she said YES and does the slow death of the kid… child kidnapping and removal of kids is a culling of the communities almost like mark twain novels…. ROSE HAT was a perfect match to JOHNNY DEPPE in that they wear the same hat in communities they live… cults and they lifestyle… THE AXE THAT LINCOLN USED…

  3. In the book abra and Danny are related through an affair dad has when he was teaching. That is why she’s a powerful psychic like Danny is.

  4. The first half of the movie was really slow paced , but the character development made up for it. I really don't think Rose and her people were necessary for this story. If anything, I think it should have been more about Danny's descent into madness as an adult. Leaving the girl and her baby to die was pretty fucked up and not really something that could be forgotten that easily. They could still somehow had brought Abra into the story, and in the movie version he could have still went back to the Overlook, but I feel that the true not took away from the story. With that said, from the moment they came up on the Overlook until the end, I was on the edge of my seat. It was great seeing the Overlook done in 21st century effects with the music reworked the way it was and with the heartbeat, even as often as it was used throughout the film, went perfectly with it. I felt like Rose seemed a bit awkward in the Overlook. Not the actress or how she played the part, but the character in general. She could be easily frightened and overpowered by a child discovering new powers and yet didn't even flinch to the blood in the elevator or the party goer with the bullet wound in his head. She didn't even seem to notice the energy of the hotel until the ghosts were visibly in her face, and yet we were supposed to believe that Danny and Cobra had to drive 2/3 the way across the country to defeat her ..

    With all that said, that moment when Abra went into room 237 and you hear the water drip in the bathroom…

  5. Who would’ve thought that E.T.’s best friend would end up playing Jack Torrance in a direct sequel to the shining 🀣🀣

  6. Did the hotel have another caretaker after that winter or was it completely abandoned because of what movie Jack did?

    I hate the fact that the Shining was basically renamed and turned into edible midochlorians.

  7. The land where the hotel stood, in the novel, is a lookout as well as a campground. The campground is owned by the True Knot and is the site of their confrontation with Rose in the novel.

  8. Jack should have been in the boiler scene with Danny and Wendy. It would have given a bigger emotional pay off. Also in the shining novel Jack was kind of redeemed but

  9. The boiler room scene when I saw Wendy Torrance's spirit there to help comfort Danny before he died made me tear up. That is one good awesome mother!

  10. I don't understand why dan had to release those hotel people. He and the little girl could have fought rose easily since she was stronger anyway

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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..

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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).

  17. 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 ???

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. Almost as good as the original didnt take long to get to the point either this movie is perfectly executed πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎπŸ‘πŸΎ

  22. 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

  23. 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?

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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?

  31. 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……

  32. 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?

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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..

  36. I was disappointed that Danny's warrants did not live. I know the viewpoint would be that he freed his father.
    When the bathtub lady was in abra's bathroom, she said "I have something to take care of."
    Hopefully she is following Danny's example of trapping the ghosts Justice Danny had to trap the ghosts.
    As far as sequels, sadly doctor sleep did not do too well in the box office. They were wanting to make a sequel involving dick hallorann. Who knows if we'll even see this.
    Thanks for your insights and for your efforts on this.

  37. I didn't like it the first time I watched it a few weeks ago, but I just gave it a 2nd chance tonight and it was amazing! I guess I had to be in the right frame of mind to watch a movie like this.

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