HOW IT ENDS (2018) Ending + Cause of Apocalypse Explained

Theo James and Forest Whitaker hit the road in Netflix's apocalypse thriller HOW IT ENDS. The movie never reveals what is behind the event, but gives us enough clues to figure it out. We'll be breaking down the story, what caused the apocalypse, and explaining the ending.
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  • watch it for free... but I demand refund... my wasted time

    Peter FrancisPeter FrancisIl y a 4 minutes
  • What I like about this movie: 1: gasmask

    Kid In The gasmask ALTKid In The gasmask ALTIl y a 4 heures
  • How It Continues - The Sequel (2020) ... How It Started - The Prequel (2022)

    Tim BanonTim BanonIl y a 17 heures
    • lmao

      Eric CartmanEric CartmanIl y a 6 heures
  • Jeremiah was right. Population Control.

    BeardAxeMcAxeBeardBeardAxeMcAxeBeardIl y a jour

    Dwann WilsonDwann WilsonIl y a jour
  • I guess the title is supposed to make you ask yourself: Well, how does it end?

    R0BC4CHER0BC4CHEIl y a 2 jours
  • Some spicy time

    Sean McGuireSean McGuireIl y a 2 jours
  • Of course magnetic poles it makes perfect sense except not really you see... a pole shift would at *absolute most* reverse compasses and confuse homing pigeons and other animals with internal navigation maybe shut down electronics for a few minutes but definately not cause all the chaos and destruction we see in the movie and further more how would magnets make it hotter

    Alex JewettAlex JewettIl y a 3 jours
  • I didn't know that Earth magnetic field can flip upside down. That sounds interesting My science teacher didn't teach us about that.

    Ricardo MirandaRicardo MirandaIl y a 3 jours
    • Ricardo Miranda Wait, they didn't teach you that? They taught me that in jr high it happens every once in a while but i forget the details.

      HeyItsMeDaisyHeyItsMeDaisyIl y a 3 jours
  • There are many reasons why the entire world is is changing because it's judgement day, global warming, or a supernatural forces.

    Ricardo MirandaRicardo MirandaIl y a 3 jours
  • So what happens to Sam’s mom?

    Brandon BoncayBrandon BoncayIl y a 4 jours
  • Haha! Steamed Hams! I’m from Albany!

    Ryan DevineRyan DevineIl y a 5 jours
  • Yo wtf that ending tho hahahaha

    iwnl Nahziwnl NahzIl y a 5 jours
  • Huh... magnetic fields failing causing birds to be weird and strange weather? Earths core probably exploded or stopped rotating. Reminds me of the film " the core " Nickle erupting from the ground? Well iron and nickel make up the core so holy crap earth is going to end up like Mars as its core stopped rotating and its atmosphere was stripped away by solar winds. Increasing temperatures could be a sign that the atmosphere is being stripped away. So its gotta be the earths core. Edit: just read the comments and saw someone basically write the same thing a few months ago.

    Liam LeggittLiam LeggittIl y a 6 jours
  • After seeing this I thought this took place in the same universe as Take Shelter.

    Just Wondering TvJust Wondering TvIl y a 7 jours
  • *HERE's the CAUSE:* After experiencing an earthquake & grid down, Jeremiah & Samantha said they saw the water _"retreat"_ & after they were a couple of miles inland the _"waves hit"._ Since land based earthquakes do not cause tsunamis & the police started evacuation 10-15 after the quake & Sam & Jeremiah got 2 miles inland before the _"waves hit"_ either a giant meteor impact OR a massive ocean-based earthquake occurred approximately 50 miles off the west coast causing the tsunami. This Meteor/Quake was also strong enough to knock the earth off it's axis too! *LIKE THIS:* We know this because depending on how massive this sudden polar shift of the earth's axis was, it threw the earth's magnetosphere off enough to cause the: *FULL CATASTROPHE!* geomagnetic storms, which in turn resulted in nationwide grid failure, spinning compass, intense heat (because the magnetosphere shields earth from solar rays too), lightening induced wild fires, migration confusion, bad HAM radio signal, aura borealis so far south, & spontaneous volcanic eruptions. So this was most likely _NOT_ an EMP (solar or nuclear) or cyber attack & all military action is simply an expected response of govt to maintain civility & secure the nation from opportunistic enemies. As for Jeremiah's theory, although I would not completely rule it out because it's not impossible, without more evidence, it can't be relied upon & even if it were true, how would that change your situation? If nuke(s) were detonated in the Marianas Trench & the power grid was simultaneously hacked it would most likely be a false flag operation. More importantly, this conspiracy would not likely result in the *"FULL CATASTROPHE".* *So a deep impact meteor or massive ocean-based earthquake most likely caused the chain of events in this movie.* *_Liberty=Peace & I pray we always enjoy both!_*

    Christian PrepperChristian PrepperIl y a 8 jours
  • I thought that a super volcano had erupted or something

    Markeece CookeMarkeece CookeIl y a 8 jours
  • This movie was so bad, that I had already watched it 10 months ago. I just re watched it today and guess what?? I didnt even realize I had already watched it up until the last 15 mins

    BascarooMuffinsBascarooMuffinsIl y a 10 jours
  • What happened to his wife.....?

    Maleek PateMaleek PateIl y a 10 jours
  • That's pretty cool, though I don't recall any such mass extinction events occurring from any pole flipping. Maybe it would do that, but ... more than likely, it would simply crash our electronic systems, but even then... big whoop, a solar flare could do that easily. In fact, we have been hit with solar flares that HAVE done that world wide, however... it was at an age that we have nearly no sensitive electronics.

    Levi KarkiainenLevi KarkiainenIl y a 12 jours
  • i was thinking it was the Yellowstone supervolcano

    i want to go back in timei want to go back in timeIl y a 12 jours
    • yeah no

      RKZ YnoRKZ YnoIl y a 10 jours
  • It is like the director's inside joke

    shekhar singhshekhar singhIl y a 12 jours
  • 14:12 it probably was intentional and I absolutely loved it because I love thinking about what happens in movies like this. Like passengers and as above so below

    Katie EleanorKatie EleanorIl y a 13 jours
  • Awesome!!! U definitely saved me so much time and dissapointment by explaining so much \m/ thank you4your time \m/

    marian elmarian elIl y a 13 jours
  • That ain’t an earthquake baby that’s you and me

    extra spicytortillaextra spicytortillaIl y a 13 jours
  • How it ends? The same way an RBMK reactor core explodes. Lies.

    Michael WilliamsMichael WilliamsIl y a 13 jours
  • Where did toms wife go lmao. She just kinda disappeared.

    Joey NJoey NIl y a 15 jours
    • This movie has so many unanswered questions

      ᴄᴏᴡʙᴏʏs ɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴᴄᴏᴡʙᴏʏs ɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴIl y a 12 jours
  • There ain’t even a proper ending oh and there probably isn’t going to be sequal

    T PT PIl y a 16 jours
  • Please analysis the perfection!

    QuestMusicAusQuestMusicAusIl y a 17 jours
  • Yellowstone supervolcano.

    Sig UrtherSig UrtherIl y a 18 jours
  • It is very rarely I am joy in things like that because I like to think what may have happened and why they are in that situation. But in all honesty most movies do it so bad it inns up being garbage I think this movie did it just right. Left you with enough doubt to think that hope might not be a possibility, but yet it is still there.

    William BallardWilliam BallardIl y a 18 jours
  • I feel bad for people who bought tickets to watch that movie

    NOTplayer2NOTplayer2Il y a 19 jours
  • I'm pretty sure they didn't relieve pressure from inside his lungs, the pressure is in the chest and around the lungs.

    cursedsummonercursedsummonerIl y a 19 jours
  • 12:39 .

    Arandomtoaster's SisterArandomtoaster's SisterIl y a 20 jours
  • What happened to the pregnant womans mum, why didnt she get in the car?

    Rose BunBunRose BunBunIl y a 20 jours
  • I still don't believe in climate change after watching this...

    D SchulzD SchulzIl y a 21 jour
  • Even if you just made all of this up, I am more than happy to accept it as fact and put this movie to rest.

    Daniel FernandezDaniel FernandezIl y a 21 jour
  • and i thought it was global warming

    TiāntángTiāntángIl y a 21 jour
  • For the record I just reached to part about birds flying abnormal 6:00 is it a magnetic pole reversal i know some birds use them to navigate.

    Justin DavisJustin DavisIl y a 22 jours
  • this dude took a long time to explain what was the cous of the disaster i thought he was never gona get to it but at leas he did at the end

    Julio SantanaJulio SantanaIl y a 25 jours
  • In my opinion, I think if they make a sequel and what can give this franchise a second chance. If Will's father actually kidnapped Ricki and was secretly following Will. To where they can fix Will's character history to where the father actually killed his mother and soon kidnaps Will and Sam once they reach back to the house in Idaho. Don't get me wrong I like How it Ends but, the real intentions for the cliffhanger ending was so it can have an opening for a sequel.

  • My favarote supar hero is Synder sam

    DEDPEWLDEDPEWLIl y a 29 jours
  • Wow that ended suddenly! Check out FR-vision channel Suspicious Observers for some science on pole shift, grand solar minimum and cosmic rays. Not fun scenarios. Back to the film, I liked it but the ending was terrible.

    JST InceptionsJST InceptionsIl y a 29 jours
  • i think it was caused by the magnetic field shifting and yellowstone erupting as i believe the thing that chases them at the end is a pyroclastic flow cause by volcanic eruptions and yellow stone is said to be a super volcano that can end the world if it erupts

    TrickyTrickyIl y a 29 jours
  • That was annoying

    Brynley ThomasBrynley ThomasIl y a mois
  • I think this movie would’ve worked better as a short lived series. I’d say maybe 2 seasons or so 13 hour long episodes each. Maybe pitch it to Amazon or Netflix. Or even FX

    Jayel StevenJayel StevenIl y a mois
  • i kinda feel good that i guessed the polar shift the instant i saw the northern lights and the compass.

    se77enty se77ense77enty se77enIl y a mois
  • Seeing many movies, i kinda figured out what the story is about. The movie tells more of how it ends for all the different characters that chooses different path. Based on how they behave many of them end up dying or stranded, when such event occurs, irregardless the reason. Except the protagonis where he fights till the end. The movie is the ending. Just watched it few minutes ago btw.

    Kavi KumarKavi KumarIl y a mois
  • This is a Netflix original after all, they end 90% of their movies with cliff hangers and the story eludes away from what is happening, pretty much putting us in the character's shoes of not knowing wtf is going on or what caused it. You could say that Netflix movies are straying away from the "Hollywood movie magic" that we always see and ALWAYS know what is happening and other stereotypical Hollywood production things, although it can be frustrating to not know why or what is happing, but that is what can draw our attention by putting us in the shoes of the character(s) that also, don't know what or why something is happening.

    Flame CandyFlame CandyIl y a mois
  • We don't know what happened to the mum, to the girl mechanic, to the couple or did the baby survive... too many questions not enough answers

    bummy bearbummy bearIl y a mois
  • It wasn't that bad. Definitely a scary disaster flick. The ending didn't work to sort of didn't work. The acting was real at times, especially Whitaker's.

    Stephen JacewiczStephen JacewiczIl y a mois
  • I don’t know why but your voice makes me sleepy

    Subscribe to instantly dieSubscribe to instantly dieIl y a mois
  • The Cascades run through Washington state from British Columbia and into Oregon. The final scene looked like a pyroclastic flow which could have been from the sleepers in the Cascades waking. It is known for earthquakes to precede volcanic eruptions.

    FaolFaolIl y a mois
  • i love the feeling of impending doom

    dogpolicedogpoliceIl y a mois
  • Literally.... How it ends. The directors probably want you to fill in the blanks.

    Kellan LarsonKellan LarsonIl y a mois
  • They didn’t find the MED Kit in the wreck,Tom had it in his KITBAG

    Osama tin LadenOsama tin LadenIl y a mois
  • There is a lot of geological facts in this movie but there are also flawed logic in this movie. The pyroclastic flow is likely due to the Yellowstone Caldera finally deciding to erupt. The fact the city is covered in ash can be due to a massive wave coming in as everything wouldn't be covered a layer of ash (which would be explained by the Yellowstone Caldera but this means that the lava had two different consistencies which should be impossible and since Yellowstone Caldera has granitic magma the eruption would be highly explosive and would NOT resolute in a pyroclastic flow. Even if that were the case the velocity of the pyroclastic flow makes no sense as this would imply that Yellowstone has very steep elevation). Also, satellites do not affect power grids. They DO affect internet, cellular communication, and broadcasting. To me, it seems heavily implied that the event in this movie was caused by: nuclear fallout from an atomic warhead going off the west coast, Yellowstone Caldera finally erupting (but erupting in a manner that is geologically and geophysically impossible), and the magnetic poles of Earth constantly spinning as the compass indicates that the magnetic north and south poles are shifting very rapidly (millions of times more rapidly than should be possible). Also, magnetic north and south poles are arbitrary terms with no true distinction from them other than being attracted to each other. If the south magnetic pole became the magnetic north pole and vice versa, nothing would change other than some animals migrational patterns (which may not change at all). If life on this planet was threatened by whenever Earth's magnetic poles shift, you and I would not be alive and you would not be able to read this as you and I would have never had the chance to exist. The people doing this movie should have done some more research than they apparently did.

    XXIl y a mois
  • That was not ash I believe it’s called phumantic love it’s something from a valcano

    The Lego ReviewerThe Lego ReviewerIl y a mois
  • The gas station part is similar to a area getting hit by a storm that they are not have often

    The Lego ReviewerThe Lego ReviewerIl y a mois
  • Jerrasic park era

    Jacklyn TamayoJacklyn TamayoIl y a mois
  • i was watching this in my small town, then half way through i noticed parts of this movie are filmed like 10 minutes away from me, tripped me out really hard

    Goofycanadian LawlwatGoofycanadian LawlwatIl y a mois
  • It could also be the government you know because if they're was a war haarp can do anything they want if they feel threatened so jermaih can be right but it's highly unlikely but haarp can control the weather and bombs witch created the tidal wave and bombs creating the fire cloud

    Identify HDIdentify HDIl y a mois
  • Never heard of this movie until I seen it talked about here on this youtube channel. 🤨

    David RickmanDavid RickmanIl y a mois
  • Did Will tell Sam her dad is dead? I feel like its something she should know. ,

    Sally AustinSally AustinIl y a mois
  • That steamed ham reference just killed me! 🤣🤣🤣

    Sumit Kumar GhoshSumit Kumar GhoshIl y a mois
  • No, it really does not line up to well. The seismic events don't fit with the flipping of the poles. No what really lines up is another event that is much more apocalyptic. And also fits that there was no warning. The massive seismic events, the aurora lights, the rising temperatures, thats pretty typical for wat a rouge black hole closing in on the solar system would cause. The tidal forces cause the waves, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The distortion of earths orbit causes temperatures to go high wire and the massive amounts of radiation and the tidal forces working on the sun and causing massive solar flares cause the aurora lights and the sudden destruction of the satellite network.

    TheExplodingChipmunkTheExplodingChipmunkIl y a mois
  • Is it just me or does anyone else remember this movie being called “The Happening”?

    Mike BassettMike BassettIl y a mois
    • Yeah that was another wtf ending movie with little explanation which sucks because I was into the movie!

      Ish EIsh EIl y a mois
  • anyone minecraft?

    lonerlonerIl y a mois
  • The magnetic poles flipping won't cause an apocalypse?

    Sage GallikSage GallikIl y a mois
  • Idk why butt will looks kinda like Justin Bieber

    Maddox MorganMaddox MorganIl y a mois
  • While i do like the explanation for the ending, and it does allow for alot of the stuff, it does not explain the massive quakes, or the tsunamis, or the rolling dust clouds. poll flip would certainly take out the satellites, no question, with the weakened ozone it would play havoc and even take down a large number of telecommunications and power services, but not permanently, and not all, there are hardened infrastructure.

    Red MenaceRed MenaceIl y a mois
  • Ricki was joking about being a Rapper, she wasn't serious about it

    Fallen9xXFallen9xXIl y a mois
  • But if it was polar shift there would be more devastation?

    madhatterscrafts 123madhatterscrafts 123Il y a mois
  • Thought it was funny that the sign said I-5 seattle 240 miles I-5 is north south and at 240 miles away would mean they were some where near vancouver which would make no sense if you were coming from Chicago you would be using I-90 which is east -west and mergs with i-5 about 4 miles out that just one of the things

    mave3010mave3010Il y a 2 mois
  • boycott th director future movies.what a goober

    D MAND MANIl y a 2 mois
  • My theory is Yellowstone explodes.

    Dragan BeljanDragan BeljanIl y a 2 mois
  • I saw an apocalyptic movie like this called: “This is the end”

    YesMemesYesMemesIl y a 2 mois
  • First movie i actually watched 😂

    Nick GamesNick GamesIl y a 2 mois
  • I think of the obvious at the magnetic poles flipped

    papatruz 1776papatruz 1776Il y a 2 mois
  • Obviously the temp rises so much because the earths core exploded that’s why the magnetic poles are messed up and that’s why there’s an ash cloud too

    Not Darris vuuNot Darris vuuIl y a 2 mois
  • Huh that was nead!

    vazak11vazak11Il y a 2 mois
  • I missed Ricky

    Savion McgloneSavion McgloneIl y a 2 mois
  • That's why I'm going to live in Antarctica

    Duck KnowledgeDuck KnowledgeIl y a 2 mois
  • Idiot driving

    Mr LupalosMr LupalosIl y a 2 mois
  • 15:50 I might be high, but I'm pretty sure it's the Moon that controls the tides, not the magnetic fields. And even if the magnetic fields flipped, the compass would still point to wherever magnetic north is, not go crazy; I'd say that's less of an issue though since one could say that the magnetic poles are going crazy before stabilizing into a flipped position.

    Doom PaulDoom PaulIl y a 2 mois
  • that mum is HOT xx

    po manpo manIl y a 2 mois
  • It's not the end but the journey that's exciting.

    Shreyans BhattShreyans BhattIl y a 2 mois
  • Weird, he’s explaining how “how it ends” ends

    Antonio HernandezAntonio HernandezIl y a 2 mois
  • why named how it ends 🤔 boi

    Boi GuyBoi GuyIl y a 2 mois
  • No explanation of the ending but ok

    SabinoSabinoIl y a 2 mois
  • I figured it out before watching this video. Also the end of the movie wasn't the end and this is why it ended so abruptly. I would like to see a sequel that continues the couples journey in this new and dangerous world.

    Zane WickmanZane WickmanIl y a 2 mois
  • Sounds like a spin off of 2012 film

    Movie CriticMovie CriticIl y a 2 mois
  • She is pregnant, there is even no belly and they could see the gender!!!!

    Nilpar AshNilpar AshIl y a 2 mois
  • They need to name the sequel "How it All ends."

    Imperial EtherealImperial EtherealIl y a 2 mois
  • I can get why the premise of the movie is like this, but there wouldn't be just a random flipping, as seen by that diagram, it would take a little while, and if scientists already know about this, then wouldn't they let the rest of humanity know and bring back the satellites or something?

    Chrystian O'DellChrystian O'DellIl y a 2 mois
  • Narrator: Mocks conspiracy theorist in the video. Uses conspiracy theory to explain the movies event.

    Nick WilsonNick WilsonIl y a 2 mois
  • I thought it was aliens😂

    Chili WomenChili WomenIl y a 2 mois
  • Sounds like x flares. If they took out the grid and gps. Maybe even a massive rock shower to

    Jasonwizz1Jasonwizz1Il y a 2 mois
  • The ending feels like someone took the film while it was still being edited and sent it off as the finished project. I can see the editing person being like, "I wasn't done with that! I was in the bathroom." Or something like that. xD

    labyrinthgirl17labyrinthgirl17Il y a 2 mois
    • labyrinthgirl17 yes! That’s what happened lol

      Asael C.Asael C.Il y a mois
  • they should have called it how how it ends ends

    Nate MacraeNate MacraeIl y a 2 mois
HOW IT ENDS (2018) Ending + Cause of Apocalypse Explained