The Ending Of Netflix’s The Killer Explained

If viewers find it hard to relate to the Killer’s plight, or even his happily ever after, well, that’s kind of the point. “Sympathy was the last thing on my mind as it relates to this character,” Fincher said at the Venice International Film Festival (via Variety), adding that the main character “didn’t need to be frightening.” The three-time Oscar nominee went on to reveal how he wanted people to feel when the credits were rolling: “My hope is that someone will see this film and get very nervous about the person behind them in line at Home Depot.”

Fincher is infamous for his attention to detail, meticulous approach, and commitment to capturing the full scope of his vision. “Seven” scribe Andrew Kevin Walker is also the screenwriter behind “The Killer,” and you could argue that the Killer’s inner monologuing pokes fun at Fincher’s directorial persona. If this is the case, does that mean the ending of “The Killer” tells us that the filmmaker is ready to slow down in his professional life, too? That’s not likely. “I can’t really work another way,” Fincher told The Guardian. “I just feel like time in front of the camera with the actors is what we’re here to do. Everything else is nonsense.”

Speaking to Radio Times, cinematographer Erik Messerschmidt revealed that Fincher enlightened him when he asked what “The Killer” was really trying to say. “I needed some clarification from him,” Messerschmidt said. “You know, is this about sociopathy? Is it meant to be really exciting? What are we…? And he said, ‘Don’t look for the theme. The film is about process, about process and procedure.'” The Killer is still the same methodical man by the end of the movie, he’s just channeling that energy elsewhere.


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