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The Ending Of Chucky Season 2 Explained

The "Chucky" TV series has delivered since its premiere in 2021 and the second season finale might have been its strongest entry in the franchise yet. Though each of the "Child's Play" movies can make for an enjoyable movie night in the proper context, "Bride of Chucky" is where the story seemed to take on a life all its own, transforming from an especially violent spin on horror's beloved murder doll trope to a self-aware romp through pop culture's greatest hits. Introducing Jennifer Tilly as Chucky's equally murderous ex-girlfriend, Tiffany Valentine, the overall arc became more about fleshing out the backstory of Chucky's (voiced by Brad Dourif) past life as the serial killer Charles Lee Ray and pushed the limits of the genre trappings that defined the series up to that point.

With "Seed of Chucky," their family was fleshed out with the addition of Glen, while "Curse of Chucky" doubled down on the horror and ushered in a new character Nica (Fiona Dourif). This is a franchise that just seems to get better with every new release, and SyFy's series may prove to be the greatest realization of the "Chucky" saga yet. Opening the door to running jokes, self-referential story arcs, plot twists, metatextual guest appearances, and teen angst, the show has added another tier of enjoyment to longtime fans while introducing a whole new audience. It's been a wild ride, and, with the second season in the bag, we're left asking ourselves, "what just happened?"

It's a very Chucky Christmas

After pulling out all the stops throughout Season 2 — with everything from surprise celebrity guest appearances to shocking, gruesome deaths – the finale was under a lot of pressure to pull off something special. In true "Chucky" fashion, the series went for an unexpected move, dropping an honest-to-goodness Christmas episode. Some might forget, the original "Child's Play" technically counts as a Christmas film as it takes place during the holiday season. In the early days, Chucky's malicious spirit provided commentary on callous consumerism, with bouncy commercials convincing children they desperately needed the hottest new toys taking an insidious turn as an overworked mom gives her son a gift she can't return, even when it starts killing people.

Closing out on a hilariously abbreviated and murder-heavy take on "The Twelve Days of Christmas," Chucky ends the episode in festive spirits. This stands to reason, as the closing shot informs us that, despite what we thought we knew about the destruction of the final Chucky doll, there was yet one more hidden and waiting to take vicious revenge on Tiffany. Decked out in a snug holiday sweater, Chucky beams as he boasts of his many kills, including one involving Lexy's (Alyvia Alyn Lind) mother and a chainsaw. Lexy witnesses the aftermath of this grisly death and uses the chainsaw to dismember Chucky, relishing the destruction and indicating that we might see a more violent side to the character in a possible third season. Merry Christmas!

There can only be one

We thought "Chucky" Season 1 went off the rails, but even that couldn't have prepared us for its follow-up. Kicking off the season with an enormous truck packed to the brim with murderous Chucky dolls, we see Andy (Alex Vincent) bravely sacrifice his own life by steering right off the road in hopes of destroying them all. Sadly, while this might have taken care of the majority of the dolls, it still leaves quite a few wandering around unchecked, and each of them seems to develop their own unique personality. Over several episodes, the dolls come after each other to ensure that only one will be left standing. Oh, and Andy survives the crash, too. It isn't pretty, but he survives.

The first season delved into Charles Lee Ray's backstory, showing us that, even in his childhood, Chucky was always a pretty monstrous guy. Season 2 leans into fleshing out the larger ensemble cast, allowing Chucky to spend most of his screentime simply fighting other Chuckys to the death. While a survivalist Chucky tortures Andy out in the woods, "Buff Chucky" spews macho one-liners, and another confused doll quickly meets his end, the most terrifying is "Good Chucky." Tricking Jake (Zackary Arthur) into believing him to be good and unmarred by the murderous instincts of the other Chuckys, Good Chucky plays the game until the trusting Nadine (Bella Higginbotham) approaches him and he coldly flips her through a window only to immediately pretend it was an accident.

Even Father Bryce couldn't do much against Chucky

Genre king Devon Sawa played a double role last season as twin brothers –  one, the father of Jake, and the other, the father of the sadly doomed Junior (Teo Briones) — and in Season 2, he returns as Father Bryce. With Jake, Lexy, and Devon (Björgvin Arnarson) despondent and doing poorly at home, yet another Chucky-caused death allows the secretly nefarious Dr. Mixter (Rosemary Dunsmore) to send them to an isolated church for troubled teens. With the good-intentioned but flawed Father Bryce in charge and Chucky back to his wicked ways, the church quickly becomes a prison for our heroes. Oh, did we mention that it's also the same place where Charles Lee Ray spent most of his formative years after killing his mother as a child?

Though unsympathetic at first, Father Bryce steps up when he needs to, vowing to perform a full-fledged exorcism on the demonic doll in the penultimate episode of the season. With Bryce fielding confessions from most of the main characters, this fascinating and revealing story goes absolutely sideways by the time the credits roll. Bryce meets an exceptionally grisly death even by "Chucky" standards when Charles Lee Ray succeeds in temporarily possessing him only for Bryce to explode when his strength of will forces Chucky out again. Father Bryce quite literally explodes. Is this the greatest TV series of all time? Folks, it might be.

Tiffany does it again

Though she has played many roles throughout her career, there is something about "Chucky" that allows Jennifer Tilly to truly shine, and vice-versa. With her character, Tiffany, perfectly encapsulating film noir's classic film fatales, the series gives plenty of room for Tilly to be as over-the-top as she wants to be, and the results have been absolutely priceless. Tilly's comedic timing is top-notch, while her character somehow remains nothing short of chill-inducing. There is no denying that Tiffany is just as murderous and manipulative as Chucky, but we find ourselves rooting for her nonetheless, and that's the part that scares us.

The first season took its time introducing Tiffany, allowing the narrative to establish itself before the scene-stealing Tilly came in to deliver some of the series' most terrifying moments to date, including mutilating Nica to prevent her from fleeing captivity. In Season 2, we're treated to a nonstop Tilly spotlight as Tiffany's bizarre fixation on Nica continues to escalate. Keeping with the self-referential humor, "Chucky" even brings together a cast reunion of sorts in Episode 4 with Tilly's fellow "Bound" stars, Gina Gershon and Joe Pantoliano. With Tiffany inhabiting Tilly's body, she's forced to navigate her long-time actor friends and her celebrity sister Meg with questions she can't answer. By the end of the season, she's on the run from just about everyone on the planet, and we're dying to see where it all goes.

Things don't let up for Jake, Lexy, and Devon

One thing "Child's Play" established early on is that even if Chucky's victims survive, they'll never be the same. Nowhere is this more apparent than with Andy Barclay who we meet in the 1988 original. When his mom brings home a "Good Guy" doll for her son's Christmas present, Andy is delighted, but his joy turns quickly to horror as he is blamed for Chucky's malicious actions. Eventually, his mom sees the truth, but even that knowledge doesn't save him from Chucky's unending murder spree. Sadly, this has only continued with our main trio of Devon, Jake, and Lexy.

Season 1 primarily focused on Jake and his relationship with the conniving Chucky,  however, this season saw the three as a committed (if dysfunctional) unit who stick together despite Chucky's attempts to divide them. Still, the trauma of their lives only continues, with Lexy's mom, Michelle (Barbara Alyn Woods) killed by Chucky in the finale. Though she has made a habit of borderline terrorizing her daughter through the two seasons, Lexy makes a real attempt to reach out to her in this episode, making her death more hurtful than it might have otherwise been. For those keeping track at home, this means that none of the children have a living parent, proving that a major part of Chucky's insidiousness is that, even if you survive him, he will still take everything from you.

We're loving how things turned out for Glen and Glenda

Glen (Lachlan Watson) is the product of TIffany and Chucky's unholy union. Much of their story sees them struggling to come to terms with their gender identity and attempting to find their real parents. Separated into two entities named Glen and Glenda in reference to Ed Wood's cult classic, the two return early in Season 2 and express something intrinsically missing in their lives despite their closeness. Though Tiffany seems to care for her children, it doesn't change that she has spent her whole life lying to them. Sensing something is amiss, the two discover Nica and vow to free her.

Naturally, everything goes wrong, and it all ends with Glen at the brink of death in a hospital bed and Glenda and Tiffany trying desperately to save them. It turns out that transferring both of them back into their original shared form is the way to achieve that, and we are reintroduced to them as a whole entity. Tiffany happily helps them prepare for a life abroad, and when she asks what to call them now, they reply, "GG." Glen was a delight in "Seed of Chucky" while the twins are highlights in the TV series, making this one of the show's strongest characters regardless of what form they take. If there is a third season, "more GG" is at the top of our list.

Will they end up like Andy and Kyle?

Bringing back original actors Alex Vincent and Christine Elise to reprise their roles as Andy Barclay and babysitter Kyle is perhaps one of the best callbacks of the series. After all, it was Andy at the center of the first three "Child's Play" films, and Kyle became one of his biggest supporters in "Child's Play 2." The series has not been especially kind to either of them, but they keep showing up to do the right thing and put the killer doll back in his place. Even after everything, there's something genuinely heartwarming about their shared never-say-die spirit.

In the finale, Lexy asks Jake and Devon if they're all going to end up like Andy and Kyle — traumatized beyond all repair and rushing back into danger time and again in part due to their commitment to ending Chucky's rampage. The idea that they might someday become Andy and Kyle is a sobering thought for the teens, but despite everything, Andy and Kyle's comradery is nothing short of inspiring. As they survive yet another harrowing night attempting to stop the threat Chucky poses, they speak to each other with tenderness and care. Flashing back to a scene out of "Child's Play 2" in which they walk away from a toy factory together after surviving a full-fledged attack by Chucky, the sense of friendship between them, even through decades of struggle, is palpable.

We knew that creepy kid was up to something

One thing you should know is that you absolutely cannot trust Chucky. Indeed, much of the destruction he causes is achieved through his ability to tell people what they want to hear, often forcing them to take his side even when they shouldn't. That is very much on display through his relationship with Dr. Mixter, who met Charles Lee Ray when he was only a boy. The two form a dedicated partnership dedicated to bringing sheer devastation to the world, but even at that, he still regularly betrays her.

However, as we saw last season and, frankly, throughout this entire franchise, Chucky's deceptions are most effective when aimed at children. Though it may be tempting to attribute that solely to his status as a child's toy, we now know through flashbacks that his tendency to target and manipulate kids into carrying out misdeeds in his name started long before his transformation into Chucky. In Season 1, he spent a lot of time alone with Caroline (Carina Battrick) and filled her head with any number of lies that we have yet to see the end of. When she turns against her sister in the Season 2 finale, it's easy to see how the turmoil of her home life left the door open for Chucky's tricks to do their dirty work. Still, Caroline was always a pretty morbid kid, making us equally parts worried for her and terrified of her.

What's Nica doing?

Three cheers for Fiona Dourif — daughter of the actor who voices Chucky — and the remarkable work she's done on this series. Not only for continuing her role as the tormented Nica but also for portraying the human Charles Lee Ray in flashbacks throughout the first season and playing full scenes where she is required to flip from Chucky to Nica and back again at the drop of a hat. As someone whose life is continually hijacked from her, it would be easy for Nica herself to take a supporting role in favor of more bombastic personalities, but Dourif's exceptional work helps to bring her to life as a tragic and interesting character in her own right.

Seeing Nica spend much of her life being slowly tortured to death by Chucky and Tiffany has been legitimately hard to watch at times, but the finale shows us that she may very well be well on the way toward a heel turn of her own. After spending so much of the season desperately attempting to flee Tiffany's clutches, the finale shows us that Nica still very much has Tiffany on her mind. Holed up in a sparse, dark room across from Tiffany's, Nica watches through binoculars while making threatening calls to her, noting that she loves her new haircut before hanging up. Though this is an ominous and very creepy thing for Nica to do, it's also starting to look a lot like flirting.

There's going to be a next season, right?

With Season 2 only coming to a close in November, SyFy is yet to announce if there will be a third season. As "Chucky" is proving itself to be a master of the cliffhanger, here's hoping that there's plenty more on the way, otherwise there are a lot of questions that might go unanswered. The most glaring is, of course, what follows the final scene of Season 2. With Tiffany on the run from Nica and just about everyone else she's ever met, and with the young Caroline in tow, they intend to breathe life into the Belle doll using the recurring "VooDoo for Dummies" instructional that keeps popping up.

After receiving the threatening phone call from Nica, Tiffany knows she's got to pick up the pace if she's going to bring Belle to life. However, when she succeeds, she's horrified to see that this is actually a Chucky doll masquerading as Belle all along. Chucky laughs manically and advances on her with the knife raised high while Tiffany screams in horror and Caroline calmly watches on. What's going on with Nica? Is Chucky going to kill Tiffany after all? Just how many people bear a striking resemblance to actor Devon Sawa in this universe? Will Lexy take up chainsaw art? Will Devon get back into podcasting? Did Gina Gershon just get away with murder? What's GG up to? We've got questions that we need a third season to answer!