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The Ending Of Final Destination 5 Finally Explained

Horror movies are filled with all kinds of monsters. From swamp things to werewolves to apparitions, there's no shortage of things that go bump in the night. But one film series has made an antagonist out of the scariest boogeyman of them all — the very concept of death itself. 

The "Final Destination" series maintains a simple premise. One person sees a premonition of an impending disaster. They're able to avert said disaster along with a group of friends/acquaintances, and as we've heard far too many times before, death doesn't like to be cheated out of a life. One by one, the characters meet gruesome ends, often as a result of some convoluted Rude Goldberg machinations, because death always comes to collect. 

For many, the hallmark of the franchise came with the 2011 installment "Final Destination 5." It had some of the bloodiest deaths seen in the film series, and while it's still up in the air whether we'll get "Final Destination 6," this one serves as a worthwhile finale. So, where exactly did the movie leave us? Here's all you need to understand about the ending of "Final Destination 5."

Final Destination 5 ends where the first film began

After going through an immeasurable amount of blood and death, everything seems to be looking up for Sam (Nicholas D'Agosto) and Molly (Emma Bell). After having their relationship go through some serious back-and-forth throughout the movie, Sam decides it's finally time for them to travel to Paris for that cooking apprenticeship he so desperately wanted. Sadly, it doesn't seem like Paris is in the cards. 

When the two board a plane, they see a couple argue at the front. Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly recognize them as Alex Browning (Devon Sawa) and Carter Horton (Kerr Smith) from the original "Final Destination." In that film, Alex was the one with the premonition, who foresaw that the plane would explode mid-air. Sam and Molly aren't lucky this time around, as they remain on the plane when it takes off. Of course, Sam doesn't realize what's happening until it's too late, and the two doomed lovers try to survive to no avail one last time as the plane goes down.

It provides a nice bit of symmetry to the series as a whole. It essentially functions as a continuous loop where the final film installment ends where the first one begins. That is ...  unless another installment comes along.