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The Ending Of Invasion Season 1 Explained

Few words have been impactful in the realm of science-fiction as "Invasion." The word conjures images of otherworldly beings coming to Earth for nefarious purposes. And that's why without even reading a synopsis, most audiences could guess what the show "Invasion" on Apple TV+ is about.

The show follows four separate storylines of people experiencing and reacting to an alien invasion differently. There's an American couple Ahmed (Firas Nassar) and Aneesha (Golshifteh Farahani), who escape with their children and come across a mysterious artifact called "the Claw." There's also Caspar (Billy Barratt), whose seizures are connected to the aliens somehow, as well as soldier Trevante (Shamier Anderson), who winds up in a confrontation with one of the invading spaceships. Last but not least, we follow Mitsuki (Shioli Kutsuna), who aims to establish communication with the invaders.

Over the course of 10 episodes in the first season, they all experience love, loss, and hope to make it out of these impossible odds alive. So what goes down during the "Invasion" Season 1 finale? Here's what you need to know.

What's the fate of the main cast?

The Season 1 finale, "First Day," parallels what we saw at the beginning of the season. The premiere episode was titled "Last Day," seemingly because it was the last day of normalcy for the planet. The final episode is called "First Day" because humanity seems to have won a decisive victory against the extraterrestrials. It's the first day of the rest of Earth's time knowing humanity isn't alone in the universe. But while the planet rejoices, not everything is pristine with the main cast. 

Ahmed lost his life, and while many believe things are safe, Aneesha has a strong instinct telling her that more danger is to come. It likely will, seeing how the show's already been renewed for a second season (via The Hollywood Reporter). Caspar also lost his life, with the last time we see him being when Trevante hands him over to the doctors. Finally, Mitsuki finds shelter with a monk and burns the jacket of her beloved in a heartwarming scene of closure. 

Some died; some lived. But everyone seems aware of the fact that this battle isn't over yet. 

Are the aliens gone for good?

In the final two episodes of "Invasion," it would appear that humanity has won a decisive victory against the extraterrestrial threat. It culminates in a nuclear missile striking an alien spaceship, causing the world to rejoice that the alien menace is gone for good. However, the finale hints that some aliens are still out there, and they're probably not all too happy that humans keep getting in the way of their master plan.

The first sign comes when Aneesha's son, Luke (Azhy Robertson), realizes there are ripples within the Claw. This is an indicator that the aliens are moving, so while the rest of Earth rejoices, the family knows all too well that this is far from over. 

A sense of terror overcomes Trevante and his wife, too, as they look out into the ocean, noticing the waves are receding. From there, they look into the sky and see a massive spaceship appearing. The previous armada seemed interested in terraforming the planet so that they could pull resources. Now, it's possible they're solely interested in revenge.

Where does that leave us for Invasion Season 2?

We already know Season 2 of "Invasion" is on the way, and unless some serious changes take effect, the central premise likely won't change too much. The alien invasion should continue with the characters we've met along the way continuing to react under the extraordinary circumstances. Expect some new faces to pop up along the way, too.

The final episode of Season 1 does an excellent job setting up some bread crumbs for audiences to follow in the coming year. For example, Mitsuki patches into a satellite and picks something up. In a far more explicit scene, Trevante and Aneesha look up at the sky to witness a giant alien spaceship, so it looks like humanity isn't quite done with intergalactic threats just yet. 

In an interview with Deadline, co-creator Simon Kinberg spoke about where he hopes the series goes moving forward: "I'm super excited about what we're planning for Season 2, expanding our universe in the most intimate and epic ways." It's easy to see where the epicness may come from, but in regards to the greater intimacy, fans will just have to wait until Season 2 premieres on Apple TV+ to see how that manifests.