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Darby and the Dead: Ending Explained.

Directed by Silas Howard (“A Kid Like Jake”), “Darby and the Dead” is a  supernatural teen comedy on Hulu. The plot revolves around Darby Harper (Riele Downs) who, after a near-death experience, gains the ability to see the dead. When her mother is killed in the same incident, Darby becomes a recluse, preferring the company of the dead to the living. However, that begins to change when Capri (Auliʻi Cravalho), the most popular girl in Darby’s high school, begins to change. School dies in a freak accident and now Darby must help her get to the other side. Easier said than done, as it means Darby has to become a popular girl and make Capri’s Sweet 17 party happen. Here’s everything you need to know about the ending of Darby and the Dead. SPOILERS AHEAD.

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What is the plot of Darby and the Dead?

When Darby was much younger, she wanted to be a cheerleader like her mother, who went to Nationals. But tragedy struck and a wild wave killed Darby’s mother while she was spending time with her daughter on the beach. Darby almost died too. This experience gave him the ability to see the dead. Since then he has been helping the dead (whom he calls the Deados) to complete their unfinished business in the mortal world and move on to the next level. Unfortunately, this alienated her from her peers, who find her quite unorthodox, albeit in much meaner language. Capri is the head cheerleader and the most popular girl at Frederick Douglass High. They were younger, but after Darby’s mother died, she became quite withdrawn from the world. This includes being a cheerleader, the activity that connected the two girls.

Over the years their relationship has become somewhat antagonistic. Currently, Darby doesn’t have many friends other than Gary (Tony Danza), the late schoolyard warden who has decided to stay in the mortal world as a stayer until his wife dies. It is the antagonism between the two girls that set off the narrative. During an argument, Capri is killed in a freak accident with a hair straightener. She learns about Darby’s special abilities and visits the other girl. It’s not that Darby isn’t willing to help Capri, but her demands are too high. Before her death, Capri threw her a “Sweet 17” party. She wants Darby to keep the party going, which means  Darby has to befriend Capri’s three friends, with whom she has just as antagonistic a relationship as she has with Capri. And that means she has to be a cheerleader again.

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Darby and the Dead Ending: Does Capri Cross to the Other Side?

One of the first things  Capri says to Darby after her death is to ask for her help to return to the living world, and Darby has to make her realize that she can’t do that. Disappointed, Capri asks Darby to get the party started. Hesitant at first, Darby later gives in. Like her mother, Darby had an amazing talent for cheerleading, but as mentioned above, she hasn’t picked up pom-poms since her mother died. With Capri’s help, she quickly upgrades and performs with the school’s cheer team. He also becomes part of the old cabal of Capri. Since Capri wants exactly that, she sees no problem in integrating Darby into her own life. However, things get complicated when Capri’s heartbroken friend James takes an interest in Darby. James is an aspiring singer who once appeared on The Voice despite failing the blind auditions. He and Capri have been a couple since their appearance on “The Voice” and his death has  devastated him. When Darby visits James’ house with school grades, the latter becomes attracted to her, much to Darby’s discomfort. he likes the new boy at school, Alex. However, when she shows up at school with James, rumors begin to circulate. When Capri finds out about this, she lashes out.

The dead can move physical objects with enough concentration. As Darby gets better at cheerleading, Capri improves her skills and becomes insanely good at it. At the party, he even forces Darby to admit that he can see the dead. However, despite seeing a floating Ouija board, the students search for “rational” explanations, and Darby once again becomes an outcast at her school. This time she doesn’t even have the Deados on her side as she failed them in their quest to become popular. Eventually, Darby and Capri reconcile, and the latter move on to the next stage, but not before giving the other girl a priceless gift.

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Does Darby See Her Mother Again?

Although Darby gained her ability during the same incident that took her mother from her, she didn’t see her mother as a ghost, which probably led her to conclude that her mother didn’t think she had anything left to do. in the mortal world and proceeded to the next level. Although Darby never actually says it, she’s obviously struck by the thought and is probably wondering why her mother doesn’t want to say goodbye to her. Towards the end of the film, just before Capri moves on, she reveals to Darby that she asked some questions. And suddenly Darby’s mother appears in her room.

She admits she was here the whole time. Darby’s mother tried to move on but couldn’t because she saw that her daughter was far from well. He wanted Darby to have a relatively normal experience with life and his friends. that they lived. Now that your child has these things, they can move on.

Can Alex Speak to the Dead Like Darby?

From the moment Alex arrives at school, he shows that he has an even less orthodox personality than Darby, although it takes Darby a while to realize this. At one point in the film, Gary introduces his recently deceased friend. Mel (Wayne Knight) to Darby. Mel wants Darby’s help to tell her son that she loves him and her husband, but with everything that is going on in her life, Darby ignores her work for the dead. Towards the end of the film, Gary Darby reveals that didn’t help Mel, but it did Alex. At that moment, Alex appears and reveals that he has the same abilities as Darby. He was in a coma the year before after a horrific car accident. When he woke up, he befriended the boy in the next bed, only to find the man had been dead for two days. Unlike Darby, Alex didn’t hide his abilities well. He underwent therapy and was told it was a psychotic hallucination.

He scared his parents, who pulled him out of school. Alex realized Darby was just like him on her first day at Frederick Douglass High after seeing her talk to Gary. He realized that he wasn’t alone and that he didn’t have to ignore his special ability. By the end of the film, Darby has friends among both the living and the dead and remains part of the cheerleading squad. She also has that special someone who knows exactly what it’s like to be like her. Darby is not only the main protagonist but also acts as the narrator of the story, often breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience. As he delivers his final monologue to the viewers, it turns out that Alex also has this ability.

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