Nightflyers ending explained: what just happened?
New 2021-01-18 12:58:27
Wait, what ?! What just happened? The final Nightflyers
was quite the riddle. Inspired by the short story of George RR Martin of the same name, Syfy"s horror series followed a team of daring scientists on a mission to meet a mysterious alien race known as the Volcryn and eventually save Earth in the process - on a spaceship literally haunted by the malefic digital presencethat of the captain"s mother. Finally, after flesh-covered probes and telepathic communiques, we finally met the Volcryns in the Season 1 finale, but while their arrival answered some of the show"s burning questions, it also opened the door for a brand new set of mysteries. . The finale opens with the Nightflyer in a state of unbridled chaos. Evil Cynthia took control of Lommie"s body and recruited her trusty right-hand man Auggie to sabotage the ship before she could make it to the Volcryn. At the same time, as the ship approaches the alien lifeform and the telepathic energy they emit, the ship"s resident telepath - the L1 Thale - is swamped with relentless surges and feedbacks.
Image via Syfy Of course, none of this stops the unique D "Branin, whose obsession is to use the powers of the Volcryn to reunite with his daughter only intensified throughout the season, especially as they drifted into the influence of the Volcryn telepathic field (the effects of which were also seen on poor Rowan , whose amplified pain made him murderous). Finally, D "Branin becomes aware of Cynthia-Lommie"s nefarious plans, defeats her to the escape pod, and commutes to meet the Volcryns face-to-face - or face-to-astral-tentacles, from anyway. In the meantime, Mel is confronted with her own horrific truths. After learning that Roy"s physical form was a bio-tech hybrid robot, shediscovers an even darker truth - his true form is a pathetic, shriveled mutant trapped in a survival tube, more horribly controlled by his mother than we ever could have imagined. And Cynthia has one more nasty revelation up her sleeve - Mel, the genetically engineered superhuman, was created from a splice from Cynthia. DNA, making her and Eris (aka her lover for some time now) siblings. Now it"s classic George RR Martin. With these mysteries revealed, the clock is The Nightflyer is rapidly approaching the Volcryn and the ship is about to overheat at any moment, with Cynthia-Lommie locked up and D "Branin s Flying off to meet the Volcryn, Mel, Thale, Rowan and a new heartbroken Auggie devise an egy strategy to essentially restart the Nightflyer, turning off the engines, in a last ditch effort to save the ship. This means that it will get a spa below zero this cold there-in for a minute, then they gather the whole crew into a small group to attempt to create a heat sink. The last time we see them, they are wrapped in thermal blankets, snuggled together as the lights go out and the ship floats through space, closer and closer to the Volcryn. As for D "Branin, his pod flies to the aliens and he finally makes his wish come true. D "Branin screams in his pilot"s seat, but before he can finish he"s transported. He lands on Earth again, still screaming, at home, towards an alternate reality where his daughter is alive and waiting for her (and, as we hear on TV, the viral plague is still sweeping the earth). Still covered in blood, sweat and dirt from his adventures on the Nightlfyer, a cover of Radiohead "How to Disappear Completely " playing on the action, his daughter courges towards him and wraps his arms around him saying, "Daddy, home." Back in space, his empty capsule, hovering across the Volcryn, nothing remains of D "Branin but Skye"s friendship bracelet floating in the air. And then ... the credits. That"s it. Image via Syfy Talk about a cliffhanger! Do the people on the Nightflyer survive restart? Do they move towards their own alternate realities when they encounter the Volcryns? Do they even meet the Volcryns? Did meeting D "Branin change things on his Earth, or is he in a new reality? If you want answers to these questions, you"re going to have to pray Syfy comes thro ugh for a second season of the show. However, I did have the opportunity to jump on the phone with writer and showrunner Jeff Buhler to discuss the finale and pick his cbrain in the hope of making sense of it all. Naturally, Buhler didn"t want to give straightforward answers to the mysteries he built, but he had a lot to say to help bring it all to light, of why they decided to stray so far from the source of Martin. material, to reveal Eris "true form, to make sense of the Volcryn and that ambiguous final shot. Knowing that you are going to JEFFREY BUHLER: If you look at the frame of the season, it follows the course of the source material; but due to the nature of George"s short story, which is essentially a Ten Little Indian story where people are being killed one by one, and which is not sustainable in a format.Erialised, we looked at some of the themes that were in the story and were looking for intrigues that could be fleshed out between what George had and what we filmed. And so, for me in particular, there"s always something really fascinating about the convergence of biology and technology, and most of the storyline that feels like new material is coming from the same element, which, I think, is basically in the book, but not in the literal way we fleshed it out. So we simply looked for elements that coordinate with the theme. And then of course e, in trying to make the series as scary, unpredictable, and exciting as possible, a lot of these stories then took on life on their own, as they tend to do. I love what you did with Eris and give her true forms a new twist . Iam curious what was the design process to create its final shape and add to its story? It "s so heartbreaking and pathetic and weirdly sweet. BUHLER: We kind of deepened the mystery in a way. In the book, we know that the mystery centers on whether Royd Eris is a real person. He only appears as a hologram, and we wanted to dispel that notion so that we could add another layer to revealing his true physical form. So we added an intermediate step, a synthetic body that he then uses. So in the series ... we have three presentations by Royd Eris. There is its holographic form, then there is its physical form, and then we reveal its true physical form. It was really fun working with David Ajala. He was - I was worried. Sometimes when you tell an actor he"s gonna play someone whomay end up not being a positive physical representation, he gets very nervous, but David, you can see his eyes light up. He was so excited with the way he physically represented Eris when he was a projection and how he represented Eris when he was in his physical form on the ship, and then later we did a lot of motion capture work with him and design work that then went to our VFX studio to help create the final physical form, which was a lot of work as you can see. Image via Syfy p> Let"s take a closer look at some of the mysteries of the finale. Tell me about your decision to let the finale turn on such a cliffhanger. BUHLER: Well it "s funny because I guess it " s a cliffhange. It is also in a sense a return to the beginning. We "ve been dealing with memories and the kind of cyclical story you see opening up with Agatha and Rowan as they appear at the end of the series, or near the end of the series, and we end with D "Branin in a moment that reflects the start of his journey. So we kind of want to wrap things around it in this elliptical way in terms of the plot structure. And then you know we were also very aware of t wanting to serialize a story that was designed to exist as one. The first thing George asked me when he found out we were developing it was: "Where are you going if everyone"s dead? " I sa id: "Well, we"ll add more of characters, but we"ll also keep some of our favorite characters alive, the characters you"ve created. "And in doing so, you"ll sort of haveneed to have some form of suspension where people would be forced to come back and see what "s going on with the characters. What struck me about the book, which really got me excited about the idea To help the show in the first place is that you take this trip and realize that meeting these aliens is what pushes us into the void. There is horror and the experience of the show is really the journey itself and all of the horrors take place on the ship and in the psychology of our characters. Then when you finally get to meet the Volcryn, this alien race, this species that flies between planetary systems, the story just leaves you with a huge mystery and doesn"t answer a lot of questions, and it instinctively makes you want to more . And so I wanted to reflect on this feeling I had when I first read the book.1st time that was, oh my god, I love the fact that he doesn"t wrap things up with a bow and gives you a bunch of answers, but you questions. It makes you want to dig deeper. We have a lot of ideas about Volcryn. There is a lot of biology and biochemistry involved in how Volcryns appear and interact in our galaxy with other life forms. They have a long history. If you"ve read the news, you know they"ve been around for a long time and sort of exist in these [gaps] between civilizations and planetary systems. I thought we did a good job ... kind of bringing that to a visual form. I wanted to leave people with this mystery, this sense of the unknown. I like that this, like the news, answers some questions, but it also feels like a handshake, an introduction to a worlde larger. BUHLE R: Yes. It was important because George, when he wrote stories of a universe of a thousand worlds, it happened several centuries in the future and we wanted to update the story. We wanted it to be just the near future so we could see our own world right on the horizon. And in doing so, we had to close the door to the 999 other worlds he had created in this future story called The Universe of a Thousand Worlds. And I sa id to George, I sa id, "Look, this story, we"re just resetting the timeline. These worlds are out there. We haven"t discovered them yet. We haven"t colonized them yet. But that thing is we see the beginnings of it. "And so, what a feeling we wanted with the finale was the idea that for the first time humans are just creaking the door to our galaxy and our universe and getting the first glimpse of what"s out there vrlike. Image via Syfy p> I am always fascinated by the final images; opening frames and end frames. So, I"m curious, why was this the right move to lead the story, Skye"s Floating Friendship Bracelet? BUHLER: Well, that speaks directly to the existential issue that we are raising. Karl D "Branin wondered whether or not the Volcryns had the ability to manipulate space-time and if in doing so they had enough power contained in this energy that they have, which is the same energy that makes L1 telepaths powerful; if it is strong in ough to really open the doors to other dimensions. That there might be other versions of our world out there where things are different. And so, I wanted to go back to the break and see that D "Branin was no longer physical.Not in there, but his friendship bracelet was. And that just told me, again about this idea of the mystery that we know he"s not just sitting in there hallucinating. We know something has happened to him physically. But her connection, her journey to bring the friendship bracelet Skye gave her to meet the Volcryn was completed so that they could get the closure, but then a feeling of beginning at the same time and it sort of has sort of that elliptical feeling. It is meant to spark a conversation about whether he is really experiencing this or not. Is he really there? Are there many versions of our universe, and all that. Yeah, about that. [Laughs] I was going to ask how should we literally take the closing music and lyrics to that? [Note: The lyrics on the scene are "I"m nots there. This is not happening. "] BUHLER: [Laughs] I just remembered the famous Radiohead song "How to Disappear Completely " while listening to Anna Brunner, who performed this version, and she is just a beautiful singer, and then the lyrics were so haunting about what we were trying to do when we put it in the picture, we just thought, "My god, we have to do this now. "I don "t like to answer questions like " this is exactly how you should think about the series. "We wanted to think that what"s fun about Nightflyers is that it brings up questions like that. I"ll leave it up to people to discuss it. I have feelings. I have my own personal feelings about it. and I also think that when we talk about physical phenomenon, space-time and relativity, it becomes a fuzzy line between which is the correct answer and which is the bad answer. Often two things can exist insame time, but be contradictory. It has been very common. So I think all theories are probably correct. I know in the past you have sa id that you certainly have stories in mind for the possibility of future seasons. Is this something that you are still looking for? Did you end up framing this as a limited series? BUHLER: No, we definitely have some ideas. Right from the start of presenting this story, I sa id, "This is what happens at the very beginning of episode 1 of season two. " We take our characters very specifically where we have them. left on the ship, but also with the framing of this continued. I think we are just seeing the beginning of the mystery starting to unfold. We haven"t really answered many questions about the purpose of the Volcryns, what is their agenda, do they have any intelligence or a conscience?ence, and all these kinds of big existential questions about them as a species, race, and then a lot of information that we presented during the presentation of this version of the first season that would become more relevant to it. "to come up. You are therefore ready to answer open questions. Image via Syfy BUHLER: [Laughs] In some limits, yes but I try to be indirect. Just to give you a little hint, which I think doesn"t say too much. There is a theme in the series where biology and technology merge and we start to lose track. I think this is kind of where humans go. We see it every day in our lives where our organic natural existence begins to merge into ecological existence and there is an element of that at play here. There isalso has an element and this is presented at the very beginning with Rowan when he says: "You know, any intelligent race would see humanity for wh in fact, a disease that kills its own. " And I think all of that is played out in what the Volcryn looks like and what can happen. What was the decision-making process to leave the Volcryn such a mystery? Not that the news answers much about it, but it tells us a bit about the consciousness of the creature. Why did you decide to leave this open? BUHLER: We wanted to get the audience. I wanted people to leave the show saying, "What is it and how does it work?" And for me, what r The idea that emerges from the story is that he is alive, that it is not a ship piloted by a group of little green men, but it is a creature. The size and scope of it was hugeand overwhelming, and I felt like those concepts alone were enough to land the season one finale and still leave us a lot to want to unwrap. We don"t really get to see the Volcryn in the TV series until the very last episode. You get a glimpse of it at the very end of five, but you really don"t spend time with it, and I didn"t want to present it with all that mystery attached, and then answer a bunch of questions about so we wanted to slowly move forward to this regard. Image via Syfy p> Image via Syfy Image via Syfy "WandaVision ": Why Elizabeth Olsen calls Wanda a "Mama Bear " When "the MCU comes to strike " Olsen also insists on "importance of the moments of tension in the series.