Beef is Netflix‘s most recent show, and it’s an interesting one, bordering on the edge of making you question what was within reality right at the end. This ten-episode series followed the unraveling of two main characters’ lives following the Beef formed following a moment of road rage.
However, meeting each other could have been the very thing that needed to happen in their lives at that moment. So, let’s break down, recap, do Beef Ending Explained, and explain all the important things to take away from this new series.
Here is Beef Ending Explained:
As we embarked on the final episode of Beef, we saw that Amy was mourning that George took June back home without checking if she was safe and well, cementing the idea in her mind that the divorce was something he wanted. Danny drove past her, and we saw what occurred in the car chase in the dark, and this time, it was reversed.
Instead of like what we saw in the opening episode where we had Danny chasing Amy, this time, we instead had Amy chasing after him. And like we saw in the first episode as well, Danny flipped the bird as she did, and they both ended up driving off of an edge, which is where we saw Beef Episode 10 begin with two crows conversing and mentioning how Danny had healed one in the past and how Amy threatened one earlier on in the show.
Crows had a main focus in this show, and it was mentioned one of the times that Danny showed a sense of humanity towards one. It was mentioned that he nursed an injured Crow back to health when he was younger. Crows are said to be able to remember human faces. So at the moment when we saw Amy threatening Danny, the Crows came to his rescue.
Crows are also said to be representative of transformation and change, something we did see occurring throughout this final episode, so it could well have been alluding to that too. This is also supported by the fact that the two leaves on the Earth are also known to represent Growth and Rebirth. This kept appearing on screen during different moments throughout the ten episodes.
The Transformation In Both Characters
This was a transformative episode for both of the main characters. We saw the both of them having their lives spiral out of control since the fateful afternoon they first encountered each other.
They’d been on a cycle of revenge against each other from the moment they first met, and this was a time where we saw that although they were initially trying to harm each other due to the responsibility they put on one another for their lives changing. As it went on, we saw that they needed to rely on each other, and they ultimately faced off in a way that we hadn’t seen.
After consuming some berries which they thought were edible, it turned out that they were poisonous, and we saw them then start to hallucinate. We saw the pair talk about their upbringing and generation, which felt like a waffle that often happens when people are not quite with it.
But it was once the score and music kicked in behind the scene in the background. We saw the truly meaningful and deep conversation occur, which brought their issues to the forefront and showed just how similar they both were despite the two completely different lives they were leading and the rivalry that was present for the most. They each had similar issues and were brought up in the emotional conversation.
Amy And Danny’s Life Problems
Amy’s longing to be complete and fill the voids in her Life gave her the urge to feel whole, whether that be work, George, or her daughter June. Something that had been apparent since she was a young girl. She blamed her father for her bad traits and didn’t want to pass them down to June. However, she was an individual who, even in the present day, couldn’t feel complete, despite having what one would describe as it all.
Danny wanted to express his understanding of how all people want is for them to be seen in their Life and how Danny wished that he had spent more time with Paul and spoke some meaningful conversations with him. Danny was chasing to achieve what Amy had without ever expressing it. But he didn’t know if it was even going to be something that would give him the happiness and sense of completion that he wanted. Hence, we saw him ask Amy earlier if he had to get what she had.
When they started speaking about catch-22 and mentioning how Life was like a void and how you can’t have one without the other. For example, light without dark. It showed that their eternal search for happiness might never be complete because well-rounded happiness may never be achieved. After all, it comes with its counterpart too, which will always prevent it from being found.
Seeing Each Other’s Problems
They said they thought they were dying and saw each other’s lives before them as they were comforting one another due to believing they were dying. In Danny’s body, Amy said she saw that all he ever wanted was not to be alone.
Hence, we saw Danny trying to get his brother on board in the business. How he got rid of his college applications and spent so much time with him when he was younger, wanting him to work harder so, he’d be able to skip grades. Danny had a deep sense of care within him, but he just went about it the wrong way, and it was something that we never saw in the present day, only when he was doing all he could to bring his parents over to the States.
Their minds being merged in the Hallucinative state and their lying parallel showed they’re both cut from the same cloth. But they’ve gone in two different directions in Life. However, their end goal, drive, determination, passion, and where they were today are the same.
They were both good people within. However, they’ve done bad things that meant the people they cared about getting hurt. There were empty voids within their lives that needed filling, and they both acted as the very thing that filled each other’s voids in that small, brief moment. They were the reality check for each other.
Beef Ending Explained
Them waking up from the Hallucinative state as they approached an area where they had a cell phone signal, and we saw that they received messages. But one particularly poignant moment was when Paul, Danny’s brother, was still alive. Denny’s relationship was ruined with his brother, but he was happy that he was still alive.
There was also a notification showing that Find My iPhone was on, which tied into the moment we saw George approaching the alleyway at the end, firing his weapon at Danny, which hit him. This led us to the final scene in the hospital as Amy looked over at Danny, who was lying in the hospital bed in a critical state. There was this sense of feeling sorry for the man who was once her enemy.
It looked as if the night she spent with him stuck with her, and she saw the lonely individual that aspired to be so much lying in front of her. And I got the impression that the loneliness in him was something that she could empathize with, being in a life she was trying her hardest to escape so desperately.
As she called up to him in the hospital bed, we saw them lying there, and with us, all wondered if he would survive. We saw Danny’s arm lift and go around Amy, almost like how the two leaves were intertwined throughout the final episode and the flashes we had throughout the show. It was a very powerful way for it to end and quite a moving one.
You could argue that there’s an alternative theory about them not surviving the car accident or even dying after they spent the night in the wilderness. This could also be supported by their walking into the light at the end of the alleyway when George came to save Amy. But I think it can be disproven by what followed after it and the fact that there were reasons why George was able to locate her.