Netflix’s historical war drama mini-series starring Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie, and Aria Mia Loberti is an adaptation of a book that tells the same story. All The Light We Cannot See takes place during World War II at the time when the Germans were losing the war and a girl with a piece of radio equipment broadcasts hopeful messages to those who can hear her with the aim of raising morale for the French Resistance.
As the girl broadcasts, she catches the attention of a German listener who’s also looking for hope. But there are a few things in the way, a precious diamond that the Nazis are looking for, the hope for survival, and the hunt from the ruthless Gestapo as they hound on the French resistance. Today, with some spoilers we will try to explain what is the conclusion to this war drama.
All The Light We Cannot See Plot
The story of “All the Light We Cannot See” starts in 1944, when the US bombs Saint-Malo, which is occupied by the Nazis. Even though everything around her is on fire, Marie keeps reading a science fiction passage in braille to send American bombers a coded message about where things are.
Werner hears her voice and feels hopeful. He is a Nazi radio typist and lives in the same town. In flashbacks, we meet Werner as a child. He is a radio genius who lives with his sister in a German orphanage. He can’t get enough of what a French professor says about light and hope.
Also, Marie is also fixated on what the professor says. In the present, Werner feels an instant connection with Marie when he hears her speaking on the same frequency. He wants to protect her.
While the teens are still alive, Reinhold von Rumpel, an influential Nazi officer, begins searching for Marie. A museum director named Daniel left the Sea of Flames, the most valuable gem in the entire globe, with her. He knows this.
People say it can heal any disease, but it hurts the people whose loved ones touch it. After getting nowhere with the locals, he soon discovers of a place outside where he might discover Marie. He then grabs her and drags her to the diamond. Marie is smart enough to get away from him and knows that the stone can’t get into the wrong hands.
The Nazis find out how good Werner is at using the radio equipment. They take him from his sister and put him in a harsh school, where he has to run around and fight to stay alive. He makes it to the forefront of his class and graduates, but only with an expectation of seeing his sister again.
Right now, his boss tells him that he will kill his sister if he doesn’t show them how to find Marie. Werner finally takes them to Marie’s house, even though he hates himself and knows he has no other choice. Ethan kills them with a gun before they can get in, but he doesn’t hurt Werner, who is mad at his bosses.
Madame Manec and Etienne own the house where Marie is staying. Firstly, Etienne’s a rather distant relative to Marie, he’s also a teacher. Their names are Etienne and Madame Manec, and they own the house where Marie stays.
Marie was separated from her father against their will, and she gave out interviews. Then, Daniel goes to France to try and keep Marie safe from German hands who are hounding her with all the power of the Gestapo.
Madame Manec and Etienne work for the French Resistance, and they have everything to lose if the Germans catch them in this endeavor. Manec dies to the Germans before the Americans manage to reach their place as part of the plan to free Europe from Nazi domination.
When Werner figures out that he is a teacher while he is in Etienne’s care, he grows fond of him. The German Gestapo wants Werner dead. Why? because the Gestapo knows just how much he has helped the Nazis. At the very end, Etienne dies attempting to save Werner, and Reinhold heads toward Marie’s house.
All The Light We Cannot See Ending Explained
The Nazis want to take the Sea of Flames, which is France’s most valuable stone, to Germany. Daniel has spent his whole life making sure that it doesn’t get to the stones because he is their guardian. Obviously, he doesn’t believe the story behind the stone, but every time he holds it in his hands, he feels sad, as if he’s to blame for Marie going blind when she was six years old because he was so interested in touching it.
Reinhold wants the precious gem for the Führer, but he has his own agenda. Reinhold considers that holding to the Sea of Flames might cure his illness. But that illness is untreatable. That’s why he searches for Marie, and murders Daniel in France.
Daniel’s daughter is just about the only person he’d trust with that gem because he’s aware of her emotional connection to Daniel. And yes, Reinhold catches Marie, but tells him she has no clue where the diamond is, remember, she’s trying to save her own life. And the Nazis have no qualms when it comes to killing people they deem enemies of their cause, of their belief systems or their machiavellian intentions.
Does Marie Know About The Diamond?
While we don’t explicitly see it, it is very probable that Marie knew about the diamond because her dad told her about it. Marie is aware that throwing the diamond back to the sea is the only way to get rid of the curse that surrounds the precious gem. Also, Marie knows she’s the only living member of her family because the Nazis killed the rest of her kith and kin.
So, in the end, Marie knows she must break the curse, and throws the diamond back into the sea without touching it. Since her family is gone, she feels empty, alone, and sad, but at least, she is free. In post-war Europe, being free, albeit alone is a huge win, she’ll have to start from scratch, yes, but at least she’s alive and there’s hope for her in the future.