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The Woman in the Window Netflix Ending Explained

The Woman in the Window 2021 Movie Ending Explained
The Woman in the Window is now out and here's all you need to know about it.

‘The Woman in the Window’, the 2021 American psychological thriller is now out and already impressing the audiences. Directed by Joe Wright and written by Tracy Letts, the movie was released yesterday i.e. on 14th May 2021. Nowadays, people are always looking for movies that have something unique or out-of-the-box concept. As a result, horror, action, and psychological thriller movies have built a special place in the movie industry. The audience is on the prowl for such movies and the most desired genre is a psychological thriller. Consequently, be it Hollywood or some regional industries, everyone has been delivering new movies over and over. One such movie that was recently released is ‘The Woman in the Window’. So, let us find out further in the article everything about the movie and its ending.

Everything you need to know about ‘The Woman in the Window’:

‘The Woman in the Window’ is an American film directed by Joe Wright. It runs in the genre of psychological thriller and suspense. The movie is based on a 2018 novel with the same name (by the pseudonymous writer AJ Finn a.k.a Daniel Mallory). However, Tracy Letts has written its screenplay. The movie has a runtime of approximately 100 minutes. Bruno Delbonnel is its cinematographer whereas Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and Anthony Katagas are its producers. 20th Century Studios, Fox 2000 Pictures, and Scott Rudin Productions are the production companies behind the movie while Netflix acts as its sole distributor. Anyhow, let us now have a look at the cast for the film. It consists of many versatile and rising actors from the movie industry.

The Woman in the Window 2021 Movie Ending Explained

From left: Tracy Letts (screenplay) and Joe Wright (director).


Amy Adams as Dr. Anna Fox: Amy Adams is an American actress who is popular for doing dramatic and comedic roles. Some of her best works include “Cruel Intentions 2”, “Psycho Beach Party”, “Catch Me If You Can”, and “Julie & Julia”.

Gary Oldman as Alistair Russell: Gary Oldman is an English filmmaker and actor. He is popular for being a part of movies and shows like “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”, “Planet 51”, and “Fallen Angels”.

Anthony Mackie as Edward “Ed” Fox: Anthony Mackie is an American actor. Some of his best works include “Avengers: Endgame”, “Altered Carbon”, and “Million Dollar Baby”.

Fred Hechinger as Ethan Russell: Fred Hechinger is an American actor who is known for his works from “Fear Street” and “News of the World”.

Wyatt Russell as David Winter: Wyatt Russell is a former ice hockey player and American actor. He is very well known for being a part of films and series like “Overlord”, “Lodge 49”, and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier”.

Jennifer Jason Leigh as Jane Russell: Jennifer Jason Leigh is an American producer and actress. Some of her best works include “Miami Blues”, “Backdraft”, and “Road to Perdition”.

What is the movie ‘The Woman in the Window’ about?

The film ‘The Woman in the Window’ revolves around the life of an agoraphobic Dr. Anna Fox. While keeping tabs on her neighbors, she spectates something that she should not have while peeping at the Russell family’s house. They seem like a picture-perfect clan that lives across her way but as the story progresses, new revelations are made. The story keeps on taking turns and this keeps the audience well engaged in the movie. Netflix had even released a trailer for the movie on their official YouTube channel about a month ago. It has already crossed 1.1 million views and you can click to watch it below.

The Woman in the Window Ending Explained:

The Woman in the Window has a simple ending but people can tend to confuse themselves as the characters justify their stories at the end. Anna calls off her suicide plans when she sees in her cat, Punch’s picture a reflection of “Jane” in the wine glass. This helped her in confirming that everything she saw was real on that night and the woman calling herself Jane actually spent the evening at Anna’s house. However, Anna goes on to confirm her doubts from David whether he can also see the face in the glass. Consequently, he tells everything about the first Jane Russel to her. Her name was Katie actually and she was Ethan’s birth mother.

The Woman in the Window 2021 Movie Ending Explained

A still from the movie ‘The Woman in the Window’.

But, she had lost his custody when he was a baby as Alistair had caught the two of them living in a meth commune. As a result, he decided to take his son with him. Moreover, Alistair paid her to stay away from Ethan and his family. Nevertheless, she tracked them down to Boston and even followed them when they moved to New York. Then, Anna realized that she had herself identified Katie as Jane Russell as she assumed that she was their new neighbor. Consequently, Katie just went along with the misunderstanding as she learned that Anna had met her son. Then, Katie continued the deception as she went into the Russells’ building after she left Anna’s house. Later on, Anna interprets the fight at Russell’s home as a domestic squabble between Jane and Alistair.

However, in reality, when Anna assumed Jane was storming out, Alistair was actually convincing Katie to leave as she was trying to get her son back. Then, Anna saw through the windows of the Russell house that Katie was being murdered. She went on to assume that Alistair had killed her considering that the two had a quarrel earlier. But, in reality, she had never really seen the killer as the wall blocked her view. As a result, she had just assumed that Alistair must be the killer. After all, from her experience with Ethan, he seemed like a vulnerable and sweet boy whereas Alistair looked standoffish.

In the end, Ethan confronts Anna after she clears her doubts with David. Ethan had already killed David and now wanted to see Anna die. Ethan was a budding serial killer who had earlier murdered a woman in Boston before Katie. She was Pamela Nazin, Alistair Russell’s assistant. However, Jane and Alistair already knew Ethan was the culprit, and hence, they moved to New York for a fresh start. However, it had only been a few days since they had moved and Ethan had once again committed a murder. He had killed Katie, and hence, they had to cover it up in order to protect Ethan. However, Jane was not as enthusiastic as Alistair in saving her murderer stepson. Consequently, the couple had a quarrel over dinner which Anna had seen.

The Woman in the Window 2021 Movie Ending Explained

A still from the movie ‘The Woman in the Window’.

Finally, after murdering David, Ethan tries to kill Anna as well. But, Anna manages to save herself and kills Ethan while trying to defend herself. Then, the actual Jane Russell confesses to the police about everything. Ethan had built a lust for murder and locked Anna as his next target due to her helplessness and as she lived alone. Moreover, if you remember, Alistair and Katie seemed confused when Anna was thanking Jane Russell for the scented candle she had apparently sent over. But, Ethan had just made that up to get the keys to Anna’s house. Furthermore, since she never really left the house, she never notices the missing keys.

All and all, the movie was extremely great and depicted the novel it is adapted from very well. Consequently, it has got a good set of reviews from the audience as well as the critics. It was released on Netflix only. Consequently, you can just click here to stream the movie on the platform. So, watch the movie and let us know your thoughts about it in the comments section below.

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Sunandan Sharma is a writer, reader, and content creator. He hails from Mumbai, India, and is a huge sports enthusiast. He has always loved writing about movies and TV shows. You can reach out to him at

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