The Gray Man Ending, Explained

The Gray Man (2022) Ryan Gosling as Six. Kr. Paul Abell/Netflix © 2022

Netflix’s The Gray Man exploded on July 15 — a week before its streaming release — with an action-packed spy caper worthy of its 129-minute runtime. The Russo Brothers-directed adaptation – based on Mark Greaney’s 2009 book – stars Ryan Gosling as prisoner-turned-CIA agent Sierra Six and Chris Evans as fellow psychopath Lloyd Hansen, both on a global manhunt while the darkest threaten to reveal secrets of their organization.

After a mission in Bangkok led by Regé-Jean Page’s agent Denny Carmichael to take out one of their own goes horribly wrong, Six goes on the run to Europe to prevent the CIA’s classified information – stored on a hard drive – from getting inside the wrong hands (aka Carmichaels). With the support of agent Dani Miranda (Ana de Armas), former CIA chief Margaret Cahill (Alfre Woodard) and mentor/CIA retiree Donald Fitzroy (Billy Bob Thornton), Six wrestles with near-fatal encounters and Lloyd’s trigger-happy tactics as the The CIA will stop at nothing to stop his inevitable betrayal.

At the end of The Gray Man, Six finds himself at a crossroads when the CIA hard drive is unexpectedly stolen by hired assassin Avik San (Dhanush). The hunt for the device leads Six and Dani to a shootout at the castle with Lloyd and his team – which includes senior CIA officer Suzanne Brewer (Jessica Henwick) – and a rescue mission to save Fitzroy and his 12-year-old niece, Claire to rescue (Julia Butters) who are being held captive.

Armed with weapons galore, both parties engage in a battle between good and evil until few remain standing. The good news is that Dani manages to get the hard drive back from Avik, who willingly gave it up after realizing that Lloyd and his crew are “not honorable people”. But Fitzroy sacrifices himself to a hand grenade on the castle’s sidewalk to trip Lloyd, leaving him dead. Luckily, Six escapes some unharmed from the scene with Claire in tow. That is, until he and Lloyd get into another altercation on the castle grounds, but Claire shoots the latter with a flare gun and chops off two of his fingers.

Fed up with Six not giving in, Lloyd kidnaps Claire again and disappears into the shadows of the castle’s maze. Eventually, Six finds her at a well where Lloyd is holding Claire at gunpoint and threatening to shoot. Meanwhile, Dani crouches on top of the maze with an assault rifle safe, loaded and aimed at Lloyd. Ready to end their brawl, Lloyd throws his last gun and Lloyd lets go of Claire so the two can finally fight man to man. Concerned for his safety, Six reassures Claire that he will be fine and tells her, “It’s just another Thursday,” per her inside joke from earlier in the film. She then tells him to “kick his ass”.

Lloyd and Six trade punches and scuffle before the former stabs and almost drowns Six in the well. Justice comes, however, when Six nearly strangles Lloyd to death and Suzanne surprisingly delivers the final blow with a shot in the latter’s chest, killing him. But the story doesn’t end here. Suzanne puts a bullet in Six’s knee to get him to cooperate with her plan, but not without sharing a shocking story about the history of the CIA. Before she, Lloyd and Carmichael started fighting on the same team at the CIA, the trio actually went to Harvard together, she reveals to Six. According to her, Lloyd and Carmichael’s “absurd bromance” made it impossible for her to convey to the latter how committed her colleague was to their organization.

As part of her revenge, Suzanne tells Six that the rogue contractor will posthumously take on the entire failed mission – including all the destruction left in the castle and half of Prague by his deadly shootout with the police in the middle of the city. To do this, she hires Six as one of her witnesses to testify to Lloyd’s crimes. In return, she ensures that Claire will live peacefully while Six goes back to prison.

Back in Washington DC, two weeks after the tragic events, Dani, Carmichael and Suzanne are all cleared of their involvement, on Carmichael’s cue to destroy the incriminating hard drive against him that would have exposed his illicit affairs using the CIA can agents who commit murder for him. Considering how Lloyd died, neither Suzanne nor Carmichael disagree anymore as the former begins to use her authority. If there is a sequel to The Gray Man, there is certainly more to tell about this story.

Claire has been taken to a Virginia residence heavily guarded by CIA agents to ensure she does not escape. Meanwhile, Carmichael and Suzanne take a trip to the facility where Six is ​​being held, where a U.S. Army guard tells them that he’s “not responding” lately. It turns out that he escaped from prison and went straight to save Claire one more time.

Entering her room, Claire spots Mark Lindsay’s “Silver Bird” record with a note on it: “Play Me Loud.” She agrees, and moments later gunshots erupt throughout the house before Six walks through the door and they are happy embrace. The last scene shows the two speeding off in a black truck and making their escape. Where? Maybe we’ll find out if/when The Gray Man gets the green light for a sequel. The Gray Man Ending, Explained

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