Villain (2020) Ending, Explained: Why Did Sean Betray Eddie?

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‘Villain’ is a story of a fifty-something, charismatic ex-con, Eddie Franks, who walks out of the gates of prison after an extremely long duration. He is treated with utmost respect by both the staff and his inmates. Even though they are all intimidated by him, they secretly look up to him for some sort of inspiration.

Despite his best efforts to turn his life around after prison, the universe keeps on pulling him back to his old shady ways. Continue reading if you want to know all that there is to the ending of ‘Villain.’

Plot Summary

Eddie wants to resume his old life as a pub owner, leaving behind his criminal past. He learns that unfortunately, his younger brother, Sean, hasn’t been taking good care of the pub. Nevertheless, he maintains his calm and gives the place a makeover, only to discover that Sean is a reckless drug addict who owes a lot of money to some local thugs.

Seeing the possibility of finally redeeming himself despite his criminal path, Eddie sets out to resolve all his brother’s problems. He tries to set things right with his daughter, Chloe, as he sets out on his path of redemption. However, he faces a lot of problems as little does he know, that the world he used to live in, before going to jail isn’t the same anymore.

The Villain Ending Explained

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When the Garrett brothers, threaten everything he stands for, Eddie takes it upon himself to protect his family. At first, in order to pay off Sean’s debts, Eddie asks his former partner-in-crime ‘Mike’ for help. Since Mike respects him, he unanimously lends him the money to help him. Eddie fails to please the Garrett brothers and decides to get his hands dirty again.

He kills the two brothers after luring them into his pub. Taking the blame of the crime on himself, Eddie makes one final attempt to redeem himself. With Mike’s help, he robs a pawnshop and then heads over to a restaurant to meet his daughter for one last time.

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During the film, we see Chloe disliking Eddie, even when she meets him for the last time. Upon learning that he is still pursuing his old criminal ways, she feels more distant from him than ever. Although their last meeting is brief, Eddie’s fatherly instincts kick in, and he leaves his mark by finally making his daughter realize that he has always loved her and always will.

As the movie ends, Eddie reaches out to his car, and a young boy shoots him and his apprentice, Mike. Eddie’s previous violent actions come back to him, inevitably, just like death. His disheartened daughter watches him die painfully from a distance. Filled with much regret, Chloe falls down to the ground, mourning.

Who Killed Eddie and Mike?

Chloe’s ex-boyfriend ‘Jason’ kills Eddie. When Eddie meets Chloe for the first time, he notices that she has a split lip and attacks Jason with pepper spray calling out his acts of domestic violence. He does manage to intimidate him, but ultimately, Jason seeks his revenge by killing him.

Eddie’s death shows that he was living a lie, a lie that made him feel that he can run away or neglect his past. The ending indicates that despite getting a second chance at life, Eddie isn’t good enough to have his late-life atonement he might as well have deserved. Despite his good intentions, he chose the path of violence at the end of the day. It wouldn’t be surprising if he only gets more violence in return.

Why Did Sean Betray Eddie?

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Sean carefully manages his brother to believe that he is, in fact, a victim, and the Garretts are only threatening him for their own benefit. While the Garretts insist that Sean lost a brick of drugs that they were letting him sell, Sean assures Eddie that they stole the drugs from him and are only saying all this to set him up.

Eddie believes his brother. But little does he realize that Sean is only using him to get rid of his burden to pay the hefty loans. The movie ends, and Sean ends up double-crossing Eddie again by ratting him out to the cops. It is then when Eddie finds out that he was wrong about his brother and underestimated his evil all this while.

He realizes that its a little too late to save Sean as the drug abuse has completely taken over him. Sean never deserved his help in the first place, but by the time Eddie accepts this, he’s already set on a journey towards his predestined and tragic end. Stream Villain on Netflix now!