The Ending Of Doctor Sleep Explained
Doctor Sleep brings Stephen King's novel to the screen in a way that both honors the author's original version of The Shining and manages to reconcile it with Stanley Kubrick's vision. The result is a film that's a sequel to two stories at once, with its own mythology and a multilayered ending.
Abra spends much of the film getting to know the extent of her own strength with the shining, and it's clear that she's quite pleased with the things she can do. During their final encounter at the Overlook Hotel, Rose tells Abra that she reminds her of her younger self, because there's a darkness in Abra that hasn't reached its full potential yet. Will the darkness start to take her over as she ages, or will she be able to handle it? As we see from the look on her face in the final shot, the film leaves it an open question.
One of the earliest scenes in Doctor Sleep establishes that even after he and his mother escaped the Overlook, young Danny Torrance was haunted by the ghosts who attacked him there. They followed him from the hotel to his home in Florida, and attempted to feed on him until Dick Hallorann taught young Danny a trick that would allow him to lock the ghosts away in boxes. Dan has kept the Overlook ghosts locked away in his own mind for years, but finally unleashes them on Rose the Hat.
The film's final scene makes it clear that, while the Overlook is gone, the ghosts are not. The woman from Room 237 has returned to haunt Abra Stone's bathroom, trying to feed on her shine now that she can't feed on Dan's. Abra clearly knows how to deal with the woman thanks to Dan's mentorship, but what about the rest of the Overlook ghosts?
When Dan and Abra meet in person for the first time, Dan explains that a lot of people have a little bit of a shine, but he's only met a handful in his life who knew how to use it. Abra is one of those people, of course, and so is Dick Hallorann. Brad Trevor, the "Baseball Boy" Abra has a vision of just before he dies, is another with an uncanny gift that he is only just beginning to understand when he's killed by the True Knot. Keep watching the video to see the ending of Doctor Sleep explained!
Abra's darkness | 0:18
Abra and the Overlook ghosts | 0:45
Others who shine | 1:29
Other Knots | 2:19
The site of the Overlook | 3:10
Dan and Jack | 4:00