The Ending Of No Country For Old Men Finally Explained
In 2007, Joel and Ethan Coen released No Country for Old Men. It quickly became established as one of their greatest films — but its ambiguous final scene confuses audiences to this day. So let's journey back to Texas in 1980 and delve into the ending of No Country for Old Men.
The primary narrative of the film is kicked off when Llewelyn Moss, played by Josh Brolin, stumbles upon the aftermath of a shootout and walks away with a satchel packed full of money. The deadly confrontation involved two major crime organizations, one based in Mexico and the other in the United States.
Viewers know the Mexican half of this drug deal went seriously wrong, but it's clear from the events of the film that the other side may be worse off by the time the dust settles. The American organization attempting to buy the drugs has neither the goods they wanted nor the cash that Llewelyn made off with. Then, to make matters worse, Javier Bardem's character, Anton Chigurh, launches a reign of terror against them that seems to go all the way to the top. And, as anyone who has seen this movie knows, you do not want to be on the wrong side of Anton Chigurh.
Thanks to the relentless Chigurh, No Country for Old Men is a white-knuckle ride with shootouts in the street, life or death decisions based on the toss of a coin, and harrowing scenes involving a captive bolt pistol that was meant to be used in slaughterhouses. However, along with action and suspense, the film has plenty of introspective moments and thoughtful themes that give viewers a lot to think about long after the movie is over.
Much of No Country for Old Men follows Sheriff Ed Tom Bell, played by Tommy Lee Jones, as he becomes increasingly concerned about his place in the world as an aging lawman. The deeper Bell gets into the situation involving Moss, Chigurh, and the missing money, the more concerned he is about the future. At one point, he flat-out says that he just feels "overmatched," and worries that the violence around him is escalating in a way that he can't contend with.
By the end of the film, Bell is retired with his sense of law and order upended by the Moss affair, which means someone else has to follow in his footsteps and become the next sheriff. Whether that's his deputy or someone else, Bell will no doubt have some standing in his community as a kind of elder statesman. Keep watching the video to see the ending of No Country For Old Men finally explained!
Deal gone wrong | 0:16
After the badge | 1:20
Cash in hand | 1:56
Hitman after hitman | 2:36
World gone wrong | 3:18
The dream is over | 4:10
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