The Green Knight: the post-credits scene changes the whole meaning of the film

David Lowery gave us a final twist at the end of his last feature film.

Post-credits scenes have become the hallmark of superhero movies throughout the decade of 2010. Marvel and DC fans have now integrated it well, and wait wisely in their seats so as not to miss these bonus sequences. which are sometimes anecdotal, but can also contain very important information.

In other genres of cinema, this practice is much rarer, if not non-existent. If you have watched The Green Knight, released at the beginning of the week on Amazon Prime Video, it is therefore very likely that you missed a very small scene with big consequences for the understanding of the film by David Lowery and the fate of its main character, Sir Gawain (Sire Gauvain in VF), played by Dev Patel. If you haven’t seen it yet The Green Knight, there is still time to flee. Explanations:

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In the last part of the film, Gawain arrives at the Green Knight, but is reluctant to have his head cut off (we understand). We even see him flee, then live his life: successor of his uncle Arthur, he becomes king and ends up dying while his castle is invaded by enemies. He removes the magic belt that protected him and his head falls. And that’s where the first twist comes in, since you realize it was just a vision. Gawain opens his eyes again and finally accepts his fate, to the great satisfaction of the Green Knight who congratulates him and shows him a strange tenderness.

Except that. At the end of the credits, we see a crown (the one worn by Arthur then Gawain in his vision) placed on the ground. A little girl comes up to it and puts it on her head. A very small sequence that changes everything in our understanding of history. The Green Knight did not behead Gawain, and his “off with your head“(“i will cut off your head“) is therefore an invitation to go away with his head on his shoulders. By accepting his fate, the young knight has successfully passed the test. And with this lesson in humility, he was able to resume his noble destiny, access the throne and have offspring.

This ending seems more logical and less absurd compared to the film, which deconstructs the myth of chivalrous courage. It is also connected with the Arthurian legend, therefore is inspired by the feature film. Indeed, in Sire Gauvain and the Green Knight, he also leaves alive from his visit to the Green Knight (with a different twist), again after showing a certain cowardice.

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