Dune ending explained, and when's the sequel coming

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Dune is ambitious and vague – but part one ends abruptly, inviting a sequel.

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The main thing you need to know about the ending of the new Doon movie is this: There isn’t one. The 2021 adaptation of classic Frank Herbert science-fiction novels is actually doon part 1, so it reaches the halfway point of Herbert’s book and then it just… stops. Luckily, Warner Bros. has now confirmed doon part 2 sequel To take from the abrupt ending of the film.


So how does Part 1 get us hung up? As I my . noted in Doon ReviewThe film is the “tour de force of cinematic sci-fi, a star-studded yet deeply strange fantasy epic,” so here’s a closer look at what happens in the climax. Denis VilleneuveThe star-studded adaptation of Dune, and how it sets off a planned sequel. Spoilers going your way like an angry sandworm bursting through the sand…

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Doon Part 1 premiered and aired at the Venice Film Festival hbo max For a month after its release on October 21. It is available to rent or purchase online, or on DVD and Blu-ray.

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In this epic, magisterial sci-fi saga, Duke Leto Atreides and his aristocratic family touch the sand-filled world of Arrakis, only for the previous occupants to violently reclaim their all-important spice-mining operation. . It’s nearing the end of the Atreides clan, but it’s also a big step toward a bigger fortune for Leto’s fast-paced scion, Paul.

Played by Timothée Chalamet, Paul finds visions of himself in the desert of Arrakis, meeting a mysterious stranger who looks like Spider-Man and Euphoria star Zendaya. So as the film ends, Paul escapes into the desert with his strangely awkward mother, Lady Jessica, and the film ends on a cliffhanger ready for Dune Part 2. Frank Herbert’s original 1965 novel The split splits into two sections pretty neat(ish), and the filmmakers only chose the first section, even though a sequel wasn’t confirmed until the film’s release. If Part 1 flops, there probably never would have been a sequel to complete the story. But it’s a hit — the The biggest Warner Bros hits during the pandemic — So Part 2 will pick up on the second part of the book when it is released in October 2023.

Villeneuve’s version is not entirely identical to the book: for example, he has cut the villainous Harkonnen character Fade, played by Sting, in David Lynch’s 1984 film version. Lynch’s strange and highly anticipated film tells the full story of the book, but with less depth than in this new 2021 edition.


Lady Jessica and Paul (far left and far right) join Chaney and Stillgar in the climax of Dune Part 1.

At the end of the 2021 film, Leto is left behind, and if you’ve ever wanted to see Oscar Isaac naked and hard as a board, you’re in luck. Leto is paralyzed due to the betrayal of Dr. Yuh, Paul’s teacher, played by Chang Chen. Yuh’s bounty is to be assassinated by Wayne Baron Harkonnen, implying that he does not live to let Leto take advantage of the poisonous gas capsule the traitor slammed into his teeth. Leto’s dying breath ends Harkonnen’s advisor Pieter de Vries, played by suicide squad‘s David Dustmalchian, but the fiendish Baron uses his shield and zooms up to the ceiling. Bathed in sticky black oil, the Baron, played by Stellan Skarsgard, lives to plot his next move.

Meanwhile, among Atreide’s casualties is Paul’s friend and mentor, the sly action man Duncan Idaho. Played by Aquaman star Jason Momoa, Duncan goes down while fighting a squad of ruthless Sardoukar soldiers supplied by a fake Emperor – though it’s not entirely clear why Jessica couldn’t use the voice against the attackers , or they simply could not close the heavy doors and fled. Somehow, Duncan is apparently not appearing for the sequel, although Paul’s other teacher, Gurney Halleck, is not killed on screen. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know that the proposed sequel paves the way for the return of Josh Brolin.

For Paul and Jessica, their narrow escape leads them into the sandy hands of the Freemen, the desert people of Arrakis. Their leader, Stilgar, played by Javier Bardem, provides security to the troubled pair, much to the dismay of their follower Jamis, played by Roots, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds Star Babs Olusunmokun. Jamis does not believe the newcomer can survive the harsh conditions of the desert and, envious of resentment against outsiders, chooses a fight to the death known in the book as the Tahaddi Challenge.


Zendaya Dune is the girl of Timothée Chalamet’s dreams.

It is here that Paul sees his dreams come true. First he meets the girl of his dreams, Chani (Zendaya, finally). Then, as in her dreams, she gives him a chrisknife, a ceremonial freemen blade made from the teeth of a sandworm. Paul stands up as Jessica’s champion and eventually kills Jamis with a knife given to him by Chaney.

This is the first time Paul has killed someone, although the Harkonnens still have no chance of it being the last. The fight leads Paul and Jessica to the whereabouts of Stillgar, known as a Sich. This is where they progress as the credits roll and Paul looks into Chaney’s sparkling blue eyes. Zendaya was only on set for four days, and if you’re wondering why she’s barely in it, did I mention there should be a sequel?

Considering it’s a story about galactic emperors and starships and space-witches planning across time and space, the film was building to something more stirring than a knife fight in a cave. Ending the story with an intimate emotional moment is a clever subversion of the usual blockbuster space warfare, so Villeneuve deserves credit for that. But when the movie is so open-ended, it would have been more satisfying to watch at least some sort of resolution.

But if you have read the book, you will know that there are many big revelations yet to come. Is Paul really Muaddeb, Quisatz Heyderach, the Cosmic Messiah of Dune? What does Paul’s vision of himself with blue, glowing eyes mean? Will he return to his rain-fed home planet of Caledon? Will he defeat Baron Harkonnen, and will he face the scheming Galactic Emperor who triggered this death and destruction? And will Part 2 stream on HBO Max when it releases in 2023, or will the film world look different by then?

Only timing, and box office receipts of Doon Part 1 will tell. Now that Dune is a hit, Warner Bros. has given Villeneuve permission to shoot the sequel in the next year, and we’ll finally get a proper ending.

Unless it’s a trilogy…

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