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Valley of the Dead ending explained
Valley of the Dead’s ending was pretty convenient because of all the zombies chasing them. Having Jan (Miki Esparbé) and Matacuras (Aura Garrido) locked in an escape pod on a train while zombies chase them, only to be saved by aerial bombs from planes, felt like a plot convenience. Otherwise, how could the two have escaped when everything seemed hopeless?
On top of that, the train started pulling out of the station just as the bombs were falling to save them. Jan wanted Matacuras to stay with him, so they could be safe together. But, Matacuras says they have nothing in common and wouldn’t have met if they hadn’t been in this situation. In Jan’s mind, he believes it’s fate and they should seize the moment together. But, eventually, they end up breaking up. Jan ends up watching Matacuras ride away on his bike, as he lights a cigarette.
He then walks down the valley, unsure if any other zombies are hiding in those trees. After meeting the Nazi general who created the experiment, it’s possible there’s more to it and that leaves the ending open to interpretation.
Could there be a sequel based on Jan stepping into the unknown? It’s a possibility. In a way, it felt a bit like a video game because of the way he could go on. Fortunately, Matacuras cut off Jan’s hand in time, otherwise the zombie bite would have spread to his whole body and he would have been infected. Much of it felt like it was through the motions and it was a pretty basic ending that ended up saving the two main characters in the end. He felt safe, while leaving it open with the possibility of a sequel.
There’s always something so rewarding about watching a character walk away from a situation that could have killed them. Jan overcame so much and was able to live. He also saved the only woman he had learned to care for during this difficult situation.
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