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Explaining “Edge of Tomorrow’s” End

posted by Nell Minow

edgeoftomorrow posterA lot of people complained about the ending of “Edge of Tomorrow,” but I liked it.  And I really liked this explanation of what it all meant from my friend Hamilton Whitney at FilmHamster.  [Spoiler alert, of course.]  Here’s the highlight, but you should read the whole thing:

In the process of destroying the Omega, Cage was exposed to high concentrations of the creature’s blood.  This time it was different than when he essentially took the place of the Alpha.  He didn’t jump back either 24 hours or to the previous checkpoint.  Rather, he jumps back all the way to what I am assuming is the beginning of the “backup period.”  The earliest time in which the Omega was currently existing.  Having absorbed the Omega’s blood, he also absorbed the elements that were in temporal flux – we’ll call them tachyon particles. As the Omega ceased to exist, in all times, the tachyon particles snapped back to their last starting state – the earliest point at which they stopped existing, pulling the consciousness of their new host with them.  Cage wakes up with all the memories of the future timelines what will not happen intact, despite being at the earlier start time.  The Omega and the tachyon particles have all ceased to exist at this point, leaving him “normal” and ready to continue on with the rest of his life.



  • Chachi

    I think it was more simple than this. Cage watched his peers die hundreds of times, so he simply chose the time to go back so that none of them perished. This was the coward’s transformation.

    • Nell Minow

      I like that answer, too! Thanks for writing.

      • Chachi

        I forgot to mention that he also got his rank back by going back to this place in time. A bit of a second to saving his friends as we see the scenes showing J-squad happy as mud and unaware of what Cage has done.

        It really is almost fairytale like. Cage loses his title/rank/nobility for being a cowardly schmuck, and through his journey learns to be honest and determined and thus regains his title/rank/nobility.

        Thanks :)

        • Nell Minow

          Beautifully put, Chachi! I hope this movie finds a broader audience. Many thanks.

  • Kyle Beumeler

    I’m so tired of hearing everyone complaining about the
    ending. It isn’t confusing at all, and
    you don’t need a diagram with different colors representing different planes of
    existence, or other crap. I’ve heard
    people mention Omega blood being more potent so Cage jumps back further. I’ve heard people saying ridiculousness about
    them existing in different times or something.
    I’ve even heard people saying it was all a dream that Cage had while he
    was in the helicopter. There are many
    other ideas out there, and I disagree with all of them. Yes, I even disagree that the studio changed
    the ending from the books ending so they can make sequels, or just quickly
    finished it without thought. This angers
    me the most. I LOVED this movie, and
    after I watched it last night I spent the whole drive home explaining the
    ending to my wife and she finally gets it….SO here it goes, for your reading

    There are 2 things
    that you need to understand before I write this:

    #1. THIS IS WHY
    EVERYONE IS CONFUSED WITH THE ENDING…When a person is tased they are not
    unconscious for 24 hours…They are only unconscious for 2-3 hours at best. REMEMBER THIS, it’s common sense!!!

    #2. When an
    Alpha/Omega is killed and their blood is transferred to a human that
    Alpha/Omega ceases to exist because the human takes that beings place. This is why the Alpha that Cage killed never
    returns to the battlefield, AND why the Omega never returns…But I’ll get to
    that later. Cage is now that Alpha and
    when he dies the Omega resets time 24 hours (1 day) FROM WHEN THE ALPHA WAS

    I will now give you a timeline of events. This will make it much easier for everyone to
    understand. Please note that exact times
    are not mentioned in the movie, so I will be giving the times listed:

    7:00AM (Day 1) – Cage wakes up in the helicopter on the way
    to meet the General

    8:00AM (Day 1) – Cage is tased and labeled a deserter
    following his meeting with the General

    10:00AM (Day 1) – Cage is awoken on the base by being kicked

    9:00AM (Day 2) – THIS IS THE NEXT DAY. Cage is dropped from the plane and lands on
    the beach

    9:05AM (Day 2) – Cage stated “I die within 5 minutes of
    landing on that beach” so this is when he kills the Alpha, and dies in the

    Now every time Cage dies time is reset 24 hours FROM WHEN
    when he dies during PT by being ran over he is reset to 9:05AM (DAY 1) AND when
    he dies much later at the German Dam due to drowning himself he is still reset
    to 9:05AM (DAY 1). Also notice that
    9:05AM is while he is unconscious due to being tased, and rather than the movie
    showing us Cage sleeping for 55 minutes they just skip to where he is awoken by
    being kicked and called a maggot.

    Now I will explain the ending for all of you:

    10:00AM (DAY 1) – Cage is awoken on the base by being kicked
    and called a maggot

    2:00PM (Day 1) – Cage and Rita meet with the General and get
    the device that Cage shoves into his leg

    5:00PM (Day 1) – Cage wakes up after receiving a blood
    transfusion and losing his ability to reset time

    10:00PM (DAY 1) – Cage and Rita convince J-Squad to help

    6:00AM (DAY 2) – Cage kills the Omega, and all of the Mimics
    die along with it. The Omega’s blood is
    transferred to him and he becomes the Omega, resetting time 24 hours because
    the Alphas died

    6:00AM (DAY 1) – Cage is now sleeping on the helicopter but
    just like before, rather than the movie show us 1 hour of him sleeping they
    just skip to where he wakes up on the helicopter. NOTE that at this time the Omega ceases to
    exist because its blood was transferred to Cage

    7:00AM (Day 1) – Cage wakes up. When the helicopter lands he realizes
    everything has been reset and his friends are all alive once again. Instead of meeting with the General at 8:00AM
    he sees on the television that the General no longer requires his assistance
    because all of the Mimics are being easily handled. The “Disturbance” that the General is
    referring to that happened under the Louvre in Paris is the Omega ceasing to
    exist because Cage now has his blood.

    Once you understand that the end is NOT resetting time 2
    days, and it’s actually only resetting it a few hours prior to when it was
    previously resetting, AND when Cage resets the Alpha/Omega that he got his
    ability from ceases to exist it’s pretty easy to wrap your head around

    They can now easily do a sequel (Cage is the Omega/There is
    more than one Omega/Another asteroid brings more aliens/Whatever), or easily
    not do a sequel (They live happily ever after)

    • Nell Minow

      Great explanation, Kyle, thanks!

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