‘Blood Red Sky’ Ending, Explained

Netflix has become far more than just a streaming platform, having produced some of the best original films and movies over the last decade. One of their latest offerings is the movie Blood Red Sky by writer/director Peter Thorwarth, blending together elements from classic horror with a plane hijacking thriller to create a unique and emotional rollercoaster of a film. Like with many productions, its ending has become one of the major points of discussion among those who have seen it — so if you found yourself needing Blood Red Sky‘s ending explained a bit clearly, you’re definitely not alone.

‘Blood Red Sky’ mixes action with horror

Blood Red Sky
‘Blood Red Sky,’ available on Netflix | Netflix

Blood Red Sky seems like the archetypal thriller movie when it starts. We follow widowed mother Nadja (Peri Baumeister) and her son Elias (Carl Anton Koch) as they board a transatlantic flight from Europe to New York in hopes of finding treatment for Nadja’s mysterious illness. Once the plane is in the air, though, it’s overrun by terrorists holding the passengers hostage until they can get their ransom. An unconventional hero who’s down on her luck, a bunch of bad guys with guns in a tight space, and a family member in peril raise the stakes; it’s basically Die Hard but on a plane.

However, the film takes a turn you might expect. While our two heroes try to hide, one of the terrorists finds and shoots Nadja to death — except it doesn’t work. It’s at this point that we learn that Nadja is a vampire, having been turned by the same creature that killed her husband. From there, Nadja gives in to her vampiric nature and goes on the attack, killing terrorists but inadvertently setting off a chain of events that results in nearly every passenger on the flight being dead or turned into a vampire.

Here’s the ‘Blood Red Sky’ ending, explained (SPOILERS AHEAD)

Earlier in the film, one of the terrorists known as Eightball (Alexander Scheer) had taken some of Nadja’s blood and used it to turn himself into a vampire. He was responsible for killing his comrades and turning many of the other passengers. Realizing that the plane can’t land for risk of allowing these vampires to wreak havoc on the world, Nadja resolves to blow up the plane using the terrorists’ own explosives.

In a fight with the other vampires, Nadja is mortally wounded while protecting Elias as he tries to get the bomb. Meanwhile, Eightball is killed when another passenger, Farid (Kais Setti), turns the plane to bathe him in sunlight. To save his mother, Elias gives her some of his blood, but this only results in her running away for fear she might attack him now.

The plane is forced to land in Scotland, where authorities foolishly board despite Elias and Farid’s warnings. As expected, Nadja and the other vampires slaughter those rushing in. However, Elias successfully detonates the bomb, destroying the plane and the vampires inside it. The last shot of the movie shows him reuniting with Farid, the two of them seeming to be the only survivors of Transatlantic 473.

Could there be a sequel?

One of the details many have noted from the film’s ending is Nadja’s ultimate fate — which is the main reason viewers have wanted Blood Red Sky‘s ending explained more clearly. While she’s presumably blown up with the rest of the vampires, she did happen to be running out of the plane as it exploded. We also never see a body or anything else to suggest she was vaporized by the blast. With how durable vampires are shown to be in the movie, could she have survived?

We don’t really know right now, and it doesn’t seem like the film’s creator has much of an idea, either. It took director Thorwarth close to a decade to get the movie made, according to /Film, so he wasn’t really making the movie with the intent to follow it up. Additionally, he says it’s unlikely he would come back to direct a sequel, meaning that it would ultimately be up to whoever takes the reins after him to decide Nadja’s fate.

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