Spoiler Alert: What Is the ‘Big Twist’ in Emilia Clarke’s New Movie ‘Last Christmas?’
The couple plays an unlikely pair who rediscovers the magic of the season as Clarke navigates the aftermath of a mysterious health complication. Emma Thompson developed the script for the holiday movie with Bryony Kimmings and the plot with Greg Wise, while Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) directed.
The movie premiered on Nov. 8 to mixed reviews, but one thing everyone agrees on is that the movie isn’t what it seems to be. So what’s the big Last Christmas twist? And why is Emilia Clarke so annoyed that spoilers were revealed early?
‘Last Christmas’ is a rough-around-the-edges rom-com
The Londoner is struggling in the wake of a health complication that landed her in the hospital. Amid a musical background of George Michael songs, Kate resorts to drinking and a series of empty hookups to keep her depression at bay. Meanwhile, her family (who fled Yugoslavia as refugees) is just as confused and directionless, concerned about Brexit and fearing the worst.
But a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger, Tom (Golding), changes everything. Tom and Kate strike up a holiday romance, and he helps her rediscover what it means to be alive.
But Clarke’s new boyfriend isn’t who he appears to be
Last Christmas might appear to be a run-of-the-mill holiday rom-com, but its final twist makes it anything but. Tom isn’t merely a visitor in Kate’s life, but a visitor from the beyond. In fact, after a heart condition landed Kate in the hospital the previous winter, he literally “gave her his heart” (a la the song “Last Christmas”) after he died in a biking collision and donated his organs.
There are a few clues along the way: Kate’s suitor doesn’t have a phone, after all, and he doesn’t interact with people besides the woman who “has his heart.”
Perceptive fans guessed the gist of the spoiler back in August, when trailers first dropped. Rumors immediately swirled on social media that the film was taking the classic Christmas Wham! song more literally than was perhaps intended.
Clarke was frustrated that the twist was revealed early
“It’s bloody annoying,” she said. “Frustrating. It’s more complicated than people are guessing.” The Game of Thrones star added that Emma Thompson and Greg Wise didn’t consider the story finished until their friends couldn’t guess the ending, which made the early guesses on social media all the more irksome.
Still, Clarke hinted that today’s contentious politics and culture of fear might be the reason for all the spoiler-hunting. She told IndieWire that she thought people wanted to know movie endings and guess what was coming next in advance because we often feel so “scared,” “confused” and “out of control” in today’s world.
“Our world’s literally on fire, so I think that there’s a lot of things outside of people’s control, so when it comes to this kind of stuff, they can do something with it and want to. It’s done with so much fervor, it’s done with a huge amount of energy and all that is, is misdirected energy,” Clarke told the outlet.